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Enjoy these Stateside vistas!

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  • Beth Shalom Synagogue, built in 1960 in suburban Montgomery County outside Philadelphia to architecturally suggest Mount Sinai.
    Beth Shalom Synagogue, built in 1960 in suburban Montgomery County outside Philadelphia to architecturally suggest Mount Sinai.
  • Gomez Mill House, Newburgh, New York
    Gomez Mill House, Newburgh, New York
  • The Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
    The Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  •  Albert Einstein House, Princeton, New Jersey
     Albert Einstein House, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Park Circle Historic District, Baltimore, Maryland
    Park Circle Historic District, Baltimore, Maryland

A­fter months of lockdown, holidaymakers could soon be jetting off to enjoy a holiday in the USA.

Here we pick out five of our favourite Jewish tourist architectural hotspots to include on your sightseeing list….

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina

Also known as the Congregation Beth Elohim, this synagogue is among the oldest in the USA, dating as far back as 1749.

Located in Charleston, South Carolina, it was founded by Sephardi Jews of Portuguese and Spanish descent.

The synagogue is a marvel of architecture, a clear example of Greek Revival building.

It is o­ften called the spiritual heart of Charleston’s Jewish community and is also important as the purported birthplace of Reform Judaism.

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina

 Albert Einstein House, Princeton, New Jersey

Considered by many to be the greatest physicist in history, Albert Einstein was of German-Jewish descent, his parents being liberal Ashkenazi Jews.

Forced to flee Germany during the Second World War, he settled in the United States, where he eventually died at Princeton Hospital in 1955 at the age of 76.

Tourists flock to look at his house, located at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, New Jersey, although it is no longer open to public tours.

Albert Einstein House, Princeton, New Jersey

The Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

The Beth Sholom Synagogue deserves a special mention, if only for the unique architecture, the likes of which is rarely found in religious structures.

From the outside, it almost resembles an alien structure, ready to ascend to the heavens.

However, it is considered as one of the best works of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The interior offers a dazzling display of glass framework, some of it stained, and one cannot help but feel humbled when walking underneath its towering roofs.

The Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Gomez Mill House, Newburgh, New York

Everyone knows about the house of Albert Einstein, yet comparatively few know about the Mill House, despite it being the oldest Jewish residence in the whole of North America.

Built in the early 18th century by Luis Moses Gomez, the son of a wealthy Jewish merchant, the Mill House alternatingly functioned as a family house, a popular trading post, and even a headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

The house still stands today, near Newburgh, New York.

Gomez Mill House, Newburgh, New York

Park Circle Historic District, Baltimore, Maryland

The Park Circle Historic District in Baltimore is one of the earliest Jewish suburban neighbourhoods established in the USA.

Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe began to settle in the area, moving from East Baltimore, in the early 20th century. Some of the older buildings still stand today, such as the Shaarei Zion Synagogue.

Park Circle Historic District, Baltimore, Maryland

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