The following article appeared in the
The Jewish Advocate of Boston,
July 22-28, 2005
The photograph appeared in the Easton Journal on July 15, 2005
Mr. Fishman holds the donated stained glass.
Preservation project to save city’s Jewish history
Temple Beth Emunah engages community for year-long
project to save Jewish history
BROCKTON – As part of its
effort to strengthen its foundation in Brockton,
Temple Beth Emunah recently embarked on a yearlong project, in cooperation with
the Brockton Historical Society, to preserve and showcase the city’s Jewish
history. The project will culminate next year in a celebration and installation
of a permanent exhibition at the temple.
Congregation members working on the project, dubbed L’dor, v’dor (Hebrew for
"generation to generation"), are conducting interviews with longtime
community members and have been attempting to recover artifacts far and wide.
Its most recent acquisition, a nearly 6-foot in diameter stained-glass Star of
David, reflects the temple’s desire to carry on the legacy that its Orthodox
neighbor in Brockton,
Congregation Agudas Achim, left behind. The window came from an interior wall
of an aluminum supply shop building, which was the original home of Agudas
Achim. Steven Fishman, whose father started the aluminum business and had been
a member of Agudas Achim, donated the window two weeks ago after he was
approached by representatives of Beth Emunah.
Beth Emunah leaders see the history project not only as a way to preserve Brockton’s
Jewish heritage, but as an endowment for the future, literally and
figuratively. Part of the reason for initiating the project, according to
temple administrator Beverly Strumpf, is to raise money for the temple’s
religious school, which has seen an influx of students in recent years.
Beth Emunah President Bruce Caplain said that aim of the project goes beyond
merely documenting Brockton’s
Jewish history. The project, he said, will make a statement: "This is
where we have been in past; this is where we are today; and this is what we
have to look forward to in the future. We’re now the center of the Jewish
community, because we’re all that’s left."
courtesy of Scott Saftler, August, 2005