Peg & Mort Finkelstein Historical Archives

Temple Emanuel's archives date back to the mid-1800s. They include the 500 volume personal library of Julius Houseman, one of our founders and the first Jewish mayor of Grand Rapids. A recent gift includes two scrap books from the Amberg family, a prominent family in the development of Grand Rapids, also a founding family of Temple Emanuel in 1857.

Since our 150th Anniversary year, 2006-2007, there have been many events featuring displays and information from the Peg and Mort Finkelstein Archives.

Displays of artifacts and articles from our archives are located prominently throughout our building. Two walls of our lobby have rotating exhibits from the archives. Additional displays fill the back entry hallway to the building and include a 350 + year old Torah that the Nazi's confiscated from Czechoslovakia. Additional items on display include photos from our past, a letter to Temple from Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise and many religious artifacts from the collection.

WEST MICHIGAN JEWISH SOLDIERS: THE CIVIL WAR & BEYOND - November 6-11, 2016

By PEG FINKELSTEIN & MEGAN YOST

Jewish Veterans from the Civil War & Beyond is being featured in several presentations during Veterans Week. More Information.

Nov. 6, 2016:

10:30-12:30 /Open House to view displays or join in the roundtable discussions on the effects of war to all soldiers’ lives.

Nov. 9, 2016:

Open House/Wine and Cheese Reception at 5:30 PM and view displays. Film at: 7:00 PM

Film is “Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray” from the Jewish Film Library at Brandies University.

There is no-charge for the film, but registration is required by calling, Temple Emanuel at: 616.459.5976

The Film is being underwritten by Temple Emanuel, Ahavas Israel, and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids.