Abilene – Temple Mizpah

Robert P. Davis, Architect
Congregation Mizpah
During WWII Abilene suddenly became host to 30,000 new military residents. The small local Jewish community marshaled scarce war-time resources to build a synagogue for its expanded population. The name “Mizpah” (watchtower) was stamped on a popular set of charms made to look like a single medallion split zig-zag in half–each to be kept by parting sweethearts, husbands, and wives, etc. until they were reunited after the war.

“And as for the Mizpah–because he said, May God keep watch between me and you when we are out of each other’s sight.” (Genesis 31:49)
This simple, handsome structure is constructed of local stone. Flanking the foyer are the kitchen, restrooms, and lounge, and beyond which is the sanctuary seating as many as 250.