Natchez’s Jewish congregation officially started in 1840 when a group of merchants bought land for a Jewish cemetery. This society of German Jewish immigrants began the history of Natchez’s current synagogue, Temple B’nai Israel. The temple stands as a proud legacy to the town's Jewish heritage, and Natchez's spirit still emanates from the synagogue, elegant antebellum and Victorian homes, King Cotton, and merchant life Under-the-Hill.
Its stained glass windows and ark of Italian marble make this synagogue one of the loveliest and most historic in the region. The century-old organ is listed on the National Register of Historic Organs. Temple B'nai Israel is open to the public with the support of local docents from the congregation and through its preservation agreement with the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.
Watch this video to learn more about Temple B'Nai Israel and Natchez's Jewish history