B'nai Israel Traditional Synagogue

B'nai Israel Traditional Synagogue is a Conservative synagogue located at 1907 Vance Ave, Alexandria, Louisiana, in the United States. It was founded in 1913 as an Orthodox synagogue by Jews from Poland and Russia, many of whom arrived in Alexandria and Central Louisiana as part of the Galveston Movement. In the 1950s the congregation became Conservative.

B'nai Israel Traditional Synagogue
B'nai Israel Traditional Synagogue
AffiliationConservative Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusSynagogue
Location1907 Vance Ave, Alexandria, Louisiana
CountryUnited States
B'nai Israel Traditional Synagogue is located in Louisiana
B'nai Israel Traditional Synagogue
Location in Louisiana
Geographic coordinates31°17′42″N 92°27′12″W / 31.29508°N 92.45326°W / 31.29508; -92.45326
StyleMid-Century modernism
Date established1913 (as a congregation)
Completed1954 (current location)
Capacity100 worshippers
MaterialsConcrete block

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The first shul was located at Fourth and Lee Streets. Ten years after B'nai Israel's founding, the congregation had twenty members. A full-time rabbi, Rabbi Jacob Aronson, led Shabbat services and a cheder, which met three times per week. The religious school soon thereafter met six days per week that "provided instruction in Hebrew language, history, and the Bible."[1] By 1940, the congregation had its own building and a small cemetery just north of the city.

In the 1950s a new concrete block building was constructed on Vance Avenue. The rectangular structure was designed with Mid-Century modern architecture.

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