GREENWICH — This year marks the 100th anniversary of Temple Sholom — the first Jewish congregation established in Greenwich.
In 1916, a group of 10 families, mostly local shopkeepers and merchants, rented Abrams Hall on Greenwich Avenue for High Holiday services and religious-school education. In 1919, a state charter allowed the group to incorporate the Greenwich Hebrew Institute, and in 1921, the congregation purchased a building at 23 East Elm Street.
By 1953, the group had outgrown its home, which was sold to the Town of Greenwich. While a new building was being erected on land purchased at 300 East Putnam Avenue, the congregation conducted religious services at the Greenwich YMCA and religious school at First Presbyterian Church. The newly constructed and renamed Temple Sholom was dedicated before the High Holidays in 1955.
In 1990, a new building was erected on the site, large enough to accommodate the Selma Maisel Nursery School and in 2000, the Hershaft Pavillion was added, providing new classroom space. Today, Temple Sholom is the largest Jewish organization in Greenwich, boasting more than 650 member families from Greater Greenwich and from Westchester County, N.Y.
Temple Sholom wraps up its centennial-anniversary year of celebration with three events in May and June:
- Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices with author Mosab Hassan Yousef: Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 PM
- Centennial Concert featuring Cantor Asa Fradkin and guests; world premiere of Oseh Shalom by Cantor Gerald Cohen: Sunday, May 15, 4:30 PM
- Centennial Torah Scroll Dedication: Thursday, June 9, 6:30 PM