Round stained glass window of the Ten Commandments and Star of David
Credit: Jono

Sun, October 23rd, 2022

11:00am — 11:45am
12:00pm — 12:45pm

The Actors’ Temple, Congregation Ezrath Israel, was founded in 1917 in Hell’s Kitchen. On this virtual tour, participants will explore its historic building, completed in 1922. The Temple is now both a fully functioning house of worship and an Off-Broadway theater. The temple's sanctuary pays homage to old New York with stained glass windows and bronze plaques honoring many beloved show business luminaries of yesteryear, including Sophie Tucker, Jack Benny, Joe Franklin, and the Friars Club. The building also features original headshots and biographies of stars of the stage and screen who worshipped here, such as Al Jolson, Edward G. Robinson, The Three Stooges, Eddie Cantor, Shelley Winters, and many more. You will see the Temple's rarely exhibited photo and correspondence archive, view its hand carved ark containing eleven Torah scrolls, and take a peek backstage at the theater.

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