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If news of the fire that gutted influential Upper East Side synagogue Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun wasn't bad enough, it also damaged a key figure in Jewish architectural history. The synagogue's Neoclassical design testifies to a critical moment around the turn-of-the-century "when Jews no longer felt bound to incorporate Moorish elements in their places of worship as a way of distinguishing them from Christian churches." The congregation's earlier synagogue building, dating to 1890, was torn down ten years ago. [NYT City Room]