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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
Program for the Service of Confirmation at Temple B'Nai Israel, May 28, 1993. BookletA0711
Program for the Service of Confirmation at Temple B'Nai Israel, June 2, 1995. BookletA0712
Program for the Service of Confirmation at Temple B'Nai Israel, May 28, 1993. BookletA0801
Photograph of David Dixon, Helen Beller, Sheri Beller, Al Beller, Stacy Beller, Maxine Beller and Jacob Beller, May 28, 1993. (4 copies)PhotographA0802
Photograph of Ben Werner, Sheri Beller, Jesica Nard, Nathan Castiglione, Sarah Margolis, Rabbi Daivd Castiglione, and Cory Dann, May 28, 1993. (14 copies)PhotographA0803
Photograph of Stephen, Sarah, Carol and Max Margolis, May 28, 1993. (2 copies)PhotographA0804
Photograph of David, Nathan, Adrienne, Seth, Jared and Brandon Castiglione, May 28, 1993. (5 copies)PhotographA0805
Photograph of the Dann Family, May 28, 1993. (5 copies)PhotographA0806
Photograph of Cory Dann, Nathan Castiglione, Sheri Beller, Ben Werner, Jessica Nard and Sarah Margolis, May 28, 1993. (3 copies)PhotographA0807
Folder of flyers for events sponsored by Temple B'Nai Israel, 1993-1997. DocumentsA09
Program for the Annual Bazaar and Spring Carnival, March 9-11, 1947. BookletA1001
Israeli Birthday Celebration Program, May 15, 1949. BookletA1002
Program for Union Thanksgiving Serive, November 27, 1958. BookletA1003
Program for services at the Hedding Methodist Church, February 8, 1959.BookletA1004
Flyer for the 50th anniversary of the Young Judaea Upper New York State chapter, May 22-24, 1959. BookletA1005
Program for the 50th anniversary of the Young Judaea Upper New York State chapter, May 22-24, 1959. BookletA1006
Program for the Elmira College Baccalaureate Service, June 5, 1960. BookletA1007
Program for the Southern Tier Post No. 124 Jewish War Veterans Memorial Service, November 16, 1975. BookletA1008
Program for the Elmira-Corning Jewish Federation ceremony honoring Genevieve Gestre, October 25, 1994. DocumentA1009
Program for the Irving J. Fain, Michael and Anne Kuhn Awards for Social Justice Programming, November 30, 1995. BookletA1010
Program for the 'Weaving Sacred Strands' District 3 WRJ 34th Biennial Convention, October 31, 1996. BookletA1011
Program for the 1996 Bifty Ski Weekend. BookletA1012
Brochure for the Jerusalem 3000 celebration.DocumentA1101
Temple B'Nai Israel Endowment Fund brochure. (3 copies)BookletA1102
Israel tours travel brochure, 1996. BookletA1103
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