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140-Year-Old DC Synagogue to be Moved for Second Time



    Historic DC Synagogue Begins 2nd Move

    It was "moving day" for the original, historic 1876 home to the Adas Israel congregation in D.C. News4’s Tom Sherwood reports the structure will be moved just blocks away from its current home at 3rd and G Streets NW to anchor a new Jewish museum. (Published Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016)

    The oldest synagogue building in Washington will be moved to a new address -- for the second time. 

    A company that moves buildings will begin the relocation of the Adas Israel Synagogue on Thursday.

    The synagogue was moved from the intersection of 3rd and G streets NW to a temporary location, to make room for a massive redevelopment project at the entrance to the I-395 tunnel.

    "I think it's really important that we recognize our history, whether we're Jewish, or not Jewish - or anything. We're all Washingtonians," said Myrna Sislen, who came to watch the temporary move.

    Ultimately, the synagogue will be moved again to 3rd and F streets NW to be part of a new, regional Jewish museum and education center.

    The synogague was first constructed in 1876 near the site of what is now Metro's headquarters and the Verizon Center. It was moved in 1969 to make room for the transit agency's headquarters.

    "General Grant came here when he was President of the United States for the opening ceremony," said Stuart Zuckerman, a member of the Jewish Historical Society. "Here, we're really at the very origins of the city and the very early stage of the Jewish community."