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The Old Eighth Ward was the center of Harrisburg’s Litvak–or Lithuanian Jewish–community prior to the Capitol expansion. While an older German Jewish population was already thriving in the city, the newly arriving Litvak found it difficult to integrate with the pre-existing community. Two synagogues were therefore founded in the ward, Kesher Israel and Chisuk Emuna. The presence of both of these congregations serves not only as a testament to the vibrancy of the Jewish community, but also the diversity among these co-religionists.
Harrisburg, Messiah College, Messiah University, Pennsylvania, Jewish, immigrant
Public History | United States History | Urban Studies and Planning
Hermeling, Drew and Digital Harrisburg, "Seeking Shalom in the Old Eighth Ward - With biography of Dr. Rabbi Nachman Heller" (2019). Look Up, Look Out. 3.