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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 6, 2014 Seeking Kin: A Lower East Side synagogue stirs a Washingtonian's interest By Hillel Kuttler The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)--On a recent visit to Manhattan, Michael Herman brought his wife and two daughters to a stone building at the corner of Canal and Orchard streets. A chiseled ribbon running across the 12-story structure's facade reads S. Jarmulowsky's Bank Est. 1873. Alexander "Sender" Jar- mulowsky was Herman's great-great-grandfather and the bank's founder. The build- ing the Hermans visited was constructed in 1912, shortly before Jarmulowsky's death. The Hermans soon learned of another connection that Jarmulowsky had to the Lower East Side neighborhood after strolling to the nearby E1- dridge Street Synagogue to see its museum and historic sanctuary. When Herman mentioned his great-great-grandfather's name, a museum employee informed him that Jarmu- lowsky was the president of the congregation when the synagogue opened in 1887. "I had no idea," said Her- man, 49, an emergency- management consultant who lives near Washington, D.C. In fact, Herman never had seen a photograph of Jar- mulowsky until a few weeks earlier; his daughter's online search found it on the syna- gogue's website. That led to their visit. Connections like Herman's to the Eldridge Street Syna- gogue interest the staff mem- bers there now organizing an exhibition for a family history center being established in a lower-level room that once was the rabbi's study. (The synagogue does not have a full-time rabbi; a few dozen worshippers regularly attend Shabbat services.) The exhibition is being mounted in conjunction with the June 12 opening of a visi- tors center telling the story of the congregation and its place in a neighborhood that was the country's center of Jewish life beginning with the great wave of immigrants arriving from Eastern Europe 130 years ago. Amy Stein-Milford and Nancy Johnson, the syna- gogue museum's deputy direc- tor and archivist, respectively, said they hope that "Seeking Kin" readers and others come forward with photographs and stories about some of the congregation's early leaders and worshippers. High on their wish list is a photograph of Isaac Gellis, who in the late 19th century established an eponymous kosher sausage business on Essex Street and would serve as the synagogue's third presi- dent. His descendants have been found and interviewed, including a man also named Isaac Gellis, but none has ever seen such a photograph. Recently acquired images of early figures include photo- graphs ofGittel Natelson, who ran the congregation's mik- vah, and of Peter and Francis Herter, the Roman Catholic architects of many tenements for whom Eldridge Street was their first synagogue design. There's also a drawing of Pinchas Minkowsky, the first cantor, who Stein-Milford said earned what in 1887 was a princely salary: $2,500. The family history center's exhibition includes a teacup that one immigrant brought to America; an oil painting done by the now-97-year-old Ruth Arembud depicting a pushcart selling sweet pota- toes, her favorite growing up on Broome Street; the tallit and tefillin used by a man who met and married his wife in an Austrian refugee camp after World War II before they settled on the Lower East Side; and a photograph of that wedding. When the synagogue was renovated in 2007 - it is a National Historic Landmark- the former study was to have been used for visitors to con- duct genealogical research. The plan was scrapped, but now, Johnson says, "I wanted it to focus on family history." "We're interested in the history of ... people who were immigrant families in this neighborhood," she said. "We want to continue to add stories of the people. It enriches the history of the building, the congregation and the neigh- borhood." That would be welcome because recent decades have seen a dramatic decline in the Lower East Side's Jewish population and with it the near-disappearance of the once-vibrant retail presence Museum at Eldridge Street Ruth Arembud's painting of a Lower East Side vendor will be displayed at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Museum at Eldridge Street This early 20th-century assemblage in the interior of the S. Jarmulowsky Bank on Manhattan "s Lower East Side could include relatives of Washington resident Michael Herman. that included such beloved institutions as the Ratner's and Bernstein's restaurants, Gertel's bakery and Gusgs Pickles. Ironically, the upcoming Eldridge Street openings oc- cur during a boon in cultural tourism to the Lower East Side's Jewish-legacy sites. Prior to its renovation in 2007, the building drew 12,000 visi- tors annually. Now the figure is 40,000. "A lot of people come to explore the building," Stein- Milford said. "These are stories from our own history that we want to share with the public to enhance their ulderstandingofthis building ad of the Jewish immigrants wo built it." The personal approach pleases Herman, who says he's inspired to learn more. Soon after returning to Washington, he received an email from the Eldridge Street staffers containing scans of the Yiddish newspaper an- nouncement of the bank's opening and photographs of people posing inside. 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Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830-7211;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 MeadowlaneAve.,West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401S.R.200, Ocala, 352-237-8277;; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692;; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at 1308 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona; 386-804-8283;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st Friday; 8 p.m., 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298-4650;; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.; Junior Congregation., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at vari- ous private residences. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kis- simmee,407-935-0064;; Shabbatservice, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation Sinai (C/R), 303 N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243- 5353;; services: every Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Healing Service, first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El(R), 579 N. NovaRd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 813- 324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386- 445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333;; Shabbat services: Friday, 5:50 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple BethShalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8thAve., Ocala,352-629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321- 631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 8. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386- 252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple L'Chayim (R), 4420 South Rd. 27, Ste. 4, Clermont, 352- 978-6357; Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.newjewishcongrega-; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R) Services held in the EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church, 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, 407-366-3556,; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352- 735-4774;; services: second and fourth Fridays and Saturday of the month. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (0) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist