Occasionally, while rummaging through files at the shul, I come across an item of general interest— in this case a water-damaged photo of what appears to be the Board of Directors and Officers of the shul. I believe that the officers are sitting in the front and board members in the back. But since all of these men are before my time, I don’t know their names. This information is important for our archives, so I am asking for your help. I also would like your opinion on the possible year (plus or minus) that this may have been taken. If you know the names of these folks, please respond below where it indicates to Leave a Comment. Please don’t send your comments by email.
I have a clue that may be helpful. In very faded handwriting at the bottom of the original photo are the names of the men. They are barely visible. But I scanned it, and manipulated the contrast and density the best I could in order to make them even somewhat readable. Some of the names appear to be Herbert Isaacs, Miller, Ziontz, Moskovitz, George Raskin, and Edward Klee. You can CLICK on either of these to get the enlarged versions, which also may be helpful.
4 Responses to Old Shul Board Photo
The gentleman in the back row, standing, fourth from the left is Joseph Stern.
Joseph Stern lived around the corner on Main Street. The home is no longer there. It was torn down to provide a parking lot for what at the time was a car dealership. Further down the street, near the creek he owned a scrap yard for many years, Joseph Stern and Sons. (Prior to that it was known as Joseph Stern’s Junkyard.) He sold it in the 1960’s. It is no longer there, as they put a highway in that area.
Martin, my father, of blessed memory, told me that he and other kids would search for scrap to take down to Stern’s scrapyard. That would have been in the late ’40s. One time he and two other kids found a large metal washtub and dragged it from Glendale to the scrapyard, which I think was at Jane St and Main St. Their goal was to get 30 cents so that the three of them could get into the movie theater. They were exhausted and Joe only gave them 25 cents, and wouldn’t budge. Disappointed, they went to the ice cream shop instead. On an unrelated manner, as borough councilman I have occasion to run into Jonathan Kamin or his father Sam Kamin, who are both municipal attorneys. I vaguely recall that Sam told me his wife was a Stern.
Martin, this Magen David is on the bima at shul. Most people don’t get to see the engraving on the back. 1937 is when we moved into our current building. So, this has been there from the beginning.