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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

The former B’nai El synagogue, located on Flad Avenue in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis city

10 architecturally significant St. Louis synagogues

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light October 14, 2015

Following is a list of 10 local synagogues that represent significant architectural works. The first eight also embody the spirit of adaptive reuse. Three (Bais Abraham, CRC and Kol Rinah) are still active synagogues. Bais Abraham 6910 Delmar...

Views of the interior of the United Hebrew building on Skinker Boulevard, in 1927 and repurposed as the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center in 2011.  Photos courtesy Missouri History Museum photos and prints collection  

Holy buildings wholly repurposed: Spirit of historic synagogues lives on in new uses

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light October 14, 2015

Danny Gonzales was hired as a researcher at the Missouri History Museum Library in 2009. It was his first day on the job, and he was eager to get started. But he couldn’t concentrate. The problem was not the stifling August heat. “I sat down to...

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