Synagogues in the South Bronx quickly becoming a thing of the past
The cultural and religious landscape of the South Bronx has dramatically changed.
The South Bronx was once home to more than 200 synagogues that served more than 360,000 Jews. But today, there are only a few active temples in the area.
Bronx historian Lloyd Ultan says the Jewish population in the South Bronx has almost disappeared. Now many of the synagogues in the South Bronx have been transformed. Temple Adath Israel is now a church; the Fulton Young Men's Hebrew Association is now a correctional facility.
One of the few synagogues left in the area is Congregation Hope of Israel, but it is barely surviving. Due to a lack of members, the synagogue has not held regular services in three years.
According to the Ultan, a farmer named Phillip Isaacs was the first Jew in the Bronx. In the 1750's he owned a plot of land in the northeast corner of the borough.