A few months back Open Doors Rhode Island promoted a open house of the Sons of Jacob Synagogue, the oldest Orthodox congregation in Rhode Island. The synagogue, founded in 1896 is listed on the National Register of Historical places. Now in disrepair the synagogue will close its doors after this final public viewing. The future plans are for the Synagogue to be the future home of the RI Jewish Museum.
The event was well attended with lines forming outside at first then moving in without much delay. The synagogue displayed its aged walls, murals, chandelier, stained glass windows, paintings and photographs of the congregation on poster boards throughout the hall. The ambiance was warm and inviting. Walking the aisles, rooms and stairwells of the Synagogue gave a window of insight into the history and importance of this place of worship and how it nurished the people whom gathered. All this with a backdrop of live Klezmer music adding to the overall experience to all who attended.
I enjoyed the challenge of capturing images of this historical building, as it now sits on its foundation. Hope the images give you some idea as to the beauty and devotion the people of this congregation brought to their synagogue.