Concordia Hall and Jewish Life in Little Rock

Concordia Hall and Jewish Life in Little Rock (HMHVO)

Location: Little Rock, AR 72201 Pulaski County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 44.848', W 92° 15.982'

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Site of the first Jewish house of worship in Arkansas

From 1882 to 1887, an ornate two-story space on the second floor of this building served as the social hall for the Concordia Association - an organization established in 1864 to help Jewish immigrant families adapt to their new lives in Arkansas. Despite religious segregation that prohibited Jews from belonging to most community-wide social organizations, many non-Jewish groups also used Concordia Hall for events.

Brothers Jacob, Hyman and Levi Mitchell from Galicia became the first Jewish settlers in Little Rock in 1830. The establishment of Congregation B'nai Israel in Arkansas in 1866 affirmed the American principles of freedom of religion and assembly. At that time, more than 200 Jewish families lived in Little Rock, with most of their businesses located in this downtown area.

Although statistically small, Little Rock's Jewish population has provided leaders in the business, educational, and philanthropic life of Little Rock, including the revitalization of the River Market District, which was aided by the Ottenheimer Foundation.

This marker was placed with assistance from the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation and Temple B'Nai Israel.
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HM NumberHMHVO
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Year Placed2009
Placed ByJewish American Society for Historic Preservation
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 10:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 567150 N 3845283
Decimal Degrees34.74746667, -92.26636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 44.848', W 92° 15.982'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 44' 50.88" N, 92° 15' 58.92" W
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Area Code(s)501
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 405 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock AR 72201, US
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