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Sharei Zedeck Synagogue
|Address:||1119 Morgan Avenue N|
|Neighborhood/s:||North, Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Hennepin County, Minnesota|
|Historic Function:||Religious/Place of worship|
|Current Function:||Religious/Place of worship|
|Architect or source of design:||Frenzel & Bernstein|
The Sharei Zedeck Synagogue was built in 1936, it was a link to the once thriving Orthodox Jewish population in Northside Minneapolis. It was one of four Synagogue built in the Northside in the early twentieth-century. The simplistic design of the building is most likely a result of the Great Depression. The exterior is flat plain brick with two large arches decorated with menorahs at the entrance. The Synagogue was sold in 1969 to the St. John's Missionary Baptist Church. The sale reflects the transition of the Northside from a predominately Jewish community to an African-American community. It was used by St. John's Missionary Baptist Church until 2007 when the building was put up for sale. It is now proposed that this building be used as a community center called the Northside Center. The Northside Center will provide educational programs, entertainment arts education, and a community garden. The proposed garden would be run by a national non-profit organization called Urban Farming. Their philosophy is to educate basic gardening skills, nutrition, food preservation techniques, and have the opportunity to share fresh produce with the community. This building has transformed from Synagogue, to Church, and hopefully soon a community center. No matter what its use, this building has always served the Northside community.
Importance to the North Side Community
It began as Sharei Zedeck Synagogue and is now home to St. John's Missionary Baptist Church. In both its uses, this building has helped to bring each community to one unified place to celebrate their spirituality. Religious institutions especially those in the North Side neighborhood are and have always been an integral part in creating close community and cultural ties.
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