Historical Society Gets Grant To Renovate Synagogue

The local historical society has won a $5,000 grant to make repairs to a historic synagogue on Route 138.

The society learned this week that the Quinebaug Shetucket National Heritage Corridor will grant the funding, which will enable the Lisbon Historical Society to improve the building constructed in 1936.

Carolyn Read-Burns, the society's president, said the grant would help pay to repair the building's original windows and sashes, and part of the wood floor. Burns said the focus of the initial work will be to make the building structurally sound.

Wiring in the synagogue will also be replaced for free this fall by students at Norwich Regional Vocational Technical School, she said. Electricity to the building was shut off in the 1980s when the synagogue was no longer being used.

The Anshel Israel Synagogue served a large and devout immigrant Jewish population from several local towns until the 1980s, when it closed due to a lack of membership.
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