Photographic portrait of Joseph Newmark, pictured in bust, [s.d.]. Newmark is pictured circumscribed in an oval border, looking almost directly at the viewer although skewed slightly to the left. He wears a darkly-colored three-piece suit and a small bow-tie. Deep furrows can be seen in the man's face, especially around the bags beneath his eyes. The hair on top of his head is graying and receding. He appears to be in his fifties.; "Born in Germany, June 15, 1799. Following his ordination as Rabbi, he arrived in the United States in 1824. After a short residence in New York City, during which he organized the Elm Street [...]gue, he moved to Somerset, Conn., where he became a mason, January 21, 1831. He pioneered in [Saint L]ouis in 1840 and five years alter was one of the early settlers in Dubuque, Iowa, then a frontier [...]. In 1846 he again pitched his tent in New York City where he started the Wooster Street Congr[egation] [...] Sunday Evenings at his home. This institution, whose first President was Jacob Elias, concerned i[...] the care of the sick and proper respect according ot the Jewish ritual to the dead. An immediate [...] of Mr. Newmark's influence was the establishment of religious services on the Jewish Holy Days, [...] which this sincerely religoius man officiated; this was followed by the purchase of a cemetery [...] Newmark died in Los Angeles October 19, 1881 at the advanced age of 82 years". -- Unknown author.