Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

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The Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation is a Reform Jewish synagogue in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is the oldest synagogue in Indianapolis. [1][2]


The congregation was founded in 1856 and erected its first synagogue building in 1858 "in Judah’s Block (East Washington Street), opposite the Court House."[3] This early building was replaced with the Market Street Temple in 1868 and the Tenth Street Temple in 1899. The Tenth Street Temple, by the architecture firm of Vonnegut and Bohn, was a domed building in an eclectic Neoclassical style.[1] Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise led the congregation at that time. The congregation's current building at 6501 North Meridian Street was completed in 1958.[3]

Rabbi Maurice Davis was known for his work in the Civil Rights Movement.

Rabbi Murray Saltzman (1967 to 1978) was also known for his work in the Civil Rights Movement.

Rabbi Jonathan Stein, who was Senior Rabbi at the synagogue, is now Senior Rabbi at Temple Shaaray Tefila on New York City's Upper East Side.[4]

Rabbi Brett Krichiver is the current Senior Rabbi. [5]

Notable members[edit]

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  1. ^ David J. Bodenhamer, Robert Graham Barrows, David Gordon Vanderstel, The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 1994, p. 782.
  2. ^ James Glass, "Jews built lives, traditions here", The Indianapolis Star , February 13, 2010.
  3. ^ a b History, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation website. Accessed March 7, 2010.
  4. ^ "Our History and Vision". Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
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Coordinates: 39°52′34″N 86°09′24″W / 39.876168°N 86.156572°W / 39.876168; -86.156572