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Congregation Beth Israel (Hartford, Conn.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-464

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of flyers, invitations and programs concerning the Congregation's 100th and 125th Anniversaries, general miscellaneous materials and printed pamphlets about services (Bulletins.)

Dates

  • 1920-1999

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information contact jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Historical Note

Congregation Beth Israel was founded in 1843 and is Connecticut's oldest synagogue. Originally established as an Orthodox congregation, the synagogue eventually converted to Reform and was one of the founding members of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Union for Reform Judaism) in 1877. In 1854, the Ladies' Deborah Society was established, which operated as a charitable group within the synagogue. Until 1856, the congregation met in congregants' homes and buildings throughout the city. The first building to house the synagogue, "Touro Hall," was also the first synagogue in Hartford, but was partially destroyed by fire in 1875. The synagogue then moved to Charter Oak Avenue, where it remained until 1935. In 1868, the synagogue purchased land on Zion Hill for their cemetery, which was dedicated in 1874. The current synagogue building is on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford.

References

  1. "History." Congregation Beth Israel. August 17, 2010 (http://www.cbict.org/whoWeAre/index.html)
  2. Materials from the collection.

Chronology

1843
Congregation established in Hartford.
1847
Rev. Moses L. Strauss is contracted as ritual slaughterer and cantor.
1847
Congregation meets at the home of A. Rothenberg on Mill Street.
1848-1850
Congregation meets in a hall on Main Street.
1848-1850
David Engel is the first sexton.
1849
Mr. L. Mossbacher is hired as the first teacher for the religious school.
1850-1857
Meets in "Potter's Building" at 15 Market Street.
1853
Constitution and by-laws drafted.
1854
Ladies' Deborah Society established.
1854
Lot on Pearl Street purchased for synagogue building. The congregation later exchanges this land for the North Baptist Church on Main Street.
1856
"Touro Hall" becomes the first synagogue in Hartford.
1856
Rev. Isaac Meyer becomes the first Rabbi of the Congregation.
1856
The first choir is introduced, and family pews are established.
1865
Touro Hall is remodeled and enlarged.
1867
Rev. M.S. Weiner becomes Rabbi.
1868
Lots on Zion Hill are purchased for cemetery.

Extent

2 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes)

Abstract

Congregation Beth Israel was founded in 1843 and is Connecticut's oldest synagogue. Originally established as an Orthodox congregation, the synagogue eventually converted to Reform and was one of the founding members of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Union for Reform Judaism) in 1877. This collection includes event flyers, programs for services, sermons, anniversary books with historical information, and bulletins.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Call, 2010
Title
Guide to the Congregation Beth Israel (Hartford, Conn.) Records, I-464
Author
Reprocessed by Stephanie Call
Date
2010
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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