Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Beth Israel is the state's oldest Jewish congregation. Founded in 1854 (and officially chartered in 1859), the Beth Israel is large, boasting a congregation of 1,600 families. Beth Israel also features a large library comprised of 18,000 books and other materials. It is one of a few synagogue libraries to be accredited at the advanced level by the Association of Jewish Libraries. The congregation, which follows Reform Judaism, also offers many religious, educational, and socializing programs for its members. This includes Shlenker School, which provides secular and religious education for children beginning at 15 months to 5th grade. The congregation moved to its current location in 1967.
Backstory and Context
"Our History." Congregation Beth Israel. Accessed March 6, 2017. http://www.beth-israel.org/about-us/our-history.
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