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DC's Oldest Synagogue Moves to Site of New Jewish Museum

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    DC's Oldest Synagogue Moves to Site of New Jewish Museum
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    Crowds watch as crews move a historic synagogue in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 9, 2019.

    Washington, D.C.'s oldest synagogue was quite literally on the move Wednesday.

    Crews drove the building one block down 3rd Street NW from G Street to F Street, where it will be part of the new Capital Jewish Museum that's set to open in 2021.

    The short trip took hours as a huge flatbed carefully inched the 273-ton building along.

    President Ulysses S. Grant attended the historic synagogue's dedication when it was built in in 1876 as the home of Adas Israel congregation. 

    This is the third time in the synagogue's history it has moved. First, in 1969 to make way for WMATA's headquarters and then two years ago for construction of the Capitol Crossing.

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