Tree of Life Synagogue

Tree of Life Synagogue (HM2C3N)

Location: Columbia, SC 29205 Richland County
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N 33° 59.46', W 81° 0.371'

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In 1896 members of 18 Jewish families assembled to worship at the Independent Fire Company's station overlooking Sidney Park. Organized as Etz Chayim (Tree of Life), this group's members embraced Judaism's Reform branch or liberal movement. In 1907, members moved into the first temple built in Columbia since the Civil War. Located at 1320 Lady St., the synagogue was paid for by funds raised by local Jewish citizens. To meet the needs of their growing congregation, Tree of Life members began making plans for a new synagogue in 1950. Following a design by Columbia firm LBC&W, M.B. Kahn Construction erected a modern temple in 1952. The highly-touted, contemporary building was a unique addition to the Shandon neighborhood. The Reform congregation worshipped here until 1986, when members relocated to a new synagogue in Forest Acres.
HM NumberHM2C3N
Year Placed2016
Placed ByHistoric Columbia, Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, and Jewish Historical Society of SC
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 499428 N 3761158
Decimal Degrees33.99100000, -81.00618333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 59.46', W 81° 0.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 59' 27.6" N, 81° 0' 22.26" W
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Area Code(s)803
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2701 Heyward St, Columbia SC 29205, US
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