The Sherith Israel Temple is located on Ruth Lyons Way off the 600 block of Walnut Street, in the backstage entertainment district in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the oldest existing synagogue west of the Allegheny Mountains and the fourth oldest building in downtown Cincinnati. The synagogue was built in 1860 and was an active synagogue until 1882, after that the building served as a warehouse, plumbing supply house and machine shop.
Chris Cain, the city's historic preservation officer said This is a building of importance.
Despite the history of the former Sherith Israel Temple downtown, the city officially decided it should not be declared historic in 1998. Officials debated more than a year whether the building, once an Orthodox Jewish temple, should be saved.