Guide to the Congregation Beth-El Atereth Israel (Newton, Mass.) Records


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Machine-readable finding aid created by Christopher Russell in February 2019. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in March 2019. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Congregation Beth-El Atereth Israel (Newton, Mass.) 
Title: Congregation Beth-El Atereth Israel (Newton, Mass.) Records
Dates: 1977-1988
Abstract: Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel is an Orthodox synagogue located in Newton, Massachusetts. The congregation was a joining of Congregation Beth El (also known as the Fowler Street Shul) in Dorchester and Congregation Atereth Israel in Roxbury. This collection contains banquet programs, yearbooks, and invitations. 
Languages:   The collection is in English.
Quantity: 2 folders
ID:   JHCI-0007
Repository: Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Location: Located in Boston, Mass.

Cover of 1978 yearbook

Historical Note

Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel was founded by Rabbi Abraham Koolyk, among others, in the mid-1950s as an Orthodox congregation, located in Newton, Massachusetts. It formed as an offshoot of Congregation Beth El (also known as the Fowler Street Shul) in Dorchester. After suffering a fire around this time, Congregation Atereth Israel in Roxbury merged with the congregation in Newton, forming Congregation Beth-El Atereth Israel. The congregation operated mostly out of members’ homes, but, due to growing membership, congregation leaders felt a permanent home was necessary. The new synagogue at 561 Ward Street in Newton Centre was dedicated in 1956. Rabbi Koolyk retired in 1988, after which he was appointed Rabbi Emeritus., and was succeeded by Rabbi Gershon Segal. 



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mid-1950s The congregation is founded.
mid-1950s The congregation merges with Congregation Atereth Israel.
1965 The new synagogue building is dedicated.
1988 Rabbi Abraham Koolyk retires.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains yearbooks and event materials from Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel. Included are yearbooks from 1978 and 1979, as well as another from 1988. Also included are programs for banquets honoring Rabbi Koolyk on his 25th anniversary with the congregation, William “Bob” Schneider as Man of the Year, and Rabbi Koolyk and his wife on the occasion of his retirement from the pulpit, as well as an invitation to a 1985 talk by Rabbi Meir Kahane.


The collection is arranged into a a single series as follows:

  • Series I: Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel (Newton, Mass.) Records, 1977-1988

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Preferred Citation

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Identification of item, date (if known); Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel (Newton, Mass.) Records; JHCI-0007; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.

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Container List

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Series I: Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel (Newton, Mass.) Records, 1977-1988


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Programs and Event Materials 1978-1988
1 2 Yearbooks 1977-1988