Free Synagogue of Flushing will present a special
performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah
on Friday, February 27, 8:15 PM.
The concert is FREE and open to the public.
It will feature celebrated cantor
Steven Pearlston and the distinguished Free Synagogue choir. Robert Mobsby will
perform in the role of Elijah and Robert Barrows will play the synagogue s
magnificent historic pipe organ, which dates back to 1927. It is the only pipe
organ at a synagogue in Queens.
Free Synagogue is located at 41-60 Kissena Boulevard (between Sanford and
Main Street), Flushing. Free on-site parking available. Please call
718-961-0030 or visit www.freesynagogue.org for more information.
About Free Synagogue of Flushing
Founded in 1917, Free Synagogue stands proudly in one of the most ethnically
diverse neighborhoods in the United States. As the oldest Reform Synagogue in
Queens, it was built through the efforts of the Hebrew Woman’s Aid Society of
Flushing. The Free Synagogue movement is based on four principals: freedom of
the pulpit for the rabbi; freedom of the pew – no reserved seating in the
sanctuary; direct, full participation of the community; and dedication to the
ideals of liberal democracy and commitment to the Jewish faith. The founders
belief in commitment, freedom and equality of the sexes remain guiding
The synagogue itself is an architectural marvel. The neo-classical building,
designed by Maurice Courland, features a massive portico supported by four
ionic pillars topped by a pediment inscribed with the words of Isaiah, For
mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. In the
magnificent sanctuary, dark green pilasters are graced with intricate
gold-leaf filigree. Stained glass windows, crafted in Czechoslovakia,
surround the sanctuary in rich radiant colors. A stained-glass dome designed
around a Star of David is centered in the domed ceiling that covers the