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PostSubject: The congregation's membership    Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:30 am

The synagogue became famous as the "Cantor's Carnegie Hall",[19] because of its high ceiling, good acoustics,[1][20] and seating for up to 1,800 people.[7] Yossele Rosenblatt, Moshe Koussevitzky, Zavel Kwartin, Moishe Oysher, Jan Peerce and Richard Tucker were all cantors there.[21] Red Buttons sang in the choir,[20][22][23] George Burns was a member,[24] and Edward G. Robinson had his Bar Mitzvah there.[25]

The congregation's membership was in the thousands in the 1940s,[26] but by the early 2000s had declined to around 40, as Jews moved out of the Lower East Side.[27] Though its building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998,[10] the congregation was reluctant to accept outside assistance in maintaining it.[28] In December 2005, water damage was found in the structural beams, and services were moved to the living room of the rabbi's mother.[29] In January 2006, the synagogue's roof collapsed,[23] and the building was demolished two months later.[30]


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