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Rabbi Manuel Bloom was the first rabbi of Anshi Sfard. Robert Cohan has shared several articles from The Atlanta Constitution about Rabbi Bloom with us:


January 19, 1919:


"The installation of Rabbi Bloom, newly elected Rabbi of the Congregation Beth-Hamedresh-Hagodol-Anshe-Sfard, will take place this afternoon at 4 o'clock at 125 Capitol Avenue. A cordial invitation is extended to the entire Jewish community, and a pleasant afternoon is assured. Rabbi Bloom, for the first time, will address the public and outline his future plans for the upbuilding of this congregation."


February 5, 1920:


"Rabbi Bloom was guest of honor at a banquet given Tuesday night by the Jewish congregation which supports the Wayfarers' home on Capitol Avenue. The dinner was in appreciation of his services to the congregation and the home, and at the close of the evening the rabbi was presented with a purse filled with gold, presented by the congregation."


Rabbi Bloom's obituary:


"Funeral services for Rabbi Manuel Bloom, 69, of the Anshe Sfard congregation on Capitol Avenue, who died Tuesday morning after a long illness will be held this morning at the synagogue. Cantor Lipitz will conduct services and Rabbis Tobia Geffen and Abraham P. Hirmes will speak.


Rabbi Bloom, who has been active in Jewish affairs here and in the North, is survived by 2 brothers, Hyman Bloom (Hibbing, Minn.) and Dave Bloom (Duluth, Minn.); 2 sisters, Mrs. Max (Esther) Osherman (Virginia, Minn.) and Mrs Herman (Rose) Nathanson (Virginia, Minn.); 4 sons, J I Bloom (Atlanta), Nathaniel Bloom (San Diego, Calif), Abe Bloom (Lakeland, Fla.), and Jake Bloom (Atlanta); and 4 daughters, Mrs. Ann Markel (Los Angeles), Mrs. Ed Hirsch (Middletown, Ohio), and Misses Rose and Jennie Bloom (Atlanta).



Congregation Anshi S'fard is an Orthodox synagogue located in Atlanta, in the Morningside and Virginia Highlands neighborhoods. Anshi S'fard was founded in 1911 to provide a home for Hasidic worship and fellowship for Jews from Poland, Galicia and the Ukraine who had settled in Atlanta - it's the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta.





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