Congregation B'nai Israel Photographs



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The Congregation B'nai Israel Photographs contain images dating from c.1920 to 1996. Many of the images are of confirmation classes, Hebrew school classes, and bar and bat mitzvah students. Other images are of B'nai Israel's religious leaders, congregation events, and the exterior and interior of the synagogue. Nine images from a set of photographs commissioned by the congregation to document the synagogue at the time of its closing are included.

What's in the entire collection?

The Congregation B'nai Israel Photograph Collection (c.1920-1996), held by the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center.s Detre Library and Archives, comprises 2.0 linear feet of photographs. Many of the photographs are of confirmation classes, Hebrew school classes, bar and bat mitzvah students, choir members, Sunday school students, and of Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups. Other photographs depict the synagogue's interior and exterior, and sanctuary and social halls in the synagogue and in the community building. There are photographs of events such as congregation anniversaries, a PT boat launch, and the groundbreaking for the new community building, as well.

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