Our History

Our History

1850
21 Dec, 1850

1850

Twelve Jews, under the leadership of Joseph Lebensburger, met in the old Dayton Bank Building to form a Hebrew Society dedicated to worship and perpetuation of their joint heritage.

1854
08 Dec, 1854

1854

The Hebrew Society incorporated as Kehillah Kodesh B’nai Yeshurun.

1860
26 Dec, 1860

1860

The rapidly growing congregation moved to larger quarters near First and Main Streets. Congregation purchased its first home, a former Baptist church at the northeast corner of 4th and Jefferson Streets, for $4,500.

1893
20 Dec, 1893

1893

The old synagogue was sold and a new house of worship constructed at the corner of First and Jefferson Streets.

1913
20 Dec, 1913

1913

The area around K.K. B’nai Yeshurun was heavily flooded and great damage occurred to the synagogue during the Dayton Flood.

1925
25 Dec, 1925

1925

Under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Samuel S. Mayerberg, a new structure was built at the corner of Salem and Emerson Avenues with a sanctuary seating six hundred, a social hall, classrooms, offices and a kitchen. The congregation’s name was changed to Temple Israel.

1953
15 Dec, 1953

1953

During the tenure of Rabbi Selwyn D. Ruslander (who served Temple Israel from 1947 until his death in 1969), a modern sanctuary was built and directly connected to the original building.

1973
18 Dec, 1973

1973

Rabbi P. Irving Bloom became rabbi, and many innovations followed: a new Religious School Hebrew curriculum; Focus on Friday programs with enriching speakers during the year; Scholar-in-Residence programs with Temple Beth Or and Beth Abraham Synagogue; adult Jewish studies classes; lay-led summer services with Beth Abraham.

1994
22 Dec, 1994

1994

The congregation moved into its new home at on Riverside Drive.

1997
11 Dec, 1997

1997

Rabbi Bloom retired, and Rabbi Marc Gruber became Temple’s religious leader and during his tenure introduced adult B’not Mitzvah classes; worship reform; participation in Synagogue 2000, and other innovative programs.