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Events at Beth Israel Synagogue

On April 12, 1956 a ground breaking ceremony took place and the Beth Israel Synagogue building was finished in time for High Holy Day Services on September 14, 1957.

Our current building houses a Daily Chapel, a Sanctuary with seating for 600, a large social hall, kosher kitchen, a Talmud Torah, a Sisterhood Gift Shop and Mikvah. Our cemetery, located at the corner of Connaught Avenue and Windsor Street is the final resting place for 530 members as well as 10 victims of the Titanic disaster. We also have an Eruv that encompasses much of the Halifax Peninsula.

The Baron de Hirsch Hebrew Benevolent Society commemorated its 100th Anniversary in 1990, during a year long celebration, Simcha 100. As a centennial project, the Synagogue commissioned two sets of large stained glass windows; the south window depicts Jewish holidays and ceremonies and the north window depicts events in Jewish History.

The Beth Israel Synagogue currently has a vibrant membership of approximately 180 families, with the only daily Minyan east of Montreal, as well as regular classes and services for a growing Community.