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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Steeple(less) Sunday: Temple Beth Or

Temple Beth Or, 'House of Light',
is on Creedmoor Road, which is not far from our home; however, it is on a side of the road we rarely travel except weekends and I often forget my camera.
During the holidays, getting pictures of this beautiful Temple was on the top of my to do list. 
 Temple Beth Or has been an active Reform congregration in Raleigh since 1912.  It is nestled in a beautiful setting amongst
many hardwoods.  Ever though it is off a busy street the setting is very tranquil.  This is the view you have as soon as you turn in the driveway. 
 It was founded by a Jewish group associated with the Hebrew Sunday School Society in Raleigh. Originally it was located on Hillsborough Street, just a few blocks from N. C. State University,
Meredith College and St. Mary's College. The congregation moved to this location in 1978.  The Religious School wing was added in 1984 and the Education Building was dedicated in 1999.  There are
currently over 500 member familities dedicated to the service of their faith and to each other.  Many beautiful windows and angles make this a very unique Temple.  As you can see this was taken right after the big snow of December 25 and 27, 2010.
 The roof is cedar, I love how the moss is growing naturally on it.

 I absolutely love the angles in this picture.  I think the straight
trunk of the tree intensifies the angles and windows

 I found these two reserved parking places very interesting.
The first one is for the Rabbi
After a little reseach I found out the President of the congregation is the Chief Executive Officer
We just never know what beauty will be down a road until we make the turn. 


  1. How beautiful. I find it interesting that this very modern looking structure has moss growing on the roof, that is awesome. It is also nice that there are so many trees around the building. I'm glad you took the turn down this road.

    Hugs & Purrs,
    J and Cindi Lou
    The Wild Bunch

  2. Wow now that is diffrent, thanks for sharing.
    See Yea George xxx

  3. MOL...OMD, did I just say MOL? Oh my, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME??????????????
    Wells, I was giggling bouts da sign "Reserved For President"...I need a parking sign likes dat fur MY driveway.
    Them some beautiful fotos of da chirch afters da Southern Blizzard of 2010. Love hows da moss is growing too.

    Puddles...turnin' into a kitteh

  4. Madi and mom,
    OoH dis is a very unique temple, thanks fur sharin' it wif us today. Happy Sunday!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  5. The Temple is a lovely and unusual shaped building with the curves and angles. The setting for it is beautiful.

  6. I Love all the big trees around it as if it is being protected.
    nice turn :)

  7. Interesting building indeed, and HiC, you're sounding a bit like an architect these days!

  8. That is a beautiful place. It draws you in, and, even in pictures, makes you feel welcome. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. Lovely place indeed!!! Thank you!

  10. Beautiful temple and I love how you caught it with the snow on the building & grounds!

    Raleigh is rich in faith and artistic design!

  11. I love the design of this building! Your pictures also show the beauty of your countryside.

    Happy Sunday! Tell Madi it is raining here so the cats have camped out on the bed for the day. (Hummm....maybe that's just what I'll do too!)

  12. Oh my gosh...what a beautiful serene place. And I love the mixture of the fall foliage still clinging to the branches along with the wintry landscape. Just fabulous.

    Loved reading Madi's resolutions too...Or should I say "Diva's" resolutions?

    Will hopefully get to sending your 'prize' this coming week...I'll let you know.

  13. For just a second I thought that first parking space was reserved for "Rabbit" and I got all excited. The building is really nice though and it is very unusual, too. Thanks for sharing. This was very cool.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  14. You are so right. It is unique!
    Happy Sunday!
    Kisses and hugs

  15. VERY interesting! You come up with the most interesting things! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Wow...that might be one of my favoritest ones yet. Even if it doesn't have a steeple. Speaking of which - and I mighta missed it in one of your earlier posties - but do you know when and why churches started using steeples in the first place?

    Happy New Year to you and your mom and dad, Madi!

    Wiggles & Wags,

    PeeS. Puddles said she had some trouble getting to my bloggie today. Did you have any trouble when you came over?

  17. What an interesting looking temple!! We like the moss on the roof too!


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