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Congregation B'nai Israel records, 1857-1971.
BANC MSS 2010/944 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/944
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Congregation B'nai Israel records, 1857-1971


Congregation B'nai Israel (Sacramento, Calif.), creator, creator.


Western Jewish History Center, 50.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1967.023.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


The collection contains the congregation's constitution and by-laws from 1857; minutes; correspondence; photographs; a ketubah from 1859 of Louis Feder and Sophia Hirsch; commemorative books; and a letter from Sir Moses Montefiore (1859) to Moses Hyman that expresses Montefiore's appreciation for the congregation's contributions to the Jews who were living in Palestine.


1857 (issued)


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Congregation B'nai Israel (Sacramento, Calif.) -- Archives
Jews -- California -- Sacramento
Jews -- Palestine
Marriage -- California -- Sacramento
Synagogues -- California -- Sacramento


Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 50.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1967.023.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Congregation B'nai Israel records, BANC MSS 2010/944, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Sacramento's Congregation B'nai Israel began in 1849 when Moses Hyman invited his friends into his home for services. The congregation consecrated a synagogue in 1852 to serve the more than 200 Jews who lived in the area. In 1853, Abraham Galland became its rabbi; and, in 1880, the congregation changed from Orthodox to Reform. The Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society became the congregation's sisterhood, and it was the first California sisterhood to join the national sisterhood movement. Many distinguished civic leaders have been members of this historic congregation, including David Lubin, Harris Weinstock, Louis Sloss, and Louis and Albert Elkus.
Materials in English.


Constitutions-California-San Francisco.
Correspondence-California-San Francisco.
Minutes-California-San Francisco.

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BANC MSS 2010/944 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/944



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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.