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The Synagogue Journal: 1856-2006

In 2006, for its sesquicentennial year, Kane Street Synagogue documented the Congregation’s first 150 years in an online journal. The publication presented our rich historical record in thirty-five issues, drawing on original source material, oral histories, minute books, financial ledgers, souvenir journals, newsletters, and stories of the nineteenth century from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online. Each issue explored a specific theme of the Congregation’s experience.

The Synagogue Journal archives include most of the series. Click the PDF icons to access articles. To contact our archivist, Judy Greenwald, email archives@kanestreet.org

Beginnings / January 6, 2006
In this issue…
Baith Israel’s First Congregation – By Carol Levin “Act of Incorporation” The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac Reformed Judaism; February 11, 1870 – Consecrating a Jewish Burial Ground; December 30, 1857 – United Brethren; July 18, 1877
the Members RollTrustees 1855-1856

Brooklyn’s First Synagogue / January 13, 2006
In this issue…
A Synagogue in Brooklyn; January 9, 1862 The Laying of a Cornerstone of a Synagogue; January 13, 1862 Consecration of a Hebrew Synagogue; September 1, 1862 Beth Israel. Reconstruction of the Boerum Place Synagogue; September 8, 1879 Improving a Synagogue; October 24, 1882 New Houses Going; March 31, 1889 The Sexton of a Synagogue Robbed; September 10, 1877 Reopening of a Synagogue; March 22, 1889 The Daughters of Israel Benefit Society; November 24, 1901 Grand Sunday Night Concert; March 4, 1899

Early Alternatives / January 20, 2006
In this issue…
Articles:
Jewish Synagogues 1889; Assault on a Jewish Rabbi June 8, 1866; Temple Israel December 6, 1869; Thirtieth Anniversary of Beth Elohim October 25, 1891; Beth Elohim February 21, 1870; Reform and Orthodox. Opposing Hebrew Schools of Thought August 21, 1884; The Jewish Day of Atonement October 11, 1883; Synagogue Dedicated Congregation Ahavith Achim September 13, 1873; A New Jewish Temple Dedication of Beth-El” September 12, 1887; Coney Islands First Synagogue December 2, 1889; Synagogue for Rockaway Temple Israel January 15, 1900; New Hebrew Congregation Shaari Zedek October 29, 1902

19th Century Leaders / January 27, 2006
In this issue…
Articles:
Rabbi Marcus Friedlander’s Legacy: A New Chapter in Baith Israel’s History – By Carol Levin; Judaism in Brooklyn September 27, 1891; Hebrew Notes December 17, 1899; Personal Meyers August 4, 1879; The Story of the Talmud March 19, 1891; Put in the Ark April 08, 1889; Obituary Michael Lamm December 16, 1902; Obituary Moses Hess September 11, 1889

Brooklyn’s First Jewish School / February 3, 2006
In this issue…
Articles:
Correspondence. Brooklyn, N. Y.c.1880; Sunday School Beth Israel. Closing Examination August 7, 1876; Beth Israel. Interesting Entertainment December 24, 1877; A Hebrew Sunday School Union July 7, 1884; Hebrews Who Kept Christmas December 27, 1885; Baith Israel. The Sunday School’s First Entertainment March 8, 1888; For the Library Fund March 14, 1890

Sacred Music / February 10, 2006
In this issue…
From a Conversation with Joseph Goldfarb Israel Goldfarb (1879-1967); Rabbi, Cantor and Influential Composer- By Rabbi Henry Michelman Origins of Shalom Aleichem Music by Israel Goldfarb and Samuel E. Goldfarb; Sound of Music at Kane Street Winter 1996 – By Rachel Epstein; Music at the Boerum Place Synagogue – By Carol Levin; Welsh’s Banjo Causes Another Panic Among the Salvationists June 9, 1887; City News and Gossip June 19, 1856

Harrison Street Synagogue / February 17, 2006
In this issue…
Prior Use of the Synagogue Site and Structure – By Carol Levin Recollections of the Early Synagogue – Joseph Goldfarb Harrison Street Synagogue, School Building, The Bema Prior to 1929 – Photos City News and Gossip; July 31, 1855 Facts About Tompkins Pace; October 19, 1890 Passing Into Other Hands; April 17, 1887 Was Not Saved; June 8, 1887 Salvation Army Sacrilege; June 11, 1887 A Salvationists Parade… ; June 19, 1887 Barnes Begins…Harrison Street Nuisance; June 22, 1876 The Harrison Street Variety Show; June 23, 1887 Protest Against the Accompaniments of the Noisy Religionists; June 24, 1887 Surprised and Indignant. Trustees of Harrison Street Property; July 6, 1887 Evacuating Harrison Street. Salvation Army About to Sell; September 23, 1887

Congregations Merge / March 3, 2006
In this issue…
Brief History of the 1908 Consolidation – By Carol Levin; Archival Research on Hevre Talmud Torah – By Carolyn Shapiro and Sarah Shapiro; Hebrews Consolidating. A Movement to Unite Three Congregations April 7, 1883; Consolidation of Local Hebrew Churches April 7, 1883; Union of Hebrews Congregations. A Movement to Consolidate April 26, 1883; Going to Unite Beth Elohim and Temple Israel Congregations February 3, 1886

Purim / March 10, 2006
In this issue…
First Purim Festival Sunday Evening, March 5, 1882; Handbill Purim Ball. Festivities of the Eastern Dist. Hebrew Benevolent Soc. March 11, 1884; Hebrew Benevolent Societies. Joint Civic and Masquerade Ball March 20, 1889; Reopening of a Synagogue March 22, 1889; Purim Entertainment By the Scholars of Baith Israel Sunday School April 3, 1889; The Royal Jewess Performed by Baith Israel Sunday School March 27, 1891; Dont Come As You Are 1987; Purims Past February 1986 Purim Letter – Alan Rubenstein

Mid 20th Century Leaders / March 17, 2006
In this issue …
Presidents in the Goldfarb Years The Weinberg Family; Photograph of the Board of Trustees; Four Who Kept the Congregation Alive; A Historical View from Rabbi Ray Scheindlin; January 2002; Julius I. Kahn – By Rachel Epstein; December 1977; An Interview with Jacob Hertz By Sara Sloan

Women & the Synagogue / March 24, 2006
In this issue…
Daughters of Israel August 18, 1875; Picnic of the Daughters of Israel August 13, 1884; The Daughters of Israel. Thirteenth Annual Picnic of Benefit Society July 16, 1887; Daughters of Israel. Tenth Annual Ball November 29, 1882; General Matters in the Courts. Daughters of Israel May 10, 1884; Held Last Night January 23, 1899; Daughters of Israel January 22, 1899; Daughters of Israel March 3, 1902; Womans Place in the Jewish Synagogue; December 1, 1878 Getting Ready for the Big Jewish Hospital Fair; October 12, 1902 Womens Organizations – By Carol Levin; Sisterhood Minute Book (1912-1920); Egalitarian Milestones; The Womens Movement – By Judith R. Greenwald; “An Interview With Ann Rosalsky” – By Judy Greenwald; 1988

Weddings / March 31, 2006
In this issue …
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An Interesting Marriage Ceremony, February 11, 1884; Mated for Life Brooklynites Abandoning the Single State; January 30, 1889 The Old Orthodox Way. An Interesting Hebrew Wedding”; January 21, 1889. Married Morris-Bass; July 11, 1864 Hymeneal. Levy-Cohen; December 8, 1879 Hymeneal. DeLeante-Biaz; September 3, 1885 Hymeneal. Jackson-Bass; October 19, 1885 Hymeneal. Golde-Levyson; October 29, 1882 Hymeneal. Levison-Wolfe; November 29, 1889 Levinson-Coleman”; September 1, 1890 A Pretty Home Wedding.Miss Mothner and Mr. Zeffer; November 9, 1890 Lehman-Levison; December 15, 1892 Is Marriage a Failure? Barasch-Jacobs; October 19, 1892 Marbe-Jacobs; February 22, 1893 Two Hearts. Suit for Commission; May 22, 1878 In A Synagogue not far from the City Hall; March 24, 1889 Rabbi Goldfarbs Marriage Registry – By Maureen Weicher; Wedding Booklet: May, 1998 – By Renee Schneider and Jonathan Kaplan

Passover / April 7, 2006
In this issue …
Passover in Jail. Wardens Privilege for Hebrew Prisoners; March 29, 1888; The Feast of Passover. How It Will be Observed; April 1, 1890; Jews Rejoice. The Passover Season Celebrated April 5, 1890; The Passover. Beginning of the Great Jewish Feast April 12, 1892; Hebrew Notes March 31, 1901; In Preparation for Passover 2006

Holocaust Remembrances / April 21, 2006
In this issue …
Selected Art and Writings of Fred Terna: Ramp to the Ovens, The Ovens, Biographical Notes, About the Artist, The UN International Day In Support of Victims of Torture, The Last Expression: Art and Auschwitz; Yom HaShoah 2004; Yom HaShoah Program Notes; April 18, 2003; Yom HaShoah 1995; A Joyous Occasion: Scroll Dedication April 1986

Israel / May 5, 2006
In this issue…
Convention of Zionists March 27, 1898; Hebrew Notes June 10, 1900; Hebrew Notes June 17, 1900; To the President of the United States of America; Petition 1917 Rabbis Write President October 2, 1918; From Egypt to England April 1947; BIAE Members Establish Colony Raananah, Palestine 1922 – By Fani Brown Brandenburg; Kane Street Family Makes Aliyah to Raanana, Israel – 2005; Warm Encounters in Israel -By Rachel Epstein; Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg on the Masorti Movement April 1987; The Masorti Movement 2006 – Kehillot BYachad / Congregations Together

B’nai Mitzvah / May 19, 2006
In this issue …
Confirmation February 1, 1879; A Hebrew Confirmation June 4, 1880; Jewish Confirmations August 20, 1887; Mans Estate January 25, 1890; Hebrew Rites May 26, 1890; Bar Mitzvahs of the 1930s – Albert Socolov, Joseph Goldfarb and Irving Weissler; Confirmations of Faith; Photo: Esther Gottesman, Emily Socolov and Albert Socolov; Bnai Mitzvah Twinning with Soviet Jewry 1987; Why is this boys bar mitzvah so special? June 29, 1991; Ancient Rite, Modern Means May 16, 1999, By Katherine E. Finkelstein; B’nai Mitzvah Directory

Shavuot / June 2, 2006
In this issue…The Feast of Weeks. Confirmations in the Baith Israel May 20, 1885; Hebrew Notes May 20, 1900; Pentecost. General Celebration of the Great Jewish Festival June 1, 1892; Shavuoth; 1935 by Rabbi Israel Goldfarb Rabbis Message; June 1996 Rabbi Debra Cantor; Texts distributed at the 2006 Tikkun Study Session

Anniversaries / June 9, 2006
In this issue…
Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes – Chronology 1853 – 2006; Rabbis, Cantors and Presidents 1856 – 2006; Anniversary Celebrations 1881- 2006; The Achai Israel Ball December 22, 1881; To Celebrate an Anniversary March 16, 1887; Congregation Baith Israel February 20, 1900; Congregation Baith Israel February 11, 1891; History Repeats Itself – By Judy Greenwald; Centennial Banquet – Photo, May 13, 1956

Summertime / June 30, 2006
In this issue…
“On Columbia Street July 5, 1876; The Hebrews. Relative Rights of these People and Hotel Keepers July 22, 1879; Vacation News From the Summer Resorts July 25, 1897; Beth Israel Sunday School August 15, 1878; Beth Israel. Annual Picnic of the Boerum Place Congregation August 7, 1879; Pleasing in the Extreme August 7, 1879; Hebrew Sunday School Picnic. Enjoyment at Prospect Park July 8, 1885; Sun, Fun and Torah September 1985, By Bob Weinstein; A Sense of Community May 1986, By Ed Brill; Seven Reasons to Come to the Shabbaton May/June 1994, By Roberta Kahn; Shabbaton Approaches! May/June 1994, Bernice Rosenthal, Ed Brill, Bob Weinstein; Summer Shabbat

Death & Remembrance / July 28, 2006
In this issue…
Tishoh Be Av. Commemorative of Destruction of Second Temple July 28, 1879; The Black Fast. Observance by the Jews of Tishoh Bav July 29, 1879; Consecrating a Jewish Burial Ground December 30, 1856; Our Hebrew Cemeteries. Morning Stroll Among the Cypress Hills June 20, 1886; A Remarkable Funeral January 17, 1887; Buried in Salem Fields. A Peculiar Question March 3, 1889; A Merry Funeral. Celebration …in Jerusalem September 19, 1886; Died in the Synagogue September 6, 1898; Funeral of Simon Brenner September 8, 1898; Obituary. Mrs. Caroline Brenner September 23, 1900; Tisha b’Av 2006; When Death Occurs – By Rabbi Sam Weintraub; Our Cemeteries; Letter from Cemetery Board Chairman Louis Summer November 1922; Memorials

Children / September 7, 2006
In this issue…
School History at the Centennial 1956, By Rabbi Goldfarb; Student Life at the Synagogue: 1920s – 1930s – Notes from Joseph Goldfarb, Belle Goldfarb Lehrman and Albert Socolov; The Kane Street Nursery; 1971, By Rabbi Elliott Rosen; The Hebrew School Today – By Jennifer Newfeld; Kane Street Kids – By Joyce Heller; Kadima & BBUSY – By Dina Garfinkle; Teen Scholarship – By Julia Mayer; Our Talmud Torah 1929; School Board Report 1935 by School Board Chairman Isaac Goldberg

Shabbat / September 15, 2006
In this issue…
Hebrews…the Question of Changing the Jewish Sabbath May 27, 1884; The Jewish Sabbath June 8, 1884; To the Editor June 8, 1884; The Jewish Sabbath May 3, 1890; The Rabbi, Shames, Reader, Gabbai, Baal Kore – Notes from Joseph Goldfarb; Shabbat Melodies by Beth Steinberg; Bob Weinstein 1999 by Geraldine K. Gross; Gabbais Daughter by Sheila J. Rabin; Childrens Services by Jennifer Newfeld; Shabbat Club by Jennifer Newfeld; Synaplex: A Full Range of Jewish Experience by Jennifer Newfeld; Services and Study Groups – 2006 Programs

Rosh Hashanah / September 22, 2006
In this issue…
“Rosh Hashanah. The Celebration of the Jewish New Year” September 30, 1875; The Jewish New Year September 27, 1878; Rosh Hashana … Sermon by Rabbi Meyer September 18, 1879; The Jewish New Year September 8, 1888; Sermons of a New Year September 22, 1892; Kane Street Memoir- By Rabbi Ray Scheindlin; Sound the Great Shofar – By Barbara Zahler-Gringer; Rosh Hashanah Sermon 2001 – By Rabbi Sam Weintraub; Subjects of Slicot Remarks – By Fred Terna; A Rosh Hashanah Walk – By Carol Levin; Cox Sons and Vining: Tailors to the Clergy – Notes from Joseph Goldfarb; Baith Israels Prayer book from 1893 – Image of page; Seats for the High Holidays 5688 1927; BIAE Archive; Rental of Seats: 5693 1932 1936 Announcement of Seats – BIAE Archive

Yom Kippur / September 29, 2006
In this issue…
High Holidays Admission Tickets from 1951 and 2006; Kol Nidre Pledge card 2006; Day of Atonement October 5, 1889; Sundown to Sundown October 1, 1892; Yom Kippur Memories – Notes by Aaron Copland, Joseph Goldfarb and Albert Socolov; Melodic Inspirations – By Beth Steinberg; A History of the Alternative Services – By Bob Marx; High Holy Days, Then and Now – By Raphael Schklowsky; Tot Shabbat and High Holidays Services – By Hedda Kafka Grupper; Storytelling on the Holidays – By Jonathan Katz

Sukkot & Simchat Torah / October 6, 2006
In this issue…
Local Brevities October 19, 1872; The Feast of Tabernacles October 6, 1873; The Jewish Holidays September 11, 1874; Music, Mirth and Beauty October 10, 1879; Feast of Tabernacles October 10, 1889; Free Sons of Israel Anniversary Dance and Dine and Entertain October 21, 1889; Sukkot at Kane Street, By Ralph Kleinman; Sukkahs at the Schneiders and the Synagogue, By Howard Schneider; The Year the Atlantic Antic fell on Shemini Atzeret September 1979

Adult Education / October 13, 2006
In this issue…
Hebrew Progress February 19, 1891; The Hebrew Family a Migratory People on the Road to Progress April 27, 1891; New Literary League October 25, 1901; Sleepless Wednesdays, By Tim Rucinski; Perek Yomi: One Students Perspective, By Iris Katzner; Learning Fall 2006

Social Action / October 20, 2006
In this issue…
“Hospitality. An Appeal on Behalf of the Jews from Russia March 6, 1882; Provided For the Wants of the Hebrew Orphans of the City October 29, 1883; Its Nineteenth Annual Report February 25, 1890; In Aid of Russian Refugees April 4, 1892; Solidarity Sunday for Soviet Jewry; Marching on Fifth Avenue 1983 – Photo; The Save Darfur Campaign – By Karen Elam; Addressing the Global Warming Crisis – By Sharon Neuman; The Scroll Archives – Twenty-four articles on Social Action from the last two decades; Volunteer Opportunities 2006-2007

Cultural Programs / October 27, 2006
In this issue…
Grand Sacred January 26, 1880; Beth Israel Entertainment June 1, 1902; B. I. Literary League December 12, 1902; Finding an Excuse to Celebrate Copland December 10, 2004, By Benjamin Levisohn; Notes from Michael Boriskin – Article by the Artistic and Executive Director of Copland House; The Copland Family and BIAE; Dear Mrs. Rubinow – Aaron Copland wrote this note to Rabbi Goldfarbs daughter in 1961

Jews in America / November 3, 2006
In this issue…
Eagle Articles – Part 2
A Thank You Note from Christ Church – April 2, 1939; The Old Neighborhood – Notes by Eli Wallach, Irving Weissler, Albert Socolov and Joseph Goldfarb; Gateway to Jewish Life July 24, 1998 by Geraldine K. Gross; Going Their Separate Ways June 15, 2001; Liberal Jewish Day School Sought October 1985; The Jewish Community of South Brooklyn, By Marion Stein; Thanksgiving by the Brooklyn Israelites December 1, 1860; Congregation Baith Israel April 21, 1865; The Hebrews Among Us December 30, 1870; The Streets of Brooklyn. Their Peculiarities and Populations July 1, 1872; Mr. Michael Gruschenski September 17, 1879; Funeral of Michael Gru June 11, 1900; Moneyed Men. Our Wealthy and Influential Hebrews February 1, 1880; The Jews. Mr. Beecher on Their Suppression in Germany… December 27, 1880; The Judgement Against the Long Island Cable Road January 15, 1891; The Columbian Celebration October 7, 1892; An Army of Merchants February 12, 1893; Strange Restaurants. Brooklyn Has Peculiar Eating Houses August 4, 1895; Kosher Butchers to Quit May 13, 1902; Flays Henry Fords Anti-Semitic Views November 27, 1920

Wartime / November 10, 2006
In this issue…
Our Service to Our Country; 1956, By Rabbi Israel Goldfarb; Our Civil War Hero, By Judith R. Greenwald; Photograph of Lt. Col. Leopold C. Newman – NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center; Wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville May 9, 1863; Lieut. Col. Newman May 29, 1863; The Late Lieut.-Col. Newman June 13, 1863; The Jews True Patriots May 8, 1899; Whats a Nice Jewish Girl Like You Doing in Combat Boots? By Esther Levine-Brill; Ticket to Ball Honoring Our Gallant Boys From Over There; BIAE Archives; Tablet Unveiled for Overseas Men October 20, 1919; Gravestone and Tablet; Heroes of The Great War; Oldest Boro Temple Welcomes GIs Back April 8, 1946

The Congregation / November 17, 2006
In this issue…
On the Path of Abraham and Sarah, By Rabbi Sam Weintraub; Are There Any Converts in the House? By Timothy J. Rucinski; By the Numbers: Kane Street at 150 Years, By Mickey Green; Kashruth Jewish Dietary Laws For the Kitchen at Kane Street Synagogue; From the Beginning 1987-1989; Louis J. Moss Obituary; March 19, 1948; Rabbi gets set for her new hurdle August 31, 1988; Making Kane Street Accessible to All January 2002, By Mickey Green & Rob Stulberg

Synagogue Renewal / December 1, 2006
In this issue…
Renewal and Rededication – Chronology; Before Photos of the Community Building – Feasibility Study & Condition Survey September 2000; In Wake of World Trade Center Disaster November 2001; A View of Heaven – Photo; A Brief History, By Howard Schneider October 24, 2005; Images of the Campaign and Construction; Next Steps: Restoring the Sanctuary, By Susan Rifkin; Laying the Cornerstone of a Synagogue January 13, 1862; Reconstruction of Beth Israel September 8, 1879; Put in the Ark April 8, 1889; Jews Rededicate Oldest Synagogue September 23, 1929; Temple Ends Drive May 14, 1941; Rites Set to Mark Renovation of Boro Synagogue January 11, 1953

Rabbi Israel Goldfarb / December 8, 2006
In this issue…
Portrait 1916; A Biographical Sketch 1940; Your Childrens Jewish Education January 30, 1938; Goldfarb Publications – Titles and music; Centennial Message 1955; Centennial Fundraiser – Photo, 1956; In Memoriam June 4, 1967; Israel Goldfarb Obituary February 14, 1967; Journey of a Hebrew Melody: Rabbi Goldfarbs Shalom Aleichem By Rabbi Henry D. Michelman

Chanukah / December 15, 2006
In this issue…
Channuccah December 4, 1877; Hebrews Who Kept Christmas December 27, 1885; A Chanuka Festival December 23,1889; Sees Jews Growing Weaker in Faith December 19, 1927; Chanukah Reflections 1939 by Rabbi Goldfarb; Symbol of Jewish Immortality December 1959 By Rabbi Goldfarb; Chanukah Party December 1985; The Rabbis Message January 1986 By Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg; Kane St. Synagogue greets Russian Jews January 11-17, 1990; I Have a Little Dreidel The True Story Winter 2001/5762 by Susan Wolf

Gathering History / December 29, 2006
In this issue …
Synagogue Publications; Seventy-four Years of The Scroll – Images of banner; The First Bulletin – Editorial Page, The Scroll, March 11, 1932; Celebrating 150 Years: 1856-2006 – Events of 2006; Historical Preservation – Photographs of Archivists, Curators, Raconteurs and Editors; Marriage Registry – File of Marriages from 1904-1955; Marriage Records – Study by Maureen Weicher; A Survey of Surveys – Study by Julia Hirsch; Kane Street Synagogue Archives – http://www.jtsa.edu/research/ratner/conrec/inst_kanestreet.html; Kane Streets Safe Makes News – Articles and photographs; Archeology – By Thomas Clarke; The Search for the Rosenbergs – By Jack and Linda Winkleman
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