Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Beth Shalom Synagogue

Marker ID: SCHM 40-193
Location: 1719 Marion Street, Columbia, SC
County: Richland
Coordinates: N 34° 0.546    W 081° 1.994
  34.0091    -81.03323333
Style: Free Standing **


Beth Shalom Synagogue

In 1905 disagreements over religious practices divided members of Columbia’s Tree of Life Synagogue. Jews embracing Orthodoxy formed a new synagogue, which they named Beth Shalom (House of Peace). Meetings were held in a private home on the corner of Park and Lady Sts. until a sanctuary was completed in 1907. Destroyed by fire in 1915, it was rebuilt eight months later. Growth of the congregation led to a new temple in 1928. Designed by noted Columbia firm Lafaye & Lafaye and built by M.B. Kahn, a member of the congregation, the new House of Peace was dedicated Sept. 8, 1935. In 1955, its members shifted from Orthodoxy to embrace the Conservative movement. For more than three decades the Marion St. landmark met the spiritual, cultural, and social needs of its members. In 1973 the congregation built a new synagogue on Trenholm Rd. in Forest Acres.

2016 by Historic Columbia, Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, and Jewish Historical Society of SC.