Congregation Ohaveth Sholum opens the first synagogue in Seattle on September 18, 1892.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 9/11/2003
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 5546

On September 18, 1892, Congregation Ohaveth Sholum opens the first synagogue in Seattle at 8th Avenue and Seneca Street in Seattle. (Alternate spellings are Ohaveth Shalem and Ohaveth Shalom.) The new building is filled to capacity with 680 persons for the dedication ceremony. Several hundred others cannot gain admission. Congregation Ohaveth Sholum opens a few days after Temple Emanuel opens at 3rd and Madison streets in Spokane on September 14.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "The audience was a fine one, comprising the elite of the city, a very large proportion being Gentiles." The newspaper devoted nearly an entire page to a description of the two-hour event, a transcript of some of the oratory, and a description of the building itself.

The Byzantine style building, constructed of wood at a cost of $6,800, featured four classrooms in the basement and was designed by Herman Steinman. A few years later the property was foreclosed after the congregation broke up due to theological differences.


Sources:

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 19, 1892, p. 3; "Temple Emanuel -- 1892," Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation website accessed February 1, 2008 (http://www.jewish-american-society-for-historic-preservation.org); N. W. Durham, History of the City of Spokane and Spokane Country (Spokane, Chicago, and Philadelphia: J. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1912), 580.
Note: This Timeline essay was corrected on February 1, 2008, to state that Temple Emanuel of Spokane was the first synagogue to open in the state of Washington.


Related Topics:   Firsts | Jews in Washington | Religion

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