BRISTOL / JOHNSON CITY: Sullivan County Print has Jewish Community history and photos. "In Bristol, these Reform and Orthodox groups finally united once there were enough Jews in the tri-cities to support an active congregation.  The following year, they bought land for a cemetery.  Bristol emerged as the largest Jewish community in the tri-cities, and so Jews in the other towns joined B’nai Sholom.  Jews in Johnson City donated the Torah and ark they had been using to the new congregation.  B’nai Sholom hired rabbis to lead services on the high holidays, while Isaac Levine, a young clothing merchant from England, served as lay leader during the rest of the year."[January 2009]

Jewish population in 1919 was 125. Source: "Directory of Jewish Local Organizations in the United States" pp. 330-583. American Jewish Year Book 5680 September 25, 1919 to Sept. 12, 1920 ; Volume 21 Edited by Harry Schneiderman for the American Jewish Committee. Contributed by Alan Hirschfeld.

tri-cities of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport


B'nai Shalom Temple: B'nai Sholom Congregation, 2510 Highway 126, Bristol, Tennessee 37620, (423) 323-7596 between the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. 1904.Orthodox, then Conservative, then Reform. September 1927, B’nai Sholom’s first synagogue was completed.

See Bristol VA for cemetery.Bristol is on the VA border and serves both VA and TN.) The cemetery is in Virginia with the synagogue in Bristol, Tennessee. Source: Arline Sachs This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Cemetery: :

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 15:30