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Temple Emanuel (Beverly Hills, California)

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Completed  1953
Phone  +1 310-288-3737
Architect  Sidney Eisenshtat
Opened  1953
Affiliation  Reform Judaism
Temple Emanuel (Beverly Hills, California)
Location  8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, California
Address  8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, USA
Similar  Sinai Temple, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Beth Chayim Chadashim, Temple Beth Am
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Temple Emanuel is a Reform synagogue in Beverly Hills, California.

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Location

It is located at 8844 Burton Way in Beverly Hills, California.

History

The synagogue was founded in 1938. The first rabbi, Ernest Trattner, served until 1947, when he left amid dissension among the congregation, culminating in litigation.

The current building, completed in 1953, was the first religious building designed by architect Sidney Eisenshtat, who went on to become a noted designer of synagogues and Jewish academic buildings. Built with red brick and concrete, it is considered an important example of modernist synagogue architecture.

Inside, the Belle Chapel presents a permanent memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. The sculpture inside the chapel was designed by Dr Eric May and donated by Nicolai Joffe.

Isaiah Zeldin served as one of its rabbis from 1958 until he left to found Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air in 1964. Rabbi Zeldin was preceded by Bernard Harrison; after Rabbi Harrison's death, a chapel was dedicated in his honor. Meanwhile, comedian Groucho Marx was a congregant.

By 1993, the synagogue had a US$2-million debt. One of the proposed solutions was to merge with the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a large Reform synagogue located at Western and Vermont avenues in Koreatown. However, Temple Emanuel's congregation narrowly voted to reject the merger, deciding that it would change the traditional culture of the synagogue too much. Finances were stabilized by donations, and a capital campaign eventually yielded some $10 million. The building underwent a substantial renovation in 2011, under the supervision of Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

At present

Since 1994, Laura Geller has served as senior rabbi. Geller was the first female graduate of the Reform movement's rabbinical school, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, to head a major metropolitan congregation.

References

Temple Emanuel (Beverly Hills, California) Wikipedia


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