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[IHB] “Ahavath Sholom” Indiana State Historical Marker Will Be Dedicated in Ligonier, Indiana
Start Date: 8/31/2014Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 8/31/2014End Time: 4:00 PM
Entry Description
“Ahavath Sholom” Indiana State Historical Marker
Will Be Dedicated in Ligonier, Indiana

A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating Ligonier’s Jewish
synagogue Ahavath Sholom, is scheduled for Sunday, August 31, 2014. The marker will be dedicated at
3:00 P.M. (EDT) outside the Ligonier Historical Society, located at 503 S. Main St., Ligonier, IN 46767.
Parking is available along the streets nearby the building.

The text follows for the state marker entitled “Ahavath Sholom”:

German Jews immigrated to the U.S. in greater numbers starting in the 1850s. In the 1860s,
Ligonier’s Jewish residents formed the congregation Ahavath Sholom (Hebrew for “peace loving”) and
circa 1867, built a small synagogue nearby. The congregation formed close relationships with local
churches. The Jewish community prospered, providing civic and business leaders. In 1889, the
congregation dedicated a new synagogue here. Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of American Reform
Judaism, spoke on religious tolerance at the dedication; the celebration included people from other
cities and states. Jewish population peaked around 1900, later declining as younger residents moved
to larger cities for educational and economic opportunities.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this Indiana state historical marker as
part of the 125th anniversary celebration of the building. The celebration, which lasts from
1:00-5:00 PM, will include an open house at the museum and guided tour of the building and its
collections, a silent auction, music, and light refreshments, in addition to the dedication of the

State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in
Indiana history. These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present
their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For almost 100
years the Indiana Historical Bureau, an agency of the State of Indiana, has been marking Indiana
history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar
dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. There
are over 500 of these markers across the state.

For more information about this marker, the Indiana Historical Marker Program, and other resources
about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at or call
317-233-8940. For more information about the marker dedication ceremony and the 125th anniversary
celebration, contact the Ligonier Public Library at 260-894-4511 or visit:
Location Information:
Noble County
Contact Information:
Name: Casey Pfeiffer
Phone: 317-233-8940
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  • Hoosier History
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  • Agency Name
    Historical Bureau, Indiana

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