Temple Anshe Emeth

Temple Anshe Emeth
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

You can learn more about the history of this community and their synagogues at History of Pine Bluff Congregations. The temple shown below in three old postcard photos was a brick structure built in the Moorish style at the corner of Poplar Street and Second Avenue. It no longer exists.

The cemetery is enclosed within the Bellwood Complex on West Pullen Street where the Jewish burials lie in a section reserved among the otherwise Christian interments. A paved road leads from several entrances to the back area where the Anshe Emeth Cemetery enclosure can be found. Due to the nature of the water table, part of the Jewish burial grounds are subject to being waterlogged during and after rain storms. The cemetery was first opened in 1867. Two old postcard photos of the Bellwood Complex are shown below.

The Jews of Pine Bluff were a conspicuous element in the local social and economic fabric. Shown below is an old postcard on which a sketch of the Jewish temple shares space with three Chirstian churches. Also shown are two old postcard shots of Jewish commerce in Pine Bluff: the Kantor and Bluthenthal Store and Rosenberg's Book Store. Naturally, these families are well represented at Anshe Emeth Cemetery.

The old postcard photos shown here are reproductions of originals found at Paul Perdue's pinebluffpostcards.com. We are grateful to Paul for making them available on this site.


Old Postcard Perspective 1

Old Postcard Perspective 2

Old Postcard Perspective 3

Bellwood Cemetery Entrance
Where Anshe Emeth Cemetery is Enclosed

Bellwood Cemetery
Note: Roadway is Now Paved

Four Religious Structures
Including Temple Anshe Emeth

Kantor and Bluthenthal Store

Rosenberg's Book Store

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