Welcome to the History Page of
Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach, NY. We are
pleased to have you join us here online and welcome your written contribution.
History of Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach
In May 1945, Shavuot, the first service was held at the Hotel Ilya on West Broadway, thanks to Sylvia and Sam Schoenfeld, who were the initial organizers of the only Reform Synagogue in Long Beach.
The last temporary home was the Masonic Temple on West Walnut Street. Rabbi Gabriel Shulman was the first spiritual leader, volunteering his services part-time. The Religious School then had 80 students with a volunteer staff headed by Principal Herbert Jacobs, also a volunteer.
Rabbi Bernard Kligfeld became our Rabbi in August, 1950 and remained for 32 years. In September, 1951, ground-breaking ceremonies were held for our permanent building on Neptune Boulevard. In 1955, Cantor Richard Botton came to us followed by our dear Cantor Bette Cohen. In 1984 Rabbi Robert Jacobs and then Rabbi Haskell Bernat, each offered innovative programming. In 1993, Rabbi Bennett Hermann became our pulpit leader and a major force in the Interfaith Community in Long Beach.
We cherish our past, continue our dedication and look forward to the new century where Temple will continue to offer spiritual, intellectual and social involvement to the Reform Jewish Community in Long Beach.
Please share your fond memories of the growth of our Temple with us so that we can create a chronological history page. Your name will be acknowledged as a contributor. Send your short paragraphs to TELongBeach@gmail.com and please include days, months and years (as close as possible) with your submission so that we may create a timeline and order for this history page.