“If you will it, it is not a dream.”
This pithy aphorism applied to Shaar Shalom means the realization not only of a dream cherished by a handful of members a few years ago, but the culmination of something for which these same members have sacrificed, striven and worked against great odds to achieve. As we stand on the threshold of our New Year, it is with pride coupled with humility that we give thanks to the Almighty that we have been able to erect a House of Worship to keep alive our Judaism and to be a force for good in this Jewish Community of ours.
Members of Shaar Shalom recall the difficulties we experienced in obtaining the land, the sceptics who had to be convinced that such a building was needed; even our own members at times felt that the sights we had set for ourselves were far greater than we could hope to attain – and yet – little by little – month by month we have seen our little congregation grow in size and strength; enthusiasm grow by leaps and bounds; until today we can truly say “Shehecheyonu vkiymonu vhigiyonu lazman hazeh!”
- September 1955 NY Bulletin, Rosh Hashana 5716
June 12, 2004
An adult B'not Mitzvot for women of the synagogue who did not have one when they were growing up. Each woman did a portion of a Shabbat Service from Shacharit to Musaf Service. The ceremony was an inspiration for the rest of the Congregation. Pictured from left to right below: Heather Zitner, Joanna Mirsky-Wexler, Beverly Parsons, Elizabeth Pink, Florie Fineberg, Linda Law, Donna Assh, Michelle Byers, Wendy Katz, Molly Rechnitzer.
This occasion launched our Torah repair appeal.
The Shaar Shalom celebrated its golden anniversary filled with a year of celebrations.
June 3, 1962
June 4, 1961
December 31, 1959
October 31, 1955
A Corner Stone was laid by the Shaar Shalom President, Mr. Noa Heinish after Mr. Max Pascal had filled the time-capsule. Inside the time-capsule was a brochure printed just after the getting of the land, the first bulletin announcing services in the synagogue, the names of the 43 children in the first Hebrew class held, the addresses being given on that day, two coins of 1955 and a bag of Holy Earth from Mount Sinai brought over for that purpose.
"It is a day that the Lord Hath made."
- Rabbi David Jacobs on the opening of Shaar Shalom Synagogue.
Read the entire dedication service brochure: Shaar Shalom Congregation Dedication Service October 31 1955
Tuesday, October 5, 1954
A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held. The ceremony was carried out by Shaar Shalom president, Noa Heinish and Shaar Shalom Congregation’s first Rabbi, Rabbi David Jacobs.
Also taking part are Max Pascal and David Devlin to the right of Mr. Heinish.
The lot on the corner of Oxford St. and Pepperell St., Halifax, 1954
A vision was created when in November 1953 a Building Fund Campaign is launched. The new congregation was to have a new home. The Founding members of Shaar Shalom congregation worked hard and tirelessly to raise the needed funds to build their new synagogue.
At a General Meeting, the new congregation was named “Shaar Shalom Congregation”.
Of the original 105 families who were the Founding Members of Shaar Shalom Congregation we still have 10 of them as members today. Many of the children of the Founding Members are members of Shaar Shalom today with children of their own.
It is a large family indeed. 55 years of 3 generations having become members of Shaar Shalom Congregation with a 4th generation on its doorstep.
Thursday, May 14, 1953
A meeting was called, 96 people assembled to determine the necessity of forming a Conservative congregation.