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Milwaukee Jewish Timeline

Milwaukee Jewish Timeline


1842 – 1849

  • First Jews settle in Milwaukee: Meyer, Emanuel, Gabriel, Samuel, William and Charles Shoyer; Moses Weil; Isaac Neustadtl; Solomon Adler
  • First Rosh Hashana services at Henry Newhouse home
  • Yom Kippur services above Pereles grocery store
  • Emanuel Shoyer opens a tailor shop
  • Joseph Schram opens a grocery store
  • Jewish clothing retail manufacturing established on Water Street
  • First Jewish child born in Milwaukee – Emma Herbst

1850 – 1859

  • 70 Jewish families in Milwaukee
  • Cong. Imanu-Al, first congregation organized, 1850, Solomon Adler, Pres.
  • Cemetery purchased above 15th Street between Lisbon Plank Rd. and Fond du Lac Rd.
  • Charles Shoyer begins medical practice
  • Baruch Schleisinger-Weil elected to the State Assembly
  • Three synagogues in Milwaukee
  • Cong. Ahabath Emuno founded, 1854, Simon Levy, Pres.
  • Anshe Emeth Deborah Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society established
  • Cong. B’ne Jeshurun organized in 1856 through consolidation of Ahabath Emuno and Imanu-Al, and Anshe Emeth in 1859, Fourth St. between State & Prairie, Nathan Pereles, Pres., Rabbi Isidor Kalisch
  • Die Treue Schwestern (True Sisters) Benevolent Organization established by Rabbi Kalisch
  • Odd Fellows Armenia (Golden Links) Lodge organized
  • 200 Jewish families in Milwaukee

1860 – 1869

  • Lewis S. Mack elected Alderman, 1st Ward (Later becomes President of Board of Alderman and Chairman of County Board)
  • Chevra Bikur Cholim organized, Loebel Rindskopf, Pres.
  • First B’nai B’rith Lodge Gilead #41, created, M. Heiman, Pres.
  • Civil War Jewish casualties: Nathan Neustadtl, Alexander Metzel, Jonas Goldsmith, Arnold Rosenbaum, Gustav Mahler
  • Harmony Lodge established
  • Ladies Gemilas Chesed Society organized
  • Hebrew Widows and Orphans Association organized
  • Minhag America adopted by B’ne Jeshurun: all English service, sermons, choir, mixed seating, Friday evening services
  • Hebrew Relief Society organized to meet needs of local immigrants, David Adler, Pres.
  • Past Masters Harmony Lodge (Masons), Henry Bonn, Pres.
  • H.F. Leopold & Bros. organize Lake Superior Shipping and Navigating Co.
  • Cong. Emanu-El founded, 1869, David Adler, Pres., Rabbi Edward B. M. Browne

1870 – 1879

1880 – 1889

1890 – 1899


1900 – 1909

1910 – 1919

1920 – 1929

1930 – 1939

1940 – 1949

1950 – 1959

1960 – 1969

1970 – 1979

1980 – 1989

1990 – 1999


2000 – 2008

  • The Shul created in Bayside by Rabbis Shmaya and Mendel Shmotkin
  • Jewish Family Service moves to its own facility on Jackson Street
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee created, Judy Baruch, Exec. Dir.
  • Sinai Samaritan Medical Center name changed to Aurora Sinai Medical Center
  • Beth Torah Religious School established by merger of religious schools of Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue & Congregation Beth Israel
  • JFS Child Development Center merges with Early Childhood Program operated by the Jewish Community Center
  • Milwaukee Jewish Historical Society unveils its Web site displaying photos and documents conveying the story of Milwaukee Jewish life
  • Jewish Museum opens in Milwaukee at the Helfaer Community Service Building

*Resource materials used for this Timeline include the Jewish Community Blue Book (1923) and The History of the Jews of Milwaukee by Rabbi Louis J. Swichkow (1963).

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