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Broadway comes to Winsted: Temple Beth Israel celebrates 100th Anniversary

Cantor Mark Perman

Temple Beth Israel will celebrate its 100th year of service to Winsted and the surrounding towns on Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. The evening will feature a concert of the music of Broadway with
Cantor Mark Perman of Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom of Simsbury. A veteran of the musical stage, Perman first appeared on Broadway at the age of eight. He will be joined by Cantor Donna Gordon of Newington’s Temple Sinai for several duets.
Temple Beth Israel was chartered on June 28, 1912 as the Winsted Hebrew Sick Benefit Society. The small group worshiped in a local meeting house as well as town hall until 1925 when it purchased and renovated St. James Episcopal Church on Park Place. The 1955 flood destroyed that building, which was built in 1840. With only $165 in the treasury, dedicated congregants raised funds bit by bit and marshaled sweat equity to erect a new facility. The new shul was dedicated in September 1957 on the original site.
Temple Beth Israel is located at 74 Park Place East in Winsted. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception. A suggested donation of $5 is requested. For more information call (860) 379-8923.

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