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Central New York’s oldest synagogue to be sold and replaced by student housing

About 350 families, or around 1,000 people, are members of the congregation.

Temple Concord in Syracuse, N.Y. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Temple Concord in Syracuse, N.Y. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Members of central New York’s oldest Jewish congregation and the ninth oldest in the United States, Temple Concord, voted on Sunday to sell the 108-year-old building for $9 million to a developer of luxury student apartments serving Syracuse University.

The sale is dependent on the developer, reportedly Georgia-based Landmark Properties, receiving approval from the city of Syracuse.

Rabbi Daniel Fellman told Syracuse.com that the sale, if give the green light, is “months away.”

In the meantime, said Fellman, his congregation, which sold the building due to financial troubles, will move to a temporary location as the next permanent spot has yet to be picked.

About 350 families, or around 1,000 people, are members of the congregation.

The congregation was founded in 1839 as the Temple Society of Concord in Syracuse. It moved in 1911 to its current location. In the late 1920s, a religious learning building was constructed with another building erected four decades later.

The initial building, which consists of its sanctuary, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

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