gallin Remembrance of Synagogues Past - The Lost Civilization of the Jewish South Bronx
Synagogue Organized Dedicated
Congregation Mishkenoth Israel
Congregation Hak'nesseth Shearith Israel 1916 1925

Non-Synagogue Type
Iglesia Christiana Roca Eterna church

841 Southern
at Intervale
Bronx, NY 10459
The building is currently a church.

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Personal Impressions

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There was a mikvah in the building. It was the only one in the area.

My nephew was Bar Mitzvahed at the synagogue. I was not a member but I bought tickets for the holidays and went to services regularly.

There was a Beth Hamedrash (house of learning) in the basement. The group met daily.

We had different groups - a chevra kadisha (a funeral committee) and a chevra mishnayoth ( a group to study traditional law - biblical commentaries).

Those were the days of real Orthodox synagogues. People cared for each other and had time to study torah. Now, everyone is too busy. No one has time.

We were not observant Jews but I attended on Simchat Torah.

Children were given chocolate to entice them to attend services on Saturday.

I taught at P.S. 39 on Longwood Avenue during the 1950s. I went to the synagogue on Southern Boulevard to say Yiskor.

A Mikvah was installed while I was still a youngster. The rabbi at the time was Rabbi Judah Altusky. When Rabbi Altusky left, Rabbi Miller came to the congregation. He was a very dynamic and dramatic rabbi.

I was the only girl in my class for 4 years and attended services every Saturday. I loved it but I could never lead Junior Services because I was a girl. I was the only one of my friends who attended Hebrew School and was one of the few women of my generation who could daven. I very much resented that my twin brother, who botched it and had to be tutored for his bar mitzvah, had a bar mitzvah and I couldn't do an hoftorah or be recognized because I was a girl in an orthodox family. Mr. Zimmer was my Hebrew School teacher.