B'nai Israel CongregationJews have been part of the social, economic and cultural life of Iowa since the early 19th century. It was not until 1855 that the Jewish population in Keokuk grew large enough to establish a religious community, Congregation B'nai Israel ( Children of Israel). The congregation initially rented space for religious worship at the corner of Main and 7th streets. Through the combined efforts of both Jews and Christians alike, funds were raised and a permanent synagogue was constructed at 8th and Blondeau Streets in 1877. The building was sold, in 1938, to the Keokuk Gospel Center to continue as a house of faith until 1957 when it was torn down. Congregation B'nai Israel, in Keokuk, affirmed the American principle of freedom of religion and assembly.
|Placed By||Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, City of Keokuk, Iowa Jewish Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 1:48pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 637149 N 4473188|
|Decimal Degrees||40.39801667, -91.38388333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 23.881', W 91° 23.033'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 23' 52.86" N, 91° 23' 1.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 98 N 7th St, Keokuk IA 52632, US|
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