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Beth Israel Synagogue

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Basic Information

Location Willow Creek RM 458, Saskatchewan, S0E, Canada
Country Canada
City Edenbridge, SK

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 53.227,-102.75174


Summary

Beth Israel Synagogue is an historic Carpenter Gothic style Orthodox synagogue located in Edenbridge in the rural municipality of Willow Creek, near Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada. Today Beth Israel is the "oldest surviving synagogue in Saskatchewan."

Beth Israel Synagogue, including its adjacent cemetery, is a municipal heritage site as designated by the Rural Municipality of Willow Creek on September 10, 2003.

General

The Edenbridge Hebrew Colony was founded in 1906 by Jewish immigrants who came from Lithuania via South Africa. Completed in 1906, the synagogue's wooden frame exterior, steep pitched roof and end lancet windows are typical of the plain Carpenter Gothic style buildings built by other religious groups in Saskatchewan and the rest of rural North America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The elegant interior, however, reflects the Eastern European roots of the Orthodox congregation.


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