Temple Emanu-El, East Meadow, NY

Unfortunately, this post is to celebrate a unique modern synagogue that is imminently destined for the wrecking ball. Designed by the underrated Davis, Brody, and Wisnieski, the oval sanctuary is sited at one end of the complex with a connector through administrative spaces and ending in the educational wing.

The sanctuary walls are faced in brightly colored glass or plastic tiles that cause the interior to glow. Other details including wooden pews and decoration typical of the period and a striking ceiling pattern.

The loss of Emanu-El, whose shrinking congregation has merged with another nearby, mirrors the closure of other synagogues in Eastern Queens and Long Island as demographics shift and populations age.

Sources: http://samgrubersjewishartmonuments.blogspot.com/2018/06/usa-last-days-for-modern-icon-as-temple.html

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