United Hebrews of Ocala

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United Hebrews of Ocala
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Location Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
Coordinates 29°11′19″N82°7′50″W / 29.18861°N 82.13056°W / 29.18861; -82.13056 Coordinates: 29°11′19″N82°7′50″W / 29.18861°N 82.13056°W / 29.18861; -82.13056
Architectural style Carpenter Gothic

The former United Hebrews of Ocala synagogue is a historic Carpenter Gothic building located at 729 N.E. 2nd Street, in the Tuscawilla Park Historic District of Ocala, Florida. Built in 1888, it was one of the first synagogues in Florida. [1] It is listed in the Marion County section of A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, published in 1989 by the University of Florida Press in Gainesville. In 1963, the congregation adopted the name Temple B'nai Darom. The building is a contributing property to the historic district. It is among the oldest synagogue buildings still standing in the United States. [2]


Current use

Since 1976 Temple B'nai Darom has worshiped in a new building at 49 Banyan Course in Ocala. The historic building on 2nd Street was sold and is now the Ocala Bible Chapel, a Christian congregation. [3] It was purchased in 2011 and became Good News Baptist Church of Ocala, FL a Christian congregation.

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  1. Florida Jewish History Archived November 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Rediscovering Jewish Infrastructure: Update on United States Nineteenth Century Synagogues, Mark W. Gordon, American Jewish History 84.1 (1996) 11-27 . 2019 article update.
  3. Ocala Bible Chapel Archived September 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine