Remembering the Past: Early Perth Amboy Houses Of Worship

By Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-This column is from my own research from 1920 material:

Some of the natives of Denmark in the city, with their families, constitute a congregation known as St. Stefan’s Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church. Their place of worship is located on Broad Street and services are held regularly, the present pastor being Rev. Hans Hansen. Other Danish families attend the services of the Our Savior’s Danish Lutheran Church on State Street conducted by Rev. Villads B. Skov.

The first Hebrew synagogue was erected on Hobart Street and it was given the name Beth Mordecai in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wolfe, of South Amboy and their son Max. The second synagogue was erected on Madison Avenue near Jefferson Street and is known as Shaarey Tefiloh Temple. It is a large and imposing structure, and has a membership of 200. The Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association will soon erect a handsome building adjourning the synagogue. Rabbi S. Rabinowitz has been located here for five years. There is also a temple on Hall Avenue.

The Salvation Army became an established institution in the city in 1888. The headquarters was located in a number of places until about four years ago, when the present building on Madison Avenue, near Jefferson Street, was erected. A hotel for men is operated in connection with the Army work; Captain G. Kliphouse is the efficient officer in charge.

The Danish Seventh Day Adventists have a house of worship on Neville Street, and the First Swedish Congregation hold services in a church located on Gordon Street.

If any reader has anymore information or memories on anything in this column please let me know for another column. If you have any information on any house of worship in the area and want to share please do!

If you have your own memories or past material for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send “copies” of your material to me at CMD Media, P.O. Box 1061, Rahway, NJ 07065.


Congregation Shaarey Tefiloh, which used to be located on Madison Avenue in Perth Amboy, was built in 1907. The brick work is an example of terra cotta made in South Amboy and surrounding areas from clay produced by local mines. Photo by Adam Kierst.

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