Moving to the West End of New Bedford

Moving to the West End of New Bedford

Hawthorn Street postcard
Hawthorn Street postcard from the 1960s

From the 1960s on, more and more families moved from the South and North Ends of the city to the West End and into Dartmouth, the neighboring town. It was, therefore, important that Tifereth Israel move to accommodate the majority of its congregation. The Orthodox community had been worshipping at the new Ahavath Achim since the 1940s and the conservative synagogue, Tifereth Israel moved to its new location at the corner of Hawthorn Street and Brownell Avenue in 1966. It was hoped that the new synagogue building would be the new center for the Jewish community. Here, the Jewish Federation established its office, which it still maintains. The Bernard H. Ziskind School of Judaism was established, as well as the New Bedford Early Childhood Center.

In 2006 Tifereth Israel celebrates its 40th anniversary in this building. Rabbis who have served Tifereth Israel since 1966 are Rabbi Theodore Gluck, Rabbi Bernard Glassman (of Blessed Memory), Rabbi Moshe Ulmer, and Rabbi Raphael Kanter. Cantors who have served Tifereth Israel have been Cantor Aaron Marcus, Cantor Jeffrey Shapiro (of Blessed Memory), Cantor David Axelrad, Cantor Shira Belfer, Cantor Scott Buckner and Cantor Nathaniel Schudrich.

Ahavath Achim Academy building on County Street, which opened in 1961
Ahavath Achim Academy building on County Street, which opened in 1961

Groundbreaking for the new Tifereth Israel, October 12, 1964
Groundbreaking for the New Tifereth Israel, October 12, 1964
Pictured from left are: Sidney Frauwirth,Louis Stone, Fisher Abramson , Rabbi Bernard Ziskind, Samuel Ades, Alvin Shwartz, Samuel Barnet, Samuel Finger, Annette Lipman, Lee Rosenthal, and Philip Barnet.

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