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New Austin Synagogue Is Actually Oldest In Texas

The B'nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue, built in 1893, is the oldest synagogue built in Texas, but the newest in Austin. (Veronica Zaragovia/KUT)
The B'nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue, built in 1893, is the oldest synagogue built in Texas, but the newest in Austin. (Veronica Zaragovia/KUT)

Austin has a new synagogue – well, it’s new to Austin. It’s actually the oldest synagogue built in Texas. Orthodox Jews who emigrated from Lithuania to Brenham, Texas, gathered in this synagogue built in 1893.

Over the decades that followed, the Jewish community in that area dwindled. But several years ago, a descendant of the original founders, Leon Toubin, started the process of relocating the temple to Austin. Veronica Zaragovia fromHere & Now contributor KUT reports.

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