Beth Jacob Congregation (Beverly Hills, California)

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Beth Jacob Congregation
Beth Jacob 2015.jpg
Beth Jacob Congregation in 2015
Basic information
Location 9030 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California
Geographic coordinates 34°3′33.08″N 118°23′20.26″W / 34.0591889°N 118.3889611°W / 34.0591889; -118.3889611Coordinates: 34°3′33.08″N 118°23′20.26″W / 34.0591889°N 118.3889611°W / 34.0591889; -118.3889611
Affiliation Orthodox Judaism
Country United States of America
Website Website
Direction of façade North

Beth Jacob Congregation is a synagogue in Beverly Hills, California. It is the largest Orthodox synagogue in the Western United States.[1]

Location[edit]

The synagogue is located at 9030 on West Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California.[2]

History[edit]

The congregation was started in West Adams, Los Angeles in 1925.[3] It was named West Adams Hebrew Congregation, and it was located at the corner of West Adams Street and Hillcrest Drive.[3]

In 1954, it relocated to Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills.[3][4][5][6] At the same time, the congregation became more traditional and Orthodox under the leadership of Rabbi Simon A. Dolgin.[3][5][6] In 1955, its day school was named the Hillel Hebrew Academy and moved into a building one block away.[3]

After Dolgin moved to Ramat Eshkol, Jerusalem, Israel, Maurice Lamm served as rabbi from 1971 to 1984.[3] He was followed by Abner Weiss from 1984 to 2000, and Steven Weil from 2000 to 2009.[3][1] Since 2009, Kalman Topp has served as the Senior Rabbi.[3]

In July 2014, a ceremony was held at Beth Jacob to honor the memory of murdered Israeli teenagers Yaakov Naftali Frankel, Gilad Michoel Shaar and Eyal Yifrach.[7] Lihi Shaar, the aunt of Gilad Shaar, is a member of Beth Jacob.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael Gilgannon, Let My People Go: Insights to Passover and the Haggadah, Rowman & Littlefield, 1985, p. xv [1]
  2. ^ Beth Jacob Congregation: Contact Us
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Beth Jacob Congregation: Our History
  4. ^ Marc Wanamaker, Beverly Hills, (Ca): 1930-2005, Arcadia Publishing, 2006, p. 39 [2]
  5. ^ a b Kerry M. Olitzky, The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996, p. 388 [3]
  6. ^ a b Max Vorspan, Lloyd P. Gartner, History of the Jews of Los Angeles, Huntington Library, 1970, p. 261 [4]
  7. ^ a b The City of Beverly Hills Lowers Flags to Honor Fallen Teens Archived July 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Beverly Hills Courier, July 01, 2014