Temple Beth Zion

Built in 1966-67 to replace an earlier synagogue destroyed by fire, the architect, Max Abromovitz, designed the exterior walls to represent cupped praying hands. The ten scalloped panel of the exterior cement walls also bring to mind the Ten Commandments. In the interior, Ben Shahn, Lithuanian-born American artist, designed the east window, two flanking thirty-foot high tablets, which carry Hebrew characters in gold leaf, representing the first letter of each Commandment, and a beautiful menorah of brass and colored glass. The building also houses The Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum, which houses an impressive collection of Judaic artifacts.