Temple Emanuel, 280 May Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

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Temple Emanuel

Address: 280 May Street
Neighborhood/s: West Side, Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester County, Massachusetts
State/province: Massachusetts
Country: United States
Year built: 1949
Primary Style: Classical Revival
Additions: 1961
Historic Function: Religious/Place of worship
Current Function: Religious/Place of worship
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Notes: Located on a triangular piece of land at the confluence of Chandler Street and May Street; across from Worcester State College.

West Side Worcester Worcester County

Temple Emanuel, 280 May Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
(42.2668° N, 71.8398° WLatitude: 42°16′0.48″N
Longitude: 71°50′23.28″W

Temple Emanuel is home to Worcester's largest and oldest Reform Jewish congregation. A synagogue founded in 1920, it was originally located in the West Side Community House at 22 Suburban Road. In 1924 it outgrew this building and moved to the former Bancroft School at 111 Elm Street. The current building dedicated in 1949, reproduces the look of a colonial New England meeting house. In 1961 the congregation added a significant addition to the building with an auditorium, more classrooms and offices to accommodate a large increase in membership.

Of note, in 1967 the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to the congregation at the invitation of Rabbi Klein. Rabbi Joseph Klein was Temple Emanuel's longest serving rabbi, from 1948 to 1977, and is said to have inspired at least fifteen students to later attend rabbinical seminary at Hebrew Union College. Prominent alumni include the current president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, as well as the 1960s radical and founder of the Yippie movement, Abbie Hoffman. The temple is currently served by Rabbi Matthew L. Berger, hired in July 2009.


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