"This was more than a house of worship. This was the portal of a new life in a new land for the largest wave of immigrants ever."

Bill Moyers


Running the Congregation


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Learn more about running the congregation:

Constitution of Congregation Kahal Adath Jeshurun

Paper pamphlet
6.875 x 5.125 inches

This document from 1913 is a testament to an immigrant congregation’s desire to adopt a very American system to run their place of worship. The text is published both in English and Yiddish, reflecting the dual heritage of congregation members. But the format of the document, which includes bylaws, articles and amendments, and the fact that they called it their “Constitution,” is purely American. The Constitution provides guidelines for annual elections, rules of worship, study, communal service and synagogue leadership. It also includes a history of the 1909 merger of the original congregation, Kahal Adath Jeshurun, with Congregation Anshe Lubtz.

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