Chapters: Beth Israel Synagogue (Edmonton, Alberta), Beth Israel
Synagogue (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto,
Beth Israel Congregation (Kingston, Ontario), Shaarei Shomayim,
Machzikei Hadas, Beth Ora. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 24. Not
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more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Beth Israel
Synagogue (Edmonton, Alberta) - Beth Israel was founded on
September 16, 1906 as the Edmonton Hebrew Association. Hyman
Goldstick was hired as the rabbi, mohel (circumciser), and ritual
slaughterer. Subsequent rabbis would, for decades, also fill all
three roles. The following year, the group purchased grounds for a
cemetery, which it would own until 1938, when it transferred title
to the chevra kadisha (burial society). That same year William
Diamond was appointed president of the congregation, a post he
would hold until 1938. In 1907 the Association also created a
Talmud Torah for the community's five children, and purchased its
first Torah scroll. In 1910, Diamond donated land on 95th Street
near Grierson Hill to the congregation for a synagogue building.
Construction of the $11,700 building began on 1911, and was
completed in 1912. That year a mikveh (ritual bath) was constructed
next to the synagogue, and Goldstick was replaced as rabbi by A.
Pinsky. Pinsky resigned as rabbi in 1933, and was replaced by Isaac
Haft. In 1940 his son-in-law Abraham Postone would join as
assistant, and in 1941 would take on the senior role, after the
death of Haft. In 1945 three lots on 113th Street were purchased to
accommodate a new synagogue building. By 1949, however, the land
was "deemed unsuitable," as the location was not central to the
Jewish community. That year two lots were purchased instead on
119th Street, in Edmonton's Oliver neighborhood. The construction
of the new building at that loca...http:
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