Fonds - Beth Israel Synagogue fonds

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Beth Israel Synagogue fonds

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  • 1960-2002 (predominately 1981-1999) (Creation)
    Beth Israel Synagogue (Winnipeg)

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55 cm of textual records
2 audiotapes (ca. 120 min.)

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Beth Israel was a synagogue in Winnipeg, Manitoba that was founded to accommodate the growing Jewish community in the Garden City neighborhood. It was created when the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association (HSBA) merged with Tiferes Israel Synagogue merged. The synagogue was Orthodox when it opened but became Conservative shortly thereafter. In 1999 services became gender egalitarian. When the synagogue’s rabbi moved to another congregation a steering committee was created to consider a merger with Rosh Pina Synagogue. B’nay Abraham Synagogue joined the steering committee and, in 2002, the three merged to form Etz Chayim, to be located in the Rosh Pina building.

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Fonds consists of records of Beth Israel Synagogue including meeting minutes; marriage, cemetery and circumcision registers; and publications.

Meeting minutes include those of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and of the Sisterhood of Beth Israel. The minutes cover all aspects of the synagogue’s operations including religious services and rituals, building management, finances, fundraising, staffing and social events.

Published records of the synagogue include programs for the building’s consecration as well as its 10th and 20th anniversaries, bulletins and notices and a children’s cookbook.

Other records include a scrapbook of newspaper clippings regarding the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association and the founding of Beth Israel and interviews with residents of HSBA gardens at its opening.

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  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Yiddish

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A small number of records are in Hebrew or Yiddish. See file list for more details.

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