In an undated photo, Rabinowitz speaks at a synagogue function.
Rabinowitz, top right, poses for a photo with the other rabbis on the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Washington, the Rabbinical Counsel of Orthodox rabbis in the nation’s capital who provide spiritual guidance, kashrut supervision and a religious court.
A collection of synagogue pamphlets from the 1950s, early in Rabinowitz’s tenure at Kesher Israel, shows him grappling with Communism in Europe and “reactionism” at home in the U.S.
A 1954 flier advertising the synagogue’s High Holiday service offerings is framed in Kesher Israel’s social hall.
A copy of Rabinowitz’s 1939 naturalization certificate shows that the Poland-born rabbi changed his name from Fiszel Rabinowicz when he arrived in the United States as a teenager.
Rabinowitz’s tombstone in Eretz Hachaim Cemetery in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Rather than leaving flowers at a gravesite, Jews leave stones — like the many shown in the photo.
Rabinowitz’s home on 25th Street NW was not a particularly desirable location when he was killed there in 1984. Today, it is flanked by a Trader Joe’s grocery store and a high-end sushi restaurant.
Kesher Israel Congregation has stood at the corner of 28th and N Streets NW in Georgetown for nearly 100 years.
A large memorial plaque honoring Rabinowitz hangs in the synagogue’s sanctuary next to the bimah.
Nearly 40 years after Rabinowitz’s death, Kesher Israel’s sanctuary remains unchanged.