Kane Street Synagogue (Baith Israel-Anshei Emeth), Brooklyn, NY Records

  • Dates: 1856-1980
  • Size: 5.5 linear ft.
  • Number of Volumes and Boxes: 76 volumes and one box
  • Languages:
    • English
    • German
    • Yiddish
  • Location: Special Collections Reading Room, Jewish Theological Seminary Library.
  • Restrictions: Reproduction of fragile items is not permitted; consult the archivist about literary rights.
  • Gift Of: Stanley Friedman, president, Rabbi Debra Cantor
  • Date: April 9, 1987; February 12, 1992
  • Related Collections: File for Israel Goldfarb, class of 1902, in R.G. 15, Rabbinical School Alumni Files

CEK, 6/5/91


Table of Contents:


A Note on Folder Headings

Individual folders are identified in the following way on the left side of each folder: Name of Collection, box #/folder#, as in Ben Zion Bokser Papers, 4/22. Please use this format in citations and when referring to files for any other reason.


Historical Note

The Kane Street Synagogue, also known as Baith Israel-Anshei Emeth, was founded in Brooklyn in 1856. It is the oldest continuously operating synagogue in Brooklyn, and a founding member of the United Synagogue, the Conservative movement's organization of synagogues.

Kane Street's original name was Baith Israel. It was also referred to as the Boerum Schule reflecting its location at the corner of State Street and Boerum Place in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighborhood. The congregation assumed its present name when it merged with Talmud Torah Anshei Emes, formerly of Degraw Street, in 1908.

The synagogue purchased the building it currently inhabits at 236 Kane Street in 1905. The building, formerly a church, was built in 1855. The building was renovated and rededicated in 1953.

One of the synagogue's early rabbis was Aaron Wise, father of Steven S. Wise. Israel Goldfarb, JTS class of 1902, served as its rabbi from 1905 to 1955. The synagogue founded its Sunday school in 1862, its Talmud torah in 1905 and its sisterhood in 1908.


Collection Description

The Records of the Kane Street synagogue span the years 1856 to 1980. They consist, in the main, of the synagogue's financial records, seat books and minutes, as well as records of its sisterhood, Talmud torah, Sunday school, library and cemetery. A centennial banquet book, 1956, includes a brief history of the congregation. Also included is an 1898 volume of the Mishneh.

The 1992 addition to the collection consists of miscellaneous letters, High Holiday registers, financial reports, forms, accounts, by-laws, and other documents. Of particular interest among these items is a sisterhood minute book spanning the years 1912-1920.


VOLUME AND BOX LIST

Volume Description

  • Account Books, 1856-1980; n.d.:
  • 1856-1875 (cash book)
  • 1875-1891 (cash book)
  • 1880-1895 (membership receipts)
  • 1902-1913
  • 1903-1905; 1908-1912 (cash book)
  • 1906-1907 (raffle ticket receipts)
  • 1907
  • 1907-1918 (with list of marriages, 1913-1917)
  • 1908-1911 (seat book)
  • 1911-1912 (seat book)
  • 1914 (seat book)
  • 1914
  • 1916-1917
  • 1916-1917 (donation book)
  • 1916-1917; 1933
  • 1917 (seat book)
  • 1918, 1922-1923 (seat book, membership records/receipts)
  • 1918-1943 (membership records)
  • 1920 (cash book)
  • 1921 (seat book)
  • 1921-1933 (cash book)
  • 1922 (seat book, with Kol Nidre donations)
  • 1924 (cash book)
  • 1924-1925 (seat book)
  • 1925-1926 (seat book)
  • 1926 (cash book, seat requests)
  • 1926-1935 (cash book)
  • 1928 (cash book); 1930 (seat book)
  • 1929 (cash book)
  • 1929 (seat book)
  • 1930 (seat book); 1933 (cash book for bazaar)
  • 1930-1940 (Talmud Torah receipts)
  • 1931 (cash book)
  • 1932 (cash book)
  • 1933 (seat book; merchandise inventory for bazaar)
  • 1934 (seat book)
  • 1934 (seat book and miscellaneous)
  • 1934-1942 (cash collections)
  • 1941; 1948 (seat book)
  • 1944-1965 (financial ledger)
  • 1946 (seat book)
  • 1948 (seat book)
  • 1948-1951 (cash book)
  • 1949 (seat book)
  • 1950 (cash book)
  • 1975-1980 (seat book)
  • No date (journal subscriptions)
  • No date (seat book)
  • No date (list of names and businesses)
  • Book of Life, 1916
  • Cemetery Records, 1919-1930; n.d.
  • Cemetery Board records, 1919-1930
  • Deed forms, n.d.
  • Minutes, 1919-1930
  • Records of plots in Beth El,Washington, and Mt.Carmel
  • cemeteries, 1919
  • Centennial banquet, 1956
  • Dinner Dance and Journal Subscriptions, 1972
  • Girl Scout Troup 28 (roll book), 1920s-1930s
  • Junior Aid Society, minutes, 1916
  • Library Records, 1889-1902
  • Minutes, 1860-1954:
  • 1860-1867 (in German)
  • 1877-1888
  • 1902-1915
  • 1915-1924 (trustees)
  • 1924-1940
  • 1940-1954
  • Mishneh, Seder Nashim (Vilna), 1898
  • Sisterhood Records, 1903-1933
  • 1903-1905; 1908-1912 (minutes)
  • 1903-1909 (dues)
  • 1910 (constitution and by-laws)
  • 1919-1925
  • 1923-1933 (dues, activities reports)
  • Sunday School Records, 1889-1932:
  • 1889-1896 (register of pupils)
  • 1893-1901 (financial records and reports)
  • 1905 (title page); 1931-1932 (minutes); 1905-1929 (correspondence in loose sheets)
  • Talmud Torah, 1903-1934:
  • 1903-1907 (financial records, in English and Yiddish)
  • 1910-1913 (financial records)
  • 1913-1919 (board minutes)
  • 1917-1919 (tuition book)
  • 1919-1922 (tuition book)
  • 1921-1925 (cash receipts)
  • 1922-1924 (tuition book); 1925 (report, loose sheet)
  • 1933-1934 (financial records; report, 1936)
  • 1992 Addition

Box Description

  • 1 Sisterhood Minutes (1912-1920); Other Printed Material (1910s-1940s)
  • 2 Board Minutes (1968-1997)
  • 3 Subject Files A-N
  • 4 Subject Files O-Y
  • 5 Synagogue Scroll (1936-1997)