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What do you do with a Jewish cemetery in a town without Jews?; From; July 11, 2023

  • “Some people inherit money,” Janice Apple Malett likes to say. “I inherited a cemetery.”
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An Untold Tale of Small Cities: Their Unique and Historic Contribution to Jewish Life in AmericaFrom; June 14, 2017

  • Over the course of the past 18 months, I have had the occasion to visit more than 15 small and intermediate communities.
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My father’s sister died in the 1918 flu pandemic. He didn’t find her grave until 2011; From; April 13, 2020

  • For millions of Americans, the history of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic has become, unfortunately, newly relevant. But for my family, the 1918 pandemic entered our lives in a very personal way less than a decade ago.
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NEW HOME FOR TORAH ARK; From; June 26, 2006

  • The Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe, NJ will mark an important milestone Sunday with the acquisition of an ark, the sacred structure used to house the Torah. But it’s more that a new begining – it also marks an end. The ark will come from the 159-year-old Kehillat Israel temple in Shenandoah, Pa., which is no longer in use. The empty synagogue was once the center of a thriving Jewish community in the coal-mining town. “We had over 100 Jewish families when I was growing up. Now there’s barely 11 Jews in Shenandoah,” said Herb Siswein, 80, who said he was an active member of the congregation. His grandfather attended services at Kehillat is 1892, he said. “It’s very heartbreaking,” said Ethel Harris, 79 who was president of the sisterhood there. “It was a very beautiful old synagogue.” Her husband, Mendel Harris, 84, was the last president and treasurer of the congregation. He plans to say Kaddish, the Jewish mourning prayer, for the temple. “It’s like the death of a loved individual,” he said. But the transfer of the ark will also keep a part of Kehillat alive, the Harris’ said. “It stood in that temple for decades and it represented God and the Torah in that community, and was part of teh celebration of new life, of new marriages, (and) of life-cycle events in that community,” said Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky of the Monroe temple. “And now, instead of that ark being destroyed, it is moving on where it can have new life in a new environment. It will be a source of inspiration for anyone who will see it and will come to celebrate life in its new home.” Proceeds from the sale of the ark will also help celebrate the lives of Kehillat congregants who have passd on. The money will go into a trust fund used to pay for the maintenance of Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Mendel Harris said. Zaklikovsky said the Chabad Jewish Center is still int ehprocess of negotiating the price of the ark. The rabbi and 10 volunteers will head out Sunday morning for a drive to Shenandoah, Pa., to retrieve the ark. It will be a complex and careful process, he said, because the ark was built into the temple wall in accordance with Jewish tradition. It was be placed in a new building that is under construction. The building is expected to be completed and dedicated within six months, the Rabbi said. Teh acquisition of the ark coincides this week with the Yartzeit, or anniversary of death, of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, who was the leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Zalikovsky said. The Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe will honor his memory with the new addition, the rabbi said, and will also mark his 1994 passing by visintg his grave in Queens, N.Y., on Thursday.

SACRED CONCERT TOMORROW; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: November 21, 1972

  • Cantor Max Lewine, of New York City who conducted services in Keheleth Israel Synagogue this morning, met with great success and was greeted with a large audience, all of whom he highly pleased. He will give a concert tomorrow evening at 7 o’cllock, in Keheleth Israel Synagogue on West Oak Street. he will give a program of Hebrew folk songs as well as selections from operas. Those who love good music should not miss this concert, as it will be a rare treat. President Orkin and Vice Prestident I. Senderoff, committee. All are invited.

TESTIMONIAL TO RABBI; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 18, 1972

  • Rabbi and Mrs. Herman Berg, of Shenandoah, who will leave for Israel in early November where they plan to establish a permanent residence, were honored at a “Farewell Party” at the Hebrew Communicty Center on Tuesday night. Members of the Kehillat Israel Congregation of which Rabbi Berg has been the spiritual lead three years, attended the affiar coordinated by Mrs. Paul Berson, Mrs. Harry Rochman and Mrs. Ben Schoor, leaders of the congregation. Mrs. Rochman is preident of the Sisterhood. Opening remarsk and the welcome was given by Mrs. Rochman and Dr. Paul Berson, vice-president of the Kehillat congregation. The rabbi was presented with a gold watch on behalf of the congregation as a taken memento of his time spent in Shenandoah. The presentation was made by Dr. Berson. Mrs. Berg received a handbag presented by Mrs. Sayde Rudberg. Mr. B.B. Boyd presented the couple with certificates and well wishes and a special citation from members of teh Hadassah Chapter for the Mount Scopus Hospital for healing, teaching and reserach in their honor to further the work of their humane endeavors. Moved emotionally by the thoughtful gesture the rabbi spoke for he and his wife; “We are leaving with this ardent and firm reminder, as I have praye dfor you at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, so I will always remember to pray for the congregatio at The Wailing Walls in Israel.” Mrs. Sayde Rudberg conveyed the wishes of the congregation for good health, the very best of luck and “Mazel” during their lifetime in Israel. Tables were accented with autumn flowers and assorted fruits, the artistic talent of Mrs. Agnes Tacelosky, Mrs. B.B. Boyd and Mrs. Reuben Sorin. A tasty repast was served. Regional entertainers, Mrs. Henry Supowit, accpompanied on the piano by Mrs. Patrick Stanell, rendered a medley of songs.

HEBREW WOMEN FACE A BUSY YEAR AHEADFrom the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 2, 1972

  • Woman of B’Nai B’rith and Kehillat Israel Sistherhood conducted a joint meeting under the Sisterhood in charge of Mrs. Dora Berson and Mrs. Ethel Rochman. Plans were formulated for an active year ahead with the Hebrew women enthusiastically active. Future projects of B’nai B’rith was the first order of business with Mrs. Rochman in charge. October 12, Mrs. Dora Schoor, chairlady, announced a Bake Sale will be held at the Hebrew Community Center, Oak Street Side, beginning at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is speculated that the membership will contribute their specialtis of home baked goods to ensure a successful sale. Fund raising project for the season has been taken by Mrs. Louise Klitzner, who has begun preparations for this major project. Mrs. Jean Friedman and Mrs. Sadie Rudberg, in charge of the Philanthropic Program of B’nai B’rith reported that they already have three woolen afghans ready to be sent to the Bellefaire Home for Disturbed Children in Cleveland, Ohio. This knitting project took place throughout the summer months. Anyone wishing to donate wool to this humane project is asked to call 462-1655. The B’nai B’rith Women donated to the Hillel Book Fund, in memory of Minnie Penn of Shenandoah, a book to the college of Hillel’s choice. A sale of Bestline Cleaners is being sponsored by B’nai B’rith and Hadassah of Shenandoah. These products have increased in sale because of efforts to “save the environment.” These products have been accredited by Parents Magazine and by the people who use them. Among the products available are dishwashing compound, rug shampoo and floor polish. Anyone interested in supporting this fund raising project can contact chairlady, Sidell Burkat at Morris’s Men’s Shop at 462-0539 or stopping in to see her. In the second portion of the session, it was decided to place a Memorial Plaque in the Kehillat Israel Synagogue in memore of Minnie Penn from the Kehillat Israel Sisterhood. Mrs. Penn was treasurer of the sisterhood from its inception in 1956 to 1972. A joint rummage sale will begin October 9 throughout the week with Hadassah and Kehillat Israel Sisterhood acting as co-sponsors. Co-chairladies are Mrs. Dora Berson and Mrs. Ethel Rochman. Mrs. Polly Wolfson was commended for the special care of flowers during the Holiday season, with the club noting Mrs. Wolfson took care of the Talis worn by the men during the Holidays on several occassions. Mrs. Ruth Rigorotsky was unanimously elected as treasurer of the Kehillat Sisterhood.

KEHILLAT SISTERHOOD TO HOLD INSTALLATION; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 17, 1970

  • Officers of the Kehillat Israel Sisterhood will hold installation for 1970-71 on Tuesday Oct. 20 at 8:30 p.m. at the Hebrew Community Center. President of the Kehillat Israel Congregation, Ben Baron, will install Mrs. Harry Rochman as president; Mrs. Paul Berson, first vice-president; Mrs. Israel Rudberg, second vice-president; Mrs. Ben Baron as third vice-president; Mrs. Nat Rudberg, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Bill Sweet, recording secretary; Mrs. Martin Rigorotsky, financial secretary, and Mrs. Charles Pen as treasurer. Al Krop of Pottsville will be the guest speaker for the evening. A former Shenandoah resident and president of the Kehillath Israel Synagogue, he has traveled extensively in Israel and will present a pictorial and informative resume of his observations. All members and their husbands are urged to attend this important meeting. The committee for the installation includes: Mrs. Ben Schoor, Mrs. Martin Rigorotsky, Mrs. Reuben Sorin, Mrs. Morton Fogel, and Mrs. Dave Penn.

JEWS OBSERVE ROSH HASHANAH; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: September 12, 1969

  • It will be appropriate any time this weeked to wish Jewish friends a happy New Year. Celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, runs from Friday at sundown through Sunday. The new year is 5730 on the Jewish calendar. Services will be held at the synagogue in Shenandoah and Mahanoy City. A newly arrived rabbi, Herman Berg, will be in charge of the service for Kehillat Israel Congregation of Shenandoah. Rabbi Berg will preside at the service at 7 o’clock this evening at the synagogue. The traditional lighting of the candles will be at 6:53 p.m. On Saturday the services will be at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., with the candle lighting at 8 o’clock. Sunday services are at 8 a.m.

SCHOOR FAMILY FETED AT DINNER; From the Evening Hearld – Shenandoah, PA: May 31, 1968

  • An impressive program was held at the Hebrew Community Center, at which time Mr. and Mrs. Burton Schoor and their three children were honored by their friends, relatives and members of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue. The guests of honor will be leaving Shenandoah to reside in Los Angeles, Calif. The festivities began  with Rabbi Abraham Grossman, of the local synagogue, giving the Invocation, followed by group siniging of the “Star Spangled Banner” and the Pledge of Allegiance. Dr. Paul Berson, toastmaster lauded Laney and Burton Schoor and outlined the highlights of their activies, emphasizing the importance of their leadership when they served as advisros for the local B’nai B’rith Youth. Mr. and Mrs. Schoor with their children, Charels, Rhonda and Sally, were the recipients of many good wishes. Remarks were heard from the following relatives: Dr. Emanuel Diamond, of Pottsville, brother of Mrs. Schoor; Sam Schoor; brother of Burton Schoor; Ben D. Schoor, an uncle: and cousins Mrs. Louis Marcus, Mrs. Martin McGuire, Shenandoah; Al Krop, Pottsville; and David Schoor, Frackville; who expressed their best wishes for health and happiness in their future home. Other remarks were haeard from the following persons who expressed the appreciation and good wishes from their respective organizations: Emanual Harris, president of the Kehillat Israel Congregation, who presented the Schoors with a scroll; Mrs. Ben D. Schoor, president of the Kehillat Israel Sisterhood; Mrs. Israel Feitelson, president of Women’s B’nai B’rith; Mrs. Henry Supowit, president of Hadassah; and Irving Friedman, chairman of the Kehillat Israel Cemetery Committee. Mrs. Katie Veetal composed and read a poem writeen especially for the Schoor family. Katie is poet laureate of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue. Highlighting the program was Miss Rhonda Schoor, who favored the group with two vocal selections, “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Shenandoah.” Dr. Berson presented the Schoor ffamily with a beautiful silver tray on behalf of their friends and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Burton Schoor and son, Charles, expressed their appreciation to their friends and relatives for the warm receptions shown to them that evening. The program concluded with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne” and refreshments were served at the conclusion of the evening.

JEWRY TO CELEBRATE FEAST OF PASSOVER; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: April 11, 1968

  • A schedule of special services for the observance of the Passover, the most ancient of Jewish Festivals, was announced today by Rabbi Abraham Grossman. Spiritual director of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue and congregation in Shenandoah, the Rabbi said the observance will begin with a “Search for Leaven” service at 6:30 p.m. today in the Synagogue. He also made special reference to the Vespers tomorrow. At 7 o’clock Friday morning there will be a Pidyon B’Chorim service. The rest of the schedule includes the following: Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:20 o’clock. Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 18, 19 and 20, the services will be at 6:30 p.m. On April 19 and 20 the services will begin at 9 a.m. Rabbi Grossman said there will be a special Yizkor Service at 10:#0

ELDERLY TOWN RESIDENT ENJOYS TRIP TO ISRAEL; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: March 26, 1968

  • “Words can’t explain the joy I felt. My heart was just bursting with pride.” This was the reaction of Russian-born Barney Ufberg, of Shenandoah, on his first visit to Israel. Mr. Ufberg, an avid fisherman and active as a cantor in the Hebrew congregation of Kehillat Israel Synagogue, made the ten-day visit (to him a childhood dream) with his son, Dr. Sol Ufberg, his wife, the former Dottie Wolman, and their two children. They boarded a KLM Dutch Airliner at Kennedy Airport, in New York, with a changeover in Amsterdam and another stop in Athens, Greece, before reaching Tel Aviv.  The return trip included a brief stay in Rome. “Israel shows signs of prosperity. The desert land where people toil long and hard at beautification resembles a garden of god. Everything now is in full bloom and green. Oranges are plentiful. Construction work is underway in many parts,” Mr. Ufberg told this writer. Being in Israel on the Hebrew feast of Purim brought me special happiness. An awe-inspiring sight was the 3,000 uniformed girls who lined the streets and highway as the visitors arrived in Israel.”

JEWRY TO MARK PURIM FEAST; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: March 13, 1968

  • Jews throughout the world will observe the holy day of Purim. In Shenandoah, the observance will begin with services in the Kehillat Israel Synagogue at 6 o’clock this evening. Morning services tomorrow will being at 7 o’clock according to Rabbi Abraham Grossman, spiritual leader of the Kehillat Israel Congregation. Celebrated on the 14th of the Hebrew month of “AVAR,” Purim means lots. The holy day was thus named as a reminder of the lots Haman, Prime Minister of Persia in the year 450 BCE, cast to determine the most favorable day upon which to kill all the Jews of Persia. In explaining the observance, Rabbi Grossman, said the 13th day of AVAR was chosen. Then, the Jews battled and overpowered their enemies and celebrated their victory the next day. “Ever since the first Purim, many Hamans have arisen to persecute the Jews,” Rabbi Grossman continued. “The Book of Esther is a source of strength and faith – the lesson it contains is that God will take care of his people no matter how wicked and cruel their enemies may be.” On this special Happy holy day, three cornered Purim cakes are served. These are filled with poppy seed, prunes or jellies. The observance also includes the exchange of gifts.

B’NAI B’RITH YOUTH INDUCT NEW MEMBERS; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: November 30, 1967

  • An impressive ceremony for the induction of new members of the Shenandoah B’nai B’rith Youth Organization in the Kehillat Israel Synagogue was witnessed by parents and friends. New members Beth Fogel, Jill Kaiserman, Marc Klemow, Debbie Klitzner, Alana Schoor and Sally Schoor, led by Pledgemaster Sharon Harris, walked down the aisle to the tune of “Hatikvah” (Israeli national anthem). Bartley Janowitch, another new member, was absent due to illness. Betty Kaplan, president of the Shenandoah Chapter, welcomed parents and friends to the ceremony, and conveyed appreciation to the adults assisting the youth, Mrs. Henry Supowitz, advisor; Mrs. Max Kaplan, youth chairman and Mrs. Henry Hershinson. Pammy Hershinson, North Keystone Council president; inducted the girls with the traditional Menorah Pledge candlelighting ceremony. The pledges responded to the customary explanation of Jewish Heritage, Citizenship, Good Fellowship, Devotion to the Home, Inter-Faith relations, Philanthropy and Community Service. Other chapter members participating in the ceremony included Betty Kaplan, Rhonda Schoor, Sharon Harris and Bonnie Kaplan. Miss Harris led the girls in their official pledge. Michael Baron, first vice-president of the local chapter, inducted the A.I.T. (Aleph in Training), Mark Klemow. The traditional Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) creed was utilized – explanations of the creed, filial love, conduct, patriotism and religion were presented. The entire Chapter then sang two B’nai B’rith songs “Identity” and “This is Our Order,” and the inductees received membership cards, certificates and pins. A play entitled “This is Our Order” was presented by the new members for the enjoyment of parents and friends. Sharon Harris thanked all who attended and invited the guests for refreshments. She announced that Debbie Klitzner, as the Chapter Mit Queen will compete against other Mit Queens of the North Keystone Council at the Tournaments Convention in December.

SHMINI ATSERES SERVICE SCHEDULE; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 25, 1967

  • Rabbi Abraham Grossman announced a schedule of services today for holiday “Shmini Atseres” and for “Simchs Torah” on Saturday. The Rabbi, who is the head of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue, said the services this evening, tomorrow evening and Friday evening will begin at 6 o’clock. There will be morning services Thursday, Friday and Saturday and these will begin at 9 a.m. Also, on Thursday, October 26 there will be Yizkor service begining at 10:30 a.m. The Rabbi invited and encrouraged followers of the Hebrew Faith to take part in the services.

RABBI ANNOUNCES SERVICE SCHEDULE; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 18, 1967

  • Rabbi Abraham Grossman, head of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue in Shenandoah, announced that the holiday of “Succos” begins tonight “or the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.” The Rabbi said it is a nine-day celebration and “Succos” commemorates the time the Israelites lived in temporary dwellings, in huts and improvised shacks during their wandering in the wilderness. “Succos was always celebrated with great rejoicing,” he said. “It is a time for family and friends to rejoice in the Succos and in the Synagogue. It is appropriately referred to as the time of our rejoicing.” There will be an evening service today, tomorrow and Friday beginning at 6:10 o’clock, he said. There will be a morning service on Thursday and Friday at 8 o’clock and another morning service on Saturday beginning at 9 o’clock. On Sunday morning at 8 o’clock there will be a service in the chapel followed by a breakfast in the celebration of the holiday of Succos.

JEWRY TO MARK SOLEMN FEAST; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 13, 1967

  • Rabbi Abraham Grossman of the Kehillat Israel Congregation announced that “Kol Nidre” services will begin at 6:20 o’clock this evening in the Kehillat Israel Synagogue. This service at sundown today marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the most sacred and solemn of the ancient Jewish Holy Days. Services tomorrow will begin at 8:15 a.m. according to the spiritual leader. The day of atonement is observed by Jews throughout the world by fasting from sundown to sundown – by prayer, and by a searching re-apprasial of the individual’s behavior toward God and his fellow man. It is the culmination of the High Holy Days, a 10-day period of self examination that begins with the celebration of the Jewish new year Rosh Hashanah. “Kol Nidre” as explained by Rabbi Grossman is the opening liturgy of the traditional synagogue service for Yom Kippur eve. The prayer for forgiveness was written in the 7th Century, and its musical setting is one of the most haunting melodies ever composed. Yom Kippur services continue throughout the day on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. When Yom Kippur falls on the Sabbath, as it does this year, it is considered especially sacred. The Holy Day will end at sundown Saturday with a final blast from the shofar – a hollow ram’s horn –  which hs been used in Jewish worship  and as a trumpet in battle for more than 3,500 years.

JEWRY TO MARK SPECIAL FEAST; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: August 14, 1967

  • The observance of the day marking the destruction of the First and Second Temple begins tonight, according to an announcement today by Rabbi Abraham Grossman. Services will be held in the Kehillat Israel Synagogue at 7:30 o’clock this evening and tomorrow morning at 7 o’clock. There will also be services tomorrow evening at 7:30 o’clock in the chapel of the Jewish Center. Rabbi Grossman said that over the centuries on ‘Tisha B’Av’, the ninth day of the Hebrew Month Av, Jews mourn the catastrophe that befell them with the destruction of ancient Jersusalem and the razing of the Temple  by the Roman Barbarians under Titus. “Mourning and fasting from sunset to sunset, they remember also the millions throughout the centuries who were killed and persecuted just because they were Jews. In Synagogues all over the world, men and women come to read the Book of Lamentations, “Aycha,’ the ode of mourning, written by the great Prophet Jeremiah.”

JEWRY TO MARK SHAVUOT RITES; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: June 13, 1967

  • Rabbi Abraham Grossman announced special services for the Feast of Weeks, the Jewish Festival of Shavuot. Rabbi Grossman announced that services tomorrow and Thursday will be held at 9 o’clock in the morning and at 5:15 o’clock in the evening. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m., there will be a Yizkor service. All services will be conducted in the Kehillat Israel Synagogue. Rabbi Grossman said the “Feast of Weeks” actually begins at sundown, Tuesday, June 13. In commenting on the Feast Rabbi Grossman said, “One of the most spiritually significant holidays of the Jewish calendar, Shavuot traditionally commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt.” The festival also has agricultural associations, for at this time, seven weeks after the spring wheat and barley planting in Israel, the first fruits of this planting were harvested.  “During this holiday, which was one of the three pilgrimage festivals of the Jewish year, the Jews of Biblical days actually brought their first ripened grain to the Temple at Jerusalem for sacrificial offering. The symbolism remains even in this modern age, particularly in Reform and Conservative congregations, where on this day, the youth who have completed formal religious education stand on the altars of the temples and seek Confirmation in their faith. They represent the first harvest of an educational seed planted ten years earlier. One of the interesting aspects of Shavuot is the reading of the Biblical book of Ruth. This is the story of a woman who voluntarily converted to the Jewish faith. The Biblical tale is read during the synagogue services to indicate that Judaism is a faith for all peoples.

COMPLETE RENOVATION OF LOCAL SYNAGOGUE; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: February 17, 1967

  • An extensive renovation project in the Kehillat Israel Synagogue was reported completed today and men and women of the Hebrew community were invited to services tomorrow. Rabbi Abraham Grossman said the project beautifies the interior of the synagogue and adds to the comfort of those who participate in the services.  The exterior of the synaoguge, located on West Oak Street, was recently renovated and given “a new look” and now Rabbi Grossman said, the interior project “completes the picture.” Services on Saturday are at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

MRS. HARRY ROCHMAN HEADS SISTERHOOD; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: September 19, 1956

  • A meeting for the purpose of organizing a Sisterhood was held last evening by the Kehillat Israel Synagogue with President Al Krop presiding. The meeting was opened withthe singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” President Krop introduced the guest speaker, Mrs. Samuel J. Cohn, president of the Pottsville Sisterhood and Mrs. Sidney Rappaport of Mahanoy City. Mrs. Cohn informed the group on the importance of a Sisterhood in the Community. A question and answer period followed after which the following women were elected: Mrs. Harry Rochman, president; Mrs. Paul Berson, first vice-president; Mrs. Maurice Burkat, second vice-president; Mrs. Charles Penn, treasurer; Mrs. Harold Wolfson, financial secreatary; Mrs. Martin Fogel, recording secreatary, Mrs. Jules Davison, corresponding secreatary, Mrs. Reuben Sorin and Mrs. Polly Wolfson, membership chairmen. Mrs. Rochman presided for the nomination and in accepting her office thanked all present and asked the full cooperation of all the members of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue to help make the Sisterhood successful. It was announced that meetings will be conducted the second Monday of teh month at the Community Center. The first meeting and installation of officers will be held in conjunction with a tea on Oct. 8. Everyone is invited to attend and a board meeting will be held in the near future to prepare the agenda.

JEWS TO MARK RELIGIOUS FEAST; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: September 19, 1956

  • The Festival of Tabernacles, called Succos, in Hebrew, will begin this evening at sundown. This festival is an historical religious Jewish holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt and the 40 years march toward Israel.  The holiday Kiddush or Sanctification is performed in specially erected booths, recalling the clouds of glory which surrounded the Israelites during their journey. Al Krop, president of the local congregation, has announced that the synagogue has again erected its large Tabernacle in the yard of the Hebrew Community Center Building, and invites the membership to visit it during the holidays. Another special feature of the holiday is the use of the Palm branch, myrtle, willow, and citron fruit. The synagogue has several sets and the congregation is invited to use them. Rabbi Irvin Chinn announces that the services this evening will be at 6:50 o’clock and tomorrow morning at 9, and reminds all Hebrew school children and Bar-Bas Mitzvah children to attend these services.

A TOUCH OF BROADWAY; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: May 18, 1953

  • A touch of Broadway came to town this evening in the J.W. Cooper High School auditorium for the benefit of the Hadassah Medical Organization and Kehillat Israel Synagogue.

RABBI IRVIN CHINN; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 14, 1952

  • Rabbi Irvin Chinn, newly elected Rabbi of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue, served as the guest speaker at the first regular meeting of the Women’s B’nai B’rith Chapter.

BRIDE OF PHILADELPHIA RESIDENT; From the Republican and Herald – Pottsville, PA: November 29, 1951

  • The marriage of Miss Mollie Marateck, daughter of Mrs. Sarah Marateck, 15 South Lehigh Street, and the late Abe Marateck, to Harry Sharavsky, son of Mrs. Jennie Sharavsky, 4912 Hutchinson Avenue, Philadelphia, and the late Ellis Sharavsky, took place Sunday, November 18, in Kehillat Israel Synagogue, West Oak Street. During the ceremony, performed by Rabbi Herman Rockoff, “I Love You Truly” was sung by Mrs. Alfred Krap. Given in marriage by her brother, Jack Marateck, the bride was lovely in a gown of white Skinner satin fashioned along Grecian lines with a yoke of nylon illusion trimmed with seed pearls and irridescent beading. Her fingertip veil was edged in the same trim. She carried an orchid-centered Bible with streamers of white satin and pompons. The maid of honor, Miss Ruth Marateck, a sister of the bride, wore a gown of dusty pink taffeta with a drop-shoulder neckline. She carried a colonial boquet of yellow roses tied with matching ribbon. Louis Sharavsky, of Philadelphia. was the best man for his brother. The gentlemen wore formal attire. Both the mother of the bride and the bridegroom’s mother chose black dresses with black accessories and corsages of orchids. After a reception at the Hebrew Community Center, the couple left on a honeymoon to New York and Philadelphia. For traveling, the bride wore a navy blue suit, grey accessories, rust-colored coat, and a corsage of orchids. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sharavsky are graduates of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Mrs. Sharavsky was employed by the Martin Shirt Company. Her husband is associated with a stationary concern in Philadelphia, where the couple will make their home.

TESSIE MARATECH BRIDE OF SCRANTON RESIDENT; From The Republican and Herald- Pottsville, PA: January 20, 1948

  • Miss Tessie Marateck, daughter of Mrs. Dora Marateck, became the bride of Mr. Pete Rose, son of Mrs. Bessie Rose, of 523 Pine Street, Scranton, on January 11, it was announced today. The wedding took place at the residence of Rabbi Henry Guterman, of Scranton, who perormed the ceremony in the presence of the immediate families. Given in marriage by her nephew, Attorney Sanford Marateck, of Shamokin, the attractive bride wore a dress of blue lame of beautiful design, and a matching heart-shaped hat. She carried a prayer book with a white orchid marker. The bridegroom was attended by his brother, Richard. Following a reception at the home of the bridegroom and a wedding dinner at the Fox Hill Country Club, Mr. and Mrs. Rose left for New York. For traveling, the bride wore a suit of blue gabardine accented in red, and a corsage of orchids. Upon their return, the couple will reside at the Plaza Hotel, Scranton. Mrs. Rose is a graduate of Shenandoah High School. She was employed as Chief Bookkeeper for the Siswein Furniture Company. She is secretary of the Women’s Chapter B’nai B’rith, corresponding secretary of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and the treasurer of the Shenandoah Playground Association. Mr. Rose, a veteran of World War II, is manager of the Father and Son Shoe Store, Scranton. He is active in Scranton sport circles, particularly in basketball.

KLEMOW-YUDACUFSKI WEDDING; From the Republican & Herald – Pottsville, PA: November 22, 1947

  • Announcement was made yesterday of the wedding of Miss Rhoda Yudacufski, 128 South Lehigh Avenue, Frackville, to Harry B. Klemow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Klemow 328 East Broad Street, Hazleton. The double-ring ceremony was preformed by Rabbi Herbert Ritner in the Mansfield Hotel, Wilkes-Barre. The bride was attended by a sister, Mrs. Sol Cotler, Pottsville, and the interests of the bridegroom were looked after by a brother, Paul Klemow. Miss Harriet Fox, a niece of the bride sang “Because” and “Through The Years.” Mrs. Klemow is a graduate of Frackville High School and McCann’s Business College, Mahanoy City. She is employed at the Philadelphia Signal Depot. Mr. Klemow is a graduate of Hazleton High School and attended Penn State Center at Hazleton. He served in the Navy for two years and is now associated with his father in business. The couple recently returned from a wedding trip to Niagara Falls and Michigan. They will reside in Frackville.

BECOMES BRIDE OF MT. CARMEL MAN; From the Republican & Herald – Pottsville, PA: November 19, 1947

  • A pretty wedding took place Sunday afternoon, November 9, in the Mansfield Ballroom, Wilkes-Barre, when Miss Ruth Krap, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Israel Krap, 117 N. White Street, became the bride of Robert Spector, son of Mrs. Edith Spector, of Mt. Carmel. The ceremony was performed by Rabbi Herman Rockoff, of the local synagogue, assisted by Rabbi Oles, of Mt. Carmel. Given in marriage by her father, the bride looked charming in an ivory champagne satin gown, featuring a high neckline. The gown was styled with long sleeves and a billowing skirt which terminated into a sweeping train. Her headdress consisted of a braided satin coronet accented with orange blossoms from which fell a fingertip veil of illusion. She carried an orchid in a nest of white roses. Her maid of honor, Miss Ruth Marateck, a friend of the bride, wore a dusty pink taffeta gown, styled with a drop-shoulder effect and colonial draped bustle back. She carried a bouquet of pink roses with a matching ribbon. Mrs. Al Krap, sister-in-law of the bride, was the matron of honor. She wore an aqua crepe gown. The bodice was trimmed with gold nail heads. She carried a bouquet of talisman roses with contrasting ribbon. Abe Forman, of Pottsville, served as best man. The men in the bridal party wore formal attire. The bride’s mother was charmingly attired in a grey crepe gown accented with sequins. The bride-groom’s mother was equally charming, attired in a purple crepe gown. Both wore shoulder corsages of orchids. During the ceremony, Miss Tessie Marateck, of town, sang “Because” and “I Love You Truly.” After the ceremony, a dinner was served in the ballroom. The couple left on a honeymoon trip to New York City. On their return, they will reside in a newly-furnished apartment in Mt. Carmel. Mr. Spector, a veteran of five years’ service during World War II, spent three years overseas. He is a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and also attended Bucknell University. He is associated with the Robert Spector Wholesale Grocery. The bride’s going-away outfit was a brown tweed suit over which she wore a grey Persian lamb coat and a corsage of orchids.

SURPRISE SHOWER HELD FOR MISS RUTH KRAP; From the Republican & Herald – Pottsville, PA: Oct. 28, 1947

  • Miss Ruth Krap, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Israel Krap, 117 North White Street; was the guest of honor at a surprise shower held recently at the Shenandoah Hebrew Community Center. Attended by 40 guests, the affair was held in the honor of the forthcoming marriage of Miss Krap to Robert Spector of Mt. Carmel. The wedding is scheduled for November 9 at the Mansfield Ballrooom, Wilkes-Barre. Hostesses for the evening were Misses Ruth Marateck, Ethel Freedline, Mrs. Alfred Krap, and Mrs. Phil Kropp.

MEYER KRAP DIES BY DROWNING IN BAY AT BALTIMOREFrom the Republican & Herald – Pottsville, PA; June 26, 1945

  • Meyer Krap, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Israel Krap, 117 N. White Street, was drowned SUnday afternoon in Baltimore, Md. He was employed at a defense plant in Baltimore the last four years. His brother, Philip, who also works in a defense plant there, sent word home to the family by telephone. The family here has received no details of Meyer’s death as yet, other than the information that he was drowned at some bay in Baltimore. Parents of the victim are well known in town, being in the scrap business here for many years. Meyer was a member of Kehillat Israel Synagogue and was graduated from the J.W. Cooper High School. Undertaker W. Harry Waters sent for the body this morning in preparation for burial from the local residence. Surviving are his parents, one sister, Ruth at home; four brothers, Alfred, U.S. Army in Italy; Philip, working in Baltimore; Morris, at home; and Louis, discharged war veteran now a student at the New York University. One niece, Miss Barbara Krap, and one nephew Mr. Harry Krap, both of town, also survive. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon from the local residence, 117 N. White Street. Services will take place at the home at 4 o’clock. Interment will be in the jewish cemetry.

JACOB KLITZNER MARRIED TO WILKES-BARRE GIRL; From the Republican & Herald – Pottsville, PA: Sept. 17, 1940

  • Ceremony Takes Place at Hotel in Wikes-Barre: Jacob Klitzner, son of Mrs. Sarah Klitzner, of 222 North Highland Street was married to Miss Margaret Horowitz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Horowitz, of Wilkes-Barre, on Sunday at Wilkes-Barre. The ceremony was performed at the Mansfield Hotel at 5 o’clock. Miss Molly Klitzner, a sister of the bridegroom, was the maid of honor. Mrs. Ben Abeloff, of Shenandoah, was the matron of honor. The best man was Al Sweet, of Shenandoah Heights. Ben Abeloff and Gilbert Sweet acted as ushers. The bride was attired in a white satin evening gown, styled along princess lines. It was made of mouselline de soie, trimmed in lace. Miss Klitzner wore a beautiful sheer aqua dress, trimmed in dubonnet. At 9 o’clock a reception dinner was tendered at the hotel, with about 100 guests attending. The happy couple left for New York and Washington for a week where they will spend their wedding trip. Upon their return the couple will reside in the Capitol Apartments, Shenandoah.

GOLDEN JUBILEE; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: May 13, 1938

  • The Congregation of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue today observed the Golden Jubilee of the founding of their synagogue with a full program of religous, cultural and social events.

RABBI HARRY JACOBS ADDRESSES COMMUNITY; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: January 20, 1938

  • Rabbi Harry Jacobs of the Theological Seminary in New York addressed both the young and old Jewry of the community at Kehillat Isral Synagogue.

HEBREW SYNAGOGUE GREATLY IMPROVED; From the Weekly Herald  – Shenandoah, PA: September 30, 1905

  • The Hebrew Synagogue on West Oak Street, has just undergone a thorough renovation of the building both in and outstide. The interior has been newly frescoed and reflects credit on the workmanship of John P. Carden. The emblems in the front of the edifice are worthy of special mention. The ten commandments above the altar are conspicously displayed, supported by two lions, one on each side. The lions represent strength in the Hebrew faith, that the commandments may never be broken. Directly above the commandments is a crown, commemorative of the crown worn by the Hebrew kings. The walls and pillars are also handsomely decorated. The seats have been repainted, electric lights and steam heat installed and the general appearance is magnificent. William Dabb did the installing of electric lights and they reflect credit on him. The exterior of the building has alos undergone a noted change. An entire new front and new windows have been put in. The front has been finished in a novel way with various kinds of shingles. The exterior has been handsomely painted by Frances Deegan. A new cement pavement has also been put down thus completing the improvements. Much praise for the wonderful improvements in the Synagogue is due to David Levine, president of the congregation, and his able committee. The Synagogue will be formally opened this evening at 6:30 o’clock when the Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashonah, will begin. The services end Sunday evening, at sun down.

CHOOSING A NEW RABBI; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: November 8, 1899

  • A new Rabbi will officiate in the synagogue of the Kehelos of Israel on Oak Street on next Saturday, to be followed by several meetings on succeeding Saturdays, and from them a selection will be made later on. Rev. Mitnick, the present Rabbi, has received a call from a large congregation in Philadelphia.

REFOWICH-BLOCK LIBEL SUIT; From the Evening Hearld – Shenandoah, PA: October 7, 1899

  • The suit instituted by Levi Refowich to recover $10,000 damages for slander, against Sam. Block, was heard yesterday afternoon at Pottsville, before Aribtrators Harry A. Haag, Irvin A. Reed and Charles D. Boyer. It is alleged that Block circulated a report that Refowich received money for using his influence to heal a difference between the Sons of Abraham and the Keheleth Israel congregation of town. Mr. Refowich, the plainiff, was on the witness stand yesterday and detailed the circumstances which led him to bring suit for slander against Block. F.W. Bechtel and son, Edgar, represent Refowich, and M.M. Burke represents Block. The case has been continued until next week.

THE UNLUCKY THIRTEEN; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: September 26, 1899

  • The claim made in yesterday’s Herald that at a metting held on Sunday evening at the meeting room of the Kehelos of Israel congregation for the election of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Trustees, Levi Refowich and Human Rubinsky were the contestants for President. A vote was taken and 27 members were present, and when the vote was counted, Mr. Harris Seff, who was one of the strongest supporters of Hyman Rubinsky, noticed in counting the ballots that two of them had stuck together, and at once metnioned it to all members present; no objection was then taken but on counting all the votes cast it tallied correctly 27 votes, which were all the votes cast; showing nothing wrong was done and the two ballots thus accidentally mixed together, and it then showed plainly in sight of all members present that Hyman Rubinsky had received 14 and Levi Refowitch the unlucky 13, and of course this created the entire disturbance by the Refowich faction, and to show the public who is in the right we, the undersigned, who voted for Hyman Rubinsky, hereby sign our names and the public can see for themselves who is in the right the 14 who voted for Hyman Rubinsky, or the unlucky 13. We the undersigned fourteen members of the Kehelos Israel congregation, have agreed to have our names publicsed: David Levine, Harris Seff, Simon Seigel, Abe Levine, Samuel Block, Ike Orkin, secretary, Hyman Rubinsky, David Silverman, Ellis Guzinsky, P. Greeberg, Phillip Yarausky (Yarowsky), M. Rubinsky, Harry Levit, Max Friedberg.

HEBREW NEW YEAR; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: September 5, 1899

  • THE JEWISH YEAR 5600 BEGAN LAST EVENING AT SUNDOWN; The first day of the seventh month of the Jewish Ecclasiastical year, which is the first of the civil year, was observed to-day, all the Hebrew places of business being closed. The observance began at sundown last evening. The Jewish day of atonement will be observed on September 14; on this day all Hebrews are supposed to fast. The Keleth Israel synagogue was crowded continuously since the festivities began. This morning, the Rabbi of the congregation, Henry Mitnick, preached an eloquent sermon on “Creation” which was listened to with much appreciation by the worshippers. In the Sons of Abraham place of worship, in the Rynkewicz building, the services were led by Simon Rabinowitz, and were of a very impressive character. The sermon was preached by Rabbi Bachman, of Newark, N.J., who dwelt on the blowing of the trumpets, or the Shofar, on New Year’s day. His remarks were listened to with profound attention and they brought tears to the eyes of many of the older members of the congregation as they were brought back to their childhood days in Fatherland. The palce of worship was crowded to the doors.

THE TRUSTEES ANSWER; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: August 29, 1899

  • In an article of yesterdays paper headed “Their Troubles Multip,” we, the undersigned, will answer in a few words. in the first place, Mr. Goldman belonged to our congregation and in time of need we helped him along financially and otherwise. When sickness was in his family the Keholos of Israel congregation got Dr. Callen to attend them and the bills were paid. Mr. Goldman never paid any dues to our congregation and when trouble and discord began he was one of the first to leave us and go with the other congregation. This is the gratitude we get from such a man. When Mr. Freiband, who is president of their congregation, called to see the trustees of our congregation, they of course asked them to pay $10, and not $15, as they state. Mr. Goldman never paid any dues, but he has been paying to the other congregation regularly $1,.00 per month, and as their congregation has to foot the bill for any death that may occur among them, we of course felt that they at least should pay for the burial expenses of their members. As regards that “if Mr. Refowich would hav ebeen home this would not have occurred” we will answer the president has nothing to do with it; the trustees attend to such duties, which are final. As to their contributing lately for fixing up the cemetery of the Kehelos of Israel congregation, we did go to see them when were in need for that purpose, but only one member of the Sons of Abraham congreation donated a mite to it, while all others, even their president, Mr. Freiband, refused to donate. They also state Pottsville congregation offered the burial free of charge which is not true, for they had to pay $5 and expese of bringng the body down and for digging the grave, a total of about $15. There is no spite in our action. This case is plain, and let the public judge. Signed: H. Rubinsky; Ellis Duell; P. Greenberg – Trustees Kehelos Israel Congregation.

LEVINE,ROY; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: August 26, 1899

  • Roy, the 13-year old son of Wolf Levine, was confirmed this morning according to the rites of the Jewish faith in the Keheleth-Israel synagogue. The event was celebrated by a collation being served at the residence of the parents at which a number of friends and members of the congregation were present.

THE SYNAGOGUE CASE; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: January 26, 1899

  • SEVERAL BOYS ARRAIGNED BEFORE JUSTICE SHOEMAKER LAST NIGHT; Nine boys were arraigned before Justice Shoemaker last night, charged with committing the depradations at the Kehelos Israel Synagogue on Tuesday afternoon as stated in yesterday’s HERALD. The boys accused are Martin Monaghan, Alvin Richards, Garfield Davenport, Millard Smith, Harry Feist, Frank Nork, Clayton Loucks, Morgan Powell and Martin Burns. Thirteen witnesses were subpoenaed in the case and, with the spectators, there was an immense crowd in and about the Justice’s office, the greatest number of spectators beign children, who laughed and giggled and seemed to enjoy the affair. One witness, Ike Orkin, identified Monaghan, Richards and Burns as boys he saw in the act of throwing ice and snow. The case was adjourned for further hearing to-night at seven o’clock.

WEDDING IN SHENANDOAH; From the Miners Journal – Pottsville, PA: January 26, 1899

  • A fashionable wedding took place in the Kehelos Israel Synagogue, Shenandoah, Tuesday afternoon. The contracting parties were Miss Fannie Supowitz, eldest daughter of Max Supowitz, a leading merchant of Shenandoah, and Harry A. Kaufmann, of Towanda, Pa. Miss Hanna Supowitz, sister of the bride was bridesmaid, and Mr. Max Steck, of Philadelphia, was the best man. Rabbi Henry Mitnick officiated. Anna Supowitz and Pauline Townsend were flower girls. After the ceremony a banquet and reception was held at the Robbins’ Opera House.

YOUNG MEN’S HEBREW ASSOCIATION; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 8, 1898

  • The Young Men’s Hebrew Association will hold their second annual informal dance on November 15th.

JEWISH WEDDING; From the Evening Hearald – Shenandoah, PA: January 12, 1898

  • At seven o’clock last evening at the Keheleth Israel Synagogue, on West Oak Street, Miss Rebecca Levine was united in marriage with Nathan Sweet. The synagogue was comfortably filled with spectators to witness the ceremony, which was performed by Rabbi Henry Mitnick. A reception followed at 150 and 152 North Bowers Street.

HEBREWS CELEBRATE; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 6, 1897

  • The Hebrews of this town last evening observed the Day of Atonement. The celebration began at six o’clock last evening and will continue until six o’clock this evening. During this period, every member of the Hebrew faith will fast and wend his way to the synagogue and ask forgiveness of his sins. All stores were closed to-day and the event celebrated in keeping with the rules of worship laid down in the book.

REFOWICH, ROSE; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: September 27, 1897

  • Miss Rose Refowich, a student at the Bloomsburg Normal School, is home to spend the Hebrew new year.


  • The synagogue of the Kehelos Israel Congregation, on West Oak Street, was the scene of considerable excitement this morning on account of an encounter between two of the male worshippers. The details of the encounter were not learned, as the participants were not inclined to give them, and as a suit followed before Justice Shoemaker shortly after members of the congregation and many other people flocked to the hall of the Justice in crowds. Even there, the details could not be learned, as the principals waived a hearing and entered bail. There were two cases. One was brought by Moses Rubinsky, Max Rabinowitz and Hymen Rubinsky, trustees of the congregation, who charged that Nathan Sweet “did act in a disorderly manner in the said congregation’s place of worship and during the worship persisted in making noise and disorder to the interruption of the worship.” Sweet was put under $500 bail for trial at court. The second case was that in which Nathan Sweet sued Max Friedberg, charging him with committing an assault and battery on Sweet “by beating him most shamefully on the head with a prayer book.” In this case bail was fixed in the sum of $300. About seventy-five dissapointed spectators fied out of the Justice’s court after the bail was fixed and none appeared to be any wiser as to the facts fof the cases than they were before their visit. Although the affair created considerable excitement, interest in it has since died out and it is believed that when the parties interested get sufficiently cooled down the case will be settled without a trial at court. There seems to be two or more factions in the church and at intervals of a few months they clash at worship.

LAUTERSTEIN, LEON; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: November 9, 1896

  • The many guests from New York and Chicago who witnessed the confirmation, of Leon, the 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Lauterstein, of the Keheleth Israel synagogue on Saturday, were tendered a reception by the boy’s parents at the residence on North White Street, yesterday afternoon and evening. The gathering which was comprised of a few intimate freinds of the guests and the host and hostess was a select one. At 3 o’clock in the afternoon a sumptuous dinner was served, which included all the delicacies to satisfy the inner man. A musical program was also a pleasent feature of the occassion. And the vocal and musical slections rendered by Miss Mincer were well receieved. Those present were: Mrs. Mincer and daughter, Annie, Mr. and Mrs. M. Raldinsky and Mrs. K. Seiff and son Abraham, all of New York; Mrs. Goldsless of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Abrahamson of St. Clair; Mr. and Mrs. Silberman, of Girardville; Miss Sadie Schoener, Mr. and Mrs. David Levine, Mr. and Mrs. H. Seif and family, Mr. and Mrs. R. Rubinson, Moses, Max and Jacob Levit, Levi Refowich, Charles Povinsky, Rev. Mitnick, Barney Friedman and Jacob Bamberger.

LEVINE, ISADORE; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 31, 1896

  • Isadore, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wolf Levine, was confirmed in the Keheleth Israel Synagogue to-day. The ceremony was performed by Rabbi Mitnick. Many people from town and throughout the county witness the ceremony.

FREIBAND, NICHOLAS; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: October 5, 1896

  • Mr. Friedband Entertains – Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Friedband, of North Market Street, entertained a large number of their friends at their residence last evening in honor of the former’s election as president of the Keheleth Israel congregation. the event was a very happy one and greatly enjoyed by all present, among whom were the following: mr. and Mrs. S. Block, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Duell, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Obelsky, Mr. and Mrs. Ike Orkin, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Goldstein, Mr. and Mrs. I. Shapira, Mr. and mrs. Max Rabinowitz, Rev. and Mrs. Mitnick, Mr. and Mrs. S. Rabinowitz, and Messrs. Louis Goldin, Moses Simmons, of New York, Abe Levine, H. and Moses Rubinsky, Philip Yarowsky, Morris Miller, Leon Rabinowitz, Harry Feinberg and Lacob Levit. Speeches were made by Moses simmons, of New York, and Rev. Mitnick, the rabbik of the congregation.

MADE COW STEALING A BUSINESS; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: August 27, 1896

  • James Shaney, alias Sherry, was arrested at Mahanoy City last night by Constable Phillips, of town, and the arrest is looked upon as an important one. The authorities here state that they believe Shaney is an all-around crook and has been the leading spirit in much shady work during the recent past. The indications are that many robberies will be traced to him. People who have been losing cattle will be very much interested in the arrest. Several days ago, a Hebrew of town, who deals in cows complained that he had been buncoed; that a cow he had purchased from a supposed farmer was claimed as stolen property and the Hebrew had lost what he had paid for the animal. Last Saturday Constable Phillips followed a strange man who had a cow in his possession and arrested him at the South end of Main Street. The man tallied with the description given by the Hebrew. The former claimed he was a farmer and lived near Ringtown. Upon being confronted by the cattle dealer he lost his nerve and agreed to pay for the loss the Hebrew had sustained. He asked time to communicate with Shaney, the man arrested last night, and Shaney promised to come to Shenandoah and settle the case for the prisoner, who gave his name and residence as John Brobst, of Mahanoy City. Shaney failed to appear at the appointed time and Brobst decided to make a clean breast of everything. He stated that Shaney planned the stealing of cows and frequently committed the actual thefts, and Brobts was sent out to dispose of teh animals. Upon this statement, Phillips arrested Shaney. Shaney was kept prisoner at the lockup in Mahanoy City until this morning, when he was brought to town for a hearing before Justice Lawlor. He is an Englishman and speaks with a strong cockney accent. He is about 30 years of age, 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has a clean shaven and intelligent face. He is evidently a sharp one. When before the Justice this morning he denied all the statements made by the man Brobst and said he knew nothing about the stealing of any cows. He disclaims having been connected with Brobst in any illegal work. Justice Lawlor committed him to the county jail in default of $500 bail. Brobst has been in jail since his arrest. Shaney does not appear to be very well known in this vicinity. His wife and two or three friends came over with him with him from Mahanoy City this mornin and notwithstanding the plea of innocence, one of the friends wanted to know if the matter could not be fixed up by paying for the cow that was taken from the Hebrew. The authorities believe that in the arrest of Brobst and Shaney a very important gang of criminals has been struck, although there is nothing at the present to connect it with more than cow stealing.

KAPLAN, KIAM (CHAIM); From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: July 18, 1896

  • Letter addressed to Kiam Kaplan remains at post office

A PRETTY HOME WEDDING; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: April 15, 1896

  • A pretty home wedding was solemnized last evening by Rev. H. Mituich (Mitnick), of the Kehelth-Israel congregation, who united in marriage Miss Laura Jacobs to Abe Brown, a blocker in the Schuylkill Manufacturing comppany’s factory, at the residence of the bride on West Oak Street. The couple were unattended and the ceremony was witnessed by about sixty guests. Immeidately after the ceremony there was a reception and an elaborate uspper. The presents received are elegant and costly. Music was furnished by the Cleary orchestra. Guests from Mt. Carmel, Mahanoy City and New york were present.

SYNAGOGUE ELECTIONS; From the Evening Hearld- Shenandoah, PA; October 10, 1895

  • The annual election of officers of Kehelos Israel Congregation took place with Levi Refowich elected president; Max Supowitz, vice president; David Levine, secretary, Wolf Levine, Treasurer; J. Rubinski, H. Seff, Max Rabinowitz and J. Lauterstein, Trustees.

CAPLAN (KAPLAN); ISSAC; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: August 26, 1895

  • Ike Kaplan (of Kingston) to work for Max Supowitz

DAVIDS, JOSEPH; From the Weekly Herald – Shenandoah, PA: February 9, 1895

  • The announcement in yesterday’s issue of this paper that a Hebrew had been killed in the mines occassioned some surprise. The victim was Joseph Davids. He was killed at Mt. Carmel and buried here. The expression of surprise was quite natural, as it was not supposed that a Hebrew was employed in the mines in any part of teh anthracite region. It has often been remarked that one could descend a shaft, or slope, or walk into a drift and meet men of almost any sect except a Jew. And the Hebrews themselves have frequently boasted that their people have always managed to eke out an existence without resorting to the dangerous employment of mining.  The only other Hebrew ever employed in the mines of this region in the memory of the oldest inhabitant was one who was killed at Minersville some years ago. The one killed at Mt. Carmel on Tuesday had worked in the mines about five years.

A CHRISTENING; From the Evening Heral – Shenandoah, PA: September 24, 1894

  • The eight-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Yedinsky, on South Jardin Street, was christened yesterday according to the rites of the Jewish faith, in Beth Israel synagogue, Pottsville.

HEBREW NEW YEAR; From the Weekly Herald – Shenandoah, PA: September 2, 1893

  • Rosh-Hoshonah, or the Hebrew New Year, is near at hand. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. September 10 and continue until 6 p.m. on the 11th or 12th. The liberal jews celebrate one day and the orthodox, two. Two days are observed because in the olden time the month commenced when the new moon was seen, and because of clouds it was frequently difficult to fix the time of its appearance on a particular day. The day is not one of fasting, but is observed by religious services. A new account is opened with heaven and prayers for forgiveness are a chief feature of the service. The new year will be known as 5654 in the Jewish Calendar. The observance of New Year Day is presented in the 29th chapter of Numbers, where it is mentioned as the first day of the seventh month. On the 13th of September occurs the Fast of Gedalyah, and on the 20th, the day of atonement – a great fast, followed by the Feast of the Tabernacles on the 25th. The next Hebrew year will be a long one, extending from September 11, 1893 to October 1, 1894. Seven out of every nineteen years are long ones, containing thirteen Jewish months. Cards are exchanged on the Hebrew New Year by friends containing good wishes, and must time is passed in the Synagogues.

HARRY LEVIT AND BESSIE SIEGEL MARRIED; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: December 12, 1892

  • Harry Levitt, of Centralia and Miss Bessie Siegel, of town, were united for life by Rabbi Rabinowitz at the Jewish Synagogue of Kehelos Israel yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

SYNAGOGUE DEDICATION; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: September 8, 1892

  • The Kehelos Israel Congreation will dedicate its synagogue in town Thursday, 15th, inst., at 2 p.m. The synagogue is the first to be erected in Schuylkill county and it is expected that the ceremonies will be of a very elaborate character. Rev. S. Morais, the oldest rabbi in the United states, will officiate at the ceremonies. Levi Refowich is the president of the congregation, Wolf Levine the vice president and Charles Yarowski, secretary.


  • The Hebrew residents of town are again loud in their complaints against alleged persecutions on the part of Poles and Hungarians in town. The complaint eminate from the First Ward and that part of Main Street south of Oak. If the offending parties do not desist in their practices the calendar of the Pottsville Court will soon be filled with cases in which Jews will be prosecutors and Poles and Hungarians defendants. The Jews complain that they cannot pass a group of their persecutors without being insulted with cries of “Hoff! Hoff!” The word “Hoff” is interpreted as “pig.” Monday a young Hebrew residing on South Main Street caused the arrest of two Polish young fellows, charging them with insulting his mother and sister when they were out walking. The mother swore that both men cried “Hoff!” “Hoff!” as she passed and one of them spat in her face. The accused were placed under $500 bail each.

AN APPEAL FOR THE HEBREWS; From the Evening Herald – Shenandoah, PA: June 1, 1892

  • Stopping here for a few days, I was disgusted on seeing how the Hebrews are persecuted and insulted by the Hungarians and Poles. I have travelled through a great part of the United States, and I have nowhere seen the Hebrews abused and placed in such dangerous positions as they are in Shenandoah. Why are the Hebrews so given to abuse and insult here? I think it is the duty of all true Christian followers of Christ to be against such an outrage. The duty of the Shenandoah EVENING HERALD, the leading paper here, is to oppose such a disgraceful movement;  and the sacred duty of the Shenandoah Justices of the Peace, and the police force, to give a helping hand to the Hebrews, and do all possible to remedy the evil and make the town free and comfortable for every individual of all nations and religions.  L. Levin.

A SYNAGOGUE AND SCHOOL TO BE ERECTED IN TOWN – PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTIONS; From the Weekly Herald – Shenandoah, PA: February 27, 1892

  • There is a movement on foot to establish a house of worship and a school for the benefit of the Jewish families in town. There are about sixty families in town who are members of the Kehelos of Israel Congregation, and, as such, have been worshipping in a room on the top floor of the Beddall building, corner of Main and Centre Streets. These quarters, it is claimed, are not sufficiently large for a place of worship, and as a school for the instruction of the Jewish children is badly needed it has been proposed to erect a building that will serve for both purposes. As the Jewish families, with few exceptions, are poor, it is proposed to appeal to the people in general for subscriptions to help defray the expense of such a building and to that end Mr. Charles Yarowsky, secretary of the congregation has prepared an appeal for circulation and the following named gentlemen have volunteered to see that they are properly brought before the people: Messrs. Levi Refowich, Louis Golden, Max Zupowitch and Wolf Levine.