SYNAGOGUE OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2016
photo from Wikimedia (prior to expansion & renovation)
Temple Beth El
800 North Palafox Street
Beth El is the oldest existing Jewish congregation in the State of Florida having been chartered in 1878. Beth El began with ten families and joined what is now the Union for Reform Judaism in 1889. A Jewish cemetery and B'nai B'rith chapter had been established earlier in the city in 1869 and 1874. The current Art Deco style temple was dedicated in 1931 and is the congregation's third building. An expansion and renovation of the synagogue complex was recently completed. The congregation's cemetery is the third oldest Jewish cemetery in Florida.
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