The Temple (Atlanta)

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The Temple
The Temple Synagogue, Midtown, Atlanta, GA (46557779975).jpg
The Temple (Atlanta) is located in Atlanta Midtown
The Temple (Atlanta)
The Temple (Atlanta) is located in Atlanta
The Temple (Atlanta)
The Temple (Atlanta) is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
The Temple (Atlanta)
The Temple (Atlanta) is located in the United States
The Temple (Atlanta)
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°47′52″N 84°23′21″W / 33.79778°N 84.38917°W / 33.79778; -84.38917
Latitude and Longitude:

33°47′52″N 84°23′21″W / 33.79778°N 84.38917°W / 33.79778; -84.38917
Architect Shutze, Philip
NRHP reference  No. 82002420
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 9, 1982 [1]
Designated ALBOctober 23, 1989
Original temple (1875) on Forsyth Street

The Temple (formally, the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation) is a Reform synagogue in Atlanta, Georgia. The oldest Jewish congregation in Atlanta, it was established in 1860 to serve the needs of German-Jewish immigrants. The Temple, designed by Philip Trammell Shutze in a Neoclassical style, was completed in 1931.

Previous temples of the congregation were located at: [2]

  • 1875–1902: Garnett and Forsyth Streets, downtown
  • 1902–1929: South Pryor and Richardson Streets, Washington-Rawson neighborhood southeast of downtown [3]

During the 1950s and 1960s The Temple became a center for civil rights advocacy. In response, white supremacists bombed The Temple on October 12, 1958, with no injuries. While arrests were made, there were no convictions. Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Ralph McGill's outraged front-page column on the Temple bombing won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. [4] The Temple as well as the bombing event was used as a central theme in the film Driving Miss Daisy (1989).


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Pioneer Citizens' History of Atlanta, 1833-1902: Pub. By the Pioneer Citizens' Society of Atlanta". 1902.
  3. ^ photo ( Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine) after it had been converted into a Greek Orthodox Church
  4. ^ "The Temple". Atlanta: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary. National Park Service. October 10, 2008.

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