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DC's Oldest Synagogue Rolls Down The Street (Video)

Patch logo Patch 1/10/2019 Dan Taylor
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WASHINGTON, DC -- A 143-year-old brick synagogue needed a new location. So, movers simply rolled it down the street.

DCist reports that the 273-ton Adas Israel synagogue was moved a block down G Street NW on Wednesday with the help of a construction crew.

The synagogue was placed at 3rd and F Street NW, and this is not the first time it's been rolled through D.C. streets, according to the report.

The synagogue, built in 1876 as D.C.'s first, was relocated to 6th and I Street NW in 1908. In 1969, it was moved again after the location it sat in was selected to be the new headquarters of Metro. It was moved again in 2016 about 60 feet down the road to make way for a $1.4 billion development. This final relocation will allow it to face east in accordance with Jewish transition, DCist notes.

This should be its last move. A new $34 million facility will encase the synagogue, and it will be turned into the Capital Jewish Museum, featuring artifacts such as a lace collar donated by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is set to open in 2021.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30, 2018: A pre-schooler from Gan HaYeled playfully tries to blow the candles after he learned how to light a Hanukkah menorah at Adas Israel Congregation November 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This year, Hanuakka will begin at sundown on December 2 and last until sundown on December 10. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


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