Black and white photograph showing two young women standing before the iron gates of a synagogue. Label taped onto photograph reads, "Bess & Rose Velgich in front of Oir Chodosh 1945." Original photograph has pinked edges and dried tape.
Ohel Jacob Congregation dedicated a synagogue on Roberts Street in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in September 1903. The building eventually became home to its successor New Light Congregation. Sisters Rose and Bess Velgich grew up in New Light Congregation in the 1930s and 1940s and followed it to Squirrel Hill in the 1950s. Although the Hill District synagogue building was sold in the 1950s and demolished sometime after, the bronze nameplates were salvaged and taken with the congregation to Squirrel Hill.
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