Congregation B'nai Israel

Congregation B'nai Israel (HM220C)

Location: Memphis, TN 38105 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 9.071', W 90° 3.02'

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(Children of Israel)

—First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Tennessee —

Jews have been a part of Tennessee's economic, social and political life since the early 19th century. Congregation Children of Israel, chartered by the State of Tennessee on March 2, 1854, rented and eventually purchased a building near this site at Main and Exchange Streets. Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the founder of American Reform Judaism, dedicated the new synagogue on March 26, 1858. Growing rapidly, the congregation moved to larger accommodations on Poplar Avenue in 1884. It moved again to the corner of Poplar and Montgomery in 1915, and to East Massey Road in 1976. Congregation Children of Israel became known as Temple Israel in 1943. The establishment of Congregation Children of Israel in Tennessee affirmed the American principles of freedom of religion and assembly
HM NumberHM220C
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Date Added Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 768706 N 3893793
Decimal Degrees35.15118333, -90.05033333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 9.071', W 90° 3.02'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 9' 4.26" N, 90° 3' 1.2" W
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Area Code(s)901
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 59-95 Exchange Ave, Memphis TN 38105, US
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