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Congregation B'nai Israel

152 Years of Consecrated Service to God, Torah and Israel.

6525 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Phone: (419) 517-8400

New History Book Now Available

In honor of Congregation B’nai Israel’s 150th Anniversary, a group of members volunteered to conduct oral history interviews of current members. Most of the subjects had been lifelong members of the Conservative Synagogue in Toledo, Ohio. The result is this volume consisting of interviews conducted in 2015 and 2016. These stories give a unique look at Jewish life in a midwestern city in Northwest Ohio from the perspective of forty three individuals aged 17 – 97.

Congregation B’nai Israel’s recent Oral History Book Includes delightful interviews and wonderful stories by the following people:
Eli Abramson, Eli Benstein, Paula Williams Creed, Phyllis Diamond, Shirley Gerber, Ruth Gold, Harriet, Stephen, Stuart, Caren, Adrienne, Daniel, Cydney, and Josh Goldberg, Inge Horowitz, Erwin Katz, Judge David Katz z”l, Joan Katz z”l, Lee and Gail Kwait, Kim and Emmie Brody, Hazzan Ivor Lichterman, JoJo Markowicz, Philip Markowicz, Dave Perlman, Lil Perlman, Betty Quiroga z”l, Marilyn Reinstein, Howard Rosenbaum, Paul, Jim and Stephen Rothschild, Margie Rusgo, Jerry and Arlene Russell, Rabbi Alan Sokobin, Rabbi Michael Ungar, Ellie Williams, Leon Williams, Sherrie Zaft; Fagie Benstein, Cathy Sperling and Sharon Stein. Also included is a copy of The History of B’nai Israel.

Now you can send it to out-of-towners!
The Congregation B’nai Israel Oral History Book may be purchased from the CBI Phyllis Diamond Gift Shop for $10.73 (including tax).

To purchase a book to be shipped, you can order from the publisher online at:


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