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Rabbi Barry Marks (First Citizen)

Barry Marks, rabbi at Temple Israel in Springfield, was named Springfield’s First Citizen in 2011. (Image from award plaque, left) Marks was honored for more than 30 years of community involvement, including helping to found the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association … Continue reading

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Temple Israel

Temple Israel, 1140 W. Governor St., traces its history to Eastern European Jewish immigrants’ arrival in Springfield in the 1880s. They established an Orthodox synagogue, B’Nai Abraham, at  Seventh and Mason streets. The temple’s longtime rabbi, Rabbi Barry Marks, wrote … Continue reading

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