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Temple Kehillath Israel

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1925, MacNaughton and Robinson; 1929, Krokyn, Browne and Rosenstein; 1948, Jacob Krokyn. 384 Harvard St.

Probably the most important, certainly the most active, Orthodox congregation in Boston built this original cast-stone temple. Strong corner towers ornamented with Stars of David and capped with copper domes frame the five massive entrance doors, now with decorative etched glass panels. To the left, a 1929 limestone and tan brick addition contains facilities for education and social activities, whereas the community house and auditorium are part of the 1948 addition. The restrained streamlined classical facade of the later structure adds a note of dignity to the complex, enhanced by the broad flight of steps leading to the entry. Nearby, busy Harvard Street serves a shopping mecca with its stores of ritual comestibles and enclaves of Judaica.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Temple Kehillath Israel", [Brookline, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 498-498.

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