Tifereth Israel, an Orthodox Jewish congregation, bought the Alberta Shul in 1914, & stayed until they outgrew the space in 1952, when they put it up for sale, Mt. Sinai, a local Christian congregation, made an offer. But then neighbors and the Realtor found out that this was an African American church & urged the synagogue not to sell. This is an excerpt from Tifereth Israel’s response:
“We regard such pressures as being violative of the principles of Americanism, of Judaism, of Christianity, and of common decency.”
Tifereth Israel and Mt. Sinai worked together to “consummate the moral agreement” they had entered into. The building has been home to communities of faith for many years, and more recently, a religious experimental arts space.
Here’s to the next 100 years!