Temple B'nai Israel
Temple B'nai Israel is one of Oklahoma's oldest Jewish congregations. It was founded in 1903 and it built its first synagogue in 1907. It is a large, vibrant congregation, numbering around 400 families. Temple B'nai Israel adheres to Reform Judaism and as such social justice is a major focus for the congregation. The congregation also features an intercongregational Sunday school, interfaith programs, inclusive Thanksgiving services, Hebrew school, adult programming, and youth programs.
Backstory and Context
Oklahoma City, like other places in the South, has dealt with anti-semitism. In 1910, when Oklahoma City was chosen to be the state capital over Guthrie (the population in Oklahoma City surpassed Guthrie's in the early 1900s), prominent Jews were accused of "stealing" the designation. The Ku Klux Klan was also very active in the South during the first few decades of the 20th century.
Klinger, Jerry. "A Short History of Jewish History in Oklahoma City." San Diego Jewish World. November 21, 2016. http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2016/11/21/a-short-history-of-jewish-oklahoma.
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