Kerhonkson Synagogue

       Celebrating 100 years of Jewish life in the Catskills


How did this shul get here ?  


In the early 20th century, Jewish immigrants poured into the US seeking a better life.  Some struck out beyond the the tenements of eastern cities to become farmers.   Tifereth Yehudah V’Yisroel, aka Kerhonkson Synagogue, has its origins in this movement.  A small community of farmers and merchants are noted as having regular services by 1910 and in 1923 land was donated for a synagogue by Louis and Becky Speigel.  

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Some founding families in the congregation were___________________________________________________________________

Many were farmers who produced milk and eggs.  Some supplemented their income by taking in summer boarders and grew into kuchalein, boarding houses and bungalow colonies . 

This is how world famous resorts

like Grossingers began. 

Others began businesses in town. 

Kerhonkson was a much more

bustling village than today, having

a vibrant main street and a busy

rail station.

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