Jewish Museum of New Jersey
The Jewish Museum of New Jersey serves as an important center for Jewish cultural life in Newark. Founded in 2003 and opened in 2007, it is housed in the Ahava Shalom synagogue, the oldest continuously active synagogue in the city. The museum is the state's first centralized museum devoted to Jewish history. It features permanent, rotating and traveling exhibits that explore various topics of Jewish history including Jewish immigration to the state, the role New Jersey Jews played in the Civil Rights Movement, and the stories of local Holocaust survivors. The museum also offers inter-faith programming that promotes cultural understanding and tolerance. A highlight of the synagogue itself is its beautiful carved mahogany ark, which is the oldest in the state. The synagogue was built 1923 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Backstory and Context
The congregation was established in 1905 and grew to become one the city's 50 Jewish congregations.
Zakalak, Ulana D. "Ahava Shalom." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. December 13, 2000. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/33cbc269-22ce-49d1-b45d-2cb3948422b7.