"I support B'nai Israel in Council Bluffs in order to perpetuate the legacy of my forebears. My paternal grandparents emigrated from Russia in the early 1890's settling in Council Bluffs. My father, Louis Katelman, was born in
1895, followed by 9 siblings. In 1905, his parents, along with other immigrants, created the first synagogue. A strong kinship amongst families and friends led to an active congregation. Today, our families may not be as numerous, but the synagogue remains a significant remembrance of the past. Our diverse congregation is very welcoming. It is my intention to perpetuate the legacy I inherited and encourage anyone who has a strong feeling for tradition and heritage, who loves history and supports Jewish causes, to consider a donation of any size."