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Congregation Knesseth Israel
ק"ק כנסת ישראל
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The synagogue building of Congregation Knesseth Israel
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Rite Ashkenazi
Leadership Elias Friedman OBM, President
Irving Bork, Vice-president
Irene Langley, Secretary
Louise Cohen, Treasurer
Year consecrated 1906
Status Active
Location Ellington, CT, USA
Congregation Knesseth Israel (Ellington, Connecticut) is located in Connecticut
Congregation Knesseth Israel (Ellington, Connecticut)
Location in Connecticut
Congregation Knesseth Israel (Ellington, Connecticut) is located in the United States
Congregation Knesseth Israel (Ellington, Connecticut)
Location in the United States
Architect(s) Leon Dobkin
Architectural type Synagogue
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Completed 1913
Construction cost $1,500
Direction of façade East
Length 30 feet (9.1 m)
Width 40 feet (12 m)
Materials wood
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Added to NRHP July 21, 1995
NRHP Reference no. 95000862

Congregation Knesseth Israel, also known as the Ellington Shul, is a Modern Orthodox synagogue located at 236 Pinney Street in Ellington, Connecticut. The congregation was founded in 1906 by a group of Yiddish-speaking Jewish farmers from Russia and Eastern Europe. Its building, dating to 1913, is a rare example of an early 20th-century rural synagogue in the state, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Architecture and history

Knesseth Israel is located in what is now a rural-residential setting south of Ellington center, on the west side of Pinney Road (Connecticut Route 286) a short way north of its junction with Middle Road. It is a modest single-story wood frame structure, with a hip roof and clapboarded exterior. Its main facade is three bays wide, with a center entrance sheltered by a gabled portico. The portico is supported by square posts, and has a Star of David in the gable. The flanking windows consist of a lower pair of sashes, and an upper transom with paired round arches applied. The interior of the building consists of one large chamber, with a bema that appears slightly oversized due to the building's small size. Because it is a single-story building, the segregated worship area for women (normally located in a second-floor gallery) is on the south side of the main space, separated by a low divider.

The synagogue was built in 1913, and was originally located at the corner of Middle Rd. and Abbott Rd. in Ellington. It was built in the Colonial Revival Style partly with funds from the philanthropist Baron Maurice de Hirsch's Jewish Colonization Association. In the 1954 the building was moved to its present location at 236 Pinney St. The building was designed by Leon Dobkin.

In addition to the synagogue, the congregation maintains an Orthodox Jewish cemetery within the larger Ellington Cemetery.

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