Tree of Life Congregation






Interior Photograph

by Edward Gerson,  author of Morgantown Jewish Heritage: An Oral History




Synagogue, Cemetery & Other Organizations, Groups, etc


+Tree of Life Synagogue - 242 South High Street

+Hadassah Morgantown Chapter - Jewish Women's Group

+West Virginia University Hillel House - Jewish Student Group

+Emma Kaufman Jewish Camp - A children's summer camp located outside of Morgantown and connected with the Pittsburgh Jewish Community

+Beverly Hills Memorial Garden - 2 Jewish Sections, one each for the Morgantown Jewish Community - Mt Zion Cemetery Section - and also the former Fairmont Jewish Community - Garden of the Ten Commandments Section: Cemetery located at: 1290 Fairmont Road in Westover

+Rosenbaum Family House - WVU Hospitals - Medical Center Drive, Morgantown - a home away from home for adult patients and their families while undergoing treatment for serious illness or receiving extended outpatient treatments at West Virginia University Hospitals and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. Created through the vision of Morgantown businesswoman, Hilda Rosenbaum and opened in 1999.



Jewish Businesses: Past & Present (all businesses are now closed unless otherwise noted)


Army-Navy Store - owned and operated by Stanley Manilla

Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Store - started in 1970 by Steve Bellman. Was located on Chestnut Ridge Road

Bill's Laundry & Cleaners - started in 1949 by Bill Bellman on University Avenue. now operated by his son, Bruce and wife Rebecca, and located at 755 Chestnut Ridge Road

Caplan's Men's Store - owned and operated by Joseph Caplan

Cohen, Abate & Cohen, LLC - law firm 114 High Street, current business

Cohen's Furniture - owned and operated by the Cohen Family? Pleasant Street

Cohenís - industrial or warehouse business? 114 Clay Street

Daniel's Men's Store - Located at 419 High Street downtown. Currently (2005) owned and operated by Saul Radman

Family Shoes - owned and operated by the Margie Goldstein Family

Fashionable Shoe Store - owned and operated by Laurence "Larry" and Jean DeLynn. Located in downtown

Finn's - womenís clothing store on High Street. Est. in 1915 and owned and operated by Samson Finn & wife Lily Finn

Floradora Shoppe - owned and operated by Laurence "Larry" and Jean DeLynn. Located in downtown

Friend's Furniture Store - owned and operated by the Kramer Family

Gerson Studio - Photography - owned and operated by Edward J. Gerson (2005)

Goldsmithís - High Street, owned by the father of Erwin Goldsmith, possible Harry Goldsmith

Harry Green Clothier - in business in 1929

Grocery Store - located in Osage, WV, owned & operated by Morgantown resident, Sarah Lee since ca. 1927 and in

business in 1957-58

Hirschmannís Clothiers - High Street in operation around 1910. Possibly Jewish

Jacobís Menís Store - High Street

Kaufmanís - downtown Morgantown

Ladiesís & Menís Clothing Store - located in Osage, WV and owned and operated by Morgantown resident, Max Levine

Max's Family Store - owned and operated by Max Levine

Mundell Financial Group - University Avenue, current business in 2006

Oppenheimerís Menís Shop - in business in 1929

The People's Store - owned and operated by Gerda Brodsky

The Princess Shop - dress shop owned by Harry Kaufman

Richards, Inc. - Children's and Ladies Clothing. Located in downtown Morgantown on High Street and operated and  owned by Hilda and Richard Rosenbaum

Royal Furniture Company, Inc. - owned/operated by Howard Weiss. Ca. 1924 it was owned/operated by Samuel W. Stein

Saulís Dollar Store - established by Saul Cohen in the 1920's eventually located on High Street

Scrap Iron & Metal Business - onwed and operated from 1935-1939 by Charles H. Levine

Select Furniture Store - owned and operated by Ethel Klein

Sidler's Fashions - owned and operated by Milton and Bertha "Bert" Cohen

Sidlerís Department Store - High Street

Slavin Jewelry Store - co-owned and operated by Harold D. Slaven

Steve's Auto Sales - started in 1985 by Steve Bellman. First on Point Marion Road. 1999 - now on Mileground Road

Universal Jewelers - owned and operated by John Kuhn. Located on High Street downtown

Nathan Weil - Clothing Merchant in 1910

Moses H. Weil - Clothing Merchant in 1930

Weintrob Brotherís Menís Clothing - 119 Pleasant Street

Weintrob Brothers - Wholesale Shoes

Harold Weiss Jewelers - owned and operated by Ruth and Harold "Wuzzy" Weiss on High Street. Later was called Weiss Henreby's Jewelers in the Morgantown Mall

The Yard Stick - owned and operated by Jerry Kaplan




Milton Cohen - Lawyer, Engineer, Retired Navy officer, Kiwanis, Red Cross involvement, Chairman of Morgantown Parking Authority, organized the Downtown Action Council in the 1960's, established the Downtown Merchants Organization, Milton's wife Bert was a historian and heavily involved in the local community and synagogue.


West Virginia University: Jean J. & Laurence S. DeLynn Chair of Oncology; Jean & Laurence DeLynn Lectureship Series; Bloch Learning & Performance Hall; College of Business & Economics Center for Family Business - DeLynn Family







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