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The cornerstone of this building was laid in 1918. Originally, this was the Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue, which was built to consolidate the three Jewish congregations in Lorain into one, and had its first service in 1925. This Byzantine-styled synagogue is known for its forty-foot diameter dome sitting on walls in an octagon, each of which has a rose window. The doors were made of oak with beautiful bronze hardware of the Star of David and the menorah. In 1974, the building was sold to the New Bethel Primitive Baptist congregation. Today the building sits empty as the Baptist congregation has moved to another location.


  • The former Agudath B'nai Israel Synagogue was the home of New Bethel Primitive Baptist beginning in 1974. The building is now vacant.
"Agudath B'nai Israel Synagogue." Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative. Fall, 2009.  https://sli.lorainccc.edu/Sacred/Extras/detail.aspx?id=186.

"Our History." Agudath B'nai Israel Synagogue. Accessed July 25, 2017. http://abitemplelorain.com/about.html.