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Congregation Beth Israel Portland

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Congregation Beth Israel Portland


Basic Information

Location 1972 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR, United States
Phone number (503) 222-1069
Country United States
City Portland
Address 1972 NW Flanders St, Portland

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.bethisrael-pdx.org/
Geographical Coordinates 45.52578,-122.69174


Beth Israel is a Reform congregation and Jewish synagogue in Portland, Oregon. The congregation was founded in 1858, while Oregon was still a territory, and built its first synagogue in 1859.


The congregation's first building was a modest, single story, pitched-roof, wooden-framed, clapboard building. It had Gothic, pointed-arch windows and door.

This early structure was replaced by an 1888 synagogue building, which was destroyed by fire in December 1923.

It was replaced in 1928 by a notable Neo-Byzantine synagogue building that continues to serve the congregation. It was listed as Temple Beth Israel on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is considered one of the finest examples of Byzantine-style architecture on the west coast, and was inspired by the Alte Synagoge (Steelerstrasse Synagogue) in Essen, Germany. The interior of Steelerstrasse, the first modern synagogue in Germany, was praised as Germany's most beautiful synagogue. It was destroyed during Kristallnacht.

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