The Jewish Temple

The Jewish Temple (HM2BT8)

Location: Alexandria, LA 71301 Rapides Parish
Country: United States of America

N 31° 17.883', W 92° 27.321'

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Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim

Gemiluth Chassodim Synagogue was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 29, 2014 as a notable example of the post-war architectural style known as Mid-Century Modern. It was designed by a member of the Congregation, Max J. Heinberg, founding partner of the architectural firm Barron, Heinberg and Brocato. His design incorporated elements closely associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, and reflects an architectural style embraced by Percival Goodman and Eric Mendelsohn in the mid-twentieth century that envisioned synagogues as "temples of light." It was constructed by Barnet Brezner, a local contractor and member of the congregation. The original section, built in 1952-53, includes the social hall, kitchen and classrooms and reflects International Style elements. in 1960-61, the Temple built an addition of even greater architectural significant that includes additional classrooms, administrative offices, conference room, library, museum, two foyers, interior courtyards, and most importantly, a sanctuary. The sanctuary is said to be "a work of abstract sculpture" in Mid-Century Modern style. It features floor-to-ceiling art glass panels that create a stained-glass effect in a non-traditional way. The synagogue's most unique feature, as viewed from inside and out, is a sharply angled



prow-like architectural feature, or "lantern," that rises above the Ark of the bimah, filling the area with natural light. This building is the third home of the congregation; it was founded October 2, 1859."
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Date Added Sunday, September 30th, 2018 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 551833 N 3462762
Decimal Degrees31.29805000, -92.45535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 17.883', W 92° 27.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 17' 52.98" N, 92° 27' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)318
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2021 Turner St, Alexandria LA 71301, US
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