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  B'nai  Jeshurun Congregation History Timeline


1866 - 2006   140 Years   by Robin Rood

In 2016 B'nai Jeshurun (Children of Israel), Cleveland's third oldest congregation, celebrates its 150th anniversary. The  four banners that portray its history extend 40 feet.

To view images of the banners click on "continue' above, scroll horizontally, then click "continue" or click on the image to see the next image. To see one panel, click on its thumbnail below.

Banner 1 to 1920

Banner 2  1920 to 1966

Banner 3   1966 to 1996

Banner 4  1996 to 2006


B'nai Jeshurun Congregation has a long and proud history as a vibrant center of Jewish life, spirituality and learning as well as a strong voice for social justice and for Israel. In its 150 year history it has played a key role in supporting and shaping the Cleveland Jewish community. I invite you to peruse the timeline on the banner presented here. It traces our history as well as that of two other congregations that are now part of us. If you would like more information about our past, or are interested in how you can become involved, please visit us at

Rabbi Stephen Weiss
Senior Rabbi


Webkeeper's note: Thanks to Robin Rood, Laurie Davis and other B'nai Jeshurun members who developed the four Timeline banners that show memorable points in their congregation's history. We display images of the four panels, each about ten feet long, created in 2006 for BJ's 140th anniversary. A committee has been working since mid 2016 towards a 150 year timeline banner, but progress has been slow. March 1, 2017.

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