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Special Services: 1944

Special Services: 1944

A D-Day triptych. "New York, New York. June 6, 1944. Congregation Emunath Israel. D-Day services in a synagogue on West 23rd Street." Photo by Howard Hollem et al. for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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How do you have a sign ready for that?

I don't understand how you already have a sign like that painted and ready for the event? Was it common knowledge that there was going to be "a" D-Day and people just didn't know when it was going to happen? Or did they commission this sign and get it painted within a few hours for use that day?

Emunath Israel

Sure looks different nowadays. The photo below is from Thanksgiving 2010. The Hebrew over the door in the recent picture says Emunath Israel: faith of Israel. The two tablets are the ten commandments. The Hebrew in the old picture is Talmud Torah: learning of Torah. The synagogue is immediately to the west of the Chelsea Hotel.

Oh, no

This picture is going to drive me nuts. Emunath Israel (today usually called the "Chelsea Shul") has been at 236 West 23rd Street since the 1920's. Problem is, it occupies a structure originally built as a Methodist church that looks absolutely nothing like what we can see in this picture. It has much plainer stonework, and that's not the sort of thing that would be changed in even a massive renovation.

[It is the same building - formerly a Presbyterian, not Methodist church, - massively renovated. -tterrace]

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