Houdini Plaque in Front of Temple Zion

Temple Zion was joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Text reads:

Houdini's father, Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weiss, helped

Appleton's Zion Congregation plan it first temple.

Because the congregation felt they needed someone

who could preach in English and help raise funds, the

German speaking Weiss was replaced by Rabbi F. J.

Solomon.  In 1883, the Weiss family moved to

Milwaukee.  Temple Zion was built with the financial

support of many in Appleton regardless of their

religion or background.  Another famous Appleton

native, author Edna Ferber, worshiped at Temple Zion.

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