Fonds - Temple Israel Congregation

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Temple Israel Congregation

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  • 1976- (Creation)

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44 cm of textual records

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Temple Israel Congregation was the first reform congregation in Ottawa. The founders were Bill and Billy Danson, Myrna and Ernie Potechin, Irwin and Elaine Singer, Sam and Jean Bond, along with Madelyn Alexandor and all were relatively new to Ottawa. They met in the spring of 1966 and by November of that year, the group had a paid-up membership of seventeen families. Tenets of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations are followed. In March, 1967 the name Temple Israel was chosen and the first consecration service was held on October 28, 1967. Services were first held at the Histadrut Centre, then at the Montefiore Club with occasional large services at the Chateau Laurier or El Mirador Hotel. In September, 1971, the congregation had its first permanent home in the former B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 54 James Street. The building was renovated and used until October, 1972 when it was badly damaged by fire. Then arrangements were made for services in the Montefiore Club, the Jewish Community Centre, 151 Chapel Street and the Unitarian Congregation. In 1975, Temple Israel held their High Holiday services in a newly designed synagogue building on Prince of Wales Drive. Rabbi David Powell served the congregation from the summer of 1967 until June 1972, and was followed by Rabbi Donald Gerber.

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Fonds consists of Bulletins (1967- ), 1967 constitution, 1970s correspondence all photocopies), 1975 service of dedication for new synagogue, 1971 and 1974 membership lists, 1991 25th anniversary celebrations, news clippings.

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History of the congregation taken from “Shuls: a study of Canadian synagogue architecture: Ontario, 1979-1980" by Sheldon Levitt, Lynn Milstone and Sid Tenenbaum.

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