Sacred Sites Program

Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens

Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
1939 tax photo
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel serves the the growing Bukharian Jewish population of the Corona section of Queens.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
A July 2005 celebration marked the kick-off of $900,000 in City and state funding for exterior and interior restorations, substantially facilitated by the Conservancy.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Synagogue leadership thanked the Conservancy for its help in a ceremony.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall cuts the ribbon at the rededication on Oct, 24 2012.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall with Harold Baron and Esther Khaimov from Congregation Tifereth Israel.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Arnold Goldstein receives a model replica of the building as a thank you gift from Harold Baron and Esther Khaimov of Congregation Tifereth Israel.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Sam Domb receives a model replica of the building as a thank you gift from Harold Baron and Esther Khaimov of Congregation Tifereth Israel.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Merrill Hesch (center), Grants Officer with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation with Harold Baron and Esther Khaimov of Congregation Tifereth Israel.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
New York State Assemblyman, Jeffrion L. Aubry with Harold Baron and Esther Khaimov of Congregation Tifereth Israel.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Ann-Isabel Friedman, Director of Sacred Sites; Peg Breen, President of Landmarks Conservancy; Esther Khaimov, Congregation Tifereth Israel; Karen Ansis, Manager, Historic Properties Fund and Harold Baron, Congregation Tifereth Israel.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Arnold Goldstein with Rabbi Amnon Khaimov affixing the mezuzah.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall cuts the ribbon at the rededication on Oct, 24 2012.
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens

Tifereth Israel, constructed in 1911, is the oldest synagogue in Queens.

Designated a New York City Landmark in 2008, this wooden building is a rare survivor of the earliest, vernacular synagogues and was designed in the Gothic and Moorish revival styles by Crescent L. Varrone. For the last decade The New York Landmarks Conservancy has provided financial, technical and project management assistance to the congregation for the comprehensive $1.6 million restoration of their treasured home. The Tifereth Israel congregation has been an active partner in restoration efforts since first contacting the Conservancy in 1997.

This project has been generously supported with public and private funding including New York City capital funding allocated by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund. Additional support has been provided by several individuals, foundations, and nonprofit organizations including Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Goldstein, Leonard Lauder, Sam Domb, The David Berg Foundation, The New York Community Trust and The New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Read The New York Times Article on the rededication and restoration.

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