San Francisco Jewish Community Organizations

From Emanu-El to the J: 100+ Years of Jewish Journalism in San Francisco

Emanu-El to the J   The first issue of the Emanu-El came off the press in late 1895. It rapidly became the Jewish newspaper of San Francisco, and had a fair circulation as far south as Los Angeles. Along with mergers, Emanu-El went through a number of name changes until after World War

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Eureka Benevolent Society: Today’s Jewish Family Service of San Francisco

Eureka Benevolent Society   The Eureka Benevolent Association was formed in 1850 for aid and relief to indigent and infirm Jews, to bury the dead, and to aid impoverished Jews. In 1907, the Association became the Eureka Benevolent Society. The Eureka Benevolent Society expanded through the years to

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Mount Zion Hospital & School of Nursing

Mt. Zion Hospital & School of Nursing   The Mount Zion Hospital Association was organized in 1887. It was not until the beginning of 1897 that Mount Zion Hospital came into existence. During the interim nine-year period, funds were raised, including a donation of $5,000 from Clara de

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Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco

Congregation Sherith Israel   Stockton Street Following the formation of the first two congregations of San Francisco in early April 1851, Congregation Sherith Israel (Polish) and Congregation Emanu-El (Bavarian & Alsatian), both congregations used rented quarters. Three years later, both congregations erected their own synagogue buildings. Congregation Sherith Israel

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Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco

Congregation Emanu-El   Congregation Emanu-El and Congregation Sherith Israel of San Francisco were founded as one synagogue in 1851. However, they soon split, and both used rented quarters. In the summer of 1854, both completed their first synagogue buildings. But it was not until 1866, when Congregation

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