Houston (USA-TX) Congregation Beth Israel has digitized much of its archives. Beth Israel is the oldest Jewish congregation in Texas established in 1854. Jewish settlers came to this part of Texas in the early 1800’s. History of the congregation dating back to the 1800’s may be found at: http://www.beth-israel.org/about-us/our-history/
The digitized materials include the ”Bris Book” of Rabbi Emmich, the first spiritual leader of the congregation. It dates from the mid-19th century and is in multiple languages: German, Hebrew and English. It chronicles the circumcisions performed by Rabbi Emmich. The other documents are the “Basic Principles” –in two parts—from the 1861-1920’s—which includes birth, marriage and death records and more current information including over 500 pages of letters, clippings etc. involving the Temple. Both are on line and accessible to the public for free. To access the records go to: http://www.beth-israel.org/Learning-Programs/Library_ArchiveFiles
You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to read the files. You may install it for free by going to: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting us to this interesting historical aspect of Texas Jewish history.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee