Aloha Jewish Chapel

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Interior of Aloha Jewish Chapel
In this Torah dedication ceremony participants write one of the last letters in a new Sefer Torah at the Aloha Jewish Chapel at Naval Station Pearl Harbor

Aloha Jewish Chapel was built in 1975 on the grounds of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was designed by Vladimir Ossipoff [1] as the first free-standing Jewish chapel built by the United States government exclusively for Jewish worship.[2] (The Commodore Levy Chapel, Naval Station Norfolk, is the Navy's oldest Jewish Chapel, but it is part of a larger Chapel complex.) The congregation raised money for and purchased a new Torah scroll, which was dedicated on October 26, 2008. This was the first dedication of a new Torah scroll in the State of Hawaii. On the exterior of the building is the "Shalom" sculpture created in 1975 by Selma Mannheim of Los Angeles, California.

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The Chapel (Building 1514) is located just inside the Makalapa Gate.[3] Shabbat services are held at 7:30pm on Fridays and at 8:15am on Saturdays, and Torah study is held at 6:30pm on Mondays.[4] Unless prior arrangements are made, those attending services must have, or be accompanied onto the base by someone having a military identification card.

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  1. ^ Sakamoto, Dean; Britton, Karla; Murphy, Diana, eds. (2007). Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff. et al. New Haven, CT, USA: Honolulu Academy of Arts and Yale University Press. p. 265. ISBN 978-0-300-12146-9. OCLC 488550784. 
  2. ^ Tigay, Alan M. (January 2009). "The Jewish Traveler: Honolulu". Hadassah Magazine. Hadassah. 90 (5): 28. ISSN 0017-6516. OCLC 610586821. Retrieved 2013-04-13.  External link in |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Pearl/Harbor Chapels". [CNIC Headquarters]. Washington, DC: Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Chapels". [CNIC Headquarters]. Washington, DC: Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). Retrieved 2013-04-12. 

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Coordinates: 21°21′11″N 157°56′10″W / 21.35306°N 157.93611°W / 21.35306; -157.93611