A Synagogue in Alpena?
Yes! Not just any synagogue but a congregation that is growing and thriving!
NOTICE: We are pleased to report that events scheduled after June 15 will resume at Temple Beth-El, now that the State of Michigan has allowed indoor gatherings of up to 50 people
Temple Beth-El’s rich history dates to the late 19th century when Julius Myers, a merchant who was among the first Jewish residents of Alpena, settled in the area sometime before 1867. The successful clothier would serve as one of the founders and presidents of Alpena’s Hebrew Benevolent Society, founded in 1875 for the purpose of “buying a burial ground.”
By 1887, some forty-five Jewish adults had settled in the area, finding great opportunity in the booming lumbering trade. Today, after what could have been a demise of the congregation, Temple Beth-El is enjoying a rebirth with new members, an updated building, and an active and engaged community.
We’ve recorded the history of this great Jewish community in an eight-minute mini-documentary, produced in cooperation with the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and with the support of many members of our community. We hope you enjoy this film!
The mission of Temple Beth-El is to maintain our historic synagogue as a place of worship and Torah study for Alpena and surrounding area residents and to develop and maintain a strong Jewish presence in our community. Our long-term mission is to perpetuate Jewish tradition through education, social activities, and life- cycle events.
We hope you will visit our special sanctuary and join us for fellowship and worship. Support our mission to maintain this special place with a donation today.