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This paper documents the spread of classical-style (Jewish) temples across the South and looks at the motives of selected patrons and architects to test the idea that the use of classicism for American, and especially Southern synagogue architecture was aesthetic and ideological, and an important mechanism for shaping Jewish identity. In the South, of course, there was already a precedent for “Classical Reform” architecture in the structure of Congregation Beth Elohim in Charleston, erected in 1841 in the form of a Greek Temple. These southern architectural roots also played a strong role in the revived popularity of classicism throughout the south – and beyond.