Beth Sholom Synagogue: Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Early Spring, 2001 visit April 2006 visit


We visited Beth Sholom in the early spring of 2001.  This was part of our first FLW road trip with my friend John.  He's now hooked and has made 3 other trips with us.  That is amazing since this trip did not go as well as planned.  We tried to go to Falling Water, but it was only open for viewing from outside since they were doing construction in the house.  We did manage to take an in-depth tour of Kentuck Knob (the Hagan house) and had a great drive across rural Pennsylvania.  

Funky camera angle on the front of the building.

The other unfortunate thing about this trip was that the Beth Sholom Synagogue was not open for tours that day.  I'd called ahead and the person I spoke with assured me that even though it was a Christian holiday, the synagogue would be open for tours.  SHE LIED TO ME!!!  Well, I'm not really that offended... It gives us an excuse to make another trip later this year. 

John pressing his face to the front door glass.

The synagogue is beautiful on the inside and out.  There wasn't much I could do about taking pictures inside since the closest we could get was pressing our faces against the door.  We could see the colorful chandelier in the main part of the building.  I imagine on a sunny day, the whole interior lights up.  We'll see it soon. 

The back from the parking lot.

Built in 1957, the synagogue is located in a beautiful neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Philly.  It is well worth the visit.  Just make sure they're actually doing tours on the day you are there. ;)

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