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Beth Sholom Synagogue

Beth Sholom Synagogue is the result of a joint effort by Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

8231 Old York Road

The great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed this Jewish synagogue for the Beth Sholom Congregation. The structure was a benchmark in Wright’s career and is significant as one of the few religious buildings – and the only Jewish building – that he designed. The Beth Sholom Congregation was founded in 1919 and continues to use the synagogue to this day. Their rabbi, Mortimer J. Cohen, commissioned Wright to design the structure and explained and interpreted the Jewish faith so that Wright could build symbols of Jewish practices, philosophy, and beliefs into his drawings. The design was completed in 1955 and built by 1959. The Beth Sholom Synagogue was designated a National Historic Landmark on March 29, 2007.

Photo: Beth Sholom Synagogue is the result of a joint effort by Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen and Frank Lloyd Wright.
– Courtesy Beth Sholom Congregation

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