Historic Catskill Synagogues

In the early years of the twentieth century Jews began arriving in Ulster and Sullivan counties. Their intent, to escape the heat, poverty and crowding of New York City and become farmers.  Thousands came and soon each community took to building a synagogue.  Most were very small and copied the Eastern European style of their homelands.  However,  some of the exteriors also reflected the popular Mission style of the day and incorporated stucco and false facades.  Around the turn of the twenty-first century, several  were added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Some are used only on the High Holidays, others  only in the summer and a few continue as year round congregations.  I have included links where there was more info available.

The auto-tour  has been organized to provide a glimpse of some of the better preserved synagogue buildings. Included is contact information where available, you might be able to arrange entry.  A few have regular services and will welcome you warmly;   All evoke a bygone era when Jewish life in the Catskills was thriving.

Congregation Agudas Achim

Livingston Manor

Briggs Highway, Ellenville

Wurtsboro Hebrew

Congregation

Ohave Shalom Synagogue

Woodridge

Tifereth Yehudah V Yisroel

 Kerhonkson Synagogue

Temple Beth El

Kauneonga Lake

Hebrew Congregation of

Mountaindale

Bikur Cholim B'nai Israel Synagogue

Swan Lake

 Congregation Knesset Israel of Ulster Heights