Temple Israel (Paducah, Kentucky)

Temple Israel (Paducah, Kentucky)

Temple Israel (Paducah, Kentucky) is a Reform synagogue in Paducah, Kentucky.


The community was founded in 1864 as the Paducha Chevra Yeshrun Burial Society, the synagogue was chartered in 1871 and in 1873 became a charter member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Paducah's elaborate, Moorish Revival Temple was built in 1893 on the corner of Madison and Joe Clifton Drive. The architect was Brinton B. Davis who went on to build the original buildings of Western Kentucky University. [Lee Weisbach, Synagogues of Kentucky,; History and Architecture, University of Kentucky press, 1995] The building featured a central tower and a pair of minarets, all three topped with large onion-domes. There was an oriel window on the front of the tower, and three tiers of horseshoe windows. The front entrance featured a tripartite, columned, horseshoe-arched doorway topped by a tripartite tier of horseshoe windows. [see illustrations in: Lee Weisbach, Synagogues of Kentucky,; History and Architecture, University of Kentucky press, 1995] The building is no longer standing. [ [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ssjdb/TIPad.htm] ]

According to the stone at its entrance, the Temple Israel Cemetery was established in 1859. It is located at 2535 Lone Oak Road, adjacent to the Mt. Kenton Cemetery. [ [http://www.jewishgen.org/cemetery/northamerica/kentucky.html] ]

In 2004 the Temple building was attacked by anti-Semitic vandals. [VANDALS STRIKE PADUCAH TEMPLE. Associated Press, The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY, February 21, 2004]

External links

* http://www.templeisrael.us/


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