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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids
Date Span: 1907-1984

Creator: Rabbi Harry H. Epstein

Summary/Abstract: 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.

Quantity/Physical Description: 8.8 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access: There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use: Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation: Box #, Folder #, Mss 1, Rabbi Harry H. Epstein Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition: The Cuba Family Archives accessioned the Rabbi Harry H. Epstein Papers in February, 1987.

Separated Material: Photographs removed to visual arts

Related Material: Mss 21, Ahavath Achim Congregation Records

Processed by: Sandra Berman (April, 1986)

Arrangement:The Rabbi Harry H. Epstein papers are arranged alphabetically by folder description and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Harry H. Epstein, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Ahavath Achim was the spiritual leader of that congregation for over 50 years. His early life was spent in Chicago, Illinois where his father, Ephraim, was the Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community. At a young age, he, too, decided on a rabbinical career. His studies in pursuit of the ordination took him to the Slabodka Yeshiva in Lithuania in 1922 to study with his uncle, Rabbi Moshe Mordecai Epstein, and then to Hebron in Palestine to be one of that Yeshiva's first students. Rabbi Epstein was ordained in 1925, and accepted his first pulpit at Congregation B'nai Emunah in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1927. A year later, at the age of 25, Rabbi Epstein left Tulsa and assumed the rabbinate at Ahavath Achim in Atlanta. Ahavath Achim was organized in 1886 as a small fundamentalist Orthodox congregation. Under the leadership and direction of Rabbi Epstein, it has evolved into one of the largest and respected Conservative congregations in the South. Rabbi Epstein introduced such innovations as interpreting the Hebrew liturgy to English at intervals during holiday service, conducting responsive readings in English, and the removal of the traditional segregation of the congregation by sexes. He also initiated an extensive educational program at the Synagogue, offering both Sunday and after school instruction. An ardent Zionist, Rabbi Epstein is devoted to the State of Israel, working first to insure the creation of the state and then to insure it future.

Scope and Content:  Researchers examining the Rabbi Harry H. Epstein Papers can gain greater insight into Jewish life in the South and Jewish congregation in Atlanta.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
 
1 1 Academic Course Work-Biology, "The Philosophy of Evolution" 1931
  2 Academic Course Work-Correspondence Courses, Central School of Religion 1952
  3 Academic Course Work-Correspondence Courses, Central School of Religion 1952-1953
  4 Academic Course Work-Dissertation, “A Study of Six Basic Sources” 1953
  5 Academic Course Work-Education 1931
  6 Academic Course Work-English, The Blue Bird 1931
  7

Academic Course Work-History, "The Influence of Arab Learning in Europe"

1930
  8 Academic Course Work-Philosophy, "The Nichomachean Ethic of Aristotle" 1931
  9 Academic Course Work-Philosophy, "Philosophy of Value" 1931
  10 Academic Course Work-Philosophy, "Studies in Contemporary Problems" 1932
  11 Academic Course Work-Religion, "Confucius-The Man and His Teachings" 1932
  12 Academic Course Work-Religion, "Jewish Mysticism" 1929
  13 Academic Course Work-Religion, "Psychology of Religion" 1931
       
2 1 Academic Course Work-Religion, Report of Masters of Arts Thesis, "The Basis of Religious Certainty" Ca. 1932
  2 Academic Course Work-Religion, "The Rise of Religious Sects During the Age of the Reformation" Ca. 1931
  3 Activities (sermons, addresses) Augusta, Georgia 1937-1940
  4 Activities-Birmingham, Alabama 1929-1983
  5 Activities-Calhoun, Georgia 1939
  6 Activities-Carrollton, Georgia 1938
  7 Activities-Charlotte, North Carolina 1940-1950
  8 Activities-Chattanooga, Tennessee 1931-1957
  9 Activities-Chicago, Illinois 1935-1967
  10 Activities-Cincinnati, Ohio 1934
  11 Activities-Columbus, Georgia 1932-1944
  12 Activities-Columbia, South Carolina 1937-1939
  13 Activities-Dothan, Alabama 1939
  14 Activities-Greenville, South Carolina 1937-1939
  15 Activities-Griffin, Georgia 1944-1953
  16 Activities-Jacksonville, Florida 1939-1957
  17 Activities-Knoxville, Tennessee 1949
  18 Activities-LaGrange, Georgia 1945-1948
  19 Activities-Lakeland, Florida 1957
  20 Activities-Macon, Georgia 1939-1965
  21 Activities-Marietta, Georgia 1950
  22 Activities-Miami Beach, Florida 1936-1969
  23 Activities-Minneapolis, Minnesota (Kenesseth Israel Synagogue) 1938-1942
  24 Activities-Mobile, Alabama 1951
  25 Activities-Montgomery, Alabama 1948-1956
  26 Activities-Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1962
  27 Activities-New Orleans, Louisiana 1935-1962
  28 Activities-Pensacola, Florida 1956-1961
  29 Activities-Rome, Georgia 1937-1975
  30 Activities-St.  Louis, Missouri 1945
  31 Activities-St. Petersburg, Florida Undated
  32 Activities-Savannah, Georgia 1928-1958
  33 Activities-Tulsa, Oklahoma 1927
  34 Addresses and radio broadcasts 1926-1952, Undated
  35 Agnon, Shmuel Yosef 1966-1970
       
3 1 Ahavath Achim (A.A.)-Bulletin articles, "From Jerusalem Shalom" 1978-1979
  2 A.A.-adult classes, Monday 1963-1972
  3 A.A.-adult classes, Sunday 1963-1965
  4 A.A.-annual and special meetings 1936-1974
  5 A.A.-Brotherhood 1932-1954
  6 A.A.-Educational Center, dedication 1941
  7 A.A.-history 1954
  8 A.A.-Northside Branch 1935-1939
  9 A.A.-Religious School, graduations 1936-1981
  10 A.A.-Sanctuary dedication 19892-1983
  11 A.A.-Sisterhood 1937-1980
       
4 1 A.A.-Sisterhood, adult classes 1957-1979
  2 A.A.-souvenir program 1940
  3 A.A.-souvenir program 1953
  4 Alpha Epsilon Pi 1951
  5 Anecdotes 1929-1943
  6 Anti-Defamation League – Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award 1990
  7 Anti-Semitism-reference 1937-1965
  8 Anti-Semitism-sermons and notes Undated
  9 Arbitrations 1928-1948
  10 Article-"The Yeshiva in Slabodka" 1924
  11 Articles-miscellaneous subjects and authors 1927-1939
  12 Assimilation-intermarriage 1960-1964
       
5 1 Bar and Bat Mitzvah-talks and reflections 1971-1973
  2 Bat Mitzvah (includes first Bat Mitzvah at A.A.) 1941-1950
  3 Ben-Gurion, David 1966-1973
  4 Bereshes (Genesis) Undated
  5 Bible 1928-1966
  6 Bible-explanatory supplements 1949-1955
  7 B'nai B'rith 1936-1940
  8 Board of Trustees 1963-1969
  9 Book Month 1969, 1980
  10 Book reviews 1940-1958
       
6 1 Brotherhood 1944-1964
  2 Certificates 1988, Undated
  3 Chamish Asar B'Shevat (New Year for Trees) 1972-1977
  4 Chanukah-reference 1927-1980
  5 Chanukah-sermons Undated
  6 Chassidism 1944
  7 Chevra Kadisha 1935-1945
  8 Church vs. state 1961
  9 Civic clubs 1945
  10 Civil rights 1964
  11 Clippings 1946-1950
  12 Columbus, Christopher 1937-1950
  13 Commission on Justice and Peace:  Judaism and a Just and Enduring Peace 1942-1944
  14 Community Chest 1931-1955
  15 Conservative Judaism 1954-1963
  16 Conservative Judaism 1964-1974
       
7 1 Correspondence-English 1923-1959, 1985
  2 Correspondence-Yiddish and Hebrew 1926-1960
  3 Dead Sea Scrolls 1955-1956
  4 Democracy (barbarism in Germany) 1938
  5 "Development of Jewish Life" (series of lectures) 1935-1936
  6 Devorim (Deuteronomy) includes first sermon as Rabbi of B'nai Emunah, Tulsa, Okla. 1927, Undated
  7 Devoted Sons of Israel 1957
  8 Divorce files (Get) 1945-1060
  9 Divorce files (Get) 1949-1970
       
8 1 Divorce files (Get) 1963-1966
  2 Divorce files (Get) 1965-1975
  3 Divorce files (Get) 1975-1979
       
9 1 Divorce files (Get) 1950-1990
       
10 1 Dreams 1914-1933
  2 Education 1932-1962
  3 Einstein, Albert 1939
  4 Emory University 1941-1959
  5 Epstein, Ephraim 1943-1960
  6 Epstein, Leah Davida 1934-1957
  7 Epstein, Reva 1922-1976
  8 Eulogies 1919-1946
  9 Exodus Undated
  10 Faith 1943
  11 Federal Prison-appointment 1946-1951
  12 Free Loan Association 1934-1943
  13 Friday night service-index 1931-1982
       
11 1 Friday night service-reference 1936-1960
  2 Friday night service-reference 1936-1960
  3 Friday night service-reference 1936-1960
  4 Friday night service-reference 1961-1965
  5 Friday night service-reference, miscellaneous notes 1952, Undated
  6 Friday night service-reference, "Let There Be Light" Undated
  7 Friday night service-reference 1934-1941
  8 Friday night service-reference 1934-1941
  9 Friday night service-reference 1934-1941
       
12 1 Friday night service-reference 1934-1941
  2 Friday night service-reference 1934-1941
  3 Friday night service-reference 1934-1941
  4 Friday night service-reference 1934-1941
  5 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  6 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  7 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  8 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  9 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  10 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  11 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
       
13 1 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  2 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  3 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  4 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  5 Friday night service-sermons 1941-1953
  6 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  7 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  8 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  9 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  10 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  11 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  12 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
       
14 1 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  2 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  3 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  4 Friday night service-sermons 1954-1964
  5 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
  6 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
  7 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
  8 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
       
15 1 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
  2 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
  3 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
  4 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
  5 Friday night service-sermons 1964-1974
  6 Friday night service-sermons 1974-1982, 1984
  7 Friday night service-sermons 1974-1982, 1984
  8 Friday night service-sermons 1974-1982, 1984
  9 Gaon, Rabbenu Saadia 1941
  10 Georgia School of Technology 1939
  11 Georgia State College 1957
  12 God 1940-1965
  13 The Golem 1937
  14 Ha'am, Achad 1927-1942
       
16 1 Hachnasath Orchim, (Welcoming the Stranger) 1937
  2 Hadassah 1936-1963
  3 Hadassah, Jr. 1936-1947
  4 Halevi, Judah 1940-1941
  5 Haskalah 1934
  6 Hebrew Academy (Day School) 1950-1969
  7 Herzl, Theodore 1940-1960
  8 High Holidays-articles by Rabbi Epstein 1954-1981
  9 High Holidays-reference 1921-1948
  10 High Holidays-reference 1921-1948
  11 High Holidays-reference Ca. 1930-1940
  12 High Holidays-reference Ca. 1930-1940
  13 High Holidays-reference Ca. 1930-1940
       
17 1 High Holidays-reference Ca. 1950-1960
  2 High Holidays-reference 1945-1949
  3 High Holidays-reference 1950-1961
  4 High Holidays-reference 1943-1965
  5 High Holiday-reference 1943-1965
  6 High Holiday-reference 1965-1968
       
18 1 High Holiday-reference 1965-1968
  2 High Holiday-reference, intermarriage, 1963-1964
  3 High Holiday-reference, "Message of Israel" 1940-1964
  4 High Holiday-reference, Yiddish 1945, Undated
  5 High Holiday-reference, Yiddish Undated
  6 High Holiday-sermons 1928-1946
  7 High Holiday-sermons 1939-1946
  8 High Holiday-reference 1947-1950
  9 High Holidays-sermons 1951-1953
       
19 1 High Holidays-sermons 1954-1957
  2 High Holidays-sermons 1958-1961
  3 High Holidays-sermons 1962-1964
  4 High Holidays-sermons 1965-1967
  5 High Holidays-sermons 1968-1973
  6 High Holiday-sermons, Yiddish 1930-1947
       
20 1 High Holiday-Yom Kippur, reference 1931-1939
  2 High Holiday-Yom Kippur, sermons 1932-1948
  3 High Holidays-Yizkor 1938
  4 Hillel 1936
  5 Honors and awards 1953-1982
  6 Honors and awards-fiftieth anniversary celebration 1977-1978
  7 Honors and awards-Jewish Theological Seminary honorary degree 1966
  8 Hungarian Benevolent Association 1935-1939
  9 Immigration 1940-1941
  10 Installation addresses 1935-1954
  11 Israel Bonds 1985
  12 Jacobs, Rose 1937
  13 Jewish education 1965
  14 Jewish history 1938-1961
  15 The Jewish Home 1962
  16 Jewish humor 1935-1942
  17 Jewish literature 1927
       
21 1 Jewish music 1930-1967
  2 Jewish National Fund 1935-1958
  3 The Jewish personality 1930-1936
  4 Jewish War Veterans 1937-1965
  5 Jewish Welfare Fund-campaign 1936-1938
  6 Judaism and medicine 1936
  7 Judaism and science Undated
  8 Judaism and United States history 1938-1939, 1980
  9 Labor 1938-1971
  10 Lag B'Omer 1938
  11 Lavin, Bennet B. 1965
  12 Maimonides 1935
  13 Masonic lodges 1940-1960
  14 Memorabilia (includes ticket stubs and programs) 1907-1923
  15 "Message of Israel" 19040-1948
  16 Messianism 1914-1937
  17 Mikveh 1930-1935
  18 Mizrachi 1937-1970
  19 Mussar (Salanter, Rabbi Israel) 1943
  20 Newspaper clippings 1927-1928
  21 Or Veshalom, Atlanta, GA 1953
  22 Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training (ORT) 1960-1980
       
22 1 Passover-reference 1940-1976
  2 Passover-reference 1931-1982
  3 Passover-seder demonstrations 1954, 1976
  4 Passover-sermons, lst. & 2nd days 1931-1974
  5 Passover-sermons, 7th. & 8th days 1933-1976
  6 Passover-sermons, Yiddish 1930-1943
  7 Passports 1922-1924
  8 Perez, I.L. 1935-1945
  9 Pilpulim and hadranim, (Talmudic discourse) 1928-1944
  10 Pioneer Women 1942-1946
  11 Postcards 1926, Undated
  12 Prayer (concept of) 1937-1956
       
23 1 Prayers – Kaddish Undated
  2 Prayer-special services 1939-1964
  3 Progressive Club 1940
  4 Publication-Judaism and Progress, correspondence and related material 1933-1950
  5 Publication-Judaism and Progress, notes and Hebrew sources Undated
  6 Publications-miscellaneous 1912-1956
  7 Purim 1936-1981
  8 Red Cross 1942-1943
  9 Religion 1929-1969
  10 Religion and life insurance 1938
  11 Retirement 1939, 1978-1983
  12 Sabbath 1931-1940
  13 Scrapbook 1924-1927
       
24 1 Scrapbook 1968
  2 Scrapbook (notecards removed from scrapbook) 1968
  3 Seform, Mendele Mocher (Mendele the bookseller) 1935
  4 Selichoth 1936-1963
  5 Sermons, miscellaneous subjects 1967-1975
  6 Sermons-"The Revenge of Time," ca., 1929 and "The Jew and Progress" 1927
  7 Sermons-weekly 1937-1946
  8 Sermons-weekly, Yiddish 1936-1937
       
25 1 Sermons-weekly (Sputnick reference) 1958
  2 Sermons-weekly 1960-1963
  3 Sermons-weekly 1963-1966
  4 Sermons-weekly 1966-1969
  5 Sermons-weekly 1969-1972
  6 Sermons-weekly 1972-1975
  7 Sermons-weekly 1975-1978
  8 Sermons-weekly 1979-1980
  9 Sermons-weekly and miscellany Undated
  10 Seventh Day Adventists 1940
  11 Shabbos Hagodol (The Great Sabbath) 1940-1949
  12 Shavuos-reference 1934-1962
  13 Shavuos-sermons and programs 1932-1982
  14 Shazar, Zalman 1974
  15 Sokolow, Nahum 1936
  16 Southeastern Synagogue Conference 1944
  17 Spinoza 1932
  18 Strauss, Nathan 1931
  19 Succoth-reference 1928-1981
       
26 1 Succoth-sermons (lst. & 2nd. days and Shemini Azereth) 1935-1981
  2 Succoth-sermons, miscellaneous 1932-1970
  3 Szold, Henrietta 1933-1945
  4 Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity 1946
  5 Teachers 1952-1980
  6 Telegrams 1927-1947
  7 Telegrams and cards-tenth anniversary 1939
  8 Temple Emanuel (Grand Rapids, Michigan)-bulletin 1960-1963
  9 Ten lost tribes 1937
  10 United Jewish Appeal 1930-1970
  11 United Synagogue of America 1956-1964
  12 Verse (Yiddish) Undated
  13 WAGA T.V. 1961-1969
  14 World War II 1942
  15 Yad Vashem Undated
  16 Zionism (includes paper by Reva Epstein) 1929-1944
       
27 1 Scrapbooks (3 volumes) 1924-1965

   

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