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Congregation Beth-El Atereth Israel (Newton, Mass.) Records

Identifier: JHCI-007

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains yearbooks and event materials from Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel. Included are yearbooks from 1978 and 1979, as well as another from 1988. Also included are programs for banquets honoring Rabbi Koolyk on his 25th anniversary with the congregation, William “Bob” Schneider as Man of the Year, and Rabbi Koolyk and his wife on the occasion of his retirement from the pulpit, as well as an invitation to a 1985 talk by Rabbi Meir Kahane.


  • 1977-1988


Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

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Biographical / Historical

Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel was founded by Rabbi Abraham Koolyk, among others, in the mid-1950s as an Orthodox congregation, located in Newton, Massachusetts. It formed as an offshoot of Congregation Beth El (also known as the Fowler Street Shul) in Dorchester. After suffering a fire around this time, Congregation Atereth Israel in Roxbury merged with the congregation in Newton, forming Congregation Beth-El Atereth Israel. The congregation operated mostly out of members’ homes, but, due to growing membership, congregation leaders felt a permanent home was necessary. The new synagogue at 561 Ward Street in Newton Centre was dedicated in 1956. Rabbi Koolyk retired in 1988, after which he was appointed Rabbi Emeritus., and was succeeded by Rabbi Gershon Segal.


  1. Material from this collection


The congregation is founded.
The congregation merges with Congregation Atereth Israel.
The new synagogue building is dedicated.
Rabbi Abraham Koolyk retires.


2 folders


Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel is an Orthodox synagogue located in Newton, Massachusetts. The congregation was a joining of Congregation Beth El (also known as the Fowler Street Shul) in Dorchester and Congregation Atereth Israel in Roxbury. This collection contains banquet programs, yearbooks, and invitations.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Russell, 2019

Guide to the Congregation Beth-El Atereth Israel (Newton, Mass.) Records, JHCI-007
Processed by Christopher Russell
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Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at American Ancestors Repository

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116 United States