175 Years as a Congregation

150 Years of Plum Street Temple

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History of K.K. B'nai Yeshurun - Isaac M. Wise Temple

  • 1920

    Rabbi James G. Heller is hired as Assistant Rabbi. He will become the Senior Rabbi in 1926, upon the death of Rabbi Grossman.

  • 1927

    The Isaac M. Wise Center on Reading Road and North Crescent is opened on April 24, 1927. Usage of Plum Street Temple is limited to the High Holy Days, festivals, and Ordination services of Hebrew Union College.

  • 1928

    The Wise Temple Brotherhood is inaugurated on January 11, 1928.

  • 1931

    The congregation merges with the Reading Road Temple, making a combined membership of 908 families. Rabbi Samuel Wohl of the Reading Road Temple becomes rabbi of K. K. B'nai Yeshurun, along with Rabbi Heller. Reading Road Temple itself is a consolidation of the John Street Temple (Ahavath Achim) and the Mound Street Temple (She'erith Israel). The first congregational seder is also held. In addition, the basement of Plum Street Temple becomes a shelter for homeless men. Throughout the next five years, an average of 210 men will sleep there each night.

  • 1953

    Rabbi Albert Goldman begins his service to the Temple as Co-Rabbi with Rabbi Wohl.

  • 1966

    The congregation celebrates the centennial anniversary of Plum Street Temple. Rabbi Goldman becomes the Senior Rabbi during this year.

  • 1970

    Temple Bene Israel of Hamilton, Ohio joins the congregation as an affiliate.

  • 1971

    Rabbinical student Sally Priesand, who will become the first woman ordained as a rabbi a year later, serves as a rabbinic intern to the congregation.

  • 1973

    The Wise Center on Reading Road and North Crescent is sold. The congregation holds regular Sabbath services once again at Plum Street Temple.

  • 1975

    Plum Street Temple is placed on the National Register of Historic Places of the Department of the Interior as a national landmark.

  • 1976

    The new Isaac M. Wise Center is opened on Ridge Road in Amberley Village.

  • 1979

    The Congregation begins the Wise Center Day Camp program, which becomes one of the largest day camps in the community serving pre-school and young school children.

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