Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Beth Israel is without a doubt one of Portland's architectural gems. It was built in 1928 and designed by Herman Brookman in the Neo-Byzantine style. The temple features two towers and a large dome covering the sanctuary. It was hailed as an architectural masterpiece upon completion and this is still true today. The congregation, which adheres to Reform Judaism, was founded in 1858 (before Oregon was declared a state). The congregation offers a wide variety of educational and religious programs including youth and groups, a preschool and religious school, and opportunities to participate in social justice activities. The temple is part of a complex of buildings that include an education center and a family center.
Backstory and Context
"Mission and History." Congregation Beth Israel. Accessed February 24, 2017. http://www.bethisrael-pdx.org/about/mission-and-history.