Historic South Bend synagogue to be dedicated Friday, May 16

The 113-year-old building was the first permanent synagogue in South Bend. It now serves as a gift shop for the South Bend Silver Hawks.

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.

SOUTH BEND — The region’s oldest synagogue will be dedicated as a location on the National Register of Historic Places this weekend.

The 113-year-old Sons of Israel Synagogue is on William Street in downtown South Bend inside Four Winds Field, according to a press release. The synagogue has been renovated into the Hawks’ Nest Team Store

On Friday, May 16, representatives from Indiana Landmarks, the Northern Indiana Center for History and the City of South Bend will join leaders from Michiana’s Jewish community for the unveiling of a permanent plaque that commemorate’s the building’s status on the National Register of Historic Places.

Four Winds Field is the only stadium in America with a historic synagogue inside the ballpark, according to www.milb.com. Big Idea Company, a Mishawaka marketing and public relations firm, won an Emmy award in 2013 for a four-minute film it made about the building and its history.

The dedication will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include comments from Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who is unable to attend the ceremony in person. 

For more information visit the Michiana Jewish Historical Society’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/michianajewish

Four Winds Field is at 501 W. South St. in downtown South Bend. 

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