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Rabbi Barry Marks - People of Faith

Rabbi Barry Marks served as the rabbi for Temple Israel in Springfield, Illinois from 1973 to 2017. He graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City in 1969 and began his rabbinical career in Danville, Illinois. He then attended the University of Illinois law school for two years, but in 1973 he became the rabbi at Temple Israel in Springfield, a Conservative synagogue. Rabbi Marks became very active in the greater Springfield community, and because of his lifetime of service to his temple and the community, was honored with Springfield's First Citizen Award in 2011.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Barry Marks’ ancestors and their story

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Barry’s early life in Baltimore, schooling and years at Johns Hopkins U.

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Theological Seminary, ordination, first Temple in Danville and law school

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Experiences at Temple Israel in Springfield from 1973 through 2018


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Barry as an infant in 1944. Where: Baltimore, Maryland.

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Baltimore, Maryland

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1944

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Barry Marks, as a four-years old, when growing up in Baltimore in 1947.

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Baltimore, Maryland

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1947

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Barry was five years old when this photo was taken in 1948. The Marks family was living in Baltimore at the time.

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Baltimore, Maryland

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1948

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Barry was twelve in 1955 when this photo was taken for his grade school graduation in Baltimore.

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Baltimore, Maryland

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1955

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Barry’s parents, Philip and Rachael Marks, celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary outside their home in Baltimore in 1959.

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Baltimore, Maryland

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1959

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Rabbi Marks at his first Bar Mitzvah, this for Ron Azoff in 1969, while Marks was living in Danville, Illinois.

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Danville, Illinois

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1969

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Barry and Evelyne Marks in Springfield, circa 1975.

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Springfield, Illinois

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Circa 1975

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Rabbi Barry Marks, circa 1975, early in his time as rabbi at Temple Israel in Springfield, Illinois.

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Springfield, Illinois

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Circa 1975

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Rabbi Barry Marks, wearing a tallit, early in his time at Temple Israel in Springfield, Illinois in 1975.

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Springfield, Illinois

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1975

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Rabbi Marks with Josh Kitterman during his Bar Mitzvah in 1987. Where: Springfield, Illinois.

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Springfield, Illinois

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1987

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Barry with his sister Jodean Marks during his visit to her cousin's home in Silver Spring, Maryland, circa 1995.

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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Circa 1995

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Barry with his fiancée, Carol Mittleman, in Champaign in 1996.

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Champaign, Illinois

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1996

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Barry’s son Philip at his graduation from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1997.

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Urbana, Illinois

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1997

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Barry with Steven and Stephanie Victor for their baby’s naming ceremony, circa 2000.

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Springfield, Illinois

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Circa 2000

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Rabbi Marks helped conduct the Holocaust Memorial Service at Springfield’s Old State Capitol, circa 2001.

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Springfield, Illinois

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Circa 2001

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Barry Marks with Jacob Seidman at Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah in Springfield in 2002.

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Springfield, Illinois

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2002

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Barry and Carol with their grandchildren, Bridger and Bella Mittleman, during a visit to Decatur for the Montessori School’s Grandparent’s Day in 2005.

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Decatur, Illinois

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2005

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Rabbi Marks with Rebecca Matlins and Aaron Gordon at their 2007 wedding in Springfield. Their wedding included the traditional chuppah (canopy) and was held inside Temple Israel in Springfield.

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Springfield, Illinois

When:

2007

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Barry’s grandchildren, Eva and Karter, in Springfield in 2008.

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Springfield, Illinois

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2008

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Rabbi Marks with Genie Melamed on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah in Springfield on August 15, 2009.

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Springfield, Illinois

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August 15, 2009

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Barry with fiancée Nancy Sage in Springfield in 2011. Rabbi Marks was named Springfield’s First Citizen at a breakfast that year.

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Springfield, Illinois

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2011

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This photo of Barry Marks was used when he received Springfield’s First Citizen Award in 2011.

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Springfield, Illinois

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2011

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Barry Marks at the Wyndham Hotel in Springfield during the Martin Luther King birthday celebration in January 2016.

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Springfield, Illinois

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January 2016

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