Hip Hip Hooray, Hebrew Tabernacle In Washington Heights Gets Grant From New York Landmarks Conservancy

December 12, 2023

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced 19 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $289,800 awarded to 17 historic religious properties throughout New York State.

Including $30,000 to Hebrew Tabernacle in New York City to help fund door restoration.

Architects Cherry & Matz designed this Art Deco-style church for the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist in 1931-1932.  Washington Heights became a Jewish enclave following WWII when a wave of German-Jewish Holocaust refugees and survivors settled in Washington Heights.  As neighborhood demographics continued to shift in the later 20th century, the synagogue merged with the nearby Reform congregation Temple Beth Am in 2002.  The congregation serves about 2,800 people annually through activities such as a Hebrew school, art exhibitions, and theater, opera, and choral performances.  Working with The New York Landmarks Conservancy and NYC Performers in Sacred Places (a program started by Philadelphia-based Partners for Sacred Places) a choreographer used space in the building at the pandemic’s height in 2020-2021. 

“…contribute to the social fabric of communities throughout the state.”

“Our 17 grantees serve over 70,000 people through feeding programs, 12-step groups, cultural and outreach programs,” said Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy.  “Our funding helps maintain important buildings which contribute to the social fabric of communities throughout the state.”

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The Sacred Sites Program provides congregations with matching grants for planning and implementing exterior restoration projects, along with technical assistance, and workshops.  Since 1986, the program has pledged over 1,600 grants totaling over $13.5 million to 850 religious institutions statewide.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy, a private non-profit organization, has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural legacy for 50 years.  Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $62 million, which has leveraged almost $1 billion in nearly 2,000 restoration projects throughout New York, revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus, and supporting local jobs. 

“The Conservancy’s work has saved more than a thousand buildings…”

The Conservancy has also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both nonprofit organizations and individuals.  The Conservancy’s work has saved more than a thousand buildings across the City and State, protecting New York’s distinctive architectural heritage for residents and visitors alike today, and for future generations. 

For more information, please visit www.nylandmarks.org.

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