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Beth El Congregation Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff 06/1997. Last revised 02/2020.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.21 linear feet

DATE: 1954 -1997

ALTERNATIVE FORM AVAILABLE: Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 2007 [GSU Disc 007-05]. Not online.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Beth El Congregation Collection contains a history of the Beth El congregation and the Jewish population in Winchester, Virginia, a program from the Cornerstone Laying and Dedication Service and Rededication Service, and news articles.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Beth El Congregation draws members from Winchester, Frederick County, and other communities in the Lower Shenandoah Valley. The temple was completed in 1956.

CITE AS: Beth El Congregation Collection, 723 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, Virginia.




News articles—unnumbered, printed (photocopy)

Cornerstone Laying and Dedication Service – March 11, 1956, 1 item, printed, 2 pages

Rededication Service and Mortgage Retirement Ceremony – September 20-21, 1974, 1 item, typescript (mimeograph), 8 pages

Jewish Heritage of the Winchester Community, 1 item, 29 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Bar Mitzvah Services (folder contains the following):
Samuel Firestone Stiebel, 8 April 1995, printed, 36 pages
Zachary Allan Recht, 15 June 1996, printed, 34 pages

Bat Mitzvah Services (folder contains the following):
Lauren Elizabeth Connor, 15 May 1997, printed, 36 pages

PHOTOGRAPHS: Photographs belonging to this collection may be viewed through PastPerfect, which is available at