The congregation constructed its current building at 145 Broadway in [1922-23] [?]. The synagogue’s magnificent ark, however, dates from the 1870’s and is a transplant. The ark first graced the majestic nineteenth century synagogue of Congregation Beth-El, later Rodeph Sholom, at Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street in New York City. That building was razed in 1926, the ark stored, and then given to Ahavas Sholom. In 1927, one of Ahavas Sholom’s founders, Leopold Jacobson, an antique dealer and furniture maker, trimmed and installed it in the [four]-year-old building. Ahavas Sholoms’s ark is the oldest ark in the state of New Jersey and among the oldest in the United States. In recent years, with the support of Newark Preservation and Landmarks Commission, Ahavas Sholom was named to the New Jersey Register of Historic places and then to the National Register of Historic Places.
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