Latest News – March 23
Leadville’s Korn To Give Historical Pioneer Jews Talk
The talk “Pioneer Jews at Ten Thousand Feet: Leadville’s Temple Israel and Hebrew Cemetery,” will be presented one week from today, so mark the calendar.
Bill Korn, President of Temple Israel Foundation in Leadville, tells the tale of how a group of pioneer Jewish merchants and barkeepers formed a community at two miles high, building a temple, maintaining a cemetery, and birthing one of the most well known department stores in the world.
Unbeknownst to many, Leadville was once home to a thriving Jewish community, complete with temple, cemetery and well-known residents, including members of the May and Guggenheim families. There was even a kosher picnic in Leadville in July 1895!
Bill Korn, founder of Leadville’s Temple Israel Foundation, will present a talk about the Jews of Leadville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, and all are welcome to attend this free event.
Temple Israel, built in 1884, served a large and active Jewish community in Leadville until about 1912. No longer an active synagogue, the building now houses a permanent exhibition that documents pioneer Jewish life with a collection of artifacts. Leadville’s Hebrew Cemetery was established in 1880, but burials dwindled at the turn of the 20th century. The cemetery was re-consecrated in the 1990s, and Jewish burials began again in 2001.
If you would like more information, contact Leah at 303-670-4294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.