gallin Remembrance of Synagogues Past - The Lost Civilization of the Jewish South Bronx
Synagogue Organized Dedicated
Temple Beth Elohim 1913 1919

Non-Synagogue Type
Bright Temple A.M.E. Church church

812 Faile
at Lafayette
Bronx, NY 10474
The building is currently a church.

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Personal Impressions

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The building was built after the Civil War as a home for the landowner of a large estate. I believe he was an officer in the Northern Army.

This was a Reform synagogue. Organ music was played at the services.

Judge Stakel, who was once the synagogue president, and Senator Berg were members.

There was a church in the building before it became a shul.

This was a German synagogue. I spoke German until I entered kindergarten.

I remember that services were held in the Hunts Point Palace before the synagogue was dedicated.

Eighty years ago we had goats in the back yards of the houses in the neighborhood.

My mother was the treasurer of the sisterhood. I saw Whoopie when I was 5 years old. My mother and I went with the sisterhood.

I was Bar Mitzvahed at the temple. There was a weeping willow in the front yard.

The classrooms were upstairs and an attic on the top floor.

During the Depression, art lessons were given by a teacher who was funded by the W.P.A.

Rabbi Grossman owned a summer camp in 1946.

My father belonged to Temple Elohim and an Orthodox synagogue. He went to the Orthodox synagogue on Yom Kippur and to Temple Elohim the rest of the year.

My mother was active in the Sisterhood and was president of her Hadassah group which met at the temple. I recall that she and the group knitted burgundy, khaki and many woolen sweaters for the Israeli soldiers in 1948.

They did not have Bat Mitzvahs at the synagogue. When I was 15 I had lessons with 8 other girls to have a confirmation on Shevuouth.