Abstracts of Articles concerning the Jewish Community
July 2, 1874
New Jewish Synagogue
Israelites of the city intend to erect a Synagogue at an early date.
The Ladies Benevolent Society, like true daughters of Israel, started
the enterprise. Some twelve months ago they purchased a lot at the
corner of 8th & Blondeau streets for one thousand dollars. They
then donated one thousand. This amount has been advanced upwards to
three thousand dollars by subscriptions by the members. The
Congregation Benal Israel numbers less than twenty (20) members.
December 3, 1874
Contracts Let for the Erection of a Jewish Synagogue
The cost will be between $12,000.00 and $15,000.00. The building will
be of brick, will be a ornament to the city and will be another
addition to the list of magnificent structures erected.
July 14, 1877
Congregation Benal Israel
Completion of the new Jewish Synagogue. The cost was between $15,000.00
and $16,000.00. The work has been done under the direction of the
Of which Samuel Klein is chairman.
M. Spiesberger, President
M. Vogel, Vice-President
Levi Spiesberger, Treasurer
Henry Weil, Secretary
M. Stern, Jacob Spiesberger, Samuel Younker, J. R. Spiesberger * Moses
Sam Klein, M. Speisberger, M. Vogel, M. Stern, L. Soloman, Samuel
July 21, 1877
S. S. Weil, Marcus Younker, Sol Lyons, D. Meyer
Miss Emma Klein, Miss Gettie Solomon
Miss Libby (soprano), Misses Soloman and Fels (alto), M. R. King
(tenor), Messrs. English and Hirsch (Bass)
June 11, 1887
Few but Faithful
Sixteen person constitute the membership at this time
Mayer Spiesberger, J. R. Spiesberger, Emanuel Spiesberger, Jacob
Spiesberger, Levi Spiesberger, Moses Stern, B. Berman, M. Younker,
Solomon Lyons, L. Soloman, M. Vogel, S. S. Lowitz, Simon Lowitz, J. B.
Weil, B. Hirsch, Ben Allmayer (Ottumwa)
Misses Leonora Stern, Bertha Rena, Millie and Rebecca Spiesberger, Leah
Solomon, Nettie Younker
About 22 years ago on the 29th day of April, 1855, a number of
Israelites of the city united together and formed a Benevolent Society.
A burial ground had been bought from the city. (*100.00) (Now the Old
Hebrew Cemetery at Oakland Cemetery)
Samuel Gerstle, M. E. Hirsch, N. Hoffheimer, Louis Moore
November 22, 1855
The constitution of the Congregation was drawn up and the following
officers elected. M. Vogel being the only one of the original members
(1855) now residing in the city: L. Eppinger, John Blum, N. Hoffheimer,
H. Strauss, M. Vogel
The panic of 1857 swept over the country , the crash which
followed affected the prosperity and growth of the city. Only a few of
the faith remained here but they nobly upheld the society. In 1863 a
sufficient number of again resided here to make the society again
Thirty-two years of Officers, 1855-1887
Samuel Gerstle, L. Eppinger, M. Vogel, S. Rauh, R. Vogel, L. M.
Younker, I. M. Lesem, Samuel Klein, Samuel Younker, L. Soloman, M.
Spiesberger, S. S. Lowitz
N. Hoffheimer, L. Moore, Sam Hauh, Sam Kleis, L. Soloman, L. N. Stern,
I. M. Lesem, Levi Spiesberger, L. Nachman, Henry Weil, M. Weil, I. N.
Stern, Jacob Spiesberger
Ministers of the Congregation; In Succession
Revs B. Rosenthal, M. Marcasson, Joseph Schwed, M. Suggenheimer, M.
Strauss, F. Becker, Joseph Bogen, E. K. Fisher, R. Rabbino, S. Laski
* Names from another article
Compiled from papers at the Keokuk Library by Sally Youngquist