Postal Code: 35601
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Within the Decatur City Cemetery.......
By the early 20th century, there were enough Jews in Decatur to form a congregation. Founded in 1916, B'nai Jacob, was small and short-lived. By 1919, it had 22 members; M.S. Barnett, a 67-year-old German-born dry goods merchant, was the president of the congregation while Ike J. Kuhn was the secretary. The group met in a local Masonic lodge, never owning their own building. The Hebrew school had two classes, two teachers, and sixteen students in 1919. They also bought land for a Jewish burial ground within the larger city cemetery. The congregation seems to have disbanded sometime before World War II, as Decatur Jews began to travel to nearby Huntsville or Florence for services.
The Goldring-Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
"Morley Denbo did say the offical name of the Decatur Jewish Cemetery is B'Nai Israel instead of B'nai Jacob." Sep 2009.
"Erwin Coleman of B'nai Israel Florence, Jacob's name changed to Israel" Genesis 35:10... And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. Nov 2009