The synagogue was founded by emigrants from Berezhany (Brzeżany, Bzeźany), Galicia, currently Western Ukraine.
For historic photographs by Morris Huberland, see The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library, The New York Public Library Digital Collections:
Mendelsohn, Joyce. Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited: A History and Guide to a Legendary New York Neighborhood. 2nd edition (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009)
Wolfe, Gerard R. The Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side, 2nd ed. (New York: Empire State Editions, 2012), 49-55.