Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ambridge trivia: Did you know...? #4

The Maple Restaurant building was once the Beth Samuel Synagogue.

Maple Restaurant
463 Maplewood Avenue
September 28, 2014

Beth Samuel Synagogue
463 Maplewood Avenue
Beth Samuel Synagogue and Community Center: dedication ceremonies,
May 26, 1963

The Maplewood Avenue building was the Beth Samuel congregation's first permanent home. Previously, the congregation had met in homes, businesses, and the old Ambridge library at 462 Maplewood Avenue. Because the 463 Maplewood building eventually became too small to accommodate the congregation's growing membership, the congregation purchased land on Kennedy Drive (then Latimer Avenue) near 8th Street in 1961 and built a new synagogue and community center, currently called Beth Samuel Jewish Center. 

After the congregation moved into its new home in 1963, they sold 463 Maplewood Avenue to James (Jimmy) Pappas who had been looking for a building in which to open a new restaurant. Pappas opened the Maple Restaurant in August 1963.

Maple Restaurant ad

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