Temple Beth-El’s rich history dates to the late 19th century. It is believed that Julius Myers was among the early Jewish residents of Alpena, settling in the area sometime before 1867. The successful clothier would later serve as president of Alpena’s Hebrew Benevolent Society, founded in 1875 for the purpose of “buying a burial ground", which they did that year.
That building, which was moved to its current location on White Street, still serves as the home of Temple Beth-El and it is one of America’s relatively few surviving 19th-century synagogues.
Source: An American Shetl A History of the Jewish Community of Alpena, Michigan by Robert Leyman, Student Rabbi October 2, 1958
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