Temple Israel (Lafayette, Indiana)

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Temple Israel
Temple Israel in Lafayette front and side.jpg
Temple Israel
Temple Israel (Lafayette, Indiana) is located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Temple Israel (Lafayette, Indiana)
Temple Israel (Lafayette, Indiana) is located in Indiana
Temple Israel (Lafayette, Indiana)
Temple Israel (Lafayette, Indiana) is located in the US
Temple Israel (Lafayette, Indiana)
Location 17 S. 7th St., Lafayette, Indiana
Coordinates 40°25′0″N 86°53′16″W / 40.41667°N 86.88778°W / 40.41667; -86.88778Coordinates: 40°25′0″N 86°53′16″W / 40.41667°N 86.88778°W / 40.41667; -86.88778
Area less than one acre
Built 1866-1867
Architect Jacob Welschbillig
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 82000080[1]
Added to NRHP February 19, 1982

Temple Israel is a historic synagogue located at Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Its 1867 building is one of the oldest synagogue buildings in the United States.[2]

The congregation, which was formed in 1849, was the second Jewish congregation organized in Indiana.[3][4] In 1874 it became a founding member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.[5] The congregation moved to its third and present location on Cumberland Avenue in West Lafayette.[5]

Historic building[edit]

The Temple Israel building of 1866–1867, located at 17 South 7th St., was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It is a two-story Rundbogenstil structure.[3][6] The building was dedicated by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise.[5][7]

In 1976 the old synagogue building was purchased from the Red Cross by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lafayette, Indiana.[8] The UU congregation vacated this location in October 2007.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Mark Gordon, "Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues", American Jewish History 84.1 (1996), 11-27.
  3. ^ a b http://www.livingplaces.com/IN/Tippecanoe_County/Lafayette_City/Ellsworth_Historic_District.html
  4. ^ James Glass, "Jews built lives, traditions here", The Indianapolis Star, February 13, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c http://templeisraelwlaf.org/aboutus/history/
  6. ^ Historic Structures of Lafayette, Indiana, Historic Homes and Churches
  7. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-07-01.  Note: This includes John A. Carlson (February 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Temple Israel" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01.  and Accompanying photographs
  8. ^ http://www.uuctc.org/about-2/our-history/#A_New_Home

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