Rodef Shalom Temple

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Rodef Shalom Temple
Facade of Temple Rodef Shalom.jpg
Rodef Shalom's celebrated façade
Rodef Shalom Temple is located in Pennsylvania
Rodef Shalom Temple
Location 4905 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°26′53″N 79°56′37″W / 40.44806°N 79.94361°W / 40.44806; -79.94361Coordinates: 40°26′53″N 79°56′37″W / 40.44806°N 79.94361°W / 40.44806; -79.94361
Built 1906[1]
Architect Henry Hornbostel
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79002162
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 15, 1979[1]
Designated PHLF 1971[2]

Rodef Shalom Temple is a National Register of Historic Places landmark in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania designed by architect Henry Hornbostel.[3]

Located on Fifth Avenue on the border of the Oakland and Shadyside neighborhoods, it houses Congregation Rodef Shalom, the oldest Jewish congregation in Western Pennsylvania and the largest Reform congregation in the area. Across the street from the temple is the headquarters of Pittsburgh's PBS station WQED.

On the grounds of the building is Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden.


The congregtion was organized in 1856 and constructed its first building in 1861.[4]


The Temple's imposing, domed Beaux Arts 1907 building was designed by a leading Pittsburgh architect, Henry Hornbostel.[5]

Rodef Shalom Temple from Fifth Avenue


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Rodef Shalom Temple". 1967. Retrieved 2010-06-08. [dead link]
  4. ^ Marilyn J. Chiat, America's Religious Architecture, Wiley, 1997 p. 94
  5. ^’s-oldest-jewish-sanctuary/

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