R' Nathan Brenner of Philadelphia #rabbinic


Marlene Bishow <mlbishow@...>
 

Dear Genners:

I am continuing my search for information about R' Nathan BRENNER of
Philadelphia. I do not know when he came to the US, but I know that
he was at least 40 years old when my husband's gm, Tillie Gertrude
KULPE came to his care >from Lithuania in about 1903. Tillie was a
cousin of R' BRENNER's wife, Mollie SATENSTEIN BRENNER. It is
presumed (but not proven yet) that R' BRENNER officiated at the
wedding of Tillie KULPE and Charles SOMMERS in about 1905. Here is
some information that I received that may spark some additional
discussion regarding R' BRENNER.

"In June 1918, B'nai Israel-Anshe Poland converted an old tenement
324 and 326 Fitzwater Avenue into a synagogue at a cost of 8,000.
Inside partitions were removed and galleries were added. Outside
major renovations were made. The architect for the project was
Herman H. Kline, a long time rabbi at Congregation B'nai Israel.
Nathan BRENNER agreed to become the Rabbi of Anshe Poland."

"Born in lLthuania about 1862, BRENNER was educated at a yeshiva in
Kovno and immigrated to this country while still a young man. He was
one of three Philadelphia rabbis identified by Charles s. Bernheimer
in 1906 as being a recognized authority on Jewish Law in the Russian
community. The other two rabbis were Levinthal and Erschler."

"The installation of Rabbi BRENNER took place here on Sunday August
17,1919. Friends of the rabbi went to his home in Port Richmond at
2856 Tulip Street and >from there escorted him to Ansche Poland in a
flag bedecked automobile. As BRENNER entered the new synagogue, the
congregation rose and an orchestra played the national anthem. A
banquet and speeches followed. BRENNER's son-in-law, Rev. Morris H.
KAAPLANDER, the Rabbi of Congregation Kesher Israel, Reading
Pennsylvania, acted as a master of ceremonies. Rabbi BRENNER did not
stay here long. Shortly after being installed, BRENNER became the
Rabbi at Ateres Israel in south Philadelphia where he served for
many years. Anshe Poland remained here until at least 1942. It was
not known when the building was torn down. The properties are
private residences."

1. Does anyone have any of the writings of Charles S. Bernheimer
that would vlidate this claim regarding Rabbi BRENNER's expertise?

2. Where did R' BRENNER serve before his brief stay in 1919 at
Anshei Poland?

3. Does Ateres Israel still exist? If so, does anyone have an
address or contact?

4. Where are R' BRENNER and his wife Mollie (Malka) SATENSTEIN
BRENNER buried?

Any more information is appreciated.

Regards,
Marlene Bishow
Potomac, MD

KULPE, SOMMERS, SATENSTEIN: Papile & Kanus Lithuania, Whales,
Birmingham AL, Baltimore, MD
HANTMAN/GANTMAN: Smilovichi, Sverhen', Belarus
HANTMAN/HARTMAN: Norwich, CT, NYC
KATZ: Zhuravno (Galicia), Ukraine, NYC
DEUTSCHER & NUSSBAUM: Rozniatow (Galicia), Ukraine, NYC
YARMISH, PETT, GOLDSTEIN: I'vya & Wolpa, Belarus, Newtown,CT, NYC

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