Finding aids (also called guides or descriptive inventories) are important tools for locating archival and other primary source materials in our collection. They provide descriptions of manuscript collections by detailing who created it, how it is organized, and outlines its contents through a box and folder inventory. The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History at the Breman Museum has over 300 boxed manuscript collections with finding aids. They are listed in manuscript number order.
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Rabbi Harry H. Epstein was the spiritual leader of the Congregation Ahavath Achim in Atlanta, Georgia, for over 50 years. The bulk of the collection relates to his tenure and rabbinate at Ahavath Achim, but there is also material related to his academic career, personal life, and activities as a leading community figure in Atlanta and the South. His papers consist of academic course work, sermons, addresses, meeting minutes, writings, publications, correspondence, and scrapbooks.
The Georgia Farm School and Resettlement Bureau was a non-profit agency interested in resettling and retraining Jewish refugees just prior to the outbreak of World War II. The records are composed primarily of the correspondence, minutes, committee reports and financial records relating to the daily activities of this organization. Also included are the records of some of the agencies with which the Farm School had dealings, eg. the National Refugee Service and the National Council of Jewish Women.
Joseph Cuba (1909-1993) was a native Atlantan who spent a major portion of his life in service to the Jewish community of this city. The papers are composed primarily of personal correspondence, certificates, speeches, memorabilia, newspaper articles, and the records of the many Jewish organizations in which the family actively participated.
The Standard Club is the outgrowth of the Concordia Club, which was established in 1867, as Atlanta’s first Jewish social club. Originally located on the third floor of a building on the corner of Forsyth and Marietta Streets, the Standard Club would move five times in the succeeding decades. The records are composed primarily of papers relating to the land and financial transactions necessary for the club’s move in 1922 to the William C. Sanders mansion on Washington Street and for the club’s purchase in 1929, of a lot at 400 Ponce de Leon Avenue. The records consist of financial statements, correspondence, invitations, newsletter, and programs.
Herman Heyman (1898-1968) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Arthur and Minna Simon Heyman. He served in World War I and became a prominent attorney in Atlanta. In 1924, he married Josephine Joel, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Joel and Ellen Menko Joel. The collection consists primarily of correspondence, the majority of which are letters between Josephine and Herman Heyman.
The Jewish Progressive Club was established in 1913 by Russian Jews who felt unwelcome at the Standard Club that had been founded by German Jews in 1867. Its organizers set up a holding company with a capitalization of $25,000 to invest in real estate. In 1916, they constructed on Pryor Street a clubhouse which included a hall for dances, a billiard room, and a swimming pool. It was one of the only clubs in America to express its Jewishness openly. The records consist of meeting minutes, newsletters, and newspaper clippings.
Edward M. Kahn (1895-1984) was an immigrant from Poland and was heavily involved with the Jewish community in Atlanta for much of his career. His papers primarily consist of memorabilia relating to Mr. Kahn’s later years, especially to his retirement and to the many awards and testimonials received throughout his lifetime. All of Mr. Kahn’s work related files, as well as some of his personal correspondences are contained in the Atlanta Jewish Federation records. The papers include certificates, scrapbook, correspondence and newspaper clippings.
Samuel Krasner was a Russian immigrant who lived in Atlanta for 37 years. He worked as a grocer and was active in the Jewish community. His papers consist of synagogue records and Atlanta Co-operative Credit Association records.
Ida and Louis Levitas were long-time Atlanta residents who were active participants at the Jewish Educational Alliance and within numerous other Jewish community organizations. The papers consist of a aedding album of Ida Levitas, newspaper clippings, and campaign material of United States Congressman Elliott H. Levitas.
The Saltzmans were a pioneer Atlanta Jewish family. Nathan arrived in Atlanta at the turn of the 20th century and was active in the Jewish community. The papers consist of correspondence, newsletter, invitations, prayer books, newspaper clippings, sermons, and speeches.
The papers reflect upon the activities of Helen Alperin who as a teenager and young adult actively participated in Zionist organizations such as Young Judaea and the Intercollegiate Zionist Federation. The papers include newspaper clippings, newsletters, rosters, and a minute book, 1940-1941, from Judateens, a chapter of Young Judaea.
The Eplan family has had a long and respected history of service to the City of Atlanta, and in particular, to Atlanta’s Jewish community. The papers consist primarily of correspondence, newspaper, articles, programs, certificates, a scrapbook and memorabilia from the various organizations and causes in which Mr. Samuel Leon Eplan participated.
Formerly called the Southern Israelite, the Atlanta Jewish Times served readers in the southern section of the United States. Although not the oldest English-Jewish newspaper in the Southeast, it is the most enduring. The records include correspondence, biographical material, records and memorabilia from the communities outside of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, and general files. The records reflect upon the varied subject and individuals, which were profiled in the Southern Israelite during the years that the paper was in Atlanta.
Originally known as the Ladies Auxiliary, Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood was founded in 1920 by 18 women as a Synagogue affiliated organization with an emphasis on Jewish values, traditions and education. Over the years the Sisterhood has sponsored numerous projects and activities including adult education, a book shop, Girl Scouts, the Jewish Home and Keren Ami. The records are primarily composed of minutes, program books, souvenir journals, speeches, and programs and invitations relating to the varied activities and sponsored projects of this Synagogue affiliated organization.
Oscar Strauss married Rubye Rich, the sister of the founders of Rich’s Department Store. The collection contains material relating to the lives of these two pioneer Atlanta families such as correspondence, genealogical information, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.
The United Hebrew School was Atlanta’s first attempt at a community-wide Hebrew school available to all Jewish children regardless of synagogue affiliation. The records consist of correspondence, minutes, fliers, financial records and a 1929 report of the status of Jewish education in Atlanta.
The United Jewish Orthodox Association was organized by members of the Orthodox community of Atlanta and the Southeast to encourage the Hebrew Orphans Home to provide orphans with both a Kosher kitchen and a Jewish education. The records include correspondence, minutes (in Yiddish), and contribution lists.
Abe Goldstein (1892-1982) was a businessman, civic leader and philanthropist, and devoted his life to the good of his community. He founded Prior Tire, an Atlanta business that existed for much of the 20th century. Of special interest are the business records relating to the early years and evolution of Prior Tire from a small enterprise to a dynamic company.
Dr. Julius Edward Sommerfield achieved success in both the Atlanta Jewish community and the general community. He was chief of staff at the Morris Hirsch Clinic and the Atlanta Tuberculosis Association. He was also on staff at Piedmont Hospital and had privileges at Grady Hospital. The papers consist of correspondence, autograph books, newspaper articles relating to Margaret Mitchell and Gone With The Wind, postcards, and yearbooks from Tech High School.
A.B. Reisman was a veteran of World War I and a real estate agent in Atlanta. He was a popular and leading member of the Atlanta Jewish community for many years. His papers include invitations, brochures, newsletters, and newspaper clippings from various organizations including the Jewish War Veterans, Boy Scouts of America, and the Mason-Grand Lodge of Georgia.
Ahavath Achim was founded in 1886 and is Atlanta’s second oldest congregation. Today, they are Atlanta’s largest Conservative congregation. The records consist of annual reports, minutes, correspondence, financial records and membership information.
Hadassah Southeastern Region was organized in 1926, and is the umbrella organization for all Hadassah chapters in the Southeast. The Atlanta Chapter is the oldest, having been organized in 1916. are composed primarily of minutes, correspondence, committee reports and also records from Junior Hadassah, the Business and Professional division of Atlanta Hadassah, the Tel Chai Chapter, the Southeastern region and the national office.
Oberdorfer Insurance Agency was established in Atlanta in 1894 by Eugene Oberdorfer, Sr. Since that time family members have been active in both Jewish and general community service organizations. The papers consist primarily of records from Oberdorfer Insurance Agency and from the various organizations in which Donald Oberdorfer participated including the Anti Defamation League, the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the Ballyhoo Club, Future Incorporated, Hai-Resh Fraternity, the American Red Cross, the Standard Club, and The Temple. Also included is an invitation from the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to a banquet in honor of President-elect William Howard Taft, 1909.
Henry A. Alexander was active in both the general and Jewish community. As a lawyer, he was asked to help in the appeals process for the Leo M. Frank trial. He was the founder of the Atlanta Historical Society and president of the United Hebrew School. The papers consist of court transcripts, correspondence, and newspaper articles relating to the Leo Frank Case, general family correspondence, and Alexander genealogical material. NOTE: THIS COLLECTION IS DIGITIZED.
B’nai B’rith Women, Inc. organized an Atlanta chapter in April, 1944. Activities included assistance to Hillel House at the University of Georgia, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, and the American Red Cross. B’nai B’rith Women were also actively involved with the sale of war bonds during World War II. Programs of B’nai B’rith Women have historically served both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities of Atlanta. The records include Correspondence, newsletter, records of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organizations and scrapbooks.
David Steinheimer was a founding member of The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (The Temple). He married Isabelle Mayer, the daughter of David Mayer, a Confederate veteran, Temple founder, and businessman. In David Steinheimer’s autobiography he recounts his early life working as peddler in the late 1850s. The papers include an autobiography of David Steinheimer, bride’s book, correspondence and newspaper articles.
Julius L. Tenenbaum was a World War I veteran who established Tenenbaum Brothers, a wholesale distributor. The papers consist of memorabilia from Boys’ High School, the Mayfair Club, and Tenenbaum Brothers.
Joseph Jacob was born in Jefferson, Georgia, and fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the war, he started a pharmaceutical company. His pharmacy at the Five Points location became the first place Coca Cola was served. The papers include records from the Jacobs Pharmacy Company such as issues of Jacob's Monthly Magazine, 1914-1918. It also contains articles written and collected by Joseph Jacobs, as well as correspondence.
The Atlanta chapter of AZA has helped shape the lives of its young Jewish members since 1924. The collection consists of a scrapbook created soon after the chapters installment.
Long-time community members, Betty Ann Romm Jacobson became the first female president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The papers include Memorabilia the Jewish Progressive Club; the Bachelors’ Club; a memory book of Rosa Lee Mendel Romm; and a history of H. Mendel and Company, a wholesale distribution company founded in Atlanta in 1890 by Hyman Mendel.
Lovable Brassiere Company was established by Frank Gottesman, who later changed his name to Garson, in 1914. Garson was active in the United Palestine Appeal, the Jewish National Fund, the Jewish Welfare Board and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. The papers contain an Autobiography and biography of Frank Garson, memorabilia from Girls’ High School, the Jewish Home, B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge, Future, Inc., Lovable Brassiere Company, and the Standard Club.
An immigrant from Lithuania, Abrom Lewis (A.L.) Feldman became a prominent businessman and active member of the Jewish community in Atlanta. His papers consist primarily of correspondence and records from the various organizations in which A.L. participated.
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Epsilon Chapter is the Jewish fraternity at Emory University and Georgia Tech University. The records include meeting minutes from the mid-20th century.
Michael Greenblatt was a soldier during the War of the Philippine Insurrection, 1900. He later became band director for Georgia Tech University where he arranged the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech. His papers include a diary from the War of the Philippine Insurrection, discharge papers from the United States Army and the Georgia Militia, and newspaper clippings.
The Independent Order Free Sons of Israel was an early Atlanta Jewish lodge. The records consist of membership applications.
The Jewish Educational Loan Fund, Inc., originally provided funding for and orphanage in Atlanta. Over the years it provided funding for displaced European Jewish children and eventually interest-free loans to Jewish students in the Southeast. The records consist of general administrative files which include annual reports, legal papers and minutes; case files of residents of the Home and case files of European children brought to Atlanta under the auspices of the Jewish Children's Service during the years immediately prior to, during and after World War II.
Isidor Jacobs and his wife Lizzie were active in a wide variety of community organizations. He was instrumental in creating the Know Your Neighbor Club on the 1700 block of Noble Drive in Atlanta to break down the barriers between different races and religions. The papers include minutes from the Ladies Hebrew Charity Association, 1913-1918, and brochures, invitations, programs, and newspaper clippings from the American Red Cross, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Junior Mayfair Club, and the Know Your Neighbor Club.
The minutes reflect upon the evolution of the recycling industry in Atlanta. The records include minutes, correspondence, and meeting notices.
M. William Breman was a respected Jewish and general community leader who gave both time and financial support to various concerns, causes, and organizations. Both the William Breman Jewish Home and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum are named for him. The papers include records from the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, Atlanta Jewish Federation, B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge, the William Breman Jewish, Home, The Temple and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Of special interest is a collection of newspaper articles on the Leo Frank Case, 1915-1982.
The Zionist Organization of America-Atlanta District was organized in 1910. At one time, Atlanta chapter membership numbered over 1,400. The records consist of newsletters, scrapbooks, and speeches written by Adelbert Freedman, active in ZOA since 1936 and Executive Director of the Southeastern region from 1940-1951.
Sam Glass was active in the Zionist movement in Atlanta, Georgia. The papers primarily reflect upon the Zionist interest and activities and consist of correspondence, programs, and newspaper articles.
The Temple Sisterhood was established on December 9, 1912, and is the oldest congregation-sponsored women's organization in Atlanta. The records are primarily composed of minutes, scrapbooks, programs, invitations, reports, speeches and Garden Club records.
Joseph Goldberg was a Russian immigrant. He immigrated to America in 1908 and settled in Atlanta. He was an active member of the Jewish community. His papers include correspondence, certificates, and immigration documents.
The Joseph Bach Family Papers constitute several generations of the Bach Family. It includes papers created by Joseph Bach and his wife Rosalie Bach, as well as their son Louis Bach and daughter Miriam Bach. The papers include certificates, high school memory books, newspaper clippings, and dance cards.
Jacob A. Blumberg was a native Atlanta and salesman at Briarcliff Mills for 55 years. The papers include telegrams from the marriage of Miriam Saul and Jacob Blumberg, 1913, and the genealogy of the Saul family.
Sam Gershon was actively involved in relief efforts in Europe and for the Jews of the city of Kobryn in the years immediately following World War I. The papers include documents from early Atlanta Jewish community organizations including the Central Committee for the War Sufferers, 1920, the Independent Order of B’rith Abraham, 1925-1948, the Kobryner Relief Society, 1920-1928, and the United Hebrew School, 1928.
A native of Russia, Isidore Sirota lived in New York City before moving to Atlanta. Once in Atlanta, he opened a corner grocery store named “Joe’s Market.” His wife, Rose, was also a native of Russia. Both of them were very active in the Farband Zionist Order, which was organized in 1913 and provided sickness and death benefits while promoting Yiddish culture and Socialist doctrine. The papers contain an autobiography of Isidore, naturalization certificates, Farband records and meeting minutes, publications, and a Yiddish poem.
Jack Martin Cohen was a native Atlantan. He graduated from high school in 1942 and served in World War II. His papers consist of an autograph book, invitations, certificate from the Mayfair Club, and military documents.
B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge #144 was founded in Atlanta in 1870 and is the oldest benevolent association to be founded by the Jewish community. These are the only extant records of this organization. The records include minutes, membership records, and scrapbooks.
The B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) was officially established in 1944 under the umbrella of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). The Deborah Chapter was the Atlanta chapter of BBG. The records consist of correspondence, newsletters, reports, newspaper articles and membership records.
Sam Sugarman was a native Altlantan. He was a former vice president of Montag, Inc., with which he had been associated for 62 years. His papers include a commencement memory book of Ida Myers, 1913, and documents from Montag’s, a stationery manufacturer at which Sam Sugarman was employed.
Louis Rosenbaum was born in Russia in 1900. He immigrated to the United States in 1919 and became a prominent businessman in Decatur, Georgia. His papers include documents from numerous Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, schools, and synagogues including the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund, the Atlanta Normal Training School, the Atlanta Opportunity School, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Central Night School, Ahavath Achim Congregation, Decatur Civitan Club, Jewish Educational Alliance, Jewish Progressive Club, Jewish War Veterans; documents relating to the unsuccessful effort of Jacob Rosenbaum to immigrate to the United States and business records from Spick and Span Groceries and Meats.
Simon H. Smith was a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine. His wife Dora was the first Jewish female realtor in Atlanta. The papers include documents from numerous Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, schools, clubs, businesses and synagogues including Ahavath Achim Congregation, Alpha Epsilon Pi-Emory University, Tau Epsilon Pi-Emory University, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Boys’ High School, Dora R. Smith Realty Co., Druid Hills School, Emory University School of Medicine, Girls’ High School, Mayfair Club, Shower Door Company, Ballyhoo Club, Top Hat Club, and The Temple.
Formerly known as Mizrachi Women, this Zionist organization raises funds for Israel. The records include certificates, correspondence, financial records, newspaper clippings, membership records, and a scrapbook.
The Bunzl Family left their home in Vienna six months after the Anschluss in 1938 and went to London. Walter Bunzl came to Atlanta in 1939 to work with the late Robert Hecht, then head of the family’s jewelry manufacturing company Burian and Bunzl. The rest of the family followed him to Atlanta by way of Brazil in 1941. Their family played an important part in Atlanta’s cultural life. The collection consists of documents relating to the immigration of the Hamburger and Bunzl families in the late 1930s. Included among the documents are German police reports and lists of goods allowed to be removed from Nazi Germany.
A native Atlantan, Oscar Elsas was the founder of Fulton Bag and Cotton, a business which became the largest employer in Atlanta. The papers consist of correspondence, family genealogy, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and programs.
Congregation Or Ve Shalom was founded in 1914 when Congregation Ahavat Shalom and Congregation Or Hahayim merged. Its membership was originally comprised of immigrants to Atlanta from Turkey and the Isle of Rhodes. The records consist of financial records, and Hebrew school attendance and grade books.
Congregation Beth El was a short-lived Conservative synagogue established in 1954. The records consist of certificate, scrapbook, song sheet, and newsletter.
From its humble beginning in 1867, The Temple has become one of the most well respected congregations in the Southeast and continues to offer both spiritual and secular leadership for its many members. The records consist of meeting minutes, reports, financial statements, bulletins, correspondence, membership records, religious school records, and newsletters.
Harry Sunshine was actively involved in both the Jewish and general communities and generously supported a number of different causes in Atlanta and in the State of Israel. The papers include correspondence, family history, legal documents, obituaries, and records relating to land purchases and support of the State of Israel, Grady Memorial Hospital, and Sunshine Department Stores.
Jacob Butler was a businessman and member of Ahavath Achim Congregation. The collection consists primarily of memorabilia from Ahavath Achim Congregation.
Bobby Johnson was the financial secretary for the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Federation of 29 years. Her papers consist primarily of records from the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund, the Atlanta Jewish Community Council consisting of issues of the newsletter, “Together,” 1954-1955, and records from the Standard Club.
Albert Hershberg was a long-time member of the Atlanta Jewish community. He was active in Ahavath Achim Congregation, B’nai B’rith, and Roseland Cemetery, Inc. The collection contains some of the earliest extant records from Roseland Cemetery, including the first internment record book, 1910. Most of the records are the organizations in which Hershberg family members participated including Ahavath Achim Congregation, The Jewish Home, Hadassah and Roseland Cemetery. It also contains memorabilia from World War I and World War II.
Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, Inc., was the first Jewish day school in Atlanta. It was established in 1953. Its records include anniversary books, scrapbook, 1953-1960, and photocopies of minutes.
Rabbi Joseph I. Cohen was the spiritual leader of Congregation Or-VeShalom for more than thirty years. The papers consist of death, birth and marriage records of members of Congregation Or VeShalom, records of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, 1969-1978, and records from various organizations in which Rabbi Cohen was active.
Dr. William E. Schatten was active in the Atlanta community for much of his career. He served as the 1983 and 1984 campaign chairman of the Atlanta Jewish Federation and as president from 1988-1990. He was the Atlanta Israel Bonds Chairman from 1971-1976 and was a member of the National Israel Bond Cabinet. From 1976-1978 Dr. Schatten was president of the Ahavath Achim Congregation. The records consist primarily photocopies of newspaper articles relating to the many activities of Dr. Schatten in a wide variety of community organizations including Ahavath Achim Congregation, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti- Defamation League, Emory University, Israel Bonds, and Jewish National Fund.
Chaplain Gaskill was a United States Army chaplain who was among the first Americans to enter the Dachau concentration camp. Of special significance is the record book of those who died during the last three months of camp operation. The information has been sent to Yad Vashem in Israel. The papers contain records from the Dachau concentration camp including death records, hospital records, a memorial service, reports, and prisoner testimonies.
Rabbi Nathan Kohen was the spiritual leader of Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation in Fitzgerald, Georgia for 25 years. His papers include correspondence, newsletters and programs from the Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation and sermons.
Morris Arnovitz was a navigator with the Army Air Corps and had completed 21 missions before being shot down over Germany. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for the remainder of the war. Of special interest are his flight log and a journal kept by him while a prisoner of war. His papers consist primarily documents relating to the military service of Morris Arnovitz during World War II.
The Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc. was organized in 1929, by eight Atlanta Jewish grocers, who met at the home of Dr. Irving Greenberg. Faced with competition from chain grocery stores, which could buy and sell items less expensively, the Jewish grocers organized a buying group that would have the economic power of the large chain stores. The records consists of financial records, general files, membership records, and minutes of the board of directors, stockholders and officers.
Harold Hirsch was born in 1882 the son Henry and Rosalie Hutzler Hirsch. He began practicing law in Atlanta in 1904 and rapidly assumed a position of prominence in the legal, business, civic and social life in both the Jewish and general communities of this city. As an attorney he specialized in law relating to trade marks, unfair competition, income taxes and corporations, and for more than thirty years represented the Coca-Cola Company. In 1936 he was instrumental in establishing the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund. The papers contain files from the Ingleside Country Club, the Coca-Cola Company and the Allied Jewish Campaign. Of special interest are the files relating to Harold Hirsch’s relief and rescue efforts on behalf of German Jews prior to World War II.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic was established in 1952 primarily through the efforts of Helen Eiseman Alexander and five other women who were concerned that there was no help available for hearing impaired African American children in Atlanta. Her papers contain records relating to civil rights, the American Jewish Committee and the establishment of the Speech and Hearing Clinic.
The Saul family has been active in a wide variety of community activities including Ahavath Achim Congregation, Atlanta Jewish Community Center, Atlanta Jewish Federation and its predecessor organizations, B’nai B’rith Women, and Hillel. The papers consist of records from these various organizations.
Early settlers to Atlanta, Morris Hirsch was a founder of The Temple and of Hirsch’s an Atlanta retailer for over 100 years. The papers contain a discharge certificate (photocopy) for Confederate soldier Henry Hirsch, 1861; and documents from Hirsch’s an Atlanta retailer established in 1863.
Congregation Shearith Israel was founded in 1904 by a segment of Atlanta’s East European Jewish community. Under Rabbi Geffen’s leadership, the congregation grew as an orthodox congregation that upheld traditional Old World values and rites. The largest piece of the collection consists of congregational minutes from 1947-1974. Many of these are in great detail, and they highlight congregational business, as well as discussion and dispute for that period. The collection also contains synagogue bulletins from 1959-1990, correspondence beginning in 1956 and various membership rosters from throughout the period. Other sections of the collection include Sisterhood minutes, Religious School publications, Passover manuals, and High Holy Day materials.
Solomon Sutker was a native Georgian. He attended Emory University and the University of North Carolina. The papers contain his thesis, “The Jews of Atlanta: Their Social Structure and Leadership Patterns,” submitted to the faculty of the University of North Carolina in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, as well as a couple of other writings on Jewish Atlanta.
Moe Goldman (1895 –1976), a respected realtor by vocation, was a committed volunteer and humanitarian, noted for his leadership in the Boy Scouts of America and other organizations working toward the betterment of youth. The papers consist primarily of correspondence and honors from Mr. Goldman’s association with the Boy Scouts of America and the American Humanics Foundation. The Papers also include Goldman, Edison and Rosenbaum family correspondence, notably correspondence during Mr. Goldman’s service in Europe during the First World War and correspondence to his future wife. The collection includes condolence messages, a Rosenbaum family tree, telegrams, a photograph album and a 90th birthday celebration album.
Joseph E. Berman was City Council for the 4th Ward of the City of Atlanta from 1931-1935. He actively participated in the planning and implementation of improvements at Candler Field in Atlanta. The collection includes information on Candler field, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and a scrapbook.
Harry Taratoot was the honorary president of the Anshi Sfard Synagogue. His papers consist of immigration documents, 1922, and records from Congregation Anshi Sfard, 1929-1976.
Malcolm Minsk was treasurer and an active member of Zionist Organization of America for many years. His papers consist of Membership records and correspondence from the Zionist Organization of America-Atlanta District.
B’nai Israel Synagogue in Thomasville, Georgia, was established in 1885 and is still in existence. It is an orthodox congregation. The records consist primarily of Sisterhood of the Congregation including minutes, 1930-1972.
The Atlanta Jewish Federation was formally incorporated in 1967 and is the result of the merger of the Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Service founded in 1905 as the Federation of Jewish Charities; the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Federation founded in 1936 as the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund; and the Atlanta Jewish Community Council founded in 1945. Over the years the Federation operated the majority of the social service functions within the Jewish community of Atlanta. The records consist of minutes, reports, correspondence, administrative files, and scrapbooks.
Raphael Moses was born in 1812 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was an eminent lawyer and leader in the Civil War and Reconstruction periods of Georgia. He served on the staff of General James Longstreet in the Army of Northern Virginia. His papers consist of a typescript copy of the autobiography of Raphael Moses, 1890, a biography of Raphael Moses written by his grandson Stanford Moses, 1939, and letters of Raphael Moses, copied from the original, by Stanford Moses, 1812-1893.
Montag Bros., a school supply manufacturer and distributor, was established in Atlanta in 1889 by Sigmund Montag and his four brothers. Of special interest are examples of the products produced by the National Pencil Company, the factory where Leo Frank was employed. The records consist of product catalogues, 1916-1930.
Herbert Kohn and his parents and brothers were Holocaust survivors who emigrated from Germany in 1939. The Kohn family settled in Columbus, Georgia. The papers consist of Correspondence, 1940-1942, an Iron Cross certificate issued to Leo Kohn, 1936, and immigration documents, 1938-1942.
Beryl Weiner is an Atlanta attorney who spent his boyhood years in Camilla, Georgia. The index highlights important events in the Camilla, the South, and especially those that relate to the Jewish residents of Camilla. The papers consist of the index to the "Camilla Enterprise" compiled by Beryl Weiner in 1996.
Rosalie Hirsch Alterman was an Atlanta native, a graduate of Girls' High School and active in community organizations. The collection consists of memorabilia from Girls' High School, Hadassah, the Coterie Club and Camp Civitania.
This Columbus Lodge of B’nai B’rith was established only one year of after the end of the Civil War. Information from other chapters - including the Gate City Lodge No. 144 from Atlanta - can be found within the records. The records consist of minutes, 1866-1976.
This congregation is one of Georgia’s oldest and was established in Columbus in 1854. The records consist of an anniversary guest book, 1979 and financial ledger, 1898-1904.
Rabbi Landau was a contemporary of Rabbi David Marx of The Temple in Atlanta, and both were schooled in the teachings of Classical Reform Judaism. Confirmation of these teachings is evident in the writings and addresses of Dr. Landau found within this collection. Throughout Rabbi Landau's tenure at Temple B'nai Israel he served as a respected leader within the Jewish and general communities of Albany. The papers consist of correspondence, record books of birth, marriages and funerals at which Dr. Landau officiated, addresses, scrapbooks and writings.
Leo M. Frank was arrested, tried, and convicted for the murder of Mary Phagan, a thirteen year old factory worker in 1913. Two years later, his sentence was commuted from death to life in prison by Governor John M. Slaton, who after reviewing the records, felt that he could not sentence Frank to death based on the evidence. Following the commutation of the sentence, Frank was kidnapped and lynched by vigilantes from Marietta, the hometown of Mary Phagan. The papers consist of correspondence, autograph book, certificates, and newspaper articles relating to Leo M. Frank and various other family members.
Shearith Israel Synagogue was founded in 1892 in Columbus, Georgia, by approximately fifteen Jewish families of Eastern European origin. Over the years, the synagogue has retained an important presence as a conservative Jewish congregation despite its location in a predominantly non-Jewish southern environment. The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, financial records, bulletins, newsletters, and membership records.
Founder of the American Mills Company in Atlanta, Armand May served as captain of the drive in Georgia to raise funds for the American Jewish Relief Committee which provided aid to Jewish refugees of Central and Eastern Europe, 1921-1922. His papers consist of Correspondence, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook.
The Rosenberg family members are long-time residents of Columbus, Georgia. Of special interest is the letter from Raphael Moses in which he expresses his pride in being a member of the Jewish people. The papers include a typescript copy of a letter from Raphael Moses to W.O. Tuggle of LaGrange, Georgia, 1875; indentures, 1866-1945, and business records including minutes of meetings of the Rosenberg Jewelry Company, 1928-1944.
Sisterhood of Temple B'nai Israel, Albany. Georgia was originally known as the Hebrew Ladies Aid Society and was founded in 1895 as The Ladies Aid Society. The records consist of correspondence, financial records and minutes.
The Young Ladies Co-operative Society of Albany, Georgia, began in 1901 to coordinate social and charitable events in the local Jewish community. The records consist of two minute books that cover the entire history of the organization.
The Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society of Albany, Georgia was organized on February 10, 1878, by 13 women with the purpose of “doing good to all mankind and to bestow charity upon all that are needy and worthy of the same, and to promote in general all that is good and noble.” Throughout its history, the Society has lived up to these ideals and can be credited with benefiting hundreds of Albany’s citizens by providing both charity and benevolence. The records consist of minutes, correspondence, histories of Temple B’nai Israel and of The Society, financial records, memorial resolutions, membership records, and reports.
Morris, Jack and Phyllis Freedman were active at the Atlanta Jewish Federation and in numerous other Jewish community organizations. The papers consist of commentaries by Rabbi Tobias Geffen, 1958; correspondence, certificates, a ledger from Comfort Furniture Company, and photocopies of newspaper articles.
Evelyn Greenblatt Howren was a Women’s Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II and is recognized in her field as a life-long aviatrix. Souvenir book from the Spanish American War, 1898; and records from Evelyn Howren’s career as an aviatrix.
Durward (Dutch) Gerson (1919-1979) was an Atlanta resident who was active in a variety of Jewish and general communal organizations. The collection consists primarily of local and district records of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and records of Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter previously known as Mizrachi Women’s Organization Atlanta Chapter. The records from B’nai B’rith reflect upon Durward Gerson’s association with that organization. The Amit Women records represent Mildred Gerson’s participation as a volunteer and active member of Mizrachi.
A study of Jewish population, funded by the Federation in 1947, highlighted the need for a facility based on the growing number and higher percentage of aged in the total population. The William Breman Jewish Home opened its facility for the aged in 1951. The collection consists of minutes, correspondence, and newsletters.
Nathan Cohen emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1913 and moved to South Georgia working as a peddler. In 1924 he opened Cohen’s of Alma. He retired in 1957 and assumed numerous civic responsibilities throughout the community. He was elected Mayor of Alma in 1961 and later named Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club and Board of Trade. The papers include records from Cohen’s of Alma Department Store and correspondence relating to the election of Nathan Cohen as Mayor of Alma, Georgia, 1961.
Mendle and Fannie Boorstin were both active in Jewish communal life. In large part, it was the persistence of Fannie Boorstin that led to the creation of a Jewish home for the aged in Atlanta. The papers consist of minutes of the Hungarian Benevolent Society, 1926-1927; newsletters from the Young Women’s Hebrew Association, 1922-1923; and records chronicling the movement in the 1950s to establish a home for the aged in Atlanta.
Louis Geffen (1904-2001) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was Rabbi Tobias Geffen, who was the spiritual leader of Congregation Shearith Israel for over 60 years. Louis gained prominence in Atlanta as an attorney and for his involvement in a wide variety of Jewish community activities. The papers contain a history of the Eplan family of Atlanta, greeting cards and Geffen family memorabilia. Of special interest is the political campaign card of Louis Geffen for a position on the Board of Education for the City of Atlanta.
Rabbi Tobias Geffen was a spiritual leader in Atlanta for much of the 20th century and is most known for his decision to certify Coca-Cola as kosher. His papers consist of a eulogy of Harold Hirsch written by Rabbi Tobias Geffen, newspaper articles regarding Geffen family members, and membership rosters from Mizrachi Women, an organization in which Bessie Geffen Wilensky was active.
Charlotte Wilen has been active in community service in Atlanta for 30 years. She was president of the Maternal and Child Health Institute, Inc., president of the Continuum Alliance for Human Development; a member of the Georgia Planning Group for Health Promotion; a member of the Governor’s Commission on Obstetrics and a member of the Board of Directors of Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. She was also on the national task force on Maternal and Infant Health March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. As a member of B’nai B’rith Women she organized “Operation Stork” and the “Well Baby Clinic.” Her papers consist of newspaper articles and correspondence relating to the various organizations in which Charlotte Wilen participated.
Alan and Joan Forman Lipsey were residents of Thomasville, Georgia where they were active in civic affairs. The papers include memorabilia relating to the life in Thomasville, Georgia and Joan’s musical career.
Robert (Bob) M. Travis was an ardent Zionist and one of the first to recognize, as early as 1939, that the Jewish people would be facing a holocaust if Europe’s Jews were not allowed to immigrate to Palestine. Robert Travis served as president of the Zionist District in Atlanta from 1937-1939. He later served as president of the Southeastern Zionist Region. In 1941, in association with Julian Boehm he was instrumental in organizing the Atlanta branch of the American Christian Palestine Committee. He is also credited with being a founder of Camp Judaea in Henderson, North Carolina. The collection consists of correspondence, a scrapbook from Bertha Travis’ years as Hadassah president, programs, invitations, and tributes to both Robert and Bertha Travis.
The Jewish Ladies Aid Society (JLAS) – Columbus, Georgia was founded on July 5, 1874 by The Ladies Purim Association. These women decided to broaden the focus of their association which was up to now limited to an annual Purim ball, to include charity and benevolence within the Jewish community and throughout the City of Columbus. Originally named the Daughters of Israel this newly formed organization would subsequently change its name to the Hebrew Benevolent Society, The Ladies Aid Society and finally to the Jewish Ladies Aid Society. The JLAS functioned as the Sisterhood for Temple B’nai Israel founded in Columbus in 1854. Later changing its name to Temple Israel, the congregation is the second oldest in the State of Georgia. The records consist of minutes, financial records, annual reports and year books.
The papers primarily relate to Hermann Hirsch, a Confederate veteran who settled in Columbus, Georgia. The collection contains letters written by Herman Hirsch while in service to the Confederacy. The letters give a full account of the siege of Jackson in 1863. The papers primarily relate to Hermann Hirsch, a Confederate veteran who settled in Columbus, Georgia.
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman was the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Jacob (Atlanta, Ga.) for over 40 years. The files relate to the numerous issues that Rabbi Feldman involved himself during his tenure at Congregation Beth Jacob. Of special interest are the papers concerning the opening of the Atlanta Jewish Community Center on the Sabbath and the “Right of Return.”
Janet Selig was a Jewish Atlanta socialite, a member of The Temple and the Standard Club.
Gus Berman was an Atlanta resident and owner of Bermarine and Exellento, manufacturers of perfume and cosmetics.
Rich’s was established on May 28, 1867 as M. Rich Dry Goods and would grow to become the South’s largest retailer. The records consist of annual reports and financial records.
Barney Medintz was born in London, England in 1910. At the age of 1 year he immigrated with his family to America. Following graduation from the University of Chicago he moved to Atlanta to serve as director of Men’s and Boy’s activities at the Jewish Educational Alliance. Medintz worked for the Alliance for two years. On leaving, he founded the Service Uniform Company. In 1936 Medintz married Dorothy Davis. Medintz was active in a variety of youth and humanitarian causes in the Jewish community of Atlanta. The papers consist primarily speeches delivered by Barney Medintz on the wide variety of Jewish community causes in which he was involved. The speeches give insight into the depth of Barney Medintz’s commitment to Jewish causes and concerns as well as the social service priorities of the Atlanta Jewish community throughout the 1950s.
The Jacob L. Friend Papers was a Russian immigrant who came to America by way of Shanghai. The papers are composed primarily of newspaper articles, documents, personal correspondence, synagogue records, writings and a scrapbook.
Mollie Bressler Bergman was a native Atlantan and a member of Ahavath Achim Congregation. During her teenage years she was involved in Junior Hadassah and a number of other clubs.
Helen Pries Bunkin was a member of numerous teen and young adult Jewish social clubs in Atlanta in the late 1930s and early 1940. She also volunteered for the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Board during World War II.The collection consists of two scrapbooks arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.
David Alterman (1917-1993) was one of five brothers who, with their father, owned and operated a wholesale grocery business in Atlanta. David (Dave) Alterman and his wife, Sara, were also active in synagogue life and a wide variety of Jewish community organizations.
Dorothy Frankel Miller was a native Atlantan who was active in a wide variety of Jewish youth activities and clubs. The collection consists of programs, invitations, newsletters and miscellany from a scrapbook created by Dorothy Frankel from 1931-1937.
This foundation was founded in 1961 to distribute funds devoted exclusively to the causes of charity, education, and religion within the United States. The collection consists of the minutes of this foundation from its inception to its incorporation as a supporting foundation of the Atlanta Jewish Federation now known as the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.
Reuben Aaron Kunnes was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1882. The family settled in Thomson, Georgia where they owned a dry goods business that eventually became R. A. Kunnes Department Store. The Kunnes family was active in all aspects of community life in Thomson, Georgia.
John Maidanek is a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States from Harberg in Nazi Germany at the age of 11. The collection primarily consists of letters written by the brothers and parents of John Maidanek from 1935-1941.
Martha Jo Felson Katz is a native of Ocilla, Georgia. The collection consists of correspondence, legal and financial papers and the diaries of Annette Harris Felson, 1932-1934, which detail the day-to-day events of a young Jewish woman living in Ocilla, Georgia.
Lyons Heyman was born on January 25, 1928, in Atlanta, Georgia. The collection consists of financial records from the Rialto Saloon Co., Inc. owned by the Marks family in Albany, Georgia, a history of Temple Beth El in West Point, Georgia.
Vida Goldgar was an important contributor to “The Southern Israelite" for almost forty years. The collection consists primarily of Goldgar’s columns and news articles, which she wrote for "The Southern Israelite" as well as speeches she gave to various organizations. The collection also contains newspaper clippings about events in the Jewish community. Of special interest are pamphlets from early synagogues in Georgia. Also of special interest are articles and drafts documenting the settlement history of Jews in Georgia.
Bertram Ehrlich (1913-2001) was born in Bainbridge, Georgia. Growing up in Bainbridge he later attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, from which he graduated with a doctoral degree. He was employed as a pharmacist in numerous drug stores in New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and Tennessee. In 1941, he moved back to Bainbridge, Georgia to assist his father in the Ehrlich Drug Co. The collection consists of newspaper clippings; photocopies of formulas from Ehrlich Drug Company; a Confirmation certificate of Bertram Ehrlich from Congregation Beth El of Bainbridge, Georgia; photocopies of writings by Bertram Ehrlich including "One Hundred and Twenty Years of Pharmacy in Decatur County," 1989, "Mixed Memories of Over Fifty Years of the Practice of Pharmacy," an "Historical Sketch of Temple Beth El," and "I Remember Life in a Small Southern Town: Bainbridge, Georgia," 1913-1985; genealogies of the Ehrlich and Kwilecki families; a photocopy of "An Unknown Jew in the South: Abraham Ehrlich," by Louis Schmier; a photocopy of the Memorandum of the Electric Lighting and Ice Plants of Sig. Nussbaum, located in Bainbridge Georgia; and a copy of the last will and testament of Sarah B. Erhlich.
Edward Sugerman was president of Temple Sinai. The papers consist of material relating to Dr. Sugarman's tenure as president of Temple Sinai.
Phillip Lazarus was a Russian immigrant who settled in South Georgia in the late 1891. He originally moved to Rochelle, GA and married Lena Pearlman of Americus, Georgia. In 1902 they moved to Quitman, Georgia and opened Phillip Lazarus and Sons, a general merchandise store. The collection consists of indentures, correspondence primarily written by Jake Lazarus to his parents while serving as a soldier during World War II, and the naturalization certificate of Phillip Lazarus.
Aaron Cohn was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1916. He graduated from ColumbusHigh School in 1932 and The University of Georgia Law School in 1938. He practiced law in Columbus from 1938 until his enlistment in the United States Army in 1940. He participated in four major campaigns and helped to liberate the Ebensee Concentration Camp in 1945. Following his discharge he returned to Columbus and in 1965 he was appointed a judge of the Juvenile Court in Muscogee County. The collection consists of photocopies of newspaper articles relating to Judge Cohn's career and a transcript of an oral interview in which he recalls the liberation of Ebensee.
Bernard Birnbaum was a Holocaust survivor from France. The collection consists of immigration and identification documents for members of the Birnbaum and Zwern families. Of special interest is the French identification card of Eli Georges Birnbaum marked with "Juif," the French word for Jew.
Murray Stein is a Rome, Georgia, dentist who married Louise Stock. The Stock family was among the earlier settlers to Rome. The collection consists of membership records from Rodeph Sholom Congregation, newspaper articles on various subjects including the history of Jewish life in Rome, and documents relating to the attempt of Casper Stock to bring his cousin Estera Fajga Syskind to America, 1939-1941.
The Dannenberg Company was a Jewish-owned department that existed in Macon, Georgia, between 1867 and 1965. The records are unusual in that they contain both financial records dating back to 1883 but also minutes of the stockholders meetings from 1910-1965.
Morris Dwoskin was the founder of Dwoskin, Inc. an Atlanta based wallpaper company. His son Harry was extremely active in wide variety of Jewish and general community organizations and was elected the president of the Better Business Bureau in Atlanta in 1966. The collection consists of a scrapbook highlighting the accomplishments of Harry Dwoskin; records and memorabilia from Dwoskins, Inc.; and records from Ahavath Achim Congregation.
Gus B. Kaufman was a native of Macon, Georgia. His family was active in both Jewish and general community activities in Macon. The collection consists of papers relating to the Atlanta Ballyhoo Club (1935); Congregation Sherah Israel (now Congregation Sha'arey Israel); the Civil War (including Confederate burial records); a history of the Bernd and Bloch families; Congregation Mickve Israel, Savannah, Georgia; a booklet "The Great Migration and the Founding of Congregation Sherah Israel in Macon, Georgia, 1881-1910"; correspondence between Gus Kaufman to Marion Waxelbaum (1934-1935); advertisements for the G. Bernd Company; a letter regarding the Jewish War Relief Campaign (1921); articles on the Waxelbaum and Gus Kaufman family; booklets on Palestine: "Before the United Nations. A Plea for a Just Solution of the Problem of Palestine"; "I Speak as a Christian" by Dorothy Thompson; "There Is Only One Answer ..." by Dorothy Thompson; "Shall the Door Be Shut?"; a genealogy of the Straus family; confirmation program of Temple Beth Israel (1928); Temple Guild Cookbook; the wedding program for Mannie and Mame Waxelbaum (1905) and a letter and accompanying report relating to obscene letters sent to Thomas E. Watson of Thomson, Georgia in 1912.
Moe D. Horowitz (1912-1967) was an Atlanta businessman and past president of Congregation Shearith Israel. The collection consists of miscellaneous records from Shearith Israel, the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund, and the Hebrew Academy.
Jacob Elsas (1842-1932) was the founder of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills in Atlanta, Georgia. At one time the mill was the largest employer in Atlanta. Papers consist of a personal letter copy book and obituaries of Jacob Elsas founder and owner of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills, and over 600 letter copies of outgoing correspondence between Jacob Elsas and his business associates and family. Of special interest are: ALS Jacob Elsas to Col. E.C. Hyatt, July 17, 1899 regarding Jewish attendance at services at his son's boarding school; ALS Jacob Elsas to Mr. Joseph Banigan, December 8, 1897 regarding a possible strike of mill hands; ALS Jacob Elsas to Chief Manly, December 1887 (letter 489) regarding a disturbance involving mill hands.
Sidney Greenblatt was the son of Samuel and Bessie Greenblatt. He was the vice president in charge of production for Montag Bros. Inc. from the early 1940s until the 1960s. The collection consists primarily of records from his tenure as plant manager at Montag Bros. Inc.
This collection of records traces the growth and development of one of the earliest and largest women’s organizations in Atlanta. The records date back to the Council’s inception in 1895 and cover a broad range of topics including immigration, labor, child care, old age employment, and Tay-Sachs testing. The records consist of reports, bulletins, by-laws, correspondence, financial statements, mailings, meeting minutes, newsletters, and yearbooks.
Hortense Kaufmann Stahl is a member of a long-time Georgia family who settled in Albany, Georgia and later moved to Brunswick, Georgia and to Atlanta. The collection consists of three prayer books, one of which contains the Kaufmann family genealogy and a meeting notice to members of Atlanta Lodge No. 78, B.P.O. Elks, 1928.
Sol Singer was a native Georgian and was involved in almost every aspect of the Atlanta Jewish community. The papers includes documents relating to the Singers' involvement in various Jewish organizations, their family histories and correspondences. Included are records relating to Sol Singer's interest in stamp collecting and the Jewish community of Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. The social historian interested in Jewish life in small southern towns and the development of the Atlanta Jewish community will find this collection of special interest.
The B’nai B’rith Girls DJG (Devoted Jewish Girls) Chapter in Atlanta was a popular club for girls in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a part of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) and B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG). The records consist of a scrapbook that documents their activities in the late 1960s.
Harry Silverman was a leading cigar dealer and restaurateur of Atlanta. His papers include correspondence, a bill of sale for a slave named Harriet, 1862, a published biography of Crawford W. Long, photocopies of newspaper articles, genealogies and family histories.
Maurice Friedman was mayor of Sandersville, Georgia in the late 1950s and into the early 1960s. The papers consists of correspondence, newspaper articles, and business records including minutes.
David Mayer was born in Bavaria in 1815. He immigrated to the United States in 1839, settling first in Tennessee and then in Washington, Georgia. Eight years later he moved to Atlanta where he remained until his death in 1890. David Mayer was a businessman, confederate veteran, free mason, and one of the founders of the Atlanta public schools. The collection consists of letters from notables such as Joseph E. Brown, elected as Georgia's governor four times, and from Alexander H. Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy. Also contained are personal letters written by David Mayer and his children.
Louis Morris was born in Russia as Leib Yampolsky. The name was changed to Morris at Ellis Island. Louis married Jeanette Hartstein. He was the owner of Louis Morris' Grocery Store on Haygood Avenue in Atlanta. The collection consists of the ledger book from Louis Morris' grocery store, the Naturalization certificate of Louis Morris, 1938, the obituary of Leon Steinberg, 1978, and a newspaper article relating to the American Jewish Committee's Oral History Project.
Helen Shulahfer Whitehill is the daughter of Philip and Hannah Shulhafer. Philip Shulhafer was Personnel Director of Montag Paper Company. Hannah Shulhafer was active in The Temple, National Council of Jewish Women and a variety of social service organizations in Atlanta. The papers consists of various papers relating to the Shulhafers and their close friend Rebecca Gershon.
Young Judaea - Daughters of Zion Chapter was an active youth organization in Atlanta throughout the 1940s and 1950s. The collection consists of three scrapbooks containing memorabilia and correspondence.
A native Atlantan, Thomas Asher is a prominent businessman and community leader. The collection consists of records from the Elsas family reunion held in Atlanta in 1993; record books belonging to Oscar Elsas, President of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills following the retirement of his father Jacob in 1913; material relating to the works of playwright Alfred Uhry, a boyhood friend of Tom Asher; and newsletters from Rich's, the store at which Joseph Asher was employed.
Herman Shmerling was the owner of H. Shmerling, a jewelry store located on Broad Street in Augusta. The collection consists of correspondence primarily relating to payments, credit and orders.
Temple Beth Israel - Macon, Georgia was established in 1859 by eleven men who came together for that purpose at a house on Cherry Street in Macon, Georgia. Today the congregation is still active in the Macon community. The collection consists of minutes, correspondence, cemetery records, financial and legal records, and general administrative files. Of special interest are the minutes which provide an accounting of the congregation's activities from its inception in 1859. The first minute book refers to members called to service for the Confederacy.
Rodeph Sholom Congregation was founded in 1875 and is still in existence today. The records consist of minutes, correspondence, cemetery records, financial and legal records, and general administrative files. Of special interest to researchers are the indentures which provide a clear account of the congregation’s property.
Congregation Children of Israel was established in 1846 and is still in existence today. The records consist of minutes, correspondence, financial and legal records and general administrative files. Of special interest to researchers is the Sunday school scrapbook, which holds pictures dating as far back as the sixties. The collection also consists of the first check written, which provides official ownership of the congregation.
A native Atlantan, Dr. Jerome B. Blumenthal was active in the local community. His papers consist of an annual report from The Jewish Home, 1962; an admission card, bulletin and a cookbook published from Ahavath Achim Congregation, 1949-1966; a letter from Louis J. Levitas to Jerry Blumenthal, 1953; a letter from Mayor William B. Hartsfield, 1961; a letter from Senator Herman Talmadge regarding school segregation; an article regarding the death of Julian V. Bohem, 1960; and a catalogue from the High Museum of Art, 1968.
Devara Felson Goodman was active in a variety of civic organizations while living in Ocilla, Georgia. The collection consists of material from family businesses, correspondence written at Blue Star Camps, and memorabilia relating to the activities of various family members.
National Service Industries, Inc. was one of the largest textile rental companies in the United States. It existed between 1962 and 2001. The records consist of records of acquisitions, mergers and sales of the various companies that were a part of NSI. Also included are annual reports from NSI and National Linen Services as well as a variety of records from ZEP Manufacturing Company and Selig Chemical.
The Atlanta Rabbinical Assembly, founded sometime prior to 1970, is comprised of rabbis who represent the full spectrum of organized religious expression in the Atlanta area. Membership is open to and includes colleagues, both active and retired, from all sectors of the Jewish community: members serve in congregational as well as non-congregational settings. The records contain officer and membership lists, meeting agendas and minutes that reflect critical issues that have come before the organized Jewish community of Atlanta.
M. Harry Steine was a German immigrant who served in World War II and became a prominent lawyer in Augusta, Georgia. The collection consists of records from the Citizens Committee for Good Government and from Augusta city council meetings.
Mike Bock was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were from Vladivostock, Russia. The collection consists of memorabilia from Edison Brothers Stores, Inc., 1944-1966; and a scrapbook compiled by Ilene Bock Zier, 1951-1956 consisting of B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, school, and camp material.
Aaron Hardy Ulm was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1879. He was secretary to Governor Joseph Brown, c.1905 and later to Governor John M. Slaton, c.1913-1915. Following the lynching of Leo Frank, Ulm moved his family to Washington, D.C. The collection consists of letters from Governor Slaton to Aaron Hardy Ulm while on his trip to California following the lynching of Leo Frank. Also included is hate mail sent from unknown persons to the governor's office following the commutation.
Rabbi Isaac E. Marcuson was the spiritual leader at Temple Beth Israel, Macon, Georgia, for over 58 years. The bulk of the collection contains letters and requests for materials published for and by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Additional correspondence can be found in subject specific folders. The collection contains material concerning World War II and the efforts in Macon to assist Jews escaping Nazi persecution prior to and after World War II.
The Esserman family settled in Rome, Georgia, in the early 1890s. Jule and Rose were very involved in the Jewish community and the community of Rome. Of special interest in this collection are the personal stories, and history of Rose Esserman Levin while growing up in Rome. The collection includes a brief history into the life of the Esserman Family, how Esserman & Co. became a successful clothing business and their many contributions to the community. One can also get a brief look into individual family members. The Levin’s were very involved in the progression of the Civil Rights Movement. The collection contains papers written by students after participating in the sit-in demonstrations.
The Adas Yeshurun Synagogue is the oldest and first congregation in Augusta, Georgia. It was founded in 1889 and is an Orthodox congregation that is still in existence today. The records are primarily minutes, some financial records, and program books relating to the varied activities and projects of this Orthodox synagogue. The history of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue can be found in Folder 4: 90th Anniversary 1979. Of special interest in this collection are the highlights from 1955 and 1985 found in Folder 16: The Menorah, which gives the history and activities of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue.
Temple B'nai Israel has been a Reform congregation since its founding in 1854 and was a charter member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, now the Union for Reform Judaism. The records are composed primarily of the minutes and financial records relating to the daily activities of this congregation.
Joseph Benjamin Jacobs (1887 – 1965) was born and educated in Atlanta, GA. He became a prominent businessman in the linen industry. The collection contains personal banking transactions, congratulation letters on the marriage of Joseph to Rose, general correspondence between the three brothers, most written to Joseph from Edward, legal proceedings to settle business difference and travel journals relating to Jacob family road trips to Florida.
Jack Steinberg Papers consist of information he collected on Adas Yeshurun, the Congregation Children of Israel Sisterhood and the Augustan community. This collection does not contain any personal or family history on the Steinberg family. The largest piece of the collection consists of Sisterhood minutes and program activities from 1938 – 1984. Other sections of the collection include Annual Reports, Rabbi Goldburg’s writing, High Holy Day, M. Harry Stein paper, and history of Congregation Children of Israel.
Rubin and Lola Lansky were Holocaust survivors who met in New York following World War II. They married in 1947 and moved to Atlanta in 1953. The collection consists of immigration documents, records from Eternal Life-Hemshech, Inc. a Holocaust survivor’s organization and records from the 50th anniversary celebration of the Victory in Europe in 1995. NOTE: THIS COLLECTION IS DIGITIZED AND AVAILABLE ONLINE.
Henry Koplin was an Atlanta native and moved to Macon, Georgia to establish a scrap metal business known as Macon Iron and Steel. He married Sarah Mendel of Atlanta, Georgia in 1916. The collection consists of Mendel family genealogical information, a high school memory book from Commercial High School of Sarah Mendel, 1911 and the brides book of Sarah Mendel, 1916.
Rabbi Kranz served Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia for over 25 years. The bulk of the collection is correspondence thanking him for all his service to the community and his congregants. Also in the collection are materials from his tenure at Chicago Sinai congregation. Additional correspondence can be found in subject specific folders.
Harold Yudelson was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His education was interrupted when he was drafted into World War II. Harold Yudelson served as a Lieutenant and was wounded in battle during the last days of the war. The collection consists primarily of military records and letters written from Harold Yudelson to his family members in Atlanta during World War II.
Herbert and Philip Ringel were both influential lawyers in Georgia. . The collection includes letters written in German, two journals of Max Marks written in late 1888 and many photographs. The collection also includes newspaper articles on Philip's career dating from 1933 to 1961.
Andre Steiner and his wife lived in Hungary and Slovakia before surviving the Holocaust and immigrating to the United States. The collection consists of correspondence, 1939-1962, from Weiner family members many of which were written from Thereisenstadt; and the diary of Hetty Weiner Steiner that she wrote while hiding in the mountains in 1944.
A native of Germany, Jack (Jacob) Weinstock immigrated to the United States and settled in Atlanta. He became a prominent and well respected businessman in the community and surrounding area. The papers are primarily composed of correspondence, newspaper, articles, certificates and family papers.
A native Atlantan, Dr. Marvin C. Goldstein was a clinical professor of orthodontics at the Medical College of Gerogia and Emory University. He was active in a wide variety of community activities, including the Civil Rights Movement. His papers include biographies, Civil Rights related material, correspondence, deeds, articles, invitations, programs, newsletters, speeches, newspaper clippings, and material related to his service during Worlds War II.
Dr. David Hein was born in 1923 in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated Boys' High School in 1941, attended Northwestern University and earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Medical Degree from Emory University. He was Assistant Resident and Chief Resident at Grady Memorial Hospital from 1952-1954. He was in private practice specializing in Gastroenterology from 1954 until his retirement in 1994. The collection consists of correspondence; writings by Dr. David Hein and Dr. Virginia Herzog Hein; genealogical material relating to the Herzog, Blum, Bloch, Bernd, Cohen, Hein and Montag families; and school memorabilia. Of special interest is a journal article written by Dr. Virginia Hein entitled: "The Image of 'A City Too Busy to Hate': Atlanta in the 1960's" for the "Phylon, The Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture."
Rebecca Rosenbaum Gentile served with the Red Cross and the International Refugee Organization following World War II. The collection consists of journals kept by Rebecca Rosenbaum while serving with the Red Cross and with the International Refugee Organization; correspondence and records generated by her work with the above two agencies; school papers, travel documents and certificates. Of special interest is the invitation to the dedication of the first Sefer Torah in liberated Europe, 1944. The journal kept by Rebecca Rosenbaum while with International Refugee Organization describes lives and the plights of displaced persons in post war Europe.
James Montag was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1936. He is the son Louis and Jane Montag. Louis was one of the founders of Montag Brothers, the creator of Blue Horse school supplies and Montag Stationary. James Montag is a descendant of Abraham Levy who immigrated to the United States from Holland in c.1818. He settled with his wife Rachel in Richmond, Virginia. Ethel Montag was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Her great-grandfather, Sam Brown was the first Jewish mayor of Albany, Georgia and founder of the first bank in Albany. The collection consists of the travel diary of Lee Bloom of Eufaula, Alabama detailing a voyage to Europe and his return with future wife Emile Weil, 1888; the autograph book of Emile Weil Bloom, 1887-1888; the recipe book of Ernestine Marie Brown, undated; a genealogy chart for the descendants of Abraham Levy and Rachel Cornelia Bernard, 1983; a commemorative book from the Frank-Meinhard-Weil family reunion celebration, 1989; and miscellaneous newspaper articles and genealogical material copied from the Goldberg-Rich family bible, 1843-2006.
Neil Ghingold and his father owned a dry goods store in Augusta, Gerogia. The collection consists of a synagogue history from Adas Yeshurun Synagogue in Augusta, Georgia; immigration documents, a family history and a memoir written by Abram Ghingold, in Romania and translated into English in which he recounts his life in Romania and the plight of the Jews in that country.
Ann Uhry Abrams was born in Atlanta, Georgia the daughter of Ralph and Alene Fox Uhry. Her brother, Alfred Uhry, is a famous playwright. She is an accomplished historian. The collection consists of brides books, a baby book, a scrapbook, and a memorial book relating to Fox, Uhry and Abrams family members.
Stanford Makover was a prominent businessman and community leader in in Atlanta, Georgia. The collection consists of records from Shirley of Atlanta and an annual report from Ahavath Achim Congregation.
Clemmie Mayer Pinkhussohn was born in Atlanta, Georgia the youngest child of David and Elisa Weilman Mayer. She married Samuel (Sam) Pinkhussohn of Savannah, Georgia in 1889. The couple resided in Atlanta. Clemmie's father David Mayer was the trusted friend of Georgia governor Joseph E. Brown and Alexander Stephens, the vice-president of the Confederacy. The collection consists of correspondence between Brown, Stephens and Mayer, the invitation to the wedding of Clemmie Mayer and Sam Pinkhussohn, and a scrapbook compiled in 1884 containing obituaries, wedding announcements and news of the day.
Elisa Weilmann Mayer was born in German in 1829. At the age of 18, Elisa immigrated to the United States to become the wife of David Mayer. She was a leading citizen of Atlanta and a president of the Grandmothers Club. The collection consists of a scrapbook and loose items found in the scrapbook compiled by Elisa Weilmann Mayer. Of special interest is a letter from Morris Mayer to his mother Elisa in 1867 in which he discusses his recovery from an accidental gunshot wound.
Eternal Life-Hemshech, Inc., was formed on September 3, 1964, by survivors of the Nazi Holocaust, 1933-1945, who settled in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The primary goal was to erect a monument in memory of their six million brethren who did not survive. The records consist primarily of correspondence from 1970 – 1997 and meeting minutes (board, executive and general membership) from 1985 - 1997.
A native of Atlanta, Joseph K. Heyman became a prominent businessman and social figure in the community. The papers consist of publicity files and speeches given by Joseph Heyman on the state of the economy to organizations throughout Georgia, publicity files relating to his speaking commitments, records from boards and organization on which he served, correspondence and newspaper articles. Also contained in the collection are records from The Coca Cola Company, and a biography of Herman Heyman (1825-1885) a German immigrant who settled in West Point, Georgia, written by his daughter Bertha Heyman. The biography also describes the military record of Louis Merz, also from West Point, who was killed while serving the Confederacy.
The Smith settled in Vidalia, Georgia, and opened a shoe store in 1925. The family business flourished into Max Smith’s Department Store. The papers contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, and material related to Congregation Beth Israel and the Savannah Hebrew Day School.
An Atlanta native, Nathan Lipton was a prominent businessman and community leader. The collection primarily consists of papers relating to his family member Louise Asman Marks who was born in Darian, Georgia in 1917 and includes her baby book.
Louis Perling emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1920 and settled in Sandersville, Georgia. The Perling family has owned and operated a clothing store in Sandersville for the last 75 years. The collection consists of letters from Maggie Oshman to a number of correspondents, primarily to Louis Perling who she would later marry. The letters are written from Galveston, Texas and from Cochran and Hazelhurst, Georgia. Of special interest are the letters in which Maggie Oshman discusses her Jewish identity.
Meyer and Estelle Kreigsberg of Augusta, Georgia are active members of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue. Estelle Kriegsberg was also active in numerous Jewish organizations in Augusta including the Synagogue sisterhood (Daughters of Israel) and Hadassah. The collection consists of records, including minutes from the Daughters of Israel and records from Hadassah in Augusta and the southeast region. Of special interest are the letters from Augusta Hadassah members who visited Israel in the early 1950s that describe their trips.
Max and Rebecca Ruben in established Ruben's Department Store on Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia in 1898. The collection consists of an employee salary ledger, 1944-1946, a cancelled check, 1963, a debit memorandum from the 1940s, an application for a charge account; and records from the Havath Israel Lodge #361 of the Independent Order of Brith Sholom in Augusta, Georgia and the Independent Order of Brith Sholom - Atlanta Lodge No. 303.
A German immigrant, Louis Cohen was elected mayor of Sandersville in 1887 and served several terms. The papers consist of certificates from the Banking House of Louis Cohen, family genealogical materials, a scrapbook completed by Louis Cohen, the recipe book of Henrietta Happ, family bibles containing additional genealogical records, and correspondence from Cohen and Happ family members.
Reuben Cohen and his wife Lillian were active in a wide variety of activities in Atlanta. Reuben was a longtime member of the Atlanta Radio Club and Lillian was a preschool teacher at the Atlanta Jewish Community Center for over 30 years. The collection consists of a log and rosters from the Atlanta Radio Club and programs, invitations and awards relating to the Cohen's involvement in a wide variety of Jewish community organizations.
Harold Hersch is a Holocaust survivor and prominent businessman in Atlanta, Georiga. The papers consists of newspaper articles, a family history, correspondence from relatives in Poland, and papers relating to the restitution of property confiscated during World War II.
Founded in 1888, Temple Beth El is the Reform congregation in Anniston, Alabama. The collection consists primarily of minutes of the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society also known as Henrietta Sterne Sisterhood and the Anniston Sisterhood. The minutes provide insight into both the “good works” of Ladies Benevolent Societies as well as the importance of this particular sisterhood in the overall success of this congregation.
Born in New York, William Singer settled in Georgia where he became a farmer and winemaker. The collection consists primarily of a family history and newspaper articles relating to the Singer family and their lives in Cordele, Thomaston and Atlanta, Georgia.
Followers of Zion (F.O.Z) Chapter of Young Judaea was founded in Atlanta in 1951. The collection consists of a scrapbook of chapter activities.
Irving Weinstein A.Z.A. 807 of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization was founded in Columbus, Georgia, in 1950. The collection consists of two scrapbooks and yearbooks relating to the chapter's activities.
Ruth Kuniansky was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Girl's High School. The collection consists of a memory book of her high school years.
Records from the President's Committee to Study The Red Cross Blood Program, on which Dr. Irving Greenberg served, 1952.
Hilda Popkin married Robert William Ney of Atlanta. Hilda Popkin is a graduate of the University Hospital School of Nursing in Augusta. Mr. Ney is a graduate of Boys’ High School and Georgia Tech. During the war, he was a captain in the Army. The papers consist of newsletters, scrapbooks, and high school memorabilia.
Brandeis University National Women's Committee, Atlanta Chapter was founded in 1949 with Leah Janis elected as its first president. Brandeis University National Women's Committee chapters promote interest in Brandeis University located in Waltham, Massachusetts and raises funds in support of the University Library. The collection consists of a scrapbook, publications and newspaper articles relating to the activities of the Atlanta chapter.
NA'AMAT (formerly Pioneer Women) Golda Meir Chapter Atlanta, Georgia, was founded as in 1946. NA'AMAT is a women's labor Zionist organization that provides training, educational and social services for women, youth and children in Israel.
Rabbi Nathan Katz was the spiritual leader of Congregation Anshi S'fard for more than 50 years. The collection consists of sermons, writings, correspondence and newspaper articles.
A native of Atlanta, Edward Krick was involved with the Jewish community in Atlanta, Georgia. The collection consists primarily of a scrapbook containing memorabilia from Shearith Israel Juniors including a program for a Minstrel Show performance by the group and Purim ball ad books and Yizkor (memorial) books from Congregation Shearith Israel.
Atlanta City Directories collection consisting of bindings removed from city directories containing advertising information for Jewish businesses in Atlanta.
A native of Alabama, Myron Lobman was a prominent businessman in Montgomery. The papers consist primarily of business records from Stein-Lobman Dry Goods Company. Papers relating to the activities of the Lobman family of Montgomery are also included in the collection. The letter copy books from 1891-1903, contain the pertinent correspondence of the principals of Steiner-Lobman relating to the transactions of the company. The records also contain the customer names of the hundreds of small town stores in Georgia and Alabama who purchased goods from Steiner-Lobman.
A native Georgian, Joseph Samuel Rosenberg was the president of Rosenberg Bros. Department Store established in 1898, by his father Jacob and two uncles, Abraham and Isaac. The collection consists of correspondence, certificates, newspaper clippings, and resolutions relating to life of careers of three generations of Rosenbergs, Jacob (Jake), and Ralph.
Hana Kraus Beer was a Holocaust survivor. Her papers consist of legal and travel documents and correspondence primarily relating to Hana Kraus Beer's life following the liberation of Thereisanstadt including the time she spent in England prior to her immigration to the United States in 1949 and her subsequent marriage to Walter Beer also a survivor of the Holocaust.
A native of Atlanta, Simon Selig Jr. was president of Selig Chemical and later the family real estate business. The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper articles relating to the life of career of Simon Selig. Also included are the papers of Benjamin J. Massell who was the father of Simon Selig's wife Caroline Massell. Benjamin Massell was a community leader and civic leader. Massell was born in Lithuania in 1886. He immigrated to the United States with his parents as a child and attended Boys High School. By the end of his second year he quit school to begin a working career that culminate in his being one of Atlanta's most successful real estate developers.
A native of Alabama, Lawrence B. Goldsmith was a prominent businessman and civic leader in Huntsville.The collection consists of photocopies of the correspondence and administrative files relating to the Huntsville Jewish Charities (formerly Huntsville, Alabama United Jewish Appeal) campaign of which Lawrence Bernstein Goldsmith Sr. was chairman. It also includes family papers such as correspondence, clippings, and an oral history of Margaret Anne Goldsmith conducted by the Institute of Southern Jewish Life.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta formerly known as the Atlanta Jewish Community Center was officially founded in 1910, as the Jewish Educational Alliance. Over the years the center remained the central meeting place for Jewish youth and adults. The records consist of newsletters, annual reports, minutes, programs and flyers.
Dr. Louis Schmier is a professor at Valdosta State University. As part of a proposed history on Jewish life in Georgia Dr. Schimier collected documents relating to lives of numerous families, individuals, synagogues and communities. The collection consists of these files.
Temple Beth Israel – Gadsden, Alabama was unofficially founded in 1903. The synagogue and its membership were active in the general community life of Gadsden. Without a growing population, the congregation was finally forced to close its doors in 2010. The collection consists of minutes, correspondence, and bulletins of the congregation, as well as records from Gadsden chapter of B’nai B’rith Women and the Gadsden Federated Jewish Charities.
ongregation Beth Jacob is an Orthodox congregation located in Atlanta, Georgia, that was founded in 1943 and is in existence today. The records consists of annual reports, minutes, correspondence, financial records, membership information, bulletins, newsletters, and building plans for both the 1855 Lavista Road building and its expansion in the 1970s.
Sewelowitz Hebrew Free Loan Association - Birmingham Alabama was established in 1910 as the Birmingham Free Loan Society. It was renamed in 1946 to honor the work of founding member Sam Sewelowtiz. The mission of the organization was to provide interest free loans to members of the Jewish community of Birmingham. The collection consists of minutes, correspondence and financial records.
Congregation Ariel in Atlanta, Georgia, opened in 1993 and is an Orthodox synagogue. The records consist of a scrapbook.
Clarice Geigerman Woodruff was active in the arts in Atlanta, Georgia. The collection consists of the script used by Clarice from "Driving Miss Daisy," newspaper articles, and invitations, programs and flyers from the many arts related organizations in which she was involved.
Founded in 1945, the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education was created to coordinate Jewish education efforts in the local community. The collection contains board minutes, conference materials, correspondence, financial records, local and national education materials.
The Rosenbush Family Papers were compiled over three generations beginning with Julius Rosenbush, who was a prominent entrepreneur in the mortuary and furniture businesses in Demopolis, Alabama. His children also participated in the mortuary and furniture business. The collection includes blueprints, correspondence, deeds, accounting ledgers, photographs, genealogical records, and maps.
The Atlanta Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations was founded in 1944 to strengthen relationships between the Jewish women of Atlanta, to promote community interest and to service as a council for community planning. The original member organizations were: The Atlanta Section, National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Chapter Hadassah, Temple Sisterhood, Ahavath Achim Sisterhood, Shearith Israel Sisterhood, Or VeShalom Sisterhood, Service Guild, Pioneer Women, and the Women's Auxiliary of B'nai B'rith. The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, rosters and programs.
Yeshiva High School of Atlanta was founded in 1970 by ten individuals who were concerned with the rising tide of inter-marriage and assimilation in the Atlanta area. The first class consisted of 12 students. The records consist of anniversary books and brochures.
Mattie Lee Baxley Papers, consisting of 1 cubic foot of material containing documents relating to the career of Marcos Fernan-Nunez, a direct descendant of Dr. Samuel Ribiero Nunez a member of the group of 42 Jews who settled in Georgia in 1733; research and genealogical records relating to the 42 Jewish settlers and in particular to the Nunez family; and a draft and final copy of the manuscript "Gold Buttons," a history of the Nunez family by Mattie Lee Baxley wife of Marcos Fernan-Nunez.
Kurt Bial was transported from Liverpool to Australia aboard the HMT Dunera along with 2,541 other internees in 1941. Two thousand of the passengers were Jewish who were forced to live in inhuman condition and who experienced brutal treatment by the British crew. The collection consists of a photocopy of the first-hand account of Kurt Bial's experience on the Dunera along with supporting documents including a photocopy of a typescript account of the voyage written by passengers three months after their arrival in Australia.
Jerzy (George) Zielezinski was Polish artist and Dachau concentration camp survivor. The drawings depict life in the camp as the artist saw it. Zielezinski was a political prisoner in Dachau. The collection consists of twenty-four b/w reproductions of drawings, title-page, contents page as well as two text leaves resting in quarter-cloth over paper-covered boards portfolio with folding flaps relating to the lives of prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp.
Polish immigrants, the Davidson family operated a prominent store in Cochran, Georgia, for much of the 20th century. The collection consists of photocopies of newspaper articles about the Davidson family; the naturalization certificate of Julius Davidson, 1918; the partnership agreement between Abraham Nathan Davidson and Julius Davidson, 1950; and correspondence between Abraham Davidson and his future wife Ida Radetsky of Savannah.
An immigrant from Lithuania, Morris Jacobson was a prominent businessman and civic leader in Waycross, Georgia. His papers include records from Jewish organizations and the family business in Waycross, newspaper clippings, writings, and a scrapbook.
In 1958, this branch began as a branch in training. Eleven Sisterhoods participated in the first conference in 1959 with Phyllis Weinstein was chosen as leader. The Women’s League officially accepted the branch at the 1960 Convention. The mission is to serve as a connection between Women’s League and its affiliates and members and to provide services that will strengthen Sisterhoods.
The B'nai B'rith Youth Organization - Acharit Chapter was founded in 1973 in Atlanta. The collection consists of a scrapbook highlighting the activities of the chapter and newsletters and correspondence.
B'nai B'rith Governor David Emanuel Lodge No. 1698 - Waycross, Georgia was organized in 1947. The collection consists of a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings relating to the chapter's activities including a press release announcing the final mortgage payment for Waycross Hebrew Congregation located on Screven Avenue and loose newspaper articles relating to the golfing career of Barry Jacobson of Waycross.
Founded in 1992, the Davis Academy is Atlanta's Reform Jewish day school. The collection consists of a brochure, newsletters an a program book.
Paul Ginsberg was a soldier during World War II, a Jewish War Veterans Commander, prominent Atlanta attorney, and community leader. His papers include correspondence, military records, newspapers clippings, invitations, programs, scrapbooks, and family histories and genealogies.
Laura Dinerman Papers, 1986-2010, consisting of records relating to Laura Dinerman's activities with the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, the Atlanta Jewish Federation (Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta), and the United Jewish Appeal.
Henry Alexander Jr. was part of an established and prominent Jewish family in Atlanta, Georgia. His papers include many materials related to his activities and those of his family members such as correspondence, programs, invitations, deeds, newspapers articles, writings, and scrapbooks. NOTE: THIS COLLECTION IS DIGITIZED.
In addition to his practice in religious architecture, Mr. Hirsch has also designed many homes, commercial, retail, industrial and municipal buildings, and medical emergency centers. Papers consisting of correspondence files from the architectural practice, Benjamin Hirsch and Associates.
Janice Rothschild Blumberg is an author and speaker on American Jewish history, particularly Southern Jewish History. Papers consisting of book galleys, manuscripts, plays, musical scores and audiotapes.
Jewish National Fund was established more than 100 years ago by a small group of leaders, including Theodor Herzl. By purchasing plots of land, they hoped to establish the groundwork for the birth of our nation of Israel. JNF continues to make a commitment to the land and people in the 21st century. The records consists of four scrapbooks, 1969-1985, newsletters, and photos.
William H. Frey Family Papers, 1949-1997, consisting of .2 linear feet of material including publications and newspaper articles relating to the Puritan Chemical Co. and to William Frey's civic and business activities as vice-president of Puritan, and to other family members including his father-in-law, Abrom Lewis (A.L.) Feldman the founder of the Puritan Chemical Company.
Norman Weitz Family Papers, c.1931-1982, consisting of .4 linear feet of material including the World War II military records and photographs relating to the service of Norman Weitz, fliers from the Kiddie Revue and Milk Fund,1931; Girl's High School commencement program, 1940, memorabilia from Alpha Epsilon Pi at the University of Georgia; and the scrapbook of Mitzi Hirsch, 1936-1937.
Papers relating to Gary Metzel's involvement with Temple Sinai and Reform Judaism.
Copies of correspondence between Sigmond Zacharias (Louisville, Georgia) and Hennie Kaufman (Columbus, Georgia) during 1879.
Joel Goldberg Family Papers, 1966-1973, consisting of three bound volumes of records relating to the merger of Rich's Inc. into Federated Department Stores, Inc., 1976; issues of "Rich Bits" and other publications relating to Rich's, speeches, three scrapbooks and loose newspaper clippings primarily relating to Joel Goldberg's activities as chairman and chief executive officer of Rich's Department Store in Atlanta and to his honorary degree, Doctor of Human Letters, honoris causa from Oglethorpe University, 2000; and bound annual reports from National Service Industries, 1977-1985.
Papers consisting of records from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and the William Breman Jewish Home, 1980.
Papers consisting of a family history, photographs, school documents and correspondence relating the Goldstein and Tanenbaum families of Martinez, Georgia and Augusta, Georgia.
Ralph Rosenbaum, Sr., was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1865 and died in Atlanta, Georgia in 1960. Papers consisting of a birth certificate, two Masonic certificates, an Atlanta street directory, 1935-1936, a photograph, report card, 1924, a Masonic ring, and a medal from Camp Osceola in Henderson, North Carolina.
Papers relating to the varied activities and interests of Adelbert and his wife Miriam including speeches, correspondence photographs, a diary, an olive wood souvenir book from Jerusalem, a scrapbook from a trip to Europe, 1949, a scrapbook from the Walter Duranty lecture in Atlanta, 1942, a membership roster from the Zionist Organization of America, undated, and a personal telephone directory.
The Struletz Family were prominent members of the LaGrange, Georgia Jewish Community.Papers contain miscellaneous materials pertaining to the Struletz family.
A native of Atlanta, Cecil Alexander Jr. was a World War II veteran, a renowned architect, and an outspoken activist during the Civil Rights Movement. Cecil influenced the physical appearance, as well as the political, social, and racial structure of Atlanta. The papers consist of correspondence, certificates, speeches, and newspaper articles. NOTE: THIS COLLECTION IS DIGITIZED AND AVAILABLE ONLINE.
Sidney Feldman was a native of Atlanta and a successful businessman. His papers consist of materials relating to military service records and papers relating to civic activities in Atlanta GA.
The Geffen Family played a significant role in the Jewish spiritual life in Atlanta during the 20th century. The papers include certificates, calendars, correspondence, invitations, receipts, and writings.
Elliott Goldstein Papers relating to his community activities with the Atlanta Jewish Federation, The Temple and Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Atlanta Jewish Federation and one copies of his memoir, "My Memoirs of a Wonderful Life."
Sol Harry Greenberg was a lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps. His papers consist of a diary he kept of his wartime log and miscellaneous memorabilia related to his various activities.
A native of Atlanta, David Haver owned a grocery store called “D. Haver Grovery” located on the corner of Solomon and Martin Street. The papers consist of advertisements, coupons, membership cards, newspaper clippings, and receipts.
A native of Atlanta, Irwin Krick was a World War II veteran, active in the Jewish community, and the owner of a grocery store. His papers contain correspondence, military documents, certificates, and material from his activities in the Jewish community.
Sam Dinerman Family Papers, 1936-2000, consisting of a documents certifying Jack Dinerman as a Physical Therapist, 1951-1952; a photograph of Jack Dinerman with a patient in Savannah, Georgia, c.1950s; a portrait of Joseph Dinerman; a photographic copy of a portrait of Joseph Dinerman in his World War II uniform and an original color portrait of Joseph Dinerman; snap shots and aerial photographs taken by Sam Dinerman who served as Chief Photographers Mate as a member of the Anti-Submarine Patrol, c.1943; two voice-o-graph recordings sent by Sam Dinerman to his wife while serving in Korea, 1951; an oral history of Jack Dinerman recounting his war service; two autograph books of Selma Levetan , 1936-1938, 1939; a booklet from the marriage of Sam Dinerman and Selma Levetan, 1944; confirmation programs and class photographs from Ahavath Achim Congregation, 1964-1966; a yearbook from Commercial High School, 1942; and a publication highlighting the accomplishments of Liane Levetan as Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County from 1993-2000.
Sylvia Becker was born in Asheville, NC, January 3, 1929. She attended the University of Missouri from 1947 – 1948. Sylvia and Saul married and moved to Atlanta in 1949, and are the parents of three children. Ms. Becker served on the following committees: Holocaust Commission; Israel Affairs Committee; Goodfriend Holocaust Collection at Woodruff Library, Emory University; National Jewish Resource Center.
The Glusman Family escaped the Holocaust and settled in various places throughout the southern United States. The papers include correspondence, clippings, certificates, immigration documents, and programs.
The papers reflect upon the life of Morris Hartman from Thomasville, Ga. The collection contains correspondence to his future wife, prayers, poems and miscellaneous business papers.
The papers pertaining to the Altman family and the incorporation and operation of Altman’s Store in Brunswick, GA (1907 – 2002), and Temple Beth Tefilloh records from 1949 - 2002.
Barbara served as Co-chair & CEO of Balser Companies, a nationally-known think tank that designs special benefits programs for companies like Home Depot and UPS, Barbara first entered the finance and insurance arena decades ago as an "exception to the rule," a woman who was also the family bread-winner. This collection focuses on Barbara Balser’s national chairmanship with the Anti-Defamation League.
Betsy Teplis spearheaded a project to raise money to restore Jewish graves at the historic downtown cemetery. Last year, the group held a rededication of the area with more than 100 people.
Peter Phillips was born in Berlin in 1920 and attended technical schools in Germany, Czechoslovakia, and France before fleeing Nazi Germany in March of 1941. After reaching America, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at Camp Ritchie, which operated as a base for German speaking soldiers, predominantly Jewish, to be trained in intelligence and interrogation. His papers contain material he collected while serving with the Ritchie Boys including internal Nazi documents and identification cards, but also personal material related to his family such as birth certificates, immigration documents, photographs, and records from his service in the military.
Harry B. Siegel began a career in railroading in 1912 and who was at the age of 25 promoted to freight and passenger train conductor. In 1940 he became general yardmaster and in 1941 he became terminal trainmaster of Southern Railway's largest freight yards in Atlanta. In 1943 he became manager of the Atlanta Terminal Co representing four railroads.
Papers consisting of the high school memory book of Sara Cohen Alterman, 1933-1936; one photograph of a State of Israel bonds dinner, 1974; miscellaneous newspaper articles; a copy of an interview of Sara Alterman by Stacey Saha, 1996; and a copy of the Cohen Genealogy compiled in 1999.
Papers consisting of family photographs from the Kleinert, Rosenbaum, Goldman, and Oberdorfer families; a copy of the opening day speech of the Hebrew Orphan's Home, 1895; miscellaneous certificates and photographs especially relating to George Goldman's community service accomplishments.
Papers consisting of a scrapbook; photograph albums; a notebook on the Apex Follies; catalogs and advertisements; photographs; and honors and awards including material relating to Apex Supply Co., chosen as Georgia's 1996 Family Business.
The Muhr Family lived in Germany prior to World War II and immigrated to the United States in 1938. Part of the family was interned at Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust. The papers consist of a family book, immigration documents, correspondence, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and a poem written in Theresienstadt.
Max Rosenbluth Family Papers, c.1929-1953, consisting of .4 cubic feet of material relating to the extended family of Max and Beryl Rosenbluth who survived the Holocaust in hiding in Poland and France, including emigration documents; identity documents; writings relating to war experiences.
Maxine and Jacob Goldstein were active in the Democratic National Convention and have a long family history in Milledgeville, Georgia. Their family papers include certificates, correspondence, deeds, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, diaries, and miscellaneous material related to their political involvement and the family owned department store that existed for nearly 100 years.
Mark Bauman is a Vietnam War veteran, a historian, and an active member of the Jewish community in Atlanta and the southern United States. His papers include a biographical sketch, correspondence, and material related to the 250th anniversary of Jews in Georgia.
Martin and Doris Goldstein are active members in the Jewish community of Atlanta, Georgia. During the Cold War, they were strong supporters of Soviet Jewry. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, programs, speeches, and newspaper clippings.
Papers consisting of honor, awards, certificates and memorabilia from school and camp activities, and files from the Southern Branch Women's League for Conservative Judaism, the Torah Fund of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood.
A native Atlantan, Mendel Romm was active in the Jewish community and a successful businessman. His papers include correspondence, certificates, newspaper clippings, photographs, and textiles.
Researchers studying the Jewish War Veterans – Post 455 – Columbus, Georgia, Records will gain insight into Jewish military service. The collection includes two scrapbooks, containing correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs pertaining to Jewish war Veterans Post 455 from 1966 to 1968.
Records from Ambassador's William Bernstein Schwartz, Jr.'s tenure as United States Ambassador to the Bahamas during President Carter administration including correspondence, newspaper clippings, and personnel files.
The photograph collection represents a historical perspective of old Atlanta’s Jewish community tireless work they accomplished in contributing to the State of Israel. With the help of Jewish Atlanta proceeds realized through the sale of Israel Bonds have helped cultivate the desert, build transportation networks, create new industries, resettle immigrants, and increase export capability. Today, investing in Israel bonds support a nation of extraordinary innovation that continues to push the boundaries of modern technology.
The Jewish section of Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama, was created in 1874 and now consists of over 150 grave monuments and a number of unmarked plots. The records include layouts, publications, histories, receipts, and information on the trust fund that maintains the site.
This collection contains materials related to the immigration and post-war life of Sholom Iteld whose son in law eventually ran for representation in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1976. The collection includes materials related to both Sholom Iteld and Stanley M. Baum.
Jewish War Veterans-National Ladies Auxiliary Post 112 materials reflect the organizations accomplishments, achievements and rewards. Auxiliary Post 112 volunteer duties worked with veterans, service personnel, and their families and community activities. This collection consists of scrapbooks of materials collected over 30 years of civic activities and volunteer services.
Papers consisting of files from the many organizations in which Leah Janus was involved such as the Coalition for Women in International Development, numerous committees of the United Nations, the League of women Voters, the United Way, the Georgia Department of Human Resources, the Atlanta Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services, the Hebrew Academy, the Atlanta Public Schools, and files relating to some of Dr. Sidney Janus' consultations as a psychologist including a job analysis of a B-47 crew, 1953, and the development of a psychological course in culture and the arts.
Isak Rosenbaum was a Holocaust survivor from Jassy, Romania. He was incarcerated in Dachau after Kristallnacht where he wrote postcards and letters home to his wife. He later immigrated to the United States via Palestine. The collection consists of family genealogical material and scrapbooks.
A native of Atlanta, Robert J. (Bob) Lipshutz was a senior partner in the Atlanta law firm of Lipshutz, Greenblatt & King and had an active career in the practice of law and in public service to his country, state and community. He even served as Legal Counsel for President Jimmy Carter. The papers include biographies, writings, correspondence, and a scrapbook.
Records pertaining to Ruth Singer's responsibilities as visual arts chairman, including correspondence, newsletters, invitations, financial reports and newspaper clippings.
The 1950s marked a time of considerable growth for Shearith Israel. The arrival of Rabbi Kassel Abelson in 1952 coincided with the congregation’s move to a larger and more modern building. At this time, the congregation also became affiliated with United Synagogue of America and became active in the Conservative movement. As a result, Shearith Israel’s United Synagogue Youth (USY) chapter became extremely active within the congregation and the entire southeast region. Shearith Israel was always proud of its young people and always active in USY– United Synagogue Youth. Many children attended Camp Ramah in Massachusetts, USY on Wheels and USY Israel Pilgrimage.
Ivan Millender was born in Atlanta and raised in Dalton, Georgia. He attended Emory University and has practiced law in Atlanta since 1965. The papers include certificates, scrapbooks, correspondence, ration books, and newspaper clippings.
Harold Brockey was an executive for Rich’s department store. He served as president of the company from 1961 to 1972 and oversaw the sale of the store to Federated Department Stores. The papers include correspondence, invitations, programs, certificates, awards, newsletters, and material related to Rich’s.
Lynn PalmerBarton was a camper and later, counselor, at Sky Lake Camps, a Jewish summer camp in Sautee, White County, Georgia. The papers consist of the materials she was given as a camper and a counselor, as well as pages from scrapbooks she made each summer from 1954 to 1958.
The Jana Felt Zwerner Family Papers consist of material related to Robert Travis who was active in the Zionist movement in Atlanta. The papers contain correspondence, writings, newspaper clippings, and speeches.
Researchers studying the Saul Feldman Family papers will gain insight into Jewish youth and Jewish life in the American South during the 20th century. This collection contains a menu from the Atlanta 1996 Summer Games and three scrapbooks.
This collection contains focuses on the history of Congregation Beth Shalom. Congregation Beth Shalom, a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue, and a spiritual and communal home to nearly 400 families. This vibrant congregation, founded in 1975, continues to grow and thrive through meaningful Jewish observance, learning, fellowship and service.
Mr. Janis was a medic in WWII who settled in the Atlanta area after the war. He ran for the New York State Assembly on the Labor Party Ticket prior to being drafted and was very active in The Jewish War Veterans of America after the war. The collection contains a certificate of appreciation from Ronald Reagan, various speeches, an article he wrote, as well as class notes from his training as a medic.
Mrs. Alfred F. Revson, born Fannie Marcus in Savannah, was well known for the antiques she collected in New York and Europe ad then placed in collections in Atlanta. She founded the Fanny Revson antique shop which sold pieces of well-known family estates. The shop closed in 1960 after 17 years. Mrs. Revson was a member of the Temple, the Atlanta Art Association, and the Standard Club. She lived in Atlanta more than 50 years and attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur.
Papers consisting of correspondence from family members in Hungary prior to and following the Holocaust and documents relating to legal actions taken by Frank Koros to restore his good credit rating due to a case of mistaken identity and an erroneous reporting, The collection also contains papers relating to a cement mixture patent.
Temple Sinai is a reform synagogue in Atlanta, Georgia. Records include correspondence, membership records, scrapbooks and general administrative files of this Reform Jewish congregation.
This collection contains various papers from the Roth and Goldhammer families, Holocaust survivors originally from Hungary.Included are two Hungarian autograph books, three passports, a medical school identification book for Dr. Egon Goldhammer, and correspondence in Hungarian and German between Roth and Goldhammer family members.
The Epstein School, Solomon Schechter School of Atlanta, provides unsurpassed academic excellence through an integrated, bilingual education taught by a talented, compassionate faculty and bolstered by cutting-edge technology. We foster a caring community that encourages each child to reach his or her potential and embraces partnership between family, home and school. Guided by the principles of Conservative Judaism - God, Torah and Israel - and the timeless religious ideals of our people, we prepare our students to become confident, excited learners and leaders, responsible citizens and knowledgeable, committed Jews. The records including meeting minutes, yearbooks, administration files, and PTA material.
Sidney Marcus was a native Atlantan and a prominent politician. His papers include certificates, correspondence, newspaper clippings, political memorabilia, and programs.
Irwin Koplan was active in the Jewish community of Dalton, Georgia. The papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, family member files, and material related to the National Council of Jewish Women and JJK Security & Investigation, Inc.
Etz Chaim is a conservative congregation located in Marietta, Georgia. Their records include correspondence, meeting minutes, directories, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and speeches.
Asher Benator, a native of Atlanta, was highly active in the Jewish community. His family papers include newspaper clippings, passports, publications, scrapbooks, and speeches.
Benjamin Hirsch is a Holocaust survivor and renowned architect. His papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates, sketches, speeches, immigration documents, diplomas, and records from the various organizations he has been involved with.
American Jewish Committee - Atlanta Chapter Records, 1968-1984, consisting of 21 linear feet of records including minutes, correspondence, newsletters and miscellaneous publications relating to the varied activities of this organization dedicated to building bridges between the Jewish community and other ethnicities and faiths.
Arthur Heyman, a native of Atlanta, was a World War II veteran and real estate developer. His family papers include correspondence, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, a baby book, a bridal book, and certificates.
Joe Stock was a native of Rome, Georgia, a University of Georgia graduate where he was a varsity swimmer, a Korean War veteran, a small business owner, and community activist in LaFayette, Georgia. His papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, material related to his swimming career, and material related to his small business, The Boston Store.
Future, Inc. was a social investment club that started in 1951 by a group of Atlanta businessmen led by Joe Asher. What started as a portfolio valued at $4800, grew to $1,802,577 by the year 2001. The records contain the organizations articles of incorporation, by-laws, correspondence, finances, invitations, membership information, newspaper clippings, and meeting minutes.
The Goldberg and Salloway families were active members of the Jewish and business community of Sylacauga, Alabama. The papers include advertisements, correspondence, ledgers, newspaper clippings, and receipts.
The Berman-Lubin Family History Collection contains genealogical information on various members of the Berman and Lubin families and their decedents. The files were kept and arranged by Beryl Weiner. The files contain genealogical information, correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates, and newsletters.
Pola and Sam Arbiser are both Holocaust survivors from Poland. After the end of World War II, they immigrated to Israel where they met and married in 1954. They immigrated to Atlanta in 1960 and settled in Atlanta, Georgia. Their papers contain correspondence, appointment books, a poetry book, passports, wedding invitations, immigration documents, and school records.
Temple Beth-El serves the community of Birmingham, Alabama. Temple Beth-El was incorporated on December 10, 1907, with 40 members. Rabbi Abraham J. Mesch provided leadership to the congregation for over 30 years. Temple Beth-El offers a wide range of religious, cultural, social and educational activities. The majority of this collection are mainly records and scrapbooks from Beth-El Sisterhood (Birmingham, Ala.). The Sisterhood is a group of women who offer social, cultural, educational and volunteer service opportunities in their cities.
Temple Beth El (Dalton, Ga.) Records consisting of 8 linear feet of material including a plaster Ten Commandments (most likely from atop the Ark), c.1941; anniversary celebration records, 1963-1991; minutes, 1940-1981; 18th annual commemorative prayer book (bound); fifteenth annual commemorative bible (bound); bulletins, 1976-2008; miscellaneous newspaper articles; photographs, c.1960-1980s; membership survey, 1996; financial records, c.1960s-1970s; certificates, c.1960-1990; Tulip Ball records; general files, 2000-2009; and the Jane and Joe Ginsberg Roll of Honor plaque, 1985-2006.
Congregation Sha’arey Israel, is an egalitarian synagogue dedicated to the celebration of Conservative Judaism and Jewish Life in Middle Georgia. The records consist of oral interviews (cassette tapes) of past presidents, undated; bulletins, 1985-2006; minutes, 1940-2002; directories, 1972-1990; constitutions, 1960-1981; sisterhood conference records, 1979; handbooks, 1965-1967; membership rosters; board of education records, 1983-1993; synagogue history, 1999; and miscellaneous newspapers articles and photographs
A native Atlantan, Joel M. Feldman earned his law degrees from Emory University and serves as a Magistrate Judge, United States District Court Northern District of Georgia. His papers include case files, correspondence, biographical information, appointment books, settlement conferences, and court martial case records.
Gerald Horowitz Papers, 1985-2007, consisting of 3 linear feet of records relating to Gerald (Jerry) Horowitz's activities as a member of the Board of Directors and as president of the Atlanta Jewish Federation now known as the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.
Levite Jewish Community Center - Birmingham, Alabama records consisting of records, c.1929-2006, including bulletins, newsletters, fliers, programs, and minutes; yearbooks from the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization District 7, 1973-1975; and a felt banner from Louis Pizitz A.Z.A. Chapter 1212.
Containing campaign memorabilia for the election campaign of Douglas Cecil Alexander for Atlanta City Council Post 3, At-Large, including correspondence from contributors; campaign contribution disclosure reports; notes from staff meetings; candidate questionnaires; schedules; advertisements; invitations, a T-shirt, posters, bumper stickers, brochures, letterhead, newsletter, stickers, correspondence, biography, and photograph.
B’nai B’rith Women – Birmingham (Ala.) Records, 1955-1956, consisting of a scrapbook.
Two Scrapbooks featuring officers and their escorts, and a plaque of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Collection consist of correspondences between Dora Goettinger and Jacob Rothschild while courting, marriage, business and other family correspondence.
B’nai B’rith Women of Macon scrapbook is a collection of newspaper clippings, invitations and some original material of the first chapter meeting in 1949. The second scrapbook, dated 1960 is a collection of materials from a “Gold Bond” stamp project. The Gold Bond stamps project was to help United Cerebral Palsy of Macon secure a bus for cerebral palsied children.
Handmade dolls used to teach diversity and democratic values at local clubs, scout meetings and church and synagogue group.
David Sarnat Papers, c.1985-2000, consisting of organizational files, including speeches and correspondence, who was executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Federation (Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta) from1982 to 2003. This collection contains a small sampling of the work Mr. Sarnat accomplished while Executive Director of the Atlanta Jewish Federation.
This collection contains a small sampling of the work Mr. Gettinger accomplished while Executive Director of the Atlanta Jewish Federation.
Archie Solomon Papers relates to his work as an inventor and businessman in Roswell, GA. These records include business correspondence, catalogues, photographs, blueprints, etc. and an antique Singer sewing machine.
Delta Phi Epsilon, Psi Chapter at the University of Georgia records, 1944 – 2002, consisting of manuals, scrapbooks, photographs and objects including a mezuzah; a place setting of sorority dinnerware; and a silver punch bowl.
The papers of Flora Rosefsky provide information on textile arts as well as organizing volunteers within the Atlanta-area Jewish community.
Margaret Strauss Weiller, a fourth generation Atlantan, born to Oscar Richard Strauss, Jr. and Patricia (Peggy) Hirsch Strauss on November 10, 1933, died May 10, 2012. She was a great granddaughter of Emanuel Rich, one of the four Rich brothers who founded Rich’s Department Store. Margaret gave a great deal to her community. She was Director of the Women’s Division at the Atlanta Jewish Federation for 17 years.
The Minis Family was one of the first to settle in Georgia after it was founded as a British colony in 1733. They have been active in business, law, and the military in Savannah and elsewhere for nearly two hundred years. The papers in this collection include correspondence, clippings, diaries, and a prayerbook relating to the family and its history.
Louis Alexander was co-owner of Alexander Grocery Company, Inc. and guardian to his cousin Morton Deutsch. The papers include clippings, correspondence, accounting, and legal papers relating to Morton Deutsch and the Alexander Grocery Company, Inc.
The Harmonie Club is a Jewish men’s social group that was formed in Savannah on September 28, 1865. The records consist primarily of minutes and financial information.
Edwin J. Feiler, Jr. served as president of Congregation Mickve Israel from 1978-1980. The records document Feiler's presidency and his participation on various committees. Records in the collection include clippings, Board of Adjunta minutes, committee materials, correspondence, financial records, and presidential reports dating from 1973 to 1986.
Papers and cassette tapes relating to the work of Abraham I. Rosenberg, a rabbi in Savannah, Georgia and Baltimore, Maryland. Papers include correspondence, organizational records, certificates, programs, clippings, surveys, research materials, prayer books, photographs, drawings, and cassette tapes.
Much of the collection consists of photocopies of the Zucker family and their genealogy. The Zucker family genealogy was researched by Kaye (Robinson) Kole, Certified Genealogist, a descendant of the line through her mother, Kate Wadsworth (Holitser) Robinson.
Documents and ledger books relating to the Hebrah Gemiluth Hesed, or H.G.H. Society, a social, fraternal, and benevolent society for Jewish men in Savannah, Georgia. The records date from 1889 to 1991, with the bulk dating between 1924 and 1975. Most of the documents are written in English, but one early ledger (1903-1914), as well as some early copies of the constitution, are written in Yiddish/Germanic Hebrew. The collection includes the original charter as well as various versions of the constitution and by-laws, membership applications, acceptance letters, files dealing with member benefits, documents pertaining to those members who served on the Executive Council, newsletters, clippings, meeting notices, meeting minutes, and documents pertaining to the upkeep of the Society as well as the monetary aspects of member benefits.
The Guthman and Kahn family papers contain architectural drawings, business records, certificates, clippings, correspondence, diaries, financial records, membership cards, photographs, programs, property records, and wedding materials.
Documents relating to former B'nai B'rith International president Dr. William A. Wexler (1913-2000) and his family. The William A. Wexler family papers consist of correspondence, biographies, clippings, certificates, and a scrapbook, dating from 1916-2006. The William A. Wexler papers document his involvement in B'nai B'rith International. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings as well as brochures, pamphlets, and other materials relating to William A. Wexler.
Financial records, correspondence, marketing materials, and meeting minutes created by and relating to Congregation B'nai B'rith Jacob (B.B.J.), an orthodox synagogue in Savannah, Georgia. Records include Board of Officers material, congregational histories, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and the original petition for incorporation dating 1879. There are also records pertaining to the current synagogue building at 5444 Abercorn Street, and the former building at the corner of Montgomery and State streets. Collection material dates from 1879 to1996.
This collection contains letters and V-mail from Noah Ginsberg to his family in Savannah, Georgia, while serving in the United States Army during World War II (17th Armored Engineer Battalion). Correspondence was sent from Africa, Belgium, France, and Germany and dates from 1942 to 1945. Topics of his letters include daily military life, conditions relating to Jews, and family issues and events.
Documents and clippings relating to the Buchsbaum and Levy families of Savannah, Georgia and New York City. This collection contains biographical information, certificates, correspondence, clippings, publications, and a will. Most of the papers relate to Aaron L. Buchsbaum and Matthew M. Levy. Material in this collection dates from 1868 to 2011.
Documents, invitations, and announcements relating to Kaye and Don Kole of Savannah, Georgia, and Kaye Kole's book The Minis Family in Georgia.
This collection consists of correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and minutes related to the work of the trustees of the Mordecai Sheftall Cemetery. The items involve the care of the cemetery and adjacent property, and the establishment of the Hebrew Cemetery Trust Fund, the Mickve Israel Memorial Endowment Fund, and the Mordecai Sheftall Memorial Building. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and within each folder the items are arranged chronologically.
This collection consists of clippings, telegrams, greeting cards, photographs, and other materials collected by Itzkovitz family members from the 1890s to 1994. Family members include Charles Itzkovitz (1877-1930), Mollie Friedman Itzkovitz (1876-1936), Ethel Segall Itzkovitz (1908-1985), Isidore Itzkovitz (1904-1997), Charles Itzkovitz (b. 1934), and Jacqueline McLean Itzkovitz. Many of the documents are located in scrapbooks.
The Savannah Chapter of Hadassah was chartered on 29 April, 1918 by the Federation of American Zionists but it was not until eight years later, on 28 January, 1926, that Savannah was put on the Hadassah Map. It has existed there continuously since then. Officers were elected at that first meeting, with Mrs. Ida Wilensky serving as the first president. The records consist of minutes, financial records, scrapbooks, and fund-raising kits. National and International Hadassah materials consist of publications, fund-raising documents, conventions, and miscellaneous papers. The Senior Hadassah records consist of minutes, membership lists, financial papers, publications, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous papers. The Shalom Hadassah materials consist of minutes, membership, financial papers, fund-raising documents, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous papers.
The Savannah Jewish Federation (SJF), originally incorporated as the Savannah Jewish Council (SJC), was founded in 1943 by twenty two local Jewish organizations and twelve original members. The records contain a wide variety of materials including correspondence, manuals, meeting minutes, reports and surveys, programs, rosters, constitutions, clippings, ledgers, handwritten notes, photographs, proclamations, audiocassettes and yearbooks.
The State of Georgia granted incorporation as a religious society to Congregation Agoodath Ahhim in Savannah, Georgia on December 7, 1903. The Congregation Agudath Achim records date from circa 1920 to 2008. The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, programs, newsletters, clippings, financial records, membership records, bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah materials, confirmation class records, and scrapbooks. Included are records of the following organizations affiliated with the congregation: Agudath Achim Brotherhood, Chevra Kadisha, Minyan Regulars, Agudath Achim Sisterhood and the religious school (the Shalom School).
The Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) records consist of scrapbooks, board records, financial records, committee records, building construction and renovation records, men's club records, photographs, scrapbooks, slides, videotapes, and audio cassettes dating from 1920 to 2007. The collection documents the early history of the JEA and its growth and development over time. There are undated materials throughout the collection which are located in the front of their respective folders.
The collection contains papers relating mainly to members of the Frank, Kuhr, and Wortsman families of Savannah, Georgia. The items are arranged alphabetically by subject and include passports, artifacts, and funeral books. The publications in the collection contain articles by, or mention of, Kuhr family member. The papers date from 1906 to 1972.
This collection contains papers from Henry "Hank" Levy's term as President (or Parnass) of Congregation Mickve Israel from approximately 1966-1969. Most of these papers come from notebooks that he kept throughout his term, while some come are records relating to the Savannah Jewish Council. Of particular interest to researchers are papers relating to the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now Union for Reform Judaism) and the social and political upheavals of that time period.
The Solomon family papers consist of business records from the Solomon Furniture Company and personal papers and photographs of family members. The collection also contains an obituary, sympathy cards, and donations made in memory of Samuel Solomon.
Papers and ephemera relating to Hannah Blumenthal Brown and her family of Savannah, Georgia. This collection contains clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, a scrapbook, postcards, and photographs.
The AMIT Women, Savannah Chapter Records consist of five folders containing administrative records of the Savannah chapter. The collection includes meeting agendas, minutes, membership lists, and a brief history of the national organization. The miscellaneous folder includes correspondence and an undated news clipping.
This collection contains materials relating to Morris Rabhan's community activity and the publication of his genealogy book, Our Family Story, in 1979. This includes a Jewish Educational Alliance Certificate of Appreciation for Scoutmaster of JEA Troop 2 presented in 1971 and a news clipping. Martin Maier Rabhan's papers include two awards from the Savannah Hebrew School and the National Jewish Welfare Board, and one letter. Other materials in this collection include clippings and a wedding invitation.
This collection contains photocopies of documents and writings gathered by Sidney Raskin, materials relating to his military and legal careers, and personal reminiscences. The collection also includes vital statistics, family charts, and other material relating to the Raskin family as a whole.
This small collection consists of clippings, correspondence, and loose scrapbook items pertaining to the Bernstein and Eisenman families. The clippings include obituaries and articles written by Abram Bernstein. The articles, written to the editor of the Savannah Morning News City Beat column, relate memories of growing up in Savannah and reminiscences of several local personalities and entertainment spots. Correspondence includes letters between Elizabeth Eisenman Bernstein of Savannah and Betsy Eisenmann of Idaho Falls, Idaho regarding their ancestry and family names. Scrapbook items in the collection include articles and mementos from a reunion of the Savannah High School Class of 1927, and an article on the Chatham Junior High School Class of 1923. Papers in this collection date from 1967 to 1989.
This collection includes correspondence, articles, and photocopies of photographs relating to several members of the Weitz family and collected by Mary Weitz Friedman. Items of interest are discharge papers for Isadore Weitz from the US National Guard (1917) and the US Army (1919) and color photocopies of a photograph of Ida Weitz (Ulman) in her Girl Scout uniform. There are several photocopies of photographs of members of the Weitz family in the collection. The original photos were separated to the Savannah Jewish Archives collection of photographs and can be located using the item numbers identified on the photocopy and listed in the following inventory.
The B'nai B'rith Youth Organization records consist of materials from the Savannah chapters of Aleph Zadik Aleph and B'nai B'rith Girls. Aleph Zadik Aleph (David Finn Chapter, No. 206) records include a charter, a proclamation, award letters and certificates, anniversary and convention programs, newsletters, scrapbooks, and clippings spanning the years 1936 to 1975.
The Rambam Day School Records consist of copies of the Savannah Hebrew Day School student magazine Kol Hatalmid and board minutes from the Savannah Hebrew Day School and Rambam Day School.
This collection consists of materials created during the Leo Frank 100th Anniversary commemoration events that included Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited exhibited created by the Breman Museum being displayed at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, as well as numerous commemoration events around the city of Atlanta between August and December 2015. The collection contains brochures, publications, media, speeches, and audio/video from various commemoration events around the city.
This collection consists of a scrapbook created by Josephine Hirsch during her senior year at Savannah High School in 1922. It includes autographs, autobiographical inscriptions, clippings, calling cards, photographs, programs, dance cards, and other ephemera.
Levy Jewelers began in 1900 as A. Levy & Son, a watch repair business at 211 West Congress Street across from City Market in Savannah, Georgia. The records consist of scrapbooks and a memoir written by Aaron Levy's daughter, Ida Levy Barnett.
News clippings and menus from Gottlieb’s Bakery and Gottlieb’s Delicatessen and Catering in Savannah, Georgia, which was started by Joseph Gottlieb in 1934.
Marilyn Shubin is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She lived in Cleveland for 10 years prior to settling in Atlanta. She was active in the National Council of Jewish Women in both Cleveland and later Atlanta. She was also active in the Atlanta Jewish Federation and chaired the 1978 welfare campaign. Also in 1978, Marilyn was appointed by Jimmy Carter to the President's Commission on the Holocaust. Her papers consist of materials from her community activities with these various organizations.
The FunDraisers is a charitable corporation founded to raise money for needy organizations in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. It started in 1988 and disbanded in 2010. The records include correspondence, directories, event information, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, miscellaneous administration documents, and scrapbooks.
Ms. Vellowe was an associate employee of Rich's Department Store for many years. Collection contains material collected by Ms. Vellowes while employed by Rich';s Department store. The collection included Rich Bits, catalogs, newspaper articles and other miscellaneous materials on the department store.
Collection of three scrapbooks containing photographs, letters, newspaper articles and leaflets pertaining to the activities of B'nai B'rith Women – Solel Chapter/
The Hillels of Georgia Records document the activities of the umbrella Hillel for Emory University, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia. The mission of the organization is to enrich the lives of undergraduate and graduate students to ensure they have a meaningful Jewish experience. The Hillel of Georgia Records contain meeting minutes, program information, correspondence, flyers, capital campaign material, and various administrative files.
Rabbi Raphael Gold served congregations in Atlanta, Savannah and Montgomery, Alabama. Much of this collection relates to his tenure and rabbinate at Agudath Achim in Savannah, Georgia from 1982-1990 but there is also material related to his earlier career in Washington, D.C. and later academic work in pastoral care. His papers consist of sermons, homiletic notes, eulogies, prayers, correspondence and academic course work.
The Hungarian Benevolent Society was founded in 1911 in Atlanta, Georgia. The mission of the organization was to come to the relief of its members. In 1942, the organization changed its name to the United Benevolent Society.
The Neal Estroff Papers consist of material collected by Neal Estroff during the Rich’s Executive Training Program he attended in 1984 and as manager of the Men’s Department at Rich’s Cobb Center.
This artificial collection was assembled by the archivists at the Georgia Historical Society and transferred to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum along with the rest of the Savannah Jewish Archives in July 2015.
Dr. Roslyn Seligman was born in Augusta, Georgia, and was valedictorian of her high school class in Claxton, Georgia. Following graduation from the University of Georgia in 1957, she attended the Medical College of Georgia and became the first woman to graduate from the school in 1961. She had a lengthy career at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine before she passed away in 2015. Her papers include certificates, diplomas, commencement program, obituary, invitations to friends' weddings, and a scrapbook.
Sam Goldstein was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States in 1894, settling in Atlanta, Georgia. He married Golda Goldstein and they had three daughters: Rosa, Pearl, and Mollie. Pearl was born in Kobrin, Poland, but Rosa and Mollie were born in Atlanta. They were members of Ahavath Achim Synagogue and hold a family plot at Greenwood Cemetery.
Ruth and Joe Levin settled in Savannah in 1919 established a successful business and became active members of the Savannah Jewish Community. The papers include birth certificates, personal letters, military records, wedding memorabilia and business documents.
Congregation Yeshurun was established in the early 1930s by a group of Jews interested in creating a new Conservative congregation in the city of Savannah. The records contain constitution and by-laws, membership information, correspondence, minutes, and programs.
David Robinson opened one of the first training schools for radiological technologists in Savannah, Georgia. During his career, he served as President of the Georgia Radiological Society, Chief of Staff at Candler General Hospital in Savannah, and historian of the Georgia Medical Society. The papers include report cards, scrapbook, programs, bulletins, and obituaries.
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