Temple Ohabei Shalom
Temple Ohabei Shalom, meaning "Lovers of Peace" in Hebrew, is home to the oldest congregation in Massachusetts. It was founded in 1842 and its members were mostly German at the time. The Beacon Street location, built in 1925, is the congregation's fourth synagogue. Its design is a combination of Moorish and Byzantine architecture (it is modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the Great Synagogue of Florence, Italy). Around 1,800 people can worship inside. The congregation, which adheres to Reform Judaism, offers a preschool and religious school.
Backstory and Context
Photos: Temple Ohabei Shalom and the Charles Playhouse, Wikimedia Commons; Interior view of sanctuary, Temple Ohabei Shalom.