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Temple Israel

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1925, Ralph Herr. 236 S. River St.

The ascendancy of eastern European Jews into the mainstream of Wilkes-Barre life is represented in the copper dome, Byzantine Revival design that is indebted to Albert Gottlieb's 1916 design for Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Newark, New Jersey. The interior is dominated by a Classical Revival ark and a wonderful stained glass dome by Richard Spiers and Son of New York City. One block away, at 242 S. Franklin Street, is the synagogue built by the city's major Orthodox congregation when it too moved uptown; Congregation Ohav Zedek (1930, Austin Reilly) is an exuberant reworking of Moorish Revival ornament in polychrome terra-cotta, set under a great curved gable of orange brick.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Temple Israel", [Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 466-467.

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