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Congregation Brith Sholem 

Architecture & Artifacts

2750 Grant Ave, Ogden, Utah 

History 

Congregation Birth Sholem is the oldest, continuously active Jewish synagogue in Utah. A comprehensive illustrated history of the congregation was compiled in 2021 by Utah State University in a fabulous digital exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary and includes a broad historical overview of the synagogue, the religious education program, and biographical information about seven in-house rabbis as well as various Congregation Brith Sholem members. The archival materials used include primary sources from University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Digital Library, Utah Digital Newspaper Project, Utah State University Special Collections & Archives, Weber State University Archives, and archives from Congregation Brith Sholem (newspaper articles, advertisements, correspondence, invitations, meeting minutes, newsletters, photographs, maps, and directories).  

 

 

"On August 21, 1921, over 2,000 people of various denominations gathered at 2750 Grant Avenue between Twenty-Seventh and Twenty-Eighth Streets in Ogden, Utah, to witness the laying of the cornerstone for Congregation Brith Sholem. Former Governor Simon Bamberger, the first Jewish governor of Utah, gave the principal address followed by speeches from Mayor Frank Francis and other prominent members and church leaders of the area. 

 

“Ogden Synagogue Cornerstone Laid,” Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), August 22, 1921.

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Wood cellar door is a solid mortise and tenon construction.
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Original wood window casings.
 

Architect

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Architect for Brith Sholem

 

Architecture

In 1874, Art Stone sold the rubble rock house and 37-acre farm to Alexander Brown.[8] Alex and his brother Jesse Brown were the first Mormon settlers to Weber County, sent by their father in 1848 to take possession of the property purchased from Miles Goodyear.

Jesse Brown purchased the farm west of Alexander’s as  2nd Street was considered a choice place for farmers and home builders.  Alexander and Jesse and their wives grew old together on 2nd Street.  Alex and Jesse entertained the boys of the neighborhood with tales of real adventure that happened when they accompanied the Mormon battalion along the old Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico.[9] Together Alex and Jesse led the Lynne pioneer parade on the 24th of July and gave talks around the county on the early settlement of Weber County.

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Alexander Brown   (1826-1910)

The rubble rock house has been well preserved and is a classic example of a hall-parlor house reflecting Art Stone’s cultural affiliation with England.  The builder of the 1911 bungalow is unknown, but Henry and Genevieve Kelly James purchased the house and 37-acre farm in 1923, and the house remained in the James family for 72 years until 1995 when it was purchased by the Creeger family. In 2008 Ogden City’s Heritage School was built on a portion of the James’ family farm.[10]

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Art Stone / Alex Brown / Henry James & Family Home (2010)
 

To learn more about Congregation Brith Sholem, please visit: 

brithsholem.org

[1] Thomas Carter and Peter Goss, Utah’s Historic Architecture, 1847-1940, Utah State Historical Society, 1988, p.14.
[2]Dorothy Sherner and Laura ShernerWelker, Mary Elizabeth- Her Stories, manuscript, 1933, p.38.
[3] Fred N. Stone, A Reminiscent History of the Lynne Ward, 1934, manuscript, p. 2.
[4] Editor Milton R.Hunter, Beneath Ben Lomond’s Peak, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1944, p. 139.
[5] Sherner and Welker, Mary Elizabeth-Her Stories, p. 2.
[6] Richard C. Roberts and Richard W. Sadler, A History of Weber County, 1997, Utah State Historical  Society and Weber County Commission, p. 133, 134; Jay G. Burrup, Church History Specialist, LDS Church History Library, letter, 9-15-10.
[7] Interview Edna Kent Stone by Macel Stone Montgomery, manuscript, c. 1965; Dixie Summers Botsford, A Short History of Arthur W. Stone and Sarah Ann Yeaman, manuscript, p.2.
[8] The Lemon Survey shows that this farm was composed of two free land claims of 20 acres each that were first claimed by Erastus Bingham  in 1851.
[9] Standard Examiner, Bingham’s Fort, Built To Guard Against Indians, Is Remembered By Subscriber, George Pierce, 1934.
[10] Interview with Marjorie James, March 21, 2007.

To learn more about Congregation Brith Sholem, please visit: 

brithsholem.org