B'nai Israel Temple (Salt Lake City)

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B'nai Israel Temple
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B'nai Israel Temple (Salt Lake City) is located in Utah
B'nai Israel Temple (Salt Lake City)
Location 249 S. 400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah
Coordinates 40°45′48″N 111°52′42″W / 40.76333°N 111.87833°W / 40.76333; -111.87833Coordinates: 40°45′48″N 111°52′42″W / 40.76333°N 111.87833°W / 40.76333; -111.87833
Area less than one acre
Built 1890
Architectural style Other, Moorish
NRHP Reference # 78002666[1]
Added to NRHP November 16, 1978

B'nai Israel Temple is a historic Jewish synagogue at 249 S. 400 East in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The synagogue was built in 1890 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The building was originally planned to be a "facsimile in miniature" of Berlin's Fasanenstrasse Synagogue, as most of the congregation had originated in Germany, but plans were changed during construction.[2] The synagogue was established in 1873.[3]

The congregation observed an Orthodox style of worship until 1883, when it joined the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Reform movement. In 1885, the members who wanted B'nai Israel to continue to follow Orthodox tradition split off to form their own congregation, Congregation Montefiore (which later affiliated itself with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism). In 1973, Montefiore and B'nai Israel merged to form Congregation Kol Ami, which is a member of both the Union for Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.[4]


  1. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ John S. Smith (1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination Form: B'Nai Israel Temple" (PDF). National Park Service.  and accompanying two photos
  3. ^ Congregation B’nai Israel, the First Synagogue in Salt Lake City, Utah
  4. ^ "Our History". Congregation Kol Ami. Congregation Kol Ami. Retrieved 28 October 2015.