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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

 
 
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 8, 2012
1. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Marker
Inscription.
Has Been Designated A
National
Historic Landmark

This Site Possesses National Significance
in Commemorating the History of the
United States of America

1980
Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service
United States Department of the Interior

(Lower Plaque)
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
Founded 1749
Has Been Placed On The
National Register
of Historic Places

By The United States
Department of the Interior
(Marker Number #78002499.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.924′ N, 79° 55.968′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Hasell Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 90 Hasell Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (here, next to this marker); St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Markers image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 8, 2012
2. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Markers
seen at 90 Hasell Street
(a few steps from this marker); Riviera Theatre (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Market (about 600 feet away); Charleston City Market (about 600 feet away); Trinity Methodist Church Original Site / William Hammett (about 700 feet away); The Site of Carteret Bastion (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Regarding Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. (Beth Elohim Synagogue) Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim possesses national significance as the birthplace, in 1824, of Reform Judaism in America. Originated by German Jews in the early 1800s, the Reform Movement spread rapidly through central Europe and to the United States, where it led to radical changes in Jewish doctrine during the remainder of the 19th century. The influx of German, Austrian, and Bavarian Jews that began in 1836 and continued into the 1890s was a major factor in the success of American Reform. Thus Beth Elohimís pioneering role is accentuated both because the reform group arose within an Orthodox and mainly Sephardic community and because it antedated the first large-scale Ashkenazic immigration
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 8, 2012
3. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Marker
by more than a decade. Congregation Beth Elohim, established in 1749, is the nationís fourth oldest Jewish community. Its present house of worship, a fine Greek Revival structure, erected in 1840, is the second oldest synagogue extant in the country and the oldest in continuous use. Listed in the National Register April 4, 1978; Designated a National Historic Landmark June 19, 1980.(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)

National Register of Historic Places:
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue *** (added 1978 - - #78002499)
Also known as Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim;Congregation Beth Elohim;Beth Elohi
90 Hasell St. , Charleston
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Lopez,David L., Warner,Cyrus L.
♦ Architectural Style: Other
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture, Religion
♦ Period of Significance: 1825-1849
♦ Historic Function: Religion
♦ Historic Sub-function: Religious Structure
♦ Current Function: Religion
 
Also see . . .  The history of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. the fourth oldest Jewish congregation in the continental United States (after New York, Newport and Savannah). (Submitted on February 25, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim image. Click for full size.
S.C. Department of Archives and History, April 9, 2007
4. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue, Interior-Bimah image. Click for full size.
S.C. Department of Archives and History
5. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue, Interior-Bimah
Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey John P. O'Neill, March 1938
6. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
Historic American Engineering Record: Habs SC,10-CHAR,41--2
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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