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Temple Emeth

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1949, Carney Goldberg. 194 Grove St.

Temple Emeth's concrete semi-circular post-and-beam entrance portico encloses a single tree, symbolizing the tree of life, metaphorically the Torah or Five Books of Moses, central to Jewish worship. A modest landscaped garden surrounded by two stairways leads to the entrance court, where the Star of David appears in red and gray granite paving. Situated on a curvilinear corner, the complex establishes a dialogue with the curve of the commercial street opposite. The semi-circular end of the synagogue, entered to the left from the courtyard, repeats the form. The two-story complex of white-painted brick contains spaces for educational, social, and administrative functions, harmoniously scaled for its suburban context.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Temple Emeth", [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, 509-509.

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