Leadville News – August 23

Shabbat Service, Leadville Jews Celebrated

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Residents and visitors enjoy the Temple Israel Synagogue and Museum in Leadville, located on W. 4th Street. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

One area of Leadville’s history that has seen a renewed interest in recent years is the city’s Jewish pioneers. Maybe it’s all the good works at the Jewish Cemetery, or the ongoing development of the historic Temple Israel located at 4th and Pine Streets, but the synagogue has been seeing its share of the Leadville spotlight.
And so it will again, taking center stage this Saturday, Aug. 25 as Shabbat morning services will be held at the historic Temple Israel in Leadville on the corners of West 4th and Pine, on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Please see the details below regarding Saturday’s event.

But first, for those readers who may have missed the last services back in June, Leadville Today was there to record and preserve the presentation “Jewish Life in Leadville in the 1880s.” This two part program presented by Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb and Leadville’s Bill Korn who is President of Temple Israel Foundation provides a rarely seen look into the life of Pioneer Jews in Leadville and their lasting contributions to America’s highest city. Here are those presentations – enjoy and learn!

Part One – “Jewish Life in Leadville in the 1880s.”

As for this Saturday, Aug. 25, The Synagogue of the Summit is hosting and running the Shabbat morning services. All are welcome to this egalitarian, casual dress service, but please leave your animals at home. The group’s monthly Kabbalat Shabbat and Pot Luck Shabbat services are held throughout the area in a unique way that allows them to enjoy the beauty of the area in collective worship. From a glorious Mountain-Top Shabbat Service to a cozy, indoor Pot Luck Shabbat Dinner, all are invited you to join them for every season.

Part Two – “Jewish Life in Leadville in the 1880s.”

Come, pray in the very building that the Jewish population of Leadville prayed in back in the 1800’s! After the service, the group will enjoy a noontime lunch at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery picnic grounds. There are also hiking trails available for a Shabbat afternoon stroll. The drive from Temple Israel to the fish hatchery is about 10 minutes. Please bring a picnic lunch, including drinks, for you and your family to enjoy. Synagogue of the Summit will provide Kiddush Wine and Challah for a Motzi. For more details, please go to their website.

Please RSVP via email with name and number attending to Jackie Balyeat – jbalyeat@hotmail.com If you have questions or need assistance arranging a carpool, contact Jackie at (317) 414-5663. Shabbat Shalom! If your small congregation or chavurah is interested in holding a Shabbat service in Leadville, please contact us via the Temple Israel Leadville website: www.jewishleadville.org.

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Temple Israel is located at 201 W 4th Street in Leadville.

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