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DC's oldest synagogue moves to site of new Capital Jewish Museum

The oldest synagogue in the D.C. was physically moved and made its way to the site of new Capital Jewish Museum at the corner of 3rd & F Streets, NW. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (ABC7 photo)

A synagogue in downtown D.C. is being uprooted and physically moved this morning. And it’s actually the third time it has moved.

WATCH LIVE: DC's oldest synagogue moves to new location

This is the oldest synagogue in the District, and in just a few hours it will drive down 3rd Street, NW as it makes its way to the site of the new Capital Jewish Museum at the corner of 3rd and F Streets.

At 9:15 a.m., a rabbi will offer a traditional Jewish traveler's prayer.

And shortly after that the move will begin.

This is the first major step in construction of the new museum, which will be a landmark representing the contributions of American Jews in Washington, D.C. as well as historic artifacts including a lace collar worn by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a banner carried by Jewish lobbyist Hyman Bookbinder during the 1963 March on Washington.

The structure was built in 1876 and was first moved in 1969 to make way for WMATA’s headquarters.

The street closures will begin at 9:30 a.m. . State and local elected officials will be here to witness this. ABC7 News learned the move will take 4 to 6 hours.

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