In Early Jewish Citizens
Ben Hirschland was a successful paper wholesaler and box manufacturer.
In 1909, Ben Barnett started a laundry which expanded into other businesses.
In 1915, Al Rosenthal opened a shop.
B.J. Kaufman was a wholesale milliner.
In 1917, Max Fagin, an attorney arrives in Oklahoma City.
In 1919, Dr. I. Levy, an optometrist, arrives from McAlester.
Dr. J.C. Fishman joins University of Oklahoma’s Medical School faculty.
Ed Hirsh and son – also attorneys moved from Muskogee to Oklahoma City in 1920
In 1922, David Schoenwald founded Blackwell Oil (in Blackwell) and was President of the First National Bank of Oklahoma City.
Temple B’nai Israel founded in 1903.
Used student Rabbis from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati for High Holy Days.
Gus Paul, City Attorney, led regular services.
Arthur Lewinsohn was the first Rabbi – 1904
Rabbi Joseph Blatt presided from 1906 until 1946 – 40 years.
In 1906 there were 35 families in the congregation.
From 1906-1916 Rabbi Blatt was Oklahoma’s only full-time Rabbi.
In 1904, Emanuel Synagogue was formed as an Orthodox congregation.
It is now Conservative.
Gus Paul served as City Attorney.
Max Fagin served as Assistant County Attorney before 1930.
Seymor C. Heyman, who came to Oklahoma City in 1901, served as President of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, and later became President of the Oklahoma City School Board.
- Tobias, Henry J. The Jews of Oklahoma. University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.
- Jewish Virtual Library
- Encyclopedia Judaica
- Institute of Southern Jewish Life
Regina Merwin is the Curator for this Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Exhibit
Pictures and more information would be very helpful for this exhibit.