Historical pictures of Homestead and its former residents. Check out the collections of family and business pictures. If you don’t see your family represented, please contact me so I can fix that!

Re-made WWI plaque from YMHA hanging in Beth Shalom (photograph of the original not available)

The War Honor Roll Plaques

Photographs of the plaques honoring those who fought in WWI and WWII, as well as a brief history about them.

David Hausrath's store -- exterior (undated)

Dave’s Place

Interior and exterior photographs of David Hausrath’s store.

Jacob Hepps' beer distributorship at 709 1/2 E. 8th Ave in Homestead (date unknown)

Hepps Family Businesses

Photographs of the Homestead-area businesses of various Hepps family members.

Back row l-r:  A.C., Hazel, Olga, and Jacob (Chick).  Front row:  Martin (or Herbert), Bertha, Samuel W., Bernhardt, and Herbert (or Martin).  Seated:  Maurice.  The twins were born in 1904 and Maurice in 1907, which is why I think this picture was taken ~1913.

The Hepps Family

Pictures of the Hepps family, one of the early, active families in the synagogue.

Bride and groom at the chuppah.  Note the dedication to Morris Glick across the front.

The Last Wedding in the Homestead Shul

Long after the last generation of children grew up, a daughter of Homestead was determined to have her wedding in the synagogue.


The Synagogue Building, 2010-2014

The synagogue building has housed a church since 1993. Here’s what it looks like today.


The Synagogue Building, 1992

Photographs from just before the sale of the synagogue show how it looked.

Rabbi Joshua Weiss with Sunday School students, c. 1950

Homestead Hebrew Sunday School, c. 1950

A picture of the Homestead Hebrew Sunday School, c. 1950, featuring Rabbi Joshua Weiss.

Homestead Hebrew Sunday School, c. 1950

Homestead Hebrew Sunday School, c. 1950

A wonderful picture of a Sunday School class c. 1950. Whom do you recognize?


Photo of Homestead Hebrew Congregation, c. 1944

A picture of the synagogue around the time of the community’s 50th anniversary.

Part of the 1938 high holiday seating chart.  Browse all the seating charts here!

High Holiday Seating Charts

High Holiday seating charts from 1932, 1937-1939, 1941-1943, 1947, and 1962.

The High Holiday choir c. 1926.  L-R: Hymie Forkosh, Abe Valinsky, Joe Kramer, Meyer Fox, Mr. Danzig, Ben Mermelstein, Rabbi Goldberg, Mr. Krotin, Mr. Jackson, Joe Averbach, Ed Mermelstein, Ertzy Cohen, Lou Weinberger, Dave Weinberger.  More about this picture here.

Rabbi Goldberg and the High Holiday Choir

A picture of Rabbi Goldberg and the High Holiday choir he trained, whose quality was much praised.