Location Information
(for the Temple B'nai Israel)
Name:Temple B'nai Israel
Address:213 Commerce Street, South
City/County:Natchez, Adams County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1904-05
Architectural Styles(s):Neoclassical
No. of Stories:2
Registration Information
NR District Name:Natchez-On-Top-of-the-Hill
NR Status:Contributing
Element No.:96
Mississippi Landmark Information
Designated:09-11-2002
Recorded:11-07-2002
Book/Vol. No.:V. 22-O, p. 1
Local Designation Information
Local District Name:Natchez Historic District
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Context/Comments
Designed by architect H.A. Overbeck, of Dallas, Texas, and built in 1904-05, this elegant synagogue re-introduced Classicism to the religious architecture of Mississippi after a lapse of almost 30 years. This building served the Jewish congregation of Natchez for nearly a century, but after the congregation became largely inactive and unable to maintain the building, it was conveyed to the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), which maintains it as part of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. It was designated a Mississippi Landmark, at the request of the owners, on 11 September 2002. (This building is very similar in design to the Hebrew Union Temple in Greenville, also designed by Overbeck, which was built in 1906).

Included in "Natchez Walking Guide" (1985) (pp.51-52), "Historic Churches of Mississippi" (2007) (pp. 106-107), and "Buildings of Mississippi" (2020) (pp. 33-34). [HABS: MS-276 (four photos – two exterior and two interior – made by James W. Rosenthal in July 2006)] (R.C., 2021)