The Temple (Atlanta)

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The Temple
The Temple (Atlanta) is located in Atlanta
The Temple (Atlanta)
The Temple (Atlanta) is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
The Temple (Atlanta)
The Temple (Atlanta) is located in the US
The Temple (Atlanta)
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°47′52″N 84°23′21″W / 33.79778°N 84.38917°W / 33.79778; -84.38917Coordinates: 33°47′52″N 84°23′21″W / 33.79778°N 84.38917°W / 33.79778; -84.38917
Built 1931
Architect Shutze, Philip
NRHP Reference # 82002420
Added to NRHP September 9, 1982[1]
Original temple (1875) on Forsyth Street

The Temple (formally, the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation) is a Jewish center in Atlanta, Georgia. The oldest Jewish congregation in Atlanta, the Hebrew Benevolent Society, was established in 1860 to serve the needs of German-Jewish immigrants. The Temple, designed by Philip Trammell Shutze in a Neoclassical style, was completed in 1931.

Previous temples of the congregation were located at:[2]

  • 1875–1902: Garnett and Forsyth Streets, downtown
  • 1902–1929: South Pryor and Richardson Streets, Washington-Rawson neighborhood southeast of downtown[3]

During the 1950s and 1960s The Temple became a center for civil rights advocacy. In response, white supremacists bombed The Temple on October 12, 1958, with no injuries. While arrests were made, there were no convictions. Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Ralph McGill's outraged front-page column on the Temple bombing won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.[4] The Temple (location) as well as the bombing event was used as a central theme in the Academy Award winning Best Picture "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989).


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
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  3. ^ photo after it had been converted into a Greek Orthodox Church
  4. ^ "The Temple". Atlanta: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary. National Park Service. 2008-10-10. 

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