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Source:  Dedication Program of Jewish Community Center of Teaneck New Building (pamphlet).   June 5, 1949.  

Jewish Community Center of Teaneck

In 1933 a small group of residents attended the first Jewish Service to be held in Teaneck. This event resulted in the establishment of regular Friday Evening Services, and with it came the formation of the Jewish Community Center of Teaneck.

Our membership of that time totaled thirty Jewish families. Today the Center's membership has reached four hundred and fifty.

In those early days we met on Palisades Avenue, near Cedar Lane. As the Jewish community in Teaneck increased, so did our organization grow and our problem was to find larger quarters.

In 1939 we purchased the building at 1075 Queen Anne Road with our membership of about 125 Jewish families. The Queen Anne Road Center was sufficient for our Friday Evening and Saturday Services but was inadequate for our Sunday School and Religious School children and we were unable to accommodate the demand which grew for High Holy Day Service seats.

In 1940 a concerted effort was begun to build a Community Center which would be large enough for all our religious and social activities. This building, which we are dedicating today, is the result of the idea begun at that time.

We wish it were possible to record here all those who have contributed, in every way, to the progress of our Center. Space not permitting, we can only sincerely hope that the building we dedicate today will be a constant reminder of their staunch devotion.

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