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  • [Association documents] -- October 29, 1871
    Sinai Congregation, Board of Directors Minutes

    Report of the Committee on Place of Worship stating that a certain Jno. H. Ross had rented Standard Hall, but the Board of Directors of the hall reserved the right for the use of the Sinai Congregation.

    Moved and carried, that the committee shall take further charge of the matter and see that the privilege be reserved for the congregation in the lease, and that a pulpit be provided.

    Moved and carried to appoint a committee to see that a melodeon be temporarily procured for our worships and that the choir and leader be notified to attend the worship as usual.

    Report of the Committee on Place of Worship stating that a certain Jno. H. Ross had rented Standard Hall, but the Board of Directors of the hall reserved the right ...

    Jewish
    III C, I B 4, V B
  • [Association documents] -- November 05, 1871
    Sinai Congregation, Board of Directors Minutes

    Moved and carried that the committee on procuring a place of worship, try to secure Olivet Presbyterian church, for next Sabbath and get terms for the future.....Moved and carried that invitation be sent the Zion Congregation to participate in the service and inaugural sermon of Dr. Kohler, also to ask Zion Congregation to let us have the use of their choir for next Saturday.

    Moved and carried that the committee on procuring a place of worship, try to secure Olivet Presbyterian church, for next Sabbath and get terms for the future.....Moved and carried that ...

    Jewish
    V B, III B 3 b, III C
  • [Association documents] -- September 29, 1872
    Sinai Congregation, Board of Directors Minutes

    It was moved and seconded and carried that the minimum prices of pews be as follows: Nos. 1, 2, and 3, 87, 89, 138, and 136 to be fifty dollars ($50), No. 4, and all long side seats forty dollars ($40), and all short side seats, thirty dollars ($30).

    It was moved and seconded and carried that the minimum prices of pews be as follows: Nos. 1, 2, and 3, 87, 89, 138, and 136 to be fifty dollars ...

    Jewish
    V B
  • [Association documents] -- April 30, 1875
    Sinai Congregation, Board of Directors Minutes

    Resignation of Leon Mandel and H. Rosenblatt were presented and the Secretary, on motion, requested to inform these gentlemen that their respective resignations cannot be entertained before the amount of their respective subscriptions toward the Building Fund is liquidated.

    Resignation of Leon Mandel and H. Rosenblatt were presented and the Secretary, on motion, requested to inform these gentlemen that their respective resignations cannot be entertained before the amount of ...

    Jewish
    V B, IV
  • The Occident -- December 09, 1879
    Editor Occident

    Some days ago a question was raised who was the first office holder of the Jewish race in Chicago? It was stated to be David Kohn, Esq., who was appointed City Clerk by the Honor John Wenthworth when Mayor of Chicago. It would be interesting to have a brief chapter from the pen of "Long John" on his recollection of the first Jew in Chicago, or some sketches of the activity of the early Jews in our city. If you can prevail upon him to write something, it will no doubt be interesting.

    Census Taker

    Some days ago a question was raised who was the first office holder of the Jewish race in Chicago? It was stated to be David Kohn, Esq., who was appointed ...

    Jewish
    V B
  • Jewish Advance -- July 23, 1880
    (No headline)

    Hebrew Almanac

    for

    5641

    Price - 25¢

    Address: German News Co.

    45 La Salle St.

    Chicago, Illinois.

    Hebrew Almanac for 5641 Price - 25¢ Address: German News Co. 45 La Salle St. Chicago, Illinois.

    Jewish
    V B
  • The Occident -- January 07, 1881
    Jewish Congregations Anshia Emeth

    Anshia Emeth (Men of Truth) Congregation was chartered two years ago last May. The congregation leased the second floor of 262 Division Street, West Clark which has a seating capacity of 300, and where they now worship. The room is handsomely fitted up in oak and contains all the paraphernalia of a nice temple.

    Mr. Bernheim, a layman, has officiated as minister, assisted by members of the congregation, since its organization. There are at present thirty-one members worshipping in the orthodox manner and using the Minhag Poland. This congregation has no Sabbath School at present. Their burial ground is located on the Harlem Road, which consists of one acre, 888 feet in depth, 253 ¾ feet in width running from the east to the west with a tasteful picket fence inclosing it; it has also a Mithar house, which costed $900. This is paid in full. The cost of burial for a grown a person is $10; children $5. The organization does not belong to the Y. A. H. C.

    The congregation embodies a Benevolent Society and its President is empowered to donate to distressed bretheren $3, but in extreme cases when desirable he has the privilege of calling a meeting of the Committee, and they can donate $10 which is the limit. The congregation gives $5 to members in case of illness besides other stipends. The monthly dues are seventy-five cents.

    Anshia Emeth (Men of Truth) Congregation was chartered two years ago last May. The congregation leased the second floor of 262 Division Street, West Clark which has a seating capacity ...

    Jewish
    III C, I B 4, V B
  • The Occident -- March 23, 1888
    (No headline)

    In company with our friend Mr. Israel Cowen, a rising legal luminary of this city, we attended the dedication of the Beth Hakneseth Israel, new temple, corner Clinton and Judd street, which occurred last Sunday. We had a brief confab with Mr. Leon Zolotkoff who publishes a jargon (Yiddish) newspaper, with Hebrew letters, in our city, on Canal street.

    Our friend quizzed the aforesaid editor about his singular syntax and construction; i.e., being neither German, Hebrew, or Russian. With true Semitic retort, Zolotkoff retorted, "It is the effort of the Germans to spoil our beautiful language." Well! How we did laugh.

    In company with our friend Mr. Israel Cowen, a rising legal luminary of this city, we attended the dedication of the Beth Hakneseth Israel, new temple, corner Clinton and Judd ...

    Jewish
    V B, I C, III C
  • The Occident -- August 03, 1888
    Agudath Achim

    First Hungarian Congregation, 309 Maxwell Street, was dedicated last Sunday. There was some fine singing and a great deal of commotion.

    First Hungarian Congregation, 309 Maxwell Street, was dedicated last Sunday. There was some fine singing and a great deal of commotion.

    Jewish
    III C, V B
  • The Occident -- April 27, 1894
    An Original Enterprise

    Competition in business is responsible for many strange enterprises. The subject of this article, Mr. Solms Marcus, is the father of one of the strangest of these. At 161 Fifth avenue is a five-story building, unpretentious, but marked by the signs of uninterrupted activity. This is the home of the Apollo Custom Pants manufacturers.

    The Apollo Custom Pants manufacturers commenced only eight years ago the making exclusively of custom made pants, and the sale price of them is $4 each pair, no more, no less. Every pair of pants is made to the exact measurement of the customer. The business grew rapidly under this idea, the establishment being the only one of this kind in the United States.

    Mr. Marcus was born in Berlin, Prussia, in 1847. He came to this country when a boy of seven years, with his father, who located at Milwaukee, Wis. At his thirteenth year he left home to shift for himself, making Chicago his future home. When twenty-two years old, he was married and in 1871, the great fire consumed his possessions. Later he became the superintendent 2of the manufacturing department of Hart Bros., extensive wholesale clothiers and manufacturers of furnishing goods in Chicago, for a continuous service of fourteen years. Mr. Marcus left that firm for the purpose of giving his entire attention to the business of the Apollo Custom Pants manufactures.

    Competition in business is responsible for many strange enterprises. The subject of this article, Mr. Solms Marcus, is the father of one of the strangest of these. At 161 Fifth ...

    Jewish
    II A 2, V B