This web site is the result of research into the history of the Jewish community in Leadville, Colorado. The investigations were begun to both satisfy curiosity and to provide the documentary support needed for grant applications as part of the Temple Israel restoration project. Through jewishleadville.org, the Foundation hopes to present the results of these efforts to those who may find some interest in them. Because the volunteers who perform the research are constrained by other obligations, it is likely that this will be a long term process and the site will grow apace.
The research has followed three paths with overlapping protagonists. Establishing the original condition and history of the Temple Israel building has been a necessary condition for the successful restoration of the structure. Properly documenting the Hebrew Cemetery has likewise been crucial to its revitalization.
Additionally, the Foundation has received requests for genealogical information, which has led to research in that area. The web site follows the three paths in its structure with areas dedicated to the Temple Israel, the Hebrew Cemetery, and to biographical and anecdotal data.
The Foundation is available to respond to questions and comments and it encourages inquiries into the legacy of Jewish Leadville.
Feel free to explore this site as much as you would like. The content of this site is extensive and as more research is conducted over time, we will add more to the site. Use the navigation up to or start with the categories shown below.
Also, feel free to download the trifold pamphlet below that provides general information about the museum.
Learn an extensive history of the building from original concept, use as a synagogue, the uses through the 20th century, the fire and restoration, to the building today. And with photos!
This section includes an extensive collection of biographies, a list of occupations, and information about the various organizations of which they were involved.
View online exhibits, browse through the museum's artifacts, and see how the museum was developed.
The Hebrew Cemetery is the final resting place of the old time Leadville Jews. Learn about its history and who is buried there.
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