Rededication of Historic Temple Beth Ha Tephila

The newly renovated Beth Ha Tephila Synagogue will be rededicated Sunday, December 16. Photo: Urban News

The newly renovated Beth Ha Tephila Synagogue will be rededicated Sunday, December 16. Photo: Urban News

Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, located at 43 North Liberty Street, will hold a rededication celebration weekend to commemorate the new building features of the congregation including the Dave Family Social Hall, the Religious School, and renovations to the Sanctuary. The formal rededication ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 16 at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, December 15 at 3 p.m., there will be a lecture and panel discussion by noted North Carolina Jewish historian and author Dr. Leonard Rogoff on “Changes in NC Jewish Culture: Religion and Political Life Over125 Years, the founding of Beth HaTephila.”

As part of the focus of the congregation’s history, a panel of Temple members who represent founding families, as well as recent newcomers, will engage in the discussions with Dr. Rogoff.

On Sunday, the speaker will be special guest Rabbi Gary Zola, Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati (the world’s largest free-standing research center dedicated solely to the study of the American Jewish experience). He will address the topic of L’Dor V’Dor, meaning from Generation to Generation. Dr. Marcus, founder of the center spoke at the dedication for the temple in 1949. A reception will follow the ceremony.

For more information contact Judy Leavitt at (601) 613-0465.

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