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

Temple B'Nai Israel

Established 1843

Temple B'Nai Israel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
1. Temple B'Nai Israel Marker
Jewish Americans have been part of Mississippi’s economic, social and political life since the 1780’s. In 1843, the Jewish community of Natchez grew large enough to organize and sustain the state’s first permanent religious congregation, Temple B’Nai Israel (Children of Israel). In 1867 the congregation purchased property on Washington and Commerce streets, building its permanent synagogue in 1872. Temple B’Nai Israel became a charter member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in 1873. The original building burned in 1903. The present structure was quickly built in 1905 with financial support from both the Jewish and Christian communities of Natchez.
Erected by Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.
Location. 31° 33.465′ N, 91° 24.237′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of South Commerce Street and Washington Street, on the left when traveling south on South Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 213 South Commerce Street, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Intersection of Washington and South Commerce streets (a few steps from this marker); Intersection of Washington and South Union streets (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Intersection of Washington and South Pearl streets (about 400 feet away); The First Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); Intersection of State and South Pearl streets (about 500 feet away); Intersection of Washington and South Rankin streets (about 700 feet away); In Gratitude (about 700 feet away); United States Courthouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 33 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 2, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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