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“Beautiful historical worship site”
Review of Plum Street Temple

Plum Street Temple
Reviewed 30 May 2012

Cincinnati is the birthplace of reformed Judaism and this is the main Temple directly across the street from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati St. Peter in Chains Cathedral so you can get a two for of beautiful Church buildings and directly aross the street (so these three buildings sit on three of the four corners on a city block) is City Hall. All three are worth seeing as well known buildings in the city of Cincinnati. I had the pleasure of going to the yearly open to the public Passover meal (for which there is a small fee) so we also got to tour the building as well. I suggest calling first to see if there are arranged tour times at all three buildings but usually all three are open daily so you could just check things out for yourself but guided tours are nice for those who are curious about the history of the building and the organizations behind them.

3  Thank Patrick M
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

Spectacular architecture; an historic landmark. Interior space is truly inspirational. A must see for anyone interested in 19th century architecture.

3  Thank Jean F
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

This is a gorgeous synagogue. The history speaks, but so does the present.

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Reviewed 14 December 2011

Built in 1866 in the Byzantine - Moorish style, this sanctuary is maintained by the Isaac M. Wise congregation through bequests, and a non-profit building foundation committed to its maintenance, and continued religious and civic functions.

Plum Street Temple, a majestic exterior and interior historic building is in continued use for weekly Prayer Services (Friday evening, and Saturday mornings), and life cycle and civic events.

The street level (first floor) is devoted to worship, lectures, and public organ concerts. The lower level is used for dinners and receptions. The building has been updated with elevator service and is handicapped accesible.

Hebrew Union College (HUC) holds its public ordination ceremony of the Cincinnati Campus, every year at Plum Street Temple, with guest coming from all over the world.

There is pay parking on the street or in nearby surface lots or multi level enclosed garages. It is easy walking, from most downtown Cincinnati hotels, restaurants, and other attractions.

When not in use, the Plum Strret Temple is locked and secured. However, free guided tours by volunteers are available upon advance request. Large groups can be easily accomodated.

At the intersection of Seventh and Plum, on two opposite corners from Plum Strret Temple are two other significant architectural historical buildings: the Cincinnati City Hall and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, both available for quided tours upon advance request.

Date of experience: December 2011
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

The previous poster said "you can visit most of the time". That may be true, but they won't let you into the building. We went yesterday (on a saturday at noon) and it was very apparent that this place is NOT open to the public. Actually, there were signs stating that (call for appointment, or something like that). So unless you are going there for a service, it appears that you aren't going to get in. The outside of the building is not that impressive. I've seen pictures of the inside, and it looked impresive, but.....

Date of experience: November 2011
5  Thank CinciJim
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