Temple Beth Zion -Table of Contents

Temple Beth Zion
Exterior, West Window, and Balcony
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Erected:

1964-1967

Chief architect:

Max Abramovitz, of Harrison and Abramovitz

Windows, Ten Commandment tablets, Menorah artist:

Ben Shahn

Windows artist:

Shahn's painting adapted by Benoit Gilsoul (BEN wah JEEL soul)

Windows fabricator:

Willet Studios

Temple status:

Included in the Linwood Preservation District

Being constructed in the round, the building does not contain a cornerstone. Instead, the original cornerstone from the building at 599 Delaware is placed in the rear wall of the sanctuary ark. To it has been added the phrase "Rebuilt 1966."

The west stained glass window, created by Ben Shahn, represents the 150th (last) Psalm:

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord.

Cf., Westminster Presbyterian Church's "Praise" window.- also by Willet Studios



Click on illustrations for larger size -- and for more information

Mr. & Mrs. E. Crosby Willet / Max Abramovitz / Henry Lee Willet in 1967

E. Crosby Willet in 2009

 

 

Curved sheets of Alabama limestone

Looking north

The west stained-glass window

Detail - West window

Detail

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Detail

West window is behind the organ

The pipe organ features trumpets from the Lafayette Theater organ

Some of the 4,000 organ pipes

Some of the 4,000 organ pipes

The concrete walls are bathed in a diffused natural light

 

 

Blue reflections from the east window

Blue reflections from the east window


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Special thanks to Executive Director Mark Criden for his cooperation
and
Wendee G. Lorbeer
for her encouragement
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Photos and their arrangement © 2003 Chuck LaChiusa
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