Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El (HM29NC)

Location: Odessa, TX 79761 Ector County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 52.046', W 102° 20.768'

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By WWII about 20 Jewish families lived in the Permian Basin. They gathered for religious and social events at the Midland Bombardier Base. In 1945 they established congregation Temple Beth El, the only Synagogue within 140 miles. Built at 4th Street and West County Road in Odessa, it opened in September 1946. The sisterhood was formed and conducted Sunday school classes. The first full-time Rabbi arrived in 1952 but laymen or visiting rabbis always have led services. When membership grew to 60 families a larger location was built at Redbud and Grandview Streets in 1961. Membership totaled 112 people in 1982 and is now 75 families. The Temple affiliated with both Conservative and Reform movements after 1982.
HM NumberHM29NC
Year Placed1996
Placed ByHeritage of Odessa Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 751071 N 3528813
Decimal Degrees31.86743333, -102.34613333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 52.046', W 102° 20.768'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 52' 2.76" N, 102° 20' 46.08" W
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Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1501 N Grandview Ave, Odessa TX 79761, US
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