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Longview's Temple Emanu-El gets historical marker

Longview's Temple Emanu-El gets historical marker
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:14pm

A historical marker that will soon stand out front of Longview’s Jewish temple may stand long after the congregation.

“I want people in the future to know there was a Jewish presence,” said temple co-president Rusty Milstein. “If there is no longer a congregation, I want the building and the marker to be something to designate the fact that we were here.”

Temple Emanu-El, built in 1958 by 54 charter member families, soon will bear a marker from the Texas Historical Commission due to the work of the Texas Jewish Historical Society, which held its quarterly meeting in Longview this past October.

“The unfortunate history of smaller congregations around the nation is that eventually they fade out,” Milstein said. “We have slowly gotten down to just a handful of members, even though we still have services on Friday night and are trying to keep everything going.”

Gordon Northcutt, the chairman of the Gregg County Historical Commission who grew up in the neighborhood near the temple, said it was a way to not only honor the building, but also the people as well.

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