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Congregation Shearith Israel, Dallas, Texas, was founded in 1884 as an Orthodox synagogue. The congregation met in a grocery store on Elm Street and in public halls until it moved into its own building on Jackson Street in 1892. The congregation moved to a new, larger building on Park Avenue in 1920.
In the 1910s the synagogue was led by Louis Epstein, a 1913 graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Under his leadership Shearith Israel began to lean toward the Conservative movement. The congregation was subsequently led by Rabbi Hillel E. Silverman, a 1949 JTS graduate. In 1956 the congregation moved into another new building.
The records of Congregation Shearith Israel consist almost entirely of photocopies. Included are: minutes, 1926-1928, 1937-1949; copies of The Shearith Israel Newsletter, 1925, 1971-1989; anniversary journals, 1934, 1959, 1984; and a small group of miscellaneous letters, legal and financial documents, clippings, photographs, and other items, 1926-1977.
|1||1-4||I. Minutes, 1926-1928; 1937-1949|
|4-8||II. Newsletters, 1925; 1971-1989|
|2||9||III. Anniversary Journals, 1934, 1959, 1984|
|IV. Miscellaneous Records, 1925-1972|
|10||Budget statement 1951-1952|
|Burial grounds, 1950-1951|
|11||Groundbreaking ceremonies for Douglas Street Synagogue, 1956|
Lectures on Judaism to Young Americans by Rabbi Raphael Gold, 1937, a collection condensed from lessons delivered to graduating classes of Shearith Israel's religious school
|12||Newspaper clippings, 1946-1964; n.d.|
Photographs - choir, 1926; confirmation class, 1935
|14||Stock certificates, n.d.|