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Bristol Jewish Center Collection

Identifier: GA.BH.14

Scope and Contents

This collection is organized chronologically with subject based files. Items in folders remain in the original received order from the creator. Materials range from 1939 to 2013. The collection consists of various records pertaining to the Bristol Jewish Center and its activities including; correspondence, programs/services, and other records of the Bristol Jewish Center’s general and administrative history.


  • 1904 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

Contact Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library ( for information about accessing this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright interests for this collection belong to The Grundy Foundation. For more information, contact the Grundy Archivist (

Biographical / Historical

The Bristol Jewish Center was founded in 1904 by ten Jewish families that initially held religious services in the rear of a tailor shop on Mill Street in Bristol, Pennsylvania. In 1917, the synagogue bought a building at 119 Pond Street and remained there until 1949. It was in 1949 that four Jewish families donated land at 216 Pond Street for the building of a larger sanctuary to accommodate the growing Jewish population in Bristol between World War I and the end of World War II. During the 1970s and 1980s, the synagogue underwent several changes, including becoming an Adult Synagogue, affiliating with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, and furthering the roles of women in the synagogue with a female Rabbi. In 2015, the Bristol Jewish Center’s Bristol location closed and completely merged with the Kol Emet Congregation in Yardley, Pennsylvania, where they now serve as one entity.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Custodial History

Records donated to the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library by Alan J. Vogenberg.


No further accruals expected.

Related Materials

GA.BH.7: Bristol History Photograph Collection, Binder 2, Religious Organizations:

Processing Information

Processed by Archivist Eric Walerko and Archive Assistant Robin Butrey.

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Repository Details

Part of the Grundy Archive Repository

680 Radcliffe Street
Bristol PA 19007 United States