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Washington - DC’s Oldest Synagogue Moved For The Third Time In 50 Years

Published on: January 10, 2019 01:27 PM
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Capital Jewish Museum Synagogue move in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (Ron Sachs / CNP)Capital Jewish Museum Synagogue move in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (Ron Sachs / CNP)

Washington - The oldest synagogue in Washington, D.C., is on the move again — the third time in 50 years after spending nearly a century in its original home.

The building inaugurated in 1876 was moved to a site where it will be a part of the Capital Jewish Museum.

Workers used dollies to move the structure on Wednesday a block and a half to the corner of 3rd and F streets in Washington’s Northwest quadrant.

The Adas Israel building, originally located at 6th and G, where it was inaugurated by President Ulysses S. Grant, moved three blocks in 1969 to make way for the new headquarters of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), and again, 50 feet, in 2016 for a major development, the Capitol Crossing.

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The move took two hours and was attended by city officials and rabbis, who delivered the traveling prayer before movers set the building on its way.

 Workers move a part of Adas Israel, DC's oldest synagogue, one block south to its new location where it will form part of the Capital Jewish Museum in Washington, DC, USA, 09 January 2019. This is the third time the 142-year-old structure has been relocated.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO Workers move a part of Adas Israel, DC's oldest synagogue, one block south to its new location where it will form part of the Capital Jewish Museum in Washington, DC, USA, 09 January 2019. This is the third time the 142-year-old structure has been relocated.  EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO


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