The Temple at 150
In 1867, a number of Jewish families in Atlanta gathered for a wedding, and from that came the origins of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, better known to Atlantans as The Temple.
Mary Phagan’s 1913 murder, Leo Frank’s subsequent Lynching, and their lasting impact on the Temple and Atlanta’s Jewish community.
The Temple recovers from the bombing by cementing a lasting legacy of Civil Rights and Social Justice.
One early morning in 1958, a bomb blasted a hole in the Temple. What could have been another tragedy for the Atlanta Jewish community unexpectedly provided a chance to heal the wounds opened by the Leo Frank Case.
Lois Retzes discusses The Temple Bombing with the book’s author, Melissa Fay Greene, and the director and playright of the stage adaptation, Jimmy Maize. Actors from the Alliance Theatre’s production give a preview reading.