“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Shaarai Shomayim

First Jewish House of Worship in Alabama - 1846

Shaarai Shomayim Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger
1. Shaarai Shomayim Marker
Inscription. Jews have been part of Alabama’s economic, social and political life since 1764. It was not until 1841 that Mobile’s small Jewish community grew large enough to organize “Congregation” Shaarai Shomayim (Gates of Heaven). The community dedicated a small building on St. Emanuel St., between Church and Government Sts., December 27, 1846, as the first Jewish house of worship in Alabama. Shaarai Shomayim moved to a larger location on Jackson St., between St. Louis and St. Michael Sts., in 1853. The structure burned in 1856 but was quickly rebuilt through the combined ecumenical efforts of Christians and Jews in 1858.

Shaarai Shomayim, affirmed in Alabama, the American principles of freedom of religion, assembly and the commonality of communities of faith.
Erected 2006 by Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, Historic Mobile Preservation Society.
Location. 30° 41.289′ N, 88° 2.959′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on Government Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on Government Street driving south on the right hand side between St. Michael's and St. Louis Street. Marker is in this post office area: Mobile AL 36602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Shaarai Shomayim Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, circa 2006
2. Shaarai Shomayim Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. H. Roger Williams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barton Academy (about 600 feet away); Old Church Street Cemetery - 1819 (about 700 feet away); Creole Firehouse #1 (about 700 feet away); The Quigley House (about 700 feet away); Dr. Thomas N. Harris (about 800 feet away); John L. LeFlore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bettie Hunter House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mobile.
Also see . . .
1. The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation is a non-profit, volunteer organization. The purpose of the Society is to identify and recognize sites of American Jewish Historical interest. The Society sponsors and promotes programs of local and national historic interest. Cooperating with local Historical Societies, Communities, Churches and Synagogues, the Society encourages dialogue and interactive recognition of the commonality of the American Experience. (Submitted on February 1, 2010, by Jerry Klinger of Derwood, Maryland.) 

2. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Mobile's Jewish community. (Submitted on January 4, 2013, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
Additional keywords. Jewish American, Mobile, Alabama,
Congregation Shaarai Shomayim image. Click for full size.
circa 1853
3. Congregation Shaarai Shomayim
JASHP, Historic Mobile Preservation Society, Synagogue

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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jerry Klinger of Derwood, Maryland. This page has been viewed 843 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jerry Klinger of Derwood, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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