The Congregation B'na Jacob following an interim of meetings in The Maccabees Hall on Washington Street erected a brick edifice in Third Street at a cost of $12,000 in 1915. It was dedicated in September of that year, Rabbi Abraham Simon being in charge of the services. But eight persons were members at the outset of the denomination’s activities. The congregation now numbers fifty.
The structure has a good-sized auditorium and a substantial basement in which the Hebrew School is held. The first rabbi of the congregation was Nachman Jablonskey. He was followed by Abraham Simon. The congregation has since been presided over by Rabbi M. Fine, J. Horowitz and Jacob Kohen, who is now in charge of it. History of Columbiana County Barth Vol I
Route 11 construction took this Temple.
The Temple is the fourth building from the left in the picture. This is the only photograph we have of the Temple but we hope to eventually find other photos of the exterior of the building as well as the interior.
The Reforemed B’Nai Israel Temple
Background information :
The Reforemed B’Nai Israel Temple at West Fifth and Monroe streets was erected in 1921-22 at a cost of $55,000. The structure was dedicated on Sunday, May 14, of the latter year, when the dedicatory address was made by Rabbi I. E. Philo of Youngstown, Ohio.
Other addresses were made by Rabbi David Alexander, of Akron, Ohio, and Attorney Peter Glick, of Pittsburg, Pa. The formal presentation of the temple key was made by Jacob Janowitz and a response was made by Gus Bendheim, president of the congregation.
Special musical numbers were given by Misses Zella Moyer, Eva Wasbutsky, Mrs. F. H. Zeperman and Mrs. Julius Goetz. Following the dedicatory exercises a congregational dinner at which 150 sat down, was enjoyed in the basement of the church at which President Gus Bendheim presided.
The church corner stone was laid on Tuesday, June 28, 1921, when Rabbis Philo and Alexander and Rev. Thomas J. Gaffney of St. Aloysius Church took part. History of Columbiana County Barth Vol I.
While the Jewish Community in East Liverpool has declined in recent years as has the entire population of East Liverpool, this Temple is still used by some members of that community.
The Front, West Fifth Street side. The front was the original entrance but isn't used anymore.
The east Front door.
The west front door.
The back of the building.
Looking down Monroe Street towards W. 5th street.
East (Monroe Street) side. this is the doorway we will use to enter.
The west side of the building towards the back.
The west side of the building towards the front.
Monroe Street Side, towards the back of the building.
Monroe Street Side, towards the Front of the building.
We enter through the side door. We are going to do this a little differently than we have in other buildings. Since the steps to the basement are right in front of us we can head down in that direction first.
Oh whoa! This is too good to pass up, what a beautiful door, the wood the look really fantastic. Yes, that is the inside of the side door we just entered.
Ok, down the basement steps.
At the bottom of the stairs we find the Community or Social Room. Looking to the right.
Directly opposite the stairs.