Temple Emanu-El (Birmingham, Alabama)

Birmingham, United States

Temple Emanu-El (Birmingham, Alabama)

Temple Emanu-El is a Reform Jewish congregation in Birmingham, Alabama.

The community that would become Temple Emanu-El first held Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur celebrations in 1881. Before the synagogue was built, the community met at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for the public worship services. Land for the synagogue was purchased in 1884, and construction began in 1886. The building, located on the southeast corner of 5th Avenue North and 17th Street, was inaugurated on January 24, 1889. The temple's founding president and (lay) rabbi was businessman, poet, and humanitarian Samuel Ullman (1840-1924).

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