Temple B'Nai Isreal

Temple B'Nai Isreal (HM1GS6)

Location: Anderson, SC 29621 Anderson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 30.95', W 82° 39.067'

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Anderson's Jewish Community dates to the antebellum era but grew significantly after 1900 with the arrival of several families from Eastern Europe. This congregation founded as Temple B'nai Israel (Sons of Israel) as early as 1911. It held services in the Masonic Temple on the square and a number of other buildings in downtown Anderson before the construction of this synagogue in 1948.


After World War II, with the Jewish population of Anderson almost doubling in number since 1937, the congregation needed a permanent home. This 150-seat sanctuary, with classrooms, a social hall, and a kitchen, was completed in 1945, when the congregation numbered 20 to 25 families. B'nai Israel's first Torah, from Russia, had belonged to Sam Poliakoff's maternal grandparents.
HM NumberHM1GS6
Marker Number4-41
Year Placed2014
Placed ByTemple B'Nai Israel.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 12:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 348443 N 3820590
Decimal Degrees34.51583333, -82.65111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 30.95', W 82° 39.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 30' 57" N, 82° 39' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)864
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1300 N Oakland Ave, Anderson SC 29621, US
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