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Ark Designed by Lois Kaisch
Ark designed by Lois Kaisch

Temple Bírith Kodesh

(Judiasm, Rochester NY) The story of Temple Bírith Kodesh is the story of Rochester. Founded in 1848 its story is much like other immigrant groups. Their early houses of worship were just that, houses. Private homes made holy. The current building was dedicated in April of 1963. Its more modern architecture offers a contrast to the more historic buildings of the area. It also offers several unique designs elements that reflect the Jewish faith and its community. Ribs of steel frame the 12-sided 65-foot dome. Each panel represents one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and the dome itself is a symbol of the tent. It is a link to Jewish history, a reminder of the endurance of their people. The Ark is, quite simply, a work of art. Unusual in its decoration, the 18 panels represent biblical passages.