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Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel

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Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel


Basic Information

Location 11 N Latah St, Boise, ID, United States
Phone number (208) 343-6601
Country United States
City Boise
Address 11 N Latah St, Boise, ID

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.ahavathbethisrael.org/welcome/
Geographical Coordinates 43.60511,-116.23004


Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel is a synagogue in Boise, Idaho. The 1896 building is thought to be the oldest synagogue building in continuous use in the United States west of the Mississippi River. The congregation is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.

History and time period

Boise's first Jews were present in the mining camps in the 1860's, but it was not until 1895 that Congregation Beth Israel (Hebrew for House of Israel) was formed. Most of the congregants were from central Europe and the synagogue followed Reformed ritual. Moses Alexander, mayor of Boise and governor of Idaho, was an early leader of the congregation.

The building was erected in 1896, and given a careful restoration in 1982.

Congregation Ahavath Israel (Hebrew for "Lovers of The House of Israel") was founded in 1912 by Orthodox immigrants form Eastern Europe. The congregation erected a building at the corner of 27th and Bannock Streets in 1947. The two congregations merged in 1986 to become Ahavath Beth Israel.

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