First Jewish Temple in St. Louis

I am a member of the Old Cathedral which is located on the riverfront and I have heard this story numerous times and would presume it to be true.  In the early days of the city when the Jewish population was quite small the Bishop of the newly built Cathedral had provided the use of the church on Saturday’s to the Jewish community as Temple because they had no place to worship.  So the Old Cathedral was essentially the first Temple for the Jewish community in St. Louis.  In respect for the Jewish community the Old Cathedral has Jewish letters on the pediment over the front doors of the church.  I understand them to read either “God” or imply “The House of God” in Hebrew.

-George Hoeffner 

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