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Local Historic Sites

A listing of local Jewish historic sites, presented by KU professor emeritus David Katzman during the bus tour he led on 4/10/2016
Active community organizations:
• Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation
1962-present: 917 Highland Drive
1954-1960: 1409 Tennessee Street
• University of Kansas Hillel
2009-present: 722 New Hampshire Street
1983-2009: 940 Mississippi Street
• Chabad at The University of Kansas
2006-present: 1201 West 19th Street
Historic sites of downtown Massachusetts Street:
East Side - 700 block
• 706 Massachusetts Street: 1879 - Aaron Katzenstein grocery (previously on the 600 block Massachusetts Street)
• 710 Massachusetts Street: 1883 - Steinberg & Bro., temporarily while store across the street was renovated
• 738 Massachusetts Street: 1866 - M.I. Epstein, men's clothing. 1860s-1920s - Aaron Urbansky men's clothing. At various times Boston Store, Crains & Urbansky, A. Urbansky & Sons
• 740 Massachusetts Street: 1879 - J. Lichtenstein, clothing, weds Minnie Jacobs, moves back to Wisconsin. 1883 - Passon and Cohn, David Passon and A. L. Cohn, father-in-law. 1889 - A. L. Cohen & Co., A. L. Cohen and son Louis Cohn
West Side - 700 block
• 713 Massachusetts Street: through 1891 - The Fair, J. H. Cohn
• 719 Massachusetts Street: 1865-1908 - W. Bergman, clothing
• 719-721 Massachusetts Street: Bergman Building
• 723 Massachusetts Street: 1889 - Passon & Cohn, David Passon and Louis Cohn (brothers-in-law). 1893 - the Bazaar, David Passon
• 729 Massachusetts Street: 1860s - Simon Steinberg
• 729-731 Massachusetts Street: 1890s - Jacob House & Co. Partner with nephew Rudolf Sommers, with son Robert House. 1893 - moved to 731 and 729 Massachusetts Street
• 733-735 Massachusetts Street: A. Marks & Bro., Alexander Marks and Sol Mark, partnership ended 1890
• 737 Massachusetts Street: Summerfield & Jacobs, Abraham and Hannah Summerfield, J. H. and Berth Summerfield Jacobs
• 739 Massachusetts Street: Steinberg & Bro.
• 741 Massachusetts Street: Steinberg & Bro.
• 743 Massachusetts Street: Steinberg & Bro., Simon and Leo Steinberg (previously 600 block Massachusetts). 1891 - The Fair
• 747 Massachusetts Street: 1880 - Leis Drugs (second floor), Marcus Summerfield law office
East Side - 800 block
• 800 Massachusetts Street: 1860s-1870s - Stiefel & Ney Liquor, Wine, Cigars. Then, Deichmann erected a 2-story building, known as the Deichmann Block, with his butcher shop as the retail store. 1880s - Model Clothing Store, managed by Mossler, who couldn't make a go of running his own store; Goldstein replaced him in owning the Model Clothing Co.
• 830 Massachusetts Street: Globe Clothing, Lewis Cohn
• 901 Massachusetts Street (corner of 9th and Massachusetts, where Weavers is today): 1870s-1890s - Phil Weitzenkorn, NY Clothing House
• Mid-900 block of Massachusetts Street (on the east side): 1883-1886 - A.B. Kahnwieler & Bro.
West Side - 800 block
• 807 Massachusetts Street: 1880-1882 - Charles Levy. After his death, Abe Levy
• 809 Massachusetts Street: 1860s - Newmark & Co., Dry Goods in partner with brother-in-law, Charles Levy. Split 1880
• 815 Massachusetts Street: 1880s - Cohn & Tarkoff, son of Asher Cohn, with brother-in-law
• 817 Massachusetts Street: 1890-present - Sol Marks, Jewelers
• 819 Massachusetts Street: 1860s-1870s - Aaron Katzenstein, New York Clothing. Wife ran a restaurant on the 800 block of Vermont Street
• 821 Massachusetts Street: 1890s - Abe Levy Hats, son of Charles Levy (previously at 807 Massachusetts Street)
• 825 Massachusetts Street: mid 1880s - The Famous, managed by I. Mossler, who married a first cousin of Marcus Summerfield in Litchfield, IL. After Mossler failed, replaced by S. Drukker, jewelers and pawnbroker (from Wichita). Direct competition to Sol Marks. Drukker closed in the 1890s depression (Alfred Deichman married a Drukker daughter)
Historic Sites of Rhode Island Street
800 block (East Lawrence, 1893)
• 808 Rhode Island Street: Seymour Heyman
• 812 Rhode Island Street: Frederick and Henrietta Deichmann
• 811 Rhode Island Street: Leo Steinberg
• 825 Rhode Island Street: Wolf Bergman and Fanny House Bergman
• 847 Rhode Island Street: Lewis Cohn
Historic Sites of Old West Lawrence                     
• 720 Louisiana Street: 1881 - Alexander and Eunice Marks
• 726 Louisiana Street: 1891 - Sol & Ida Marks family, previously lived in 3 other residences on block
• 743 Louisiana Street: 1881-1896 - Simon & Mary Steinberg family. 1896-1902 - Elias Summerfield family and Marcus & Sarah Summerfield
• 805 Ohio Street: Jacob and Rikka House, Robert House, Regina Katzenstein (1883)
Eudora Beni Israel Cemetery: 1858-present - 1301 E 2100 (Winchester) Road, second oldest cemetery in Kansas. Click below to view a handout about the history of Beni Israel Cemetery and readable stones:


Jewish Studies Program statement in solidarity with protests against police brutality

Beloved community,

As an academic program in the University of Kansas, we stand in solidarity with Black Americans -- including Black Jewish people -- and everyone hurting after the senseless, brutal murder of George Floyd and all people targeted by systemic racism and injustice in our country. We continue to be committed to our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This morning, the Association for Jewish Studies sent out an email reminding us that as scholars of Jewish Studies, we are keenly aware of the devastating impact of discrimination and violence against minority groups. Dr. Cécile Accilien, the Chair of the KU Department of African and African-American studies, shared with us the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The Jewish Studies academic community is rich and diverse – it includes scholars and students who are Jewish and non-Jewish, scholars and students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and from multiple denominations and creeds, people who are immigrants (like myself) and those who are American-born. The Bible commands: צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף tzedek tzedek tirdof, which translates into English as “Only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). In this well-cited verse, the Hebrew word tzedek, or justice, repeats twice. There can be many explanations of the repetition – textual interpretation in all its many forms is a beloved pursuit for many of us. Today, I am going to give you my own interpretation -- though I am sure that it already exists somewhere in the treasury of Jewish exegesis. One tzedek, or justice, you must pursue for yourself and for people like you; that is, perhaps, the justice that is easiest to understand, because we keenly feel injustices committed against ourselves and people like us. The other tzedek is the justice you must pursue for the sake of people who are not like you. It is often a harder lesson, but a necessary one. The justice, or tzedek, which we pursue thus also becomes a gift of chesed, of lovingkindness that enriches all of us.


In solidarity,

Dr. Renee Perelmutter,

Director of the Jewish Studies Program

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