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Collection TitleCL 37 Temple B’Nai IsraelCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:3/18/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Col. Sanford Barcus, the archivist of Temple B'Nai Israel. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Judaism-Customs and practices; Judaism-History-Modern period, 1750-; Judaism-Prayer-books and devotions; Reform Judaism; Synagogue bulletins; Synagogue-Membership; Synagogue-Organization and administration
Historical:

Temple B'Nai Israel- The Reform Congregation of B'Nai Israel was founded in Elmira, NY in 1861, although the first official meeting of the Congregation was not until October 12, 1862.  The Congregation's first temple was built in 1863 on High Street between Water and John Streets.  In 1886, the original wooden structure replaced by a brick building on the same location.  In 1952, however, the Congregation moved to a new location at 900 West Water Street where they remain today. 

During its existence, the Congregation of B'Nai Israel has had 25 different rabbis.  Within the last fifty years they have been; Leonard Devine, 1950-1956; Sanford M. Shapero, 1957-1959; Philmore Berger, 1959-1963; Stephen Goldrich, 1963-1969; David Zielonka, 1969-1973; David Jessel, 1973-1975; Philip Aronson, 1975-1991; David Castiglione, 1992-1996; Miriam Biatch, 1996-present.      

Scope:The Temple B'Nai Israel Collection includes bulletins, programs, flyers, mass mailings, photographs and other assorted documents.  The bulk of the collection consists of a fairly complete run of Temple Bulletins from 1975 to 1996.  The programs for various temple events range in date from 1949 to 1998, with the majority of them dating from the 1990's.  Most of the flyers, photographs, and mass mailings also date from this period.  The collection also includes some of the personal correspondence of the Barcus and Kahn families, specifically as it relates to the Temple or the Jewish community.  Most of the Kahn papers date from the 1950's, while much of the Barcus correspondence dates from the 1990's.     
Extent2 linear feet
Date Span1924-1998
Abstract

The Temple B'Nai Israel Collection contains photographs, programs, correspondence and bulletins all pertaining to the temple. 



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L'Shana Tova Tikateivu, program for services at Temple B'Nai Israel, 1995. (2 copies)BookletA0516
L'Shana Tova, program for services at Temple B'Nai Israel, 1995. (6 copies)BookletsA0517
Memorial service for Yitzhak Rabin at Temple B'Nai Israel, November 6, 1995. (4 copies)BookletA0518
Program for the Leadership Shabbat at Temple B'Nai Israel, 1995. (4 copies)BookletA0520
Program for the Anything Service at Temple B'Nai Israel, May 17, 1996. (2 copies)BookletA0521
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, May 16, 1997. BookletA0522
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, May 29, 1997. BookletA0523
Program for Bifty Service at Temple B'Nai Israel, May 30, 1997. BookletA0524
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, June 6, 1997.BookletA0525
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, June 8, 1997. BookletA0526
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, June 20, 1997.BookletA0527
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, July 4, 1997. BookletA0528
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, July 11, 1997. BookletA0529
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, July 18, 1997. BookletA0530
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, July 25, 1997. BookletA0531
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, August 1, 1997. BookletA0532
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, August 15, 1997. (2 copies)BookletA0533
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, August 22, 1997. (2 copies)BookletA0534
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, August 29, 1997.BookletA0535
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, September 5, 1997. BookletA0536
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, September 12, 1997. BookletA0537
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, September 19, 1997. BookletA0538
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, September 26, 1997. (2 copies)BookletA0539
Program for Rosh Hashannah Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, October 1, 1997. BookletA0540
Program for Shabbat Services at Temple B'Nai Israel, October 3, 1997. BookletA0541
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