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Temple of Israel
1 S. Fourth St., at Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 762-0000

The oldest Jewish temple in North Carolina, this unique Moorish revival-style building was erected in 1875-76 for a Reform congregation established in 1872. Its two square towers are topped by small onion domes, and the paired, diamond-paned windows exhibit a mix of architrave shapes, including Romanesque, trefoil and Anglo-Saxon arches. Another notable feature is a magnificent chandelier, brought to the United States from Landau, Germany. Believed to be more than 500 years old, the chandelier was originally lighted by oil, later by candles and finally by electricity. The Pilcher-Tracker organ, installed in 1906 and restored in 1990, is one of only three such organs known to still be in operation. Call the temple office prior to visiting.

 

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