Temple Anshe Amunim was blessed by the arrival of Rabbi Harold I. Salzmann to Pittsfield in 1954. Rabbi Salzmann would serve the congregation for 30 years, and upon his retirement in 1984 was designated Rabbi Emeritus. In honor of his 25th anniversary of joining the rabbinate, Rabbi Salzmann was granted a Doctor of Divinity degree by the CCAR in 1975. Rabbi Salzmann continues to actively serve the congregation through teaching his weeking Reform Halacha seminar and conducting Shabbat services at local nursing homes.
Rabbi Salzmann and Theodore Herberg with Religious School in 1955
In 1958, the congregation sought land to construct a new Temple building, as Anshe Amunim had outgrown its’ property on Fenn and Willis Streets in Pittsfield, which had been home to the congregation since 1927. In 1959, the England and Blau families of Pittsfield donated land to the congregation on Broad Street and Wendell Avenue. Designed by New York architect Henry Blatner, Anshe Amunim’s new Broad Street building was opened and dedicated in August of 1964, and has since won numerous architectural awards and has been featured in several publications for its’ unique features, which include a domed synagogue and golden ark.
The Interior of our Broad Street Sanctuary prior to completion in 1964
In 1968, our Temple became home to the Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Memorial Foundation Lecture series, established by Drs. Armand and Donald Feigenbaum as a tribute to their mother. The Feigenbaum lecture series has featured distinguished speakers such as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Julian Bond, Rep. Barney Frank, Steve Emerson, and Lawrence O’Donnell.