Huntsville Jewish Heritage Center museum opens

(WAFF) - The new Huntsville Jewish Heritage Center is now open, and the community is invited to learn more about the local history of the Jewish people.

The museum is inside Temple B'nai Sholom, which is one of the oldest synagogues in Alabama.

The original Rabbi's study has been converted into a history lesson, with artifacts and information about the experiences and contributions of people of Jewish faith in the area.

During Sunday's open house, people learned first hand throughout the temple about the city's Jewish history and about Judaism.

The congregation that would build Temple B'nai Sholom formed 140 years ago. The temple first opened in 1899, though there have been revisions since.

Huntsville Jewish Heritage Center Director Margaret Anne Goldsmith said, like the original structure that still stands, the history of Jewish people here has grown, and there is more to be written in years to come.

"We consider the whole synagogue, and even the new educational social hall, as one. The entire area where there are things to find out about our community and about our religion by going through the entire area," Goldsmith said.

The Heritage Center is at 103 Lincoln Street Southeast in Huntsville. It is open to the public by appointment.

To schedule a visit, please call the Temple office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at (256) 536-4771.

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