Documents

There are mainly speeches, programs, deeds, and newspaper articles here. You can read through these items in chronological order, or you can look at the collections I’ve assembled for the earliest community history; the building of the first synagogue and the fire that destroyed it; the second synagogue that stands to this day; the thirtieth, fortieth, and fiftieth anniversaries of the congregation; and the closing of the synagogue and its aftermath.

86 sets of documents so far... and much more to come!

Skirball ran this ad from 2/9-4/20/1889.  (The first two versions of the ad were double this height.)

Jews in the News through 1892

Eleven years of newspaper clippings from Homestead’s paper related to members of the Jewish community.

May 4:  Hearing in the case of "the Hebrew, George Birshairs" who was attacked while waiting for an early  morning train

Jews in the News, 1893

A year of newspaper clippings from Homestead’s paper related to members of the Jewish community.

The Homestead News, 9/11/1893, p. 1

First Rosh Hashana Celebrated in Homestead

For the first time the Jews of Homestead organized Rosh Hashana services, and Homestead’s newspaper covered the event.

Wedding of Miss Fannie Lefkowitz of New York and M. Iechovitz of Heisel street.  (Editor:  I have no idea who either is.)

Jews in the News, 1894

A year of newspaper clippings from Homestead’s paper related to members of the Jewish community.

The Homestead News, 6/1/1894, p. 1

The Formation of the Congregation, March-October 1894

These articles trace the formation of the congregation through the steps involved: obtaining a charter, a Torah, a meeting space, and a rabbi.

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Charter of the Homestead Hebrew Congregation Rodef Schulom

The Article of Incorporation, filed on May, 26, 1894, made the Homestead Hebrew Congregation official!

The Homestead News, 9/29/1894, p. 1

Rosh Hashana 1894

Rosh Hashana 5655 was the first that Homestead Hebrew Congregation Rodef Schulom celebrated.

The Homestead News, 3/1/1895

Jews in the News, 1895

A year of newspaper clippings from Homestead’s paper related to members of the Jewish community.

This ad for Skirboll's shoe store ran in the later half of June into early July.

Jews in the News, 1896

A year of newspaper clippings from Homestead’s paper related to members of the Jewish community.

The first section of the deed.

Original Deed of Purchase and Plan for the Cemetery

The deed of sale and plan for the original section of the Homestead Hebrew Cemetery.

September 11, 1897:  Mervis & Goldston took out their second half-page ad to announce the grand opening of their store.

Jews in the News, 1897

A year of newspaper clippings from Homestead’s paper related to members of the Jewish community.

September 8:  Ad for Max Klein's Eureka Hotel!

Jews in the News, 1898

A year of newspaper clippings from Homestead’s paper related to members of the Jewish community.