Alexandria Jewish Temple celebrates 160th anniversary

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Alexandria Jewish Temple is a historic synagogue. On Sunday, the congregation celebrated its 160th anniversary with music, food, and fellowship. Everyone from the community was welcomed at the celebration titled, “From the Bimah To Broadway and Beyond."

Audience members watch the Jewish Temple Celebration.

The celebration featured traditional hor d'oeuvres, and a Broadway style concert featuring the temple's cantor and guest cantors. The bimah is the temple's pulpit and where the rabbi's provide the service. The bimah is also where the temple's cantors sing or chant Jewish music while leading prayer.

Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall attended to present the temple with a plaque from the city. There was a full audience, and the congregation's president said it's phenomenal to have the community together to celebrate their milestone, and that gathering together is his favorite part.

“Our neighbors and friends that have been friends with this congregation for years coming here and supporting us,” Michael Bindursky said. “We love being a part of Alexandria and it makes us feel good when our community friends come and support us too.”

Bindursky said the community loves the temple and that they have flourished. After the concert everyone ate anniversary cake. The congregation welcomes the community to visit for worship or any special events. The temple formally named, Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim is located at 2021 Turner Street, and for more information visit their website: www.jewishtemple.org

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