Using InSPIREd Sunday to highlight the diversity in houses of worship in Louisville--this is the Jewish synagogue Temple Shalom. This temple has been in St. Matthews since 1989, the architecture shows definite Middle Eastern influences with the sandstone block, domed roof line and evidence of an inner courtyard (although I haven't seen inside to confirm this). The major ornamentation is the hexagonal Star of David, the secular and sacred symbol of Judaism. This symbol is repeated on the back of the temple also. Over the entrance door you see a sacred menorah which is the other important symbol of this faith. The menorah serves as a "symbol of the nation of Israel and its mission to be the light unto nations" according to Jewish history.
Here are a few other views of Temple Shalom (click on collage to enlarge):
Left to right - front view of temple, menorah over entrance, Star of David window, temple sign
I'll close by wishing you "Shalom". A common Jewish greeting which means peace, hello, goodbye; shalom is also meant to convey a deeper emotional and spiritual wish for you to experience completeness, well being, and joy.
Linking to InSPIREd Sunday , a new meme celebrating places of worship and their unique architecture and history. Thanks to Sally and Beth for hosting.