Rededication of TBE window to take place Aug. 19

By: Reporter staff

The first rededication of the stained glass windows rescued from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott building will take place on Sunday, August 19, at 11:30 am, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Jefferson Ave., Endicott. There will be a reception following the rededication.
“I’m very excited that the first of the large stained glass windows is being rededicated,” said Sima Auerbach, executive director of the Federation. “We’d hoped that the windows would remain in this area and this shows we have succeeded in keeping local history local.”
The window serves as a way to commemorate a connection between the church and the temple. When the church building was destroyed in a fire in 1952, the temple invited St. Paul’s to hold services in the synagogue until its new building was ready. Plaques were later hung in both buildings in recognition of the friendship between the two congregations.
The window the church will display is dedicated to the memory of Lewis and Sophie Cahn, which seemed appropriate to one of their great-grandchildren, Rabbi Rachel Esserman. “The window is dedicated to my mom’s mother’s parents,” Esserman said. “My grandparents were so proud of the synagogue’s connection to the church. My grandfather would point to the plaque, which hung outside the sanctuary, and tell the story of the connection between the two congregations. I’m sure both of my grandparents would be thrilled to know this window will help commemorate that connection.”
Auerbach is also pleased the connection will be recognized. “Anyone who talks to me knows that Jewish stories of this area are my passion,” she said. “So many people have spoken about how special the Endicott Jewish community was to them and what wonderful memories they have of those days. It’s just marvelous that the legacy of Temple Beth El will live on.”