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Air Force Academy Jewish Chapel
2348 Sijan Dr., Suite 100, USAF Academy, CO 80840

Rabbi Abe Weschler
abe.weschler@usafa.af.mil

719-333-2636

Directions: Air Force Jewish Chapel

Directions: I-25 north to Exit 156B (Gleneagle / AFA North Gate), follow Northgate Boulevard through the front gates and stay on it as it turns into Academy Drive. It will wind around south and take you past the Cadet Field House, the Cadet Chapel and the Visitor Center, all on the east side of the road.

JEWISH CHAPEL

HISTORY: President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill authorizing the establishment of the academy April 1, 1954.

Architecturally, the synagogue is a circle within a square The circular design symbolizes the global mission of the Air Force and the everlasting presence of God. The surrounding foyer is paved with 1,631 pieces of Jerusalem brownstone donated by the Israeli Defense Forces.

The walls of the foyer are purple stained glass panels alternating with green and blue stained accent windows. The circular walls of the synagogue are panels of translucent glass separated by stanchions of Israeli cypress.

The paintings, done by Shlomo Katz in 1985, are grouped by theme and each has a Biblical basis.

The focal point of the Jewish Chapel is the Aaron Kodesh, the Holy Ark, which shelters the Scrolls of the Torah. The Eternal Light hangs to the right of the Ark. Nested in three Stars of David, it symbolizes the ever-present God within the life of the Jewish People.

In the foyer of the chapel is a display cabinet with a Torah Scroll that was saved from the Nazis during World War II. It was found in Poland in 1989 in an abandoned warehouse and donated to the Jewish Chapel in April 1990. This "Holocaust Torah" is dedicated to the memory of all of those who fought against the Nazis.

The synagogue is the only one of the three cadet chapels with individual chairs for the congregates. It seats 100 people.

The United States Air Force Academy, the military academy of the United States Air Force, is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was founded on April 1, 1954. On July 11, 1955, the first class of 306 cadets was sworn in at a temporary site at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver. Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon, a key figure in the development of the Academy, was appointed the first superintendent. On August 29, 1958, a wing of 1,145 cadets moved to the present site, and less than a year later the Academy received accreditation.
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