Congregation B'Nai Israel

Congregation B'Nai Israel (HMR3M)

Location: Memphis, TN 70130 Shelby County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 9.074', W 90° 3.023'

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(Children on Israel)

— First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Tennesee —

Jews have been part of Tennessee's economic, social and political life since the late 18th century. Congregation Children of Israel, chartered by the State of Tennessee, 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, 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 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 NumberHMR3M
Year Placed2009
Placed ByJewish American Society for Historic Preservation, Shelby County Historical Commission, Temple Israel
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 4:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 768701 N 3893798
Decimal Degrees35.15123333, -90.05038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 9.074', W 90° 3.023'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 9' 4.44" N, 90° 3' 1.38" W
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Area Code(s)504, 225
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 56 Exchange Ave, Memphis TN 70130, US
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