Creating an Exhibit for Your Synagogue on the Jewish Museum of the American West


We define Pioneer Western Jewish Synagogues as synagogues in states/areas West of the Mississippi and founded before 1965 — that is at least 50 years ago. (Wisconsin, Alaska, and Hawaii included.)

An Exhibit of your Synagogue is not meant to be a complete history, but one that focuses on its beginnings and growth.

We recommend that you look at other synagogue exhibits in our museum to see what to include.

Please send us as much of the requested information that follows: Facts only (please, no editorializing). You need not write full sentences.

Synagogue’s Name

Year of First Meeting

Names of Founders and/or First Synagogue Officers

Year of First Service — where, for what holiday, and led by whom

Year and Location of First Building

First Rabbi/Leader

Early Growth

Year and Location of Second Building

Next Growth Period

Name of Rabbi/Leader who served an extended time at the Synagogue and major events and developments during that time

Year of Founding of Sisterhood, Men’s Club, School, etc.

Todays Building, Location, and National Affiliation

Current Rabbi(s) and/or Cantor(s)

Today’s Name, Address, Web Address, Email Contact, and Phone #.

Historical Newspaper Quotes


Photographs (Please contact us for photo information)

Then we need . . . .

Your Name, relationship

Your phone # and email address for correspondence

Once we have enough information, we will create the Exhibit and send you the link for review for errors and omissions.

There is no charge for this — although donations keep us going.


Copy the basic information requests above and paste them into a word document. Add a number of spaces between each item requested and fill in the information.

Email the page(s) to us at:

For questions, advice, etc. call us at (562) 405-4176  (Pacific Time)

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