1 synagogue remains in Newark

NEWARK - One synagogue remains in Newark, a remnant of Brick City's once-bustling Jewish community.

Stepping inside Congregation Ahavas Sholom is like stepping back in time. It has stained glass windows, hard wood seats and lights shining bright on a hand-crafted arc.

The synagogue president tells News 12 New Jersey that back in the 1930s to the 1950s, Newark had close to 100,000 Jews who contributed to the well-being of Newark.

Newark residents such as Celia Arons, who turns 100 next week, remember when there were not enough attendants to hold a proper service. Ten people need to be present in order to hold a proper service. There has since been a resurgence of attendants.

The synagogue has 144 permanent seats. At a typical Saturday morning service, about 30 will be filled. But during the High Holidays, seats have to be added. There are rows up to the back of the temple to accommodate close to 200 people.

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