Brooklyn Roumanian-American Congregation First Beth Tphilah (224-228 Hopkins St. Brooklyn) #usa

Steve Herberman

My ancestors lived on Tompkins Ave. right around the corner from the Brooklyn Roumanian-American Congregation First Beth Tphilah synagogue. They emigrated in 1916 and were Romanian Jews. I suspect that this was their synagogue. It may have been affiliated with the older Romanian synagogue on Rivington St. 
There is very little information on this synagogue in Brooklyn that I could find online. I did learn that the synagogue was purchased in 1904 and likely was open for worship the next year. I'm interested in seeing if any records may still exist. An online search on the YIVO database comes up dry. I did find, on Google Books, a 1919 charities directory with a listing for the synagogue and the rabbi at that time, Morris Schachter. I cannot find any info on the rabbi on though I see a Rabbi Morris Schachter in the 1920's in Scranton PA.
I'm hoping that I can connect with other interested researchers especially whose ancestors may have gone to this synagogue, in hopes to find out more information. 
Thanks for any assistance,
Steve Herberman
Chevy Chase MD USA

Steve Herberman

Google books did turn up an entry in the YIVO holdings I’ll post below. I’m personally interested in post 1916 records. YIVO seems to have the following records:
1901-1907 1/2 in (RG1216) Founded in 1894 in Brooklyn NY. Minutes, 1901

Steve Herberman
Chevy Chase MD USA

Sherri Bobish


Try searching for info on Brooklyn Roumanian-American Congregation First Beth Tphilah synagogue, and also Rabbi Morris Schachter in old digitized NY (& other states) newspapers at this free site:
Try different spellings of the words, i.e. Roumanian / Romanian, etc.

Keep in mind that in earlier times the title of "Rabbi" may have been substituted with "Reverend" or "Rev"

Hope this is helpful,

Sherri Bobish


My great-grandmother's brother Chaim Goldberg was prominent in the early decades of the 20th century in a shul on Floyd Street--which I can't seem to locate. If anybody has, I would appreciate knowing about it.  It could well have been the Brooklyn Roumanian-American Congregation you mention at an earlier address--though he was Russian, not Romanian. A cousin some years back sent me this Brooklyn shul directory. See attached.  The first page shows a receipt in Yiddish re another family member by marriage for this synagogue.  What follows a published directory of shuls in Brooklyn over various years, with the last page mentioning the Roumanian-American Congregation.  This document might help family researchers in general if they are not familiar with it since it includes dates and presiding rabbis.
Mel Solman Toronto


On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 05:11 PM, Steve Herberman wrote:
My grandparents lived in the same area of Brooklyn and also came from Romania (Maramures section). I know my grandfather went to shul everyday and I believe that may also have been the synagogue that he went to. Anything you find out, I would be very interested in.
Melanie Harris
Fairview Village, PA USA