The Temple (Atlanta)
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|Added to NRHP||September 9, 1982|
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:
- 1875–1902: Garnett and Forsyth Streets, downtown
- 1902–1929: South Pryor and Richardson Streets, Washington-Rawson neighborhood southeast of downtown
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. 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).
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- photo after it had been converted into a Greek Orthodox Church
- "The Temple". Atlanta: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary. National Park Service. 2008-10-10.
- Synagogue website
- The Temple at Atlanta Urban Design Commission
- The Temple, National Park Service Atlanta
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