Congregation Ezrath Israel, Ellenville, NY


This synagogue is located in the small Catskills town of Ellenville. While sleepy today, the town has significant connections to larger Jewish culture, being close to where many of the Borscht Belt resorts were located and also being in the town where the Chabad-Lubavitch summer camp network (now the largest summer camp network worldwide) originated.

IMG_7875Congregation Ezrath Israel’s current building looks to date from the late 1960s or early 1970s, although it could be even later. The textured concrete block facade was usually employed in later 1970s buildings, what some refer to as Brutalist. Here the severity of the facade is enlivened a bit by the narrow colored-glass windows and the prominent projecting entrance canopy.


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4 Responses to Congregation Ezrath Israel, Ellenville, NY

  1. Wow, in Houston that would be one of the landmarks! That’s quite a thing.

  2. Groundbreaking was in June, 1969. Still can’t find an architect credited

  3. Good example of either a very late 1960’s or early 1970’s “Brutalist” style synagogue. the colorful windows due add some nice color and interest to the facade!

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