Beth Hamedrash Hagodol is the oldest Orthodox congregation in Pittsburgh and the only congregation to still maintain a synagogue in the greater Hill District area. Founded in 1869 by Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, it became a major religious center in the neighborhood until it was damaged in a fire and demolished as part of urban renweal activity in the neighborhood.


  • Title: Beth Hamedrash Hagodol
  • Location: 137 Washington St., Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Type: Photograph
  • Original Source: Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center
  • Object ID: MSP113.B002.F18
  • Exhibit or Collection: Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives
  • Collection Information: Corinne Azen Krause Photographs, MSP 113

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