The Kiever Synagogue, in Bellevue Park -1927, Arch. Benjamin Swartz

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The Kiever synagogue 1927. Architect Benjamin Swartz designed the synagogue with a capacity of 400 people. It was restored in 1980. I suspect they would be lucky today, to get 10 people in for services.

The inscription above the entrance reads: "1914" but it was the time, when the congregation was founded.

The Kensington area still has 3 working synagogues.

The jewish immigrants of Kiev could not mix with the immigrants from Minsk, so each congregation build their own ;-). There used to be 60,000 jews living in this area and there were about 30 synagogues!

Most Jewish families started to move up north in the 50's and now live in the North York.

The statue is of actor Al Waxman, who used to have popular TV show "The king of Kensington" in the 70's. There was a strong smell of marijuana coming from direction of the trio.

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Comments (43)

Shain Paiment on January 20, 2014

excellent shot F+L

Antoine Jasser on February 8, 2014

Interesting info...
Beautiful building & architecture...
I like the light/shadow effect on the grass with the pigeons!
(at first look, I thought someone is talking/listening to a statue then realized he is taking a picture!!!!)
Beautifully composed & captured...
L 40

Cornleo on August 31, 2014

Beautiful building and impressive shadows, *YSL. Greetings Agathe

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