History of the Jews in Brenham, Texas

History Of The Jews In Brenham, Texas

History of the Jews in Brenham, Texas

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The history of the Jews in Brenham, Texas, covers a period of over 140 years. As one of the first areas in Texas, outside of major population centers, to develop a sizeable Jewish population, the community boasts many things of historical note. The Brenham community was formally organized in 1885.

Early Jewish settlement

Early Jewish settlers arrived in Brenham, Texas, during the 1860s. With the arrival of Jewish merchants, Brenham's retail and wholesale trade expanded further. B. Levinson, an original founder, arrived in 1861. The builders of the Simon Theatre, the Simon family, arrived in 1866. These individuals became active in the business community of Brenham, Texas, and as other Jewish settlers arrived, the need for a synagogue grew. Early leaders were: Rabbi Israel L. Fink as first president, F. Susnitsky as vice president, L.Z. Harrison, J. Lewis, Abe Fink. These men were part of the 20 original charter members of B'nai Abraham Synagogue.

B'nai Abraham Synagogue

B'nai Abraham Synagogue, Brenham was constructed in 1893, after the first structure caught fire in 1892. Viewing the orthodox Shul from the outside, the building appears...
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