Temple B’Nai Israel
Temple B’Nai Israel is Mississippi's oldest Jewish congregation. It was formed in 1843 and for the first couple of decades, it was an Orthodox community. The current temple was built in 1905 and has a seating capacity of 450. However, the congregation is far too small to fill the pews and will likely close sometime in the near future. As of early 2017, the congregation is still active but the temple has been in a partnership with the Museum of Southern Jewish Experience since 1991 in order to preserve the building long-term. In addition to worship and religious services, the temple is used for lectures, concerts, film screenings, and other programming.
Backstory and Context
"Temple B'nai Israel - Natchez, Mississippi." Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities - Goldring-Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Accessed February 20, 2016. http://www.isjl.org/mississippi-natchez-temple-bnai-israel-encyclopedia.html.