Temple Mishkan Israel

Temple Mishkan Israel (HMP7A)

Location: Selma, AL 36701 Dallas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 24.733', W 87° 1.362'

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Side A
The earliest Jewish settlers came to Selma prior to the Civil War, some as early as the 1830's. A group of Jewish citizens assembled as the Mishkan Israel Congregation and began meeting in private homes in 1867. The congregation was formally organized on July 10, 1870. In June of 1899, ground was broken for the temple, and the building was completed on December 20, 1899, Members of Mishkan Israel's congregation were vital to the early economic growth of the city. Many of the stores and businesses that lined the streets of downtown Selma were once owned and operated by members of the Jewish community.

Side B
Three Selma mayors, Simon Mass (1887-1889), Marcus Meyer (1895-1899), and Louis Banish (1915-1920) were members of this congregation, as were United States Congressman William Lehman and Assistant Secretary of Defense Marx Leva. Strongly represented in local government and city activities, members of the congregation have served as Water Commissioner, City Attorney, and on the City Council and Selma School Board. Temple Mishkan Israel endures as a monument to those and other Jewish citizens who have contributed to Selma's civic, economic and spiritual well being.
HM NumberHMP7A
Year Placed2002
Placed ByCahaba Trace Commission / Friends of Temple Mishkan Israel
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 497865 N 3586128
Decimal Degrees32.41221667, -87.02270000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.733', W 87° 1.362'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 43.98" N, 87° 1' 21.72" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 437 Broad St, Selma AL 36701, US
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