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STEP 2 - JRF Salutes Legacy Book - Congregational Information Form
STEP 2 - JRF Salutes Legacy Book - Congregational Information Form
Submitted by Jennifer Glowacki
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:40pm
Congregation's Official Name:
What is the name of the city in which this congregation is located?
In which state or province is your congregation located?
What is your name?
Year of Founding:
In what year was your congregation founded?
Please name your congregation's current officers and their positions.
About Your Community:
Our History The History of Salem's Jewish Congregation Beth Sholom (TBS) is a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation in Oregon's capital city of Salem. TBS was established by a dedicated core of early residents in the Pacific Northwest. Salem's Jewish community began organizing in the 1930's, holding it's first meetings in private homes. Gatherings soon moved to an old building at the corner of Chemeketa and Commercial streets in the heart of old Downtown Salem. Services were held three flights up, around an old wood stove, with about 20 to 30 people participating. The Salem Jewish Congregation incorporated in 1937. Salem's first building committee was established on October 18, 1934. Its activities were interrupted by World War II but started up again in 1947 with a building fund drive that raised $18,000 in pledges from 36 donors. The first Temple was located just north of Downtown Salem on Broadway Street. The first meeting in the congregation's new synagogue, Temple Beth Sholom, was held on January 20, 1948. Initial membership was 28 families. The first Sunday School meeting took place on October 8, 1948. From those initial 28 families, TBS membership has now grown to 140 membership units (families, seniors, couples, and singles) The Growth of TBS Temple Beth Sholom remains Salem's only synagogue. For 40 years, religious support was provided by visiting rabbis, cantors and professional lay people. Salem retained its first full time rabbi in 1987. At a time when the future of Judaism is seen as being challenged, this Pacific Northwest Jewish community continues to expand. Adult members are studying and stretching, youth are engaged and enthusiastic. After five decades at its Broadway location, Temple Beth Sholom was faced with a beautiful dilemma - it had grown too large for its home. Beginning in 2000, the TBS board sought solutions to the cramped quarters on Broadway. The board explored appropriate and practical solutions to the space and programmatic needs of the community. The TBS community initially decided to renovate and expand the current facilities. The capital campaign raised more than $1.6 million, mostly from the congregation community - an astounding accomplishment given the congregation had never raised more than $30,000 in any similar effort. As preparations were made for the renovation, another option appeared. Our Savior's Lutheran church in South Salem had also outgrown its facilities and was moving. TBS decided to purchase the Cunningham property and forego the renovation of the Broadway Temple. On September 17, 2006, the members of TBS, with the overwhelming support and participation of the Salem community, marched the Torahs 5.2 miles to their new home. Connected to the Past, Moving to the Future While we were somewhat melancholy about leaving a space so full of wonderful memories, traditions and history, we are equally excited about our contribution to the dreams of our founders in establishing a vibrant, growing and self-sustaining Jewish community in Salem, Oregon. Our New Home New Home for TBS Our congregation is thrilled to finally be in our beautiful new home after so many years of hard work and determination. We have only just begun to understand the myriad of opportunities that this new space will provide for us as a community. Already, the feeling in the synagogue is different than anything our congregation has ever enjoyed. We are alive with activity, excitement, and community involvement. There is a buzz in the air that is attracting new members and bringing back into the fold those who have been away. Now the real journey begins - making the most of this new facility in its potential to serve our members now and into the future. You can help us in this endeavor with your donation to our building fund! We invite you to make your donation online, and help us in maintaining our new home and building a vibrant and secure future for generations to come.
Please provide a paragraph or so about your community. Who's a part of it? What sets your congregation apart?
Now, please give us some information about your photos
In the boxes below, please type the name of each Photo, using the naming instructions from the e-mail. File naming instructions: Congregation Name.State.Category.(#).jpg For instance, if Congregation Beit Tikvah in Maryland has a picture that represents Tikkun Olam, it should look like this: CongregationBeitTikvah.MD.TikkunOlam.jpg If Congregation Beit Tikvah in Maryland has 2 pictures that represent Tikkun Olam, they should add a number after the Category to let us know which picture of Tikkun Olam we are seeing. It should look like this: CongregationBeitTikvah.MD.TikkunOlam.1.jpg. Please also give us the caption that should go along with each photo.
Photo 1 Name:
Photo 1 Caption:
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Photo 2 Name:
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Photo 3 Name:
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Photo 4 Name:
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Photo 5 Name:
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Photo 6 Name:
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Photo 7 Name:
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Photo 8 Name:
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Photo 9 Name:
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Photo 10 Name:
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