Temple Israel
Social Activities

Besides secular Jewish organizations, Leadville Jews were also very active in non-Jewish social activities through various clubs or societies. Some of these social activities, small and large, include the likes of reading, teas or coffees, socializing, sports, athletics, music, bicycling, dancing, language, and culture. Many were also involved in larger organizations of civic affiliation such as the Knights of Pythias, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and Woodmen of the World. Many social events were sponsored by Jewish organizations and were often open to the public to attend. The Hebrew Ladies’ Benevolent Society regularly held fundraiser charity balls that were popular events, especially the annual Purim Ball. According to a report the Leadville Daily Herald in the March 23 of 1883 issue, Jews were not the only ones in attendance at that year’s Purim festivities: “a great many who were not Israelites” were also present “for it was a masquerade and the fun was great.”

Temple Israel Foundation
208 West 8th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461

Temple Israel Museum
201 West 4th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461

Hebrew Cemetery
SW Corner of Evergreen Cemetery
North end of James Street, Leadville
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