Speeches

Speeches made by members of Homestead’s Jewish community. (See all documents.)

Preface to history at 1901 cornerstone laying, p.1

Aug. 1901 Preface to History of Congregation at Laying of Cornerstone

The speech that was read prior to the congregation’s history at the laying of the corner of the first synagogue building.

Giant front page article in The News-Messenger on 3/31/1902!

Newspaper Articles about the Dedication of the First Synagogue

A few local papers described the first synagogue dedication, reprinting Lasdusky’s speech and summarizing Bernhardt’s.

March 31, 1902 Homestead Press p.1

1902 Synagogue Dedication Speech from Homestead Newspaper

A newspaper article covering the dedication of the 1902 synagogue includes the speech by President Lasdusky.

12/31/1902: President Glueck's address from the Chanuka celebration captures the community's mindset remarkably.

Chanukah 1902 Speech

The address the shul’s president, B. Glueck, made at the congregation’s first Chanukah in their own synagogue building.

1913 cornerstone-laying speech, p. 1

1913 Speech at Cornerstone Laying for Second Synagogue

A (borrowed!) speech made at the cornerstone laying after the reading the history of the first seven years of the synagogue.

Front page of The Daily Messenger on 9/29/1913

Impressive Ceremonies at Laying of Corner Stone

Another big front-page article for the synagogue — this time for laying the cornerstone of their second building.

Speech at 2nd synagogue dedication, p. 3

Speech at Dedication of Second Synagogue

A nasty speech by I. Grossman praising and criticizing people involved in rebuilding the synagogue.

1914-09-08 Daily Msgr dedication

Interesting Ceremonies at Dedication of New Synagogue

Once again the Homestead paper comes through with a large article about the dedication of the second synagogue building.

30th anniversary, conclusion of poems

30th Anniversary Introduction and Poems

Introduction to the history of the congregation and poems for the surviving charter members.

Third page of the typed version

Fortieth Anniversary Banquet Speech

The 1934 version of the synagogue’s history follows the previous versions, but its edits reflect a contemporary agenda.

50th anniversary banquet speech, p. 1

Fiftieth Anniversary Banquet Speech

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the congregation, its early history and leading members are recounted for all.

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Chevra Kadisha Speeches, 1934-1944

Secretary Ignatz Grossman delivered annual speeches that waxed philosophical on the Chevra Kadisha’s work and current events.