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Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection

Identifier: P-1016

Scope and Content Note

The synagogues pictured were all built in the Tri-State Area during periods of major Jewish presence. The synagogues were built specifically in New York and New Jersey as grand structures to house the large congregations. The collection holds various depictions of synagogues, as well as enlargements of some that were represented in the calendar. The collection also contains a copy of the final calendar. Box 2 contains 63 photographs.


  • 1999-2002

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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Biographical Note

Larry Racioppo was born in 1947 and is a professional photographer.1 He began his personal photography in 1970, and had his debut in 1979 with a piece called Halloween.2 His big break, however, didn’t come until 1989, when he became the Staff Photographer for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.3 With this position, he continued taking on projects, including the Temples project.


  1. Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection; P-1016; box 1; folder 1; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.


2.7 Linear Feet (1 OS1 and 1 OS4, 4 folders)

Language of Materials



The Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection consists of photographs of numerous synagogues, primarily within New Jersey and the five boroughs of New York. A majority of the photographs were taken for the Temples calendar which was published for the year 2000 calendar. The images were taken throughout 1999 and depict the synagogues as they stood in 1999.


Arranged by material by collection creator.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Acquisition Information

Received from Larry Racioppo, 2014.

Guide to the Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection, 1999-2002 P-1016
Processed by Nachum Fisch
© 2012
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Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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