Beth Hebrew, a mid-century synagogue in Phoenix, encapsulates the story of rescue, resistance and renewal of Jewish life after the Holocaust. Among its founders were the Loewy family, who rescued 1,500 people from a Vichy camp and fought in the French resistance. Their story can be read as a search for a Jewish place of safety, spirituality and material security, which culminated in Beth Hebrew. Placed in a deeply segregated city, Beth Hebrew also became a place of safety and self-empowerment for the Mexican-American Pentecostal Church and the Black Teatre roupe that used the building later.
Author(s): Marc Vance, Volker Benkert,
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