Albany's Jewish Community Before 1860

Tour curated by: Alicia Sansone

Locations for Tour

Though Eastern European Jews are probably the most well-known Jewish immigrant group to have arrived to New York in the nineteenth century, German-speaking Jews were prevalent in the Albany area in the early decades of the century. It is believed…

Though the religious center of the Jewish community didn’t gain full momentum until the early to middle decades of the nineteenth century, Jews had been in the city since the seventeenth century. Records indicate that the first recorded Jewish…

The first location of Temple Beth El was at 166 Bassett Street (It would later move to Herkimer Street). The building and site no longer exist Established as a meeting place in 1838. The Jews that formed this community were thought to mostly be from…

After Rabbi Isaac Wise came to Albany and began preaching reform Judaism to a congregation with mixed belief systems, there was some dissension that culminated in a split between the Jewish community in Albany. At this site on Ferry Street stood the…

The development of the Jewish community Albany also mirrored the building of communities in upstate New York such as Troy.The congregation at Beth El Jacob was an offshoot of the original Beth El Synagogue that had been established in the 1830s by…