The contents of the collections consist of documents, records, newsletters, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, financial
records regarding the congregation, from 1962 to 1998 with the majority being from the 1970’s – 1990’s.
Congregation Beth Tefilah was founded in 1962. It was the first permanent East County conservative congregation. Its founding
directors were Aaron Kolkey, Robert Kolkey, Arthur Bressman, Eugene Janoff, Dr. Earl Richmond, William Wayne, Irving Coleman,
Robert Kipnis, Irving Krantz, Morris Cahan, Abraham Sandler, Louis Sander, Marilyn Frankel, Rose Fischbein, Abe Wilks, Isaak
Abramowitz. Bert Schloss was the first president and Marilyn Frankel was the secretary. The first rabbi was Rabbi Lawton
and the first permanent rabbi was Sidney Rappaport who came in 1963. In 1971 their synagogue building was dedicated at 69th St, just off El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. In 1999 their building was sold and the congregation merged with Adat Ami Synagogue
to become Ohr Shalom Synagogue, now located in the former home of Congregation Beth Israel, at 3rd and Laurel Streets in San Diego .
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