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Jewish Community of Tyler, Smith County, Texas

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This project seeks to document the families in the Jewish Community of Tyler, Texas, and those who are from other communities, but are buried in Tyler.

https://www.isjl.org/texas-tyler-encyclopedia.html

How to Participate

  1. Please request to join the project, indicating your relationship to Jewish families in Tyler or indicating your research interests. You can only see information for living or recently deceased individuals if you belong to the family group.
  2. Please add your families to Geni or improve what is already on Geni by adding dates, places, sources, and pictures. Add all branches of your family to your tree, not just those with a connection to Tyler. This will help you find and connect trees that your cousins have already created.
  3. Avoid creating duplicates. If you find a branch that is already on Geni, contact the manager and connect it by merging. If you need help with this, please ask. The goal of Geni is to create one definitive, collaborative, and interconnected family tree, NOT to create a bunch of private trees that even your families cannot see. By working together, we can find how our families are related.
  4. Avoid speculative connections. Put your logic in the Overview section for the profile and refer to hypothetical connections there. If you have questions, ask or start a project discussion.
  5. Put the name used in the United States in the English (Default) tab. Put the original surname in the "Birth Surname" field.
  6. If you are adding Hebrew names or names in other languages, add the language and place it there.
  7. If you are adding nicknames, place them in "Also known as"
  8. Add the earliest person in each line with a presence in Tyler to the project.
  9. I will be creating projects for the other Jewish Communities in Texas in the near future (if they do not already exist).

If you need help with something, please send a message to me, [Benjamin Schoenbrun (Geni Curator)]. Both of my parents are from Tyler and my Roosth and Schoenbrun families have lived there since about 1910 and 1930 respectively.

Project Progress and Sources

  • Family Trees. Creating family trees using burial records and vital records.

Sources:

Temple Beth El

Application Charter for Temple Beth El, signed by 5 men, April 5, 1887, approved April 11, 1887. Signatures

Temple Beth El Rabbis

  • Rabbi Maurice Faber (1900-1934)
  • Rabbi David Alpert (1934-1938)
  • Rabbi Harvey Wessel (1939-1970)
  • Rabbi Jeffrey Ballon (1970-1975)
  • Rabbi Eugene H. Levy (1975-1987)
  • Rabbi Stephen Weisberg (c.1987, passing away within his first hear at Beth El)
  • Rabbi Stephen Gold (1989-1998)
  • Guest student rabbis: Rabbi David Kaufman (1998), Rabbi Daniel Plotkin (1999), Rabbi Neal Katz (2000-2002), Rabbi Allan Cook (2002)
  • Rabbi Neal Katz (2003-present)

Families (Starting in 1885 and continuing through the split between Beth El and Ahavath Achim, to the present)

Beth El/Oakwood Cemetery

Oakwood Cemetery Beth El section in Plot I is the older Jewish Cemetery, with the oldest legible gravestone belonging to Ernestine Wadel who died 23 May 1885.

  • Abram
  • Badt
  • Baer
  • Berger
  • Bergson
  • Berman
  • Bindler
  • Block
  • Bloomberg
  • Brown
  • Bruck
  • Buck
  • Burka
  • Caro
  • Charles
  • Daiches
  • Daniel
  • Daniel, Marcus (1847 "Thorn," Germany - 1907 Tyler)
  • Davidson
  • Davis
  • Denitz, Rosa Bassist
  • Dolinski
  • Dorfman, Dr. Simon L.
  • Dreeben, Solomon
  • De Sola, Charles
  • Edelman, Jennie
  • Efron, Abraham
  • Eisen, Rosie
  • Eisen, M H
  • Eltis, Benjamin B
  • Eltis, Ethel Willer
  • Endel, Morris
  • Englander
  • Faber
  • Feinberg
  • Feigel
  • Fishbein
  • Fleishman
  • Forst
  • Frapart
  • Freedman
  • Frenkel
  • Friedlander, Isaac
  • Fromowitz
  • Gans
  • Gardner
  • Garfinkle
  • Gebul, Gussie
  • Getz, Abe
  • Gill
  • Glasstein
  • Goldberg
  • Golden
  • Goldfeder
  • Goldstein
  • Golenternek
  • Greenberg, S I
  • Gross, Max H
  • Harris
  • Jacobs
  • Jarett
  • Joseph
  • Krauss, Max
  • Katz, Sarah
  • Kivel, Doris G.
  • Klayman, Louis H
  • Klein, Mathilda
  • Kleinberg, H K
  • Klotz, Lena Friedlander
  • Klotz, Maurice
  • Krauss, Max
  • Lachs
  • Lazarus
  • Levinthal
  • Levison
  • Levy
  • Levyson
  • Lewine
  • Lewis
  • Liebreich
  • Liebreich, Isidor (1861 Rosenau Germany - 1929 Tyler)
  • Liebreich, Hyman (1858 Germany - 1927 Tyler)
  • Lilienstern
  • Lipsitz
  • Lipstate
  • Lipstate, Jacob (1857-1926)
  • Marmar
  • Markus
  • Marwill, Ben
  • McLaughlin, Linsz P (1943-2001)
  • Meyer
  • Myer, Henry Charles
  • Nasits
  • Pandres
  • Robinson
  • Rosenfeld
  • Rosenthal
  • Rotschild
  • Rubin
  • Saer
  • Sandoloski
  • Sansolosky
  • Scheuer
  • Schoenbrun, Monte Leon
  • Schoenfeld
  • Shaw, Gerald
  • Shless, Alfred J
  • Shless, Dollye
  • Simon
  • Sokolsky
  • Strause
  • Urbach
  • Wadel
  • Wadel, Burnett (1863 Mississippi - 1943 Tyler)
  • Wessel, Rabbi Harvey E (1894 Chicago - 1983 Tyler)
  • Williams
  • Wisonsky
  • Wizansky
  • Wolf
  • Wolens
  • Wolinski
  • Wuntch, I (-1908)
  • Wuntch, infant (d. June 8, 1936)

Beth El/Rose Hill Cemetery, Section G

Rose Hill Cemetery, Section G has Jewish Burials from 1952 to the present.

  • Brown
  • Cohen
  • Conrad
  • Davis
  • Dellar
  • Edelman
  • Fisch
  • Fleishman
  • French
  • Goldberg
  • Goldsmith
  • Goodman
  • Greenberg
  • Gugenheim
  • Haimann, Walter Monroe
  • Hyman
  • Kirschbaum
  • Krull
  • Krumholz
  • Krumholz, Max H (1900-1975)
  • Kurtz
  • Leonard
  • Lieberman
  • Lippmann
  • Lisner
  • Mann
  • Modisett
  • Muntz
  • Nasits
  • Passman
  • Patman
  • Peso
  • Portnoy
  • Russak
  • Schoenbrun, Mano
  • Schoenbrun, Major
  • Serber
  • Shtofman
  • Sigal
  • Smith
  • Spitzberg
  • Stuart
  • Wadell, Ernestine
  • Wilcox, Donald Edwin and Patricia Carol
  • Wolf

Buried Elsewhere

  • Damsker, Louis
  • Goldstucker, Leo (Wichita Falls)
  • Pitluk, Moses (buried in Beth Israel Cemetery in Palestine)
  • Rosenfeld, Max (Mt. Sinai Cemetery Section of Oakwood Cemetery, Jefferson, Texas)

Selected Sources and News

Congregation Ahavath Achim

Established in 1898 and officially chartered in 1903.

Ahavath Achim Congregration Rabbis

  • Smolensky, S (spiritual leader of Ahavath Achim, but not an ordained rabbi, he was a teacher and Kosher butcher)
  • Rabbi Kalman Taxon (Ahavath Achim, 1961-1990)
  • Rabbi Avi Perets
  • Rabbi Alan Learner

Ahavath Achim Congregation

These are mainly people who paid dues or contributed to funds from 1928-1932. Others are heads of household from the census or the earliest ancestor buried in Ahavath Achim Cemetery (to associate the family tree with this project).This information comes from scraps of financial records from the papers of Sam Roosth (my great-grandfather) from 1928-1932. These include lists of congregational dues paid, national fund, “seats”, rabbi holiday fund, etc. These are lists on scraps of paper and stubs from receipt books. Some may be donors and not members of the congregation.

Businesses

  • B B Taylor Fish Market
  • Greenberg Smoked Turkey, inc.
  • Hurwitz Man's Shop
  • K. Marmar and L. Marmar (competing grocery stores owned by two brothers)
  • Leon's Market [Solinger family]
  • New York Store (Major Schoenbrun, then Mano and Elsie Schoenbrun)
  • Progress Bakery (H. Heffler Proprietor)
  • R. L. Davis
  • Regan's
  • Roosth Bakery, 119 E. Erwin (c. 1918)
  • Roosth Production Company
  • Roosth and Genecov
  • Tyler Baking Company (established 1930)
  • Uncle Louie Hamburger Stand (Louis Damsker)