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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

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

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

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, March 1959. Newsletter C0802
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, April 1959. NewsletterC0803
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, May 1959. NewsletterC0804
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, June 1959. NewsletterC0805
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, September 8, 1959. NewsletterC0806
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, September 30, 1959.NewsletterC0808
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, October 19, 1959. NewsletterC0809
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, October 26, 1959. NewsletterC0810
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, November 2, 1959. (2 copies)NewsletterC0811
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, November 9, 1959. (2 copies)NewsletterC0812
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, November 23, 1959. NewsletterC0813
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, December 7, 1959. NewsletterC0814
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, January 18, 1963. NewsletterC0815
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, May 10, 1963. NewsletterC0816
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, May 22, 1964. NewsletterC0817
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, April 1968. NewsletterC0818
Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletin, April 1, 1971. NewsletterC0819
Folder contains Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletins from August 4, 1975 to December 1, 1986. NewsletterC09
Box contains Temple B'Nai Israel Bulletins, January 1987-November 1996. NewsletterD00
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