Temple Beth Israel (Phoenix)

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Temple Beth Israel
Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.jpg
A 2013 view of the restoration
Location122 East Culver Street
Phoenix, Arizona
Coordinates33°27′47″N 112°04′20″W / 33.462993°N 112.07218°W / 33.462993; -112.07218Coordinates: 33°27′47″N 112°04′20″W / 33.462993°N 112.07218°W / 33.462993; -112.07218
ArchitectLescher, Kibbey, and Mahoney
Architectural styleSpanish mission
NRHP reference #11000043
Added to NRHPFebruary 22, 2011

Temple Beth Israel, now known as Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, was the first permanent Jewish congregation in the vicinity of Phoenix, Arizona. The building was designed in 1920 by architects Lescher, Kibbey, and Mahoney in the style of a Spanish mission. Although Jewish houses of worship are usually aligned on an east–west axis, the Temple Beth Israel axis is north–south.[1][2]

The congregation sold the property in 1949 to a Chinese-language Baptist Church, and later the building was occupied by a Spanish-language Baptist Church. In 2002, the property was purchased by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society and named for Rabbi Emeritus Albert Plotkin and donor Lawrence Cutler.[3] After a 2008 restoration, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011 and was listed as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.

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  1. ^ "Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center". Library Thing. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center". Discover Phoenix Arizona. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Arizona Jewish Historical Society". Jewish Community Foundation. Retrieved December 12, 2013.

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