This program comes from the last anniversary celebration the shul ever celebrated. I was stunned to discover it in the scrapbooks Heiman Jacobson and his wife Sarah put together of a wide range of pictures and ephemera from their lives. It represents a unique opportunity to see how the community reflects on the realization that its best days are behind it:
Changes which have marked the national and international scene have likewise left their mark on the Congregation. Population shifts have occurred all over the United States, and in Homestead the Jewish community likewise has diminished in size and number.
Despite the diminution of the Jewish population, we have maintained our Synagogue building and, to some extent, have improved it so today it is more beautiful and more utilitarian than ever before. We have added to our physical assets with the purchase of the home immediately next to our Synagogue for the Rabbi’s residence.
It is our hope that, although in numbers we may have suffered, the flame and spirit of the Congregation and the Sisterhood will continue to live and prosper.
Star Spangled Banner…Assembly
Invocation…Mr. S.W. Hepps
Grace After Meal…Rabbi Israel Feiner
Toastmistress…Mrs. Edward Reese
Greetings…Mrs. Bernard Stein, Sisterhood President
Greetings…Jerome J. Schwartz, Congregation President
Address — Dr. Joseph Shapiro, Rabbi, Poale Zedeck Cong.
Benediction…Mr. David Freed
A Chanukah Concert presented by Cantor Moshe Taube, Beth Shalom Cong.
Souvenir Books…Mrs. Jacob Katz, Mrs. Robert Katz
Committee: Mesdame Leo Brasz, Louis Coltin, Bert Feinstein, Israel Finer (sic), Edward Green, Samuel W. Hepps, Miss Mollie Markowitz, Sam Ruben, Bernard Stein, Michael Stoffa, and Harry Weinberger
Men’s Committee: Messrs. Harry Baier, Louis Coltin, David Frank, Jerome J. Schwartz, Sol Post and Bernard Stein
Dinner Arrangements…Mrs. Louis Coltin, Chairlady
Committee: Mesdames Leo Brasz, Harry Bastacky, Milton Burechson, Bert Feirstein, Edward Green, Mrs. Joseph Hiedovitz, Walter Jacob, Jacob Katz, Robert Katz, Alfred Meitner, Phillip Paris, Sam Ruben, Harry Seiavitch, Maurice Seiavtich, Morris Stahlberg, Bernard Stein, and Mrs. Harry Weinberger
Reservations…Mrs. Harry Weinberger
Decorations…Messrs. R. Oscar Cohen, David Freed, Milton Green and Mesdames Israel Finer (sic) and Daniel Schwartz
Treasurer…Mrs. Robert Katz
Publicity…Mrs. Ernest K. Schwartz
Table Arrangements…Mrs. Bert Feirstein