Springhill Avenue Temple (Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim)
Founded in 1844, Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim is the oldest Jewish congregations in Alabama and one of the oldest in the country. Its current location is Springhill Avenue Temple, the third site the Congregation has called home. The first temple was erected in 1846, finally providing a proper space for worship as compared to the homes of its founding members. In 1853, the next temple was built on Jackson Street. The community worshipped here for over 50 years before the construction of the next temple on the corner of Government and Warren Streets. The current temple was built in 1954 and more recently expanded in 2000.
Backstory and Context
"Mobile: Historical Overview." Goldring-Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life: Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities - Mobile, Alabama. http://www.isjl.org/alabama-mobile-encyclopedia.html.