The Temple Bombing

The Temple Bombing At in the morning of Sunday October a bundle of dynamite blew out the side wall of the Temple Atlanta s oldest and richest synagogue The devastation to the building was vast but even

  • Title: The Temple Bombing
  • Author: Melissa Fay Greene
  • ISBN: 9780306815188
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • At 3 37 in the morning of Sunday, October 12, 1958, a bundle of dynamite blew out the side wall of the Temple, Atlanta s oldest and richest synagogue The devastation to the building was vast but even greater were the changes those 50 sticks of dynamite made to Atlanta, the South, and ultimately, all of the United States Detroit Free Press Finalist for the National BookAt 3 37 in the morning of Sunday, October 12, 1958, a bundle of dynamite blew out the side wall of the Temple, Atlanta s oldest and richest synagogue The devastation to the building was vast but even greater were the changes those 50 sticks of dynamite made to Atlanta, the South, and ultimately, all of the United States Detroit Free Press Finalist for the National Book Award, The Temple Bombing is the brilliant and moving examination of one town that came together in the face of hatred, a book that rescues a slice of the civil rights era whose lessons still resonate nearly fifty years after that fateful fall day.

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    1. Melissa Fay Greene

      Melissa Greene has been a contributor to NPR, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, LIFE, Good Housekeeping, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Readers Digest, Ms The Wilson Quarterly, Redbook, and Salon She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Don Samuel, a criminal defense attorney They have been married for 28 years and are the parents of nine children Molly, Seth, Lee, Lily, Jesse adopted from Bulgaria , Fisseha, Daniel, Yosef, and Helen adopted from Ethiopia.

    405 thoughts on “The Temple Bombing”

    1. This book tells the story of the bombing of The Temple, a Reform synagogue on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, in October, 1958, along with the history and social context of that event. It is a story of the American civil rights movement in the South, and it is the story of Jacob Rothschild, The Temple's rabbi during those years, and his prophetic Judaism (prophetic meaning based on the Prophets, not on telling the future).It is also in a sense my story, as I was a 13 year old Temple attendee in 195 [...]


    2. I really liked Praying for Sheetrock, so when this book came out, I noted it. I read positive reviews, and put it on my to-read list. When I came across it at the book exhibit at the ASA last month I bought it and started reading. It is a more difficult story than Praying for Sheetrock. The central event is unresolved, in that the bomber is never discovered despite two showy trials (with the star lawyer serving a sentence for contempt of court following the trial). The central character, Rabbi J [...]


    3. The found the book riveting. I connected with the book on many levels. The book’s main character, Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, who served as the Temple’s rabbi during the October 1958 bombing, began his career at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh where he grew up. I belong to Rodef Shalom in Pittsburgh. The book presents a thought-provoking discussion of the cultural chasm between German and Eastern European Jews. The book uncovers tensions within the Jewish community about some Jews’ rel [...]


    4. I wanted to read this book in order to fill a gap in my knowledge of the history of my adopted hometown, where I lived for over 40 years. The events in The Temple Bombing were still relatively recent and raw when I arrived in the Atlanta area to attend college in 1969. In this book, the bombing of the Temple is not only an event to be understood in its historical context, but also a prism through which to fathom the virulence and extent of racism and anti-Semitism in the US, the South, and most [...]


    5. The Temple Bombing is a compelling portrait of Rabbi Jacob (Jack) Rothchild and The Temple, the reactionary hardliners who may produce bombs, and the citizens of Atlanta before and during the civil rights movement. I come to this recent history of my hometown having finally read Carry Me Home about Birmingham and bombs. I can't help but read our history in the light of recent violence including Charleston, SC. This was Atlanta's unsolved bombing case, well portrayed in this great book.The author [...]


    6. This book is a microscopic exploration of Atlanta in the the sixties. The focus is the temple bombing of the reformed Jewish synagogue in Atlanta and the radiating circles of social complacency and rigidity in the South of that era. The Jewish community members of the Temple (as it was known) mingled nervously with Atlanta's high society and wished to do nothing to rock their favored status. Not rocking the boat meant keeping quiet about racial injustice all around them. The black community exis [...]


    7. Absolutely incredible book. One of the best books on the history of Atlanta I have read, and also one of the best books on civil rights and race relations I have ever read. Taking as its starting point the bombing of The Temple in Atlanta in 1958, the story chronicles the civil rights movement from the perspective of Atlanta's Jewish community, neither white nor black but "other" from both worlds, and the rabbi that decided to side with justice. Haunting. Moving. Wonderful.* - Reserved for nonfi [...]


    8. WOW! An amazing book chronicling the civil rights struggle as it developed in the city of Atlanta. The Jewish citizens of Atlanta spearheaded the equality movement for all citizens and as a result became a target of a bomb set off in the temple in 1958. I found this book to be fascinating, but at times struggled to move my way through it. The struggles derived more so from the the writing style than the content of the story.An excellent read regarding the history of a city in which I was able to [...]


    9. I read this book because I was so impressed by Praying for Sheetrock. I was not disappointed!This one puts the Atlanta Temple bombing into the context of race relations in Atlanta and throughout the South, in the '50s and before. The author, who is a journalist, certainly knows how to tell a story. Her writing is straightforward and her descriptions are excellent. A very good read indeed!


    10. This book is the history of a single event – the bombing of the Jewish Temple in Atlanta on October 12, 1958. It is a very thorough exploration of the events, attitudes, and people surrounding this event and presents as fair an assessment of all sides as is probably possible for a situation of this type.It gives a portrait of the southern United States at the time, along with a thorough analysis of Atlanta and how it was different from the rest of the South – and how it was the same. We look [...]


    11. "Stories of integrity and courage ought to be rescued, now and then, from the collective historical amnesia." After 6 months of steady reading, I now have a better understanding of the impact one man – Rabbi Jacob Rothschild – had in the history of Atlanta and his faithful demonstration of upholding compassion and conviction. "He required his friends to do as he had done—loosen their grip on the world of the senses, on the material and social southern world—and allow a higher truth to op [...]


    12. In a city too busy to hate, Atlanta managed to have some haters. This true accounting of the people and visions of my city at the time of the bombing is enlightening and disturbing too. Melissa obviously researched her subject thoroughly and tells it without prejudice. I only wish there had been more photos of the time to help tell the story. I like to look into the eyes of the innocent and the guilty and search for further truths.


    13. Excellent book about a little known incident that took place in Atlanta, Georgia in 1958: the bombing of a Jewish synagogue, where the rabbi had been especially vocal in his support of civil rights for African-Americans. The book details the history of the rabbi's leadership at the synagogue, Atlanta culture at the time, the trials for those accused of committing the bombing and the aftermath. The kind of Judaism practiced by southern Jews in the first half of the 20th century would make a conte [...]


    14. I thought this was a novel, but it turns out it's a non-fiction story of a Jewish Temple in Atlanta in the 60's. Nonfiction is okay with me, especially when it's historical. The first part of the book didn't have much to do with the bombing itself, but it did a very good job of setting the cultural stage in the South. It was a little slow but still fascinating to read about the way desegregation affected the treatment and status of Jewish people in the South, as well as the way German and Easter [...]


    15. I found this book unexpectedly gripping. It turned out to be about so much more than just the bombing of Atlanta's well known temple on Peachtree St. I discovered many things I didn't know about how deeply ingrained the race issues were in Atlanta at the time of the bombing, and how brave Rabbi Jacob Rothschild must have been to take the stand he did for social justice. Although this book is especially a must-read for anyone living in the South, I'd recommend it to people living anywhere. The au [...]


    16. The Temple Bombing / Melissa Fay Greene. This book is about the modern civil rights movement in Atlanta, Georgia, the Jewish reactions to the movement, and the bombing of the most prominent Reform synagogue in Atlanta. It also directs a lot of attention to the synagogue’s head rabbi, Jacob Rothschild. It was informative, inspiring, and, sometimes, repetitive and verbose, I thought. I like densely detailed books! Written for a popular audience. I enjoyed Greene’s Praying for Sheetrock and I A [...]


    17. Melissa Fay Greene really has a talent for finding, researching and presenting specific stories that serve to illustrate greater portions of history and humanity. From The Temple Bombing I learned a lot about Atlanta during the Civil Rights era that I didn't know before. Wonder if we'll ever know who was responsible for the cowardly crime that became a watershed moment in Atlanta (and thus Georgia) history?


    18. A lovingly written and humorous account of Atlanta in the 1950s, when Rabbi Jack Rothschild of the Temple advocated integration and civil rights and saw himself and his temple become a target of "neo-Confederate" white supremacist groups as a result. This book offers insights into the very human motivations behind all of the interconnected communities of that time and afterward. Melissa Fay Greene is a master of interweaving oral history and archival research with her own literary voice.


    19. A well-researched book, that delves into the history of Atlanta and Georgia, particularly the racial and ethnic history. She tells not only about the bombing, but goes back to the lynching of Leo Frank in the early 20th century, and outlines the prejudice that led to that and to the bombing of the temple in 1958. It is well worth taking the time to read.


    20. This is quite a lovely book. Gives all kinds of background about Jews in the south during the Civil Rights movement that I never knew. Gives context, gives a compassionate view of the evolution of one rabbi's activism and how it provoked change in his congregation and his city. A little more detail than I needed on the trial, but overall a very good book.


    21. Well researched is an understatement. I truly wanted to enjoy this book as it is a topic that I was interested in learning more. It is heavy on facts and short on storyline. I struggled to finish and took advice that life is short & stopped just past halfway. It became so boring that you lose sight of the story.


    22. I kept forgetting which events I'd recently read about in the book (about a 1958 event) and which were in today's newspaper. I feel much better prepared for what to expect and what to be alert for.


    23. No need to write another book on this topic. The author not only covers the event and its aftermath, but sets us up in many previous pages identifying all the players, the positions they held, and the roles they played.


    24. essential reading for southerners. This book, written by a southern woman, explains what Atlanta was like in the 50's and 60's how the hell did we get into the mess of those times, and how we got out. Civil Rights, interfaith growth, and amazing cultural stories of the south as it was changing.


    25. The author does a great job of telling a story with unobtrusive use of craft that keeps history from being dry. For more:satiasreviews/201


    26. I read this book years ago and loved it. I think of it whenever I think of Driving Miss Daisy. I've read nearly all of Melissa Fay Greene's books and have loved every one. I hope she continues to write for years and years to come. I'll always be in line for her work.


    27. Very interesting segment of the history of the civil rights movement. I am not much of a non-fiction or history reader so sometimes the detailed dates and minutia got in the way of the story for me, but it was really fascinating.


    28. As a Georgia native, I was surprised that I was not already familiar with the 1958 bombing of the Jewish temple in Atlanta. I learned a lot about Atlanta during the Civil Rights era in this very well written book. Highly recommend.


    29. I was moved enough by the book to visit the Temple on Peachtree Street last time I was in Atlantaright across from the train station incidentally.



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