Ahavath Sholom

Ahavath Sholom (HM1GFF)

Location: Ligonier, IN 46767 Noble County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 27.7', W 85° 35.334'

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(Side One)

German Jews immigrated to the U.S. in greater numbers starting in the 1850s. In the 1860s, Ligonier's Jewish residents formed the congregation Ahavath Sholom (Hebrew for "peace loving") and circa 1867, built a small synagogue nearby. The congregation formed close relationships with local churches. The Jewish community prospered, providing civic and business leaders.



(Side Two)

In 1889, the congregation dedicated a new synagogue here. Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of American Reform Judaism, spoke on religious tolerance at the dedication; the celebration included people from other cities and states. Jewish population peaked around 1900, later declining as younger residents moved to larger cities for educational and economic opportunities.
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HM NumberHM1GFF
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
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Marker Number57.2014.1
Year Placed2014
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau, Ligonier Historical Society, Ligonier Public Library, and Indiana Jewish Federation Friends of Ahavath Sholom.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 617845 N 4590969
Decimal Degrees41.46166667, -85.58890000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 27.7', W 85° 35.334'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 27' 42" N, 85° 35' 20.04" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)260
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 503 S Main St, Ligonier IN 46767, US
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