Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1991-10-17, page 01
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Ohio 'Hist.Society Libr 1982 Velma Ave. .-«■ Columbus, Ohio 4 3 211 COMP Thie QKiq Jewish. Chronicle I : 'Aij&hjiitjGoliimbiii and CmrafpiuoAfA A A'Jewish Community forpvet^emAA: VOLUME 69 #JAIBER43 OCTOBER 17y 1991 9CHESi^AiSS752 "DEVOTED .■■•.i'TQ,:- AMERICAN -AMD* J E-WISH IDEALS M W^M§miW&t '^^^^^i^^^^^§i page 2 Z-i'[ZA:';:A'A'~:''":z.Ai' S ■ 'A"'.'k ""''.'.'" AzA""Z" ';*'V*'-''v * 'A'™! ''A'"''.,%A =:;Front;F3&**:i^ *?;;New*Gei^r^^ ^."iCWpOSflvV^ v»>«**?> *^*£^***iV.*;^*^*rA^*;^''^ w ■■■. '?;- i ■1 V '." \;' Jiti\ i , ■ ■>' _' r. *■ '.] R N J* s f 't - ' ■ *• ■ ■t ► COMMUNITY FEATURE Tifereth Israel — 90 years of growth By Renee Resnik In 1901, at the bris of the late J. Nathan Polster, seven men of Hungarian descent decided that they wanted a synagogue that would provide a more modern service to meet their spiritual and social needs. Thus, Morris Polster, I.H. Schlezinger, Jacob Stern, Samuel J. Wasserstrom, Max L. Bayer and Emil Kohn, who served - as the synagogue's laid in 1926 and the building was completed in July of 1927. Prior to the completion of the new building, several rabbis from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America served the religious and educational needs of the congregation on a limited time basis. Once the new building was completed, however, Rabbi Solomon Rivlin, from Des Moines, Iowa, was called to serve as the permanent spirit- Today, Tifereth Israel, with its 950 families, occupies a 90,000-square-foot facility. first president, established Congregation Tifereth Israel. All seven men signed the official charter establishing the . synagogue on Feb. 6,1902. The group first met for services in the McAllister Avenue home of S.J. Wasserstrom. Over the next several years, the congregation, which grew to 20 families, would hold services in various homes and halls throughout the city. Eventually, a home was purchased on Parsons Avenue and remodeled to accommodate about 100 people for services. A short time later, after a successful fundraising drive headed by Emil Kohn, a synagogue was built on Parsons Avenue. The congregation remained in this facility until 1923. By then, Tifereth Israel had grown to about 100 families. There was now a need for a facility that would not only accommodate services, but would also provide space for educational training for the children and for youth and social group activities. Land on East Broad Street was purchased for a new facility. The East Broad Street location, which is still being used today, was purchased for $20,000. Fifty thousand dollars was raised to begin the construction of a new synagogue building which, when completed, would cost a total of $165,000. The cornerstone was ual leader of Tifereth Israel. Rabbi Rivlin served the congregation until 1930, at which time critical financial conditions caused by the depression forced his dismissal. In December of 1930; the synagogue once again was able to employ a full-time rabbi. RabbiNathan Zelizer, a recent graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, took his post as rabbi at a time when the congregation had a membership of less than 100 families and a debtof $100,000. As the nation's economy improved, so did the finances of Tifereth Israel. The membership steadily increased to 400 families. Money was raised to decorate the synagogue ahd enlarge the Hebrew SchooJ facility. The synagogue staff •was expanded to include a full-time secretary. Eventually, in 1942, enough money was raised through donations to "burn the mortgage." In later years, through a gift from H.J. Gutter, a lot adjacent to the synagogue was purchased to build an educational center. The funds for the building of the educational wing would be raised under the leadership of Samuel M. Melton. The drive began in 1946, the cornerstone was set in 1947 and the complex was completed Dec. 19,1948. The East Broad Street facility served the ever-growing congregation well. Periodic remodeling and building additions took place in 1962, 1981 and 1982 to meet the changing needs of the congregation, but these improvements were not enough. The speed at which the membership was growing, as well as the multitude of services and programming being offered, dictated that a larger .* synagogue facility-would be needed. After much delibera- Rabbi Nathan Zelizer tion, it was decided to remain at the East Broad Street location. Plans were drawn to enlace and totally refurbish the existing facility. Once again, Tifereth Israel embarked on a fundraising drive that would ultimately raise $3.5 million. see TIFERETH pg. 7 At the cornerstone setting of the new Educational Building in 1947 were (1. to r.) Sol Roth, Pearl Schlezinger, Joe Gutter, Nathan Wasserstrom and Morris Polster. Bernie Feitlinger is seated in the background.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1991-10-17|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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