ANSHEI MINSK SYNAGOGUE – PLAIN OUTSIDE, BUT A DECO MASTERPIECE INSIDE

synangogue4Typical of many TORONTO buildings, the Anshei Minsk Synagogue is dour on the outside, but a delight on the inside.  The Byzantine-style structure, with a deco interior, was completed in 1930 – a step-up from the original 1912 shtibel or small storefront synagogue typical of poorer Jewish immigrant communities of the time.  The founders were poor Jewish immigrants from Russia (mostly Minsk).  10 St. Andrew Street, Kensington Market.<PHOTO – Robert Burley>