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Columbus Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church
Built for Boston's first Reform congregation, the monumental red brick temple at the corner of Columbus and Northampton avenues was once the city's largest synagogue. A leader in progressive Judaism, its membership of assimilated German Jews later created the Federation of Jewish Charities (today Combined Jewish Philanthropies; see FD11). The eclectic variant of Romanesque Revival was then considered appropriate for a synagogue, similar
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