My favorite part of the
is receiving your feedback. We’ve been getting some great responses to the weekly series focusing on local Jewish history, with people recognizing faces, places and pieces of personal family history.
In response to last week’s story about Chesed Shel Emes, Michael Zeman wrote: “My best recollection of family lore is that my great grandfather Michael Wishnetsky (for whom I'm named) was the first shamas of Chesed Shel Emes. As a child I remember on High Holidays going up to the balcony to visit my mother and grandmother and then back downstairs to sit with my father. My parents joined TI around 1957 for me to go to Hebrew school because Cheses Sel Emes did not have one.” He also shared: “Michael (my paternal grandmother's father) was a peddler who on Sunday would take his cart on the ferry from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard where he would sell his wares. He stayed with Jewish families (who kept kosher) on the Island. He would take the ferry back to New Bedford on Fridays so he could be with the family for Shabos.”
I wish to again recognize and thank Marty Lipman, Federation’s immediate past president, for initiating this project.
As for this week’s edition? In 1964, just prior to Tifereth Israel’s move to the West End, a group of more than 40 individuals established a Reform Congregation -
- in downtown New Bedford.
In 1968 the congregation purchased a church at 169 William Street to hold services.The congregation operated there from about 1965 to 1977, and then the members came back to the new Tifereth Israel on Hawthorn Street.