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Letter from David Epstein

Posted by kehillatisrael on November 9, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (65)

David M Epstein

P.O. Box 470287

Charlotte, NC 28247-0287


815-642-4632 (fax)


November 15, 2015





Paulette Keifer, Executive Director

Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania

3301 Front Street

Harrisburg, PA 17110


Dear Paulette:


Belatedly, I am responding to the Foundation's solicitatio...

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Bringing Alice Home

Posted by kehillatisrael on October 2, 2010 at 10:41 PM Comments comments (17)

On June 13, 2010 a gathering of family and friends took place on the cemetery. This special event was organized by Dr. Norman Wall and its purpose was the dedication of a marble bench in memory of his sister Alice.


The Kehillat Israel Congregation Cemetery Division wishes to thank Dr. Wall for bringing Alice home in this meaningful way; and for his generous donation to the cemetery fund.

The following article was written by Norman’s son...

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Jerry Wolman

Posted by kehillatisrael on September 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM Comments comments (108)

Jerry Wolman has had a biography written about him...remember he owned the Philadelphia Eagles for a spell!


Kind Words

Posted by kehillatisrael on September 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (38)


Thank you very much for your commitment to the heritage of family and for what you do for the greater Jewish community.  Your efforts and the efforts of your Jewish community have transcended your physical boundaries and have made connection to all of us possible.  It's the yichas! "Every Jew is responsible for every other Jew," which is what I believe you live up to along with the members of your Jewish community.  I will highlight what you have done with the Hebr...

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Rabbi Irvin Chin Article

Posted by kehillatisrael on October 6, 2009 at 2:12 PM Comments comments (28)

Rabbi Irvin Chinn

Rabbin Irvin Chinn. a native of Baltimore, studied at Mesivta Torah V'daath andBeth Midrach Elyon. In fact, his derashot regularly contained quotes from hisrebbeim, Rav Kaminetsky, Rav Mendelovitz, as well as, the Klausenberger Rav.


His rabbinate may have been in Pennsylvania, but his influence resonatedthroughout the entire tri-state area. Rabbi Chinn was the voice ofuncompromising Orthodoxy and most compassionate Judaism.


When I...

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Article about the sale of the Harris Bakery

Posted by kehillatisrael on October 6, 2009 at 2:07 PM Comments comments (35)

Grand Opening of a Tradition

While the headline is a contradiction in terms, it's still the truth.

The ribbon cutting is at Harris Bakery, Shenandoah, a landmark

in the community for 74 years, which just changed ownership.

On hand for the ceremony are, from left, Sam Schutawie, SCIDA;

Tom Gallagher, Manager Main Street Program; Mayor Connie

Reese, Jerry and Theresa Alshefski, new owners; Ethel and

Mendel Harris, former owners; Jean Sherako...

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Torah Cover from Kehillat Israel

Posted by kehillatisrael on September 8, 2009 at 8:26 PM Comments comments (49)



My home town in Shenandoah Pennsylvania is located in the lower part of the anthracite coal regions between Pottsville and Hazleton.  From its boom during the Civil War years as the mines developed, to its growth due to European immigration including many Jews, the population in 1920 was nearly 30,000 residents.  Since then the population has dwindled down to 5,624 at the 2000 census, with only four Jews remaining. ...

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Lewitan (Levine) Family of Shenandoah, Pa

Posted by kehillatisrael on October 29, 2008 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (55)

Kurenets is not shown on this map, but it is located between Narach in the north and Vilyeyka in the south.  Narach was once called Kobylnik, which is where the Lewitan family is from.  The Lewitans were related to the Yankel Alperovich family and when Martin Alpert came to the US in 1903, he lived with the Lewitans (who changed their name to Levine) in Shenandoah, PA.  Most of them later moved to Norfolk, VA.

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Passing of Dr. Abeloff

Posted by kehillatisrael on December 21, 2007 at 4:43 PM Comments comments (50)
I am sad to announce the passing of a true, coal region hero, Dr; Martin Abeloff; Marty was born & raised in Shenandoah and went on to make a tremendous difference in our world; Rest in Peace, Marty; (below from today's Washington Post, edited to fit this website):

Martin D; Abeloff, 65, an international authority on the treatment of breast cancer and chief oncologist and director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University for...
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Nice Article I found Online

Posted by kehillatisrael on December 19, 2007 at 9:16 AM Comments comments (136)

Monroe Township, New Jersey � The Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe will mark an important milestone Sunday with the acquisition of an ark, the sacred structure used to house the Torah. But it's more than a new beginning � it also marks an end.

The ark will come from the 159-year-old Kehillat Israel temple in Shenandoah, Pa., which is no longer in use. The empty synagogue was once the center of a thriving Jewish community in the coal-mining town.

�We had over 100 Jewish fa...

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