Bristol Jewish Center Closes Its Doors


Bristol Jewish Center closes its doors forever after a merger with Reconstructionist Congregation Kol Emet.

As reported in the Jewish Exponent, Oct. 8, following a recent merger with Reconstructionist Congregation Kol Emet, Bristol Jewish Center has closed its doors after 111 years. An email notice sent to the community confirmed this.
“In accordance with a vote by the Congregants of Bristol Jewish Center of Ahavath Achim, our Synagogue has ceased to function as a Synagogue after 111 years,” it read. “There are still a few details that need to be wrapped up, and that will happen by June 2016.”
Among them are the dedication of at least two artifacts taken from Bristol Jewish Center, which will be relocated at Kol Emet. In addition, as part of the terms of the merger, membership fees have adjusted for former Bristol members.
According to Kol Emet president Randi Davis, this past Chanukah, the Chanukiah from Bristol was on display on the Kol Emet patio.
She also reported that the BJC building has been sold to Bristol Township Redevelopment Center. As of yet, no plans have been made to determine what they will do with it.
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