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Dates Span:  1933-1992

Creator:  Ahavath Achim Congregational Sisterhood (Atlanta, Ga.)

Summary/Abstract: 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.

Quantity/Physical Description: 2.5 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository: 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 Number, Folder Number, Mss14, Ahavath Achim Congregational Sisterhood Records, Cuba Family Archives, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts.

Related Material: Mss 21, Ahavath Achim Congregational Records

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (October, 1988)  

Arrangement:  The collection is arranged into two series: Series I: Subject Files, 1933-1991 Series II: Congregation Ahavath Achim Bulletins, 1947-1983 

Biographical/Historical Note:  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.  Originally known as the Ladies Auxiliary, the first task of the Sisterhood was to assist in the erection of the Synagogue building on Washington Street.  In 1921, the Sisterhood sponsored the Sunday School of the Congregation as its major project.  The School later became part of one of the largest and finest religious educational centers in the South. Over the years the Sisterhood has continued to sponsor numerous projects and activities including adult education, a book shop, Girl Scouts, the Jewish Home and Keren Ami.  Today Sisterhood projects include holiday workshops, the training of women to transcribe textbooks in Braille, interfaith gatherings with various church groups, ongoing classes and study groups, and the publication of a kosher cookbook.  Sisterhood funds have also helped to support teachers’ salaries in the Religious School, holiday celebrations, Camp Ramah, Israel pilgrimage stipends and the purchase of pieces of equipment for the School and Synagogue. 

Scope and Content:  Congregation Ahavath Achim is the second oldest Synagogue in Atlanta, and the researcher will be able to study the development of the Congregation through the use of the Sisterhood records as well as through the nearly complete series of congregational bulletins, 1947-1983, contained in series II of the collection.  The researcher interested in women’s history and the role that Jewish women have played in the development of synagogue life as well as community life will also find this collection of special interest. The records are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. Series I, Subject Files, 1933-1991, contain the records of the Sisterhood, such as their constitution, bylaws, correspondence, and newsletters. They are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. Series II, Congregation Ahavath Achim Bulletins, 1947-1983, contains a comprehensive collection of congregational bulletins. These files are arrange chronologically. 

Collection Inventory

Series I Subject Files, 1933-1991
 
Box File Description Date
1 1 Adult education 1980-1981
2 Anniversary celebration-50 years, correspondence 1971
3 Anniversary celebration-50 years, general file 1970-1972
4 Anniversary celebration-60 years, general file 1982
5 Bulletin of Sisterhood-unnamed 1968
6 Certificates 1959-1982
7 Constitution and by-laws Undated
8 Correspondence 1936-1978
9 Donor 1981
10 Holiday workshops-all holidays Undated
11 Holiday workshops-Chanukah 1951-1968
12 Holiday workshops-Passover 1964
13 Holiday workshops-Purim 1952
14 Holiday workshops-Succoth 1952
15 Invitations 1935-1991
16 Joint Sisterhood Undated
17 Miscellany 1973, Undated
18 Newsletter-“Profile” 1977-1979
19 Newsletters-other organizations 1956-1959
20 Newspaper and magazine articles 1933-1985
21 President’s notebook 1935-1937
2 1 President’s reports 1949-1958
2 Programs 1960-1992
3 Souvenir journals 1938-1948
4 Souvenir journals 1949-1951
5 Souvenir journals 1953-1955
6 Souvenir journals 1955-1956
7 Speech and history by Mary Dwoskin Undated
8 Speech by Phyllis Levine 1969
9 Telegrams 1960-1963
10 The Temple-bulletin and letter re. State of Georgia election 1966
11 Women’s League of Conservative Judaism 1961-1969
3 1 Bulletins of Congregation 1947-1956
2 Bulletins of Congregation 1957-1958
3 Bulletins of Congregation 1959-1960
4 Bulletins of Congregation 1961-1962
5 Bulletins of Congregation 1963
6 Bulletins of Congregation 1964
7 Bulletins of Congregation 1965
8 Bulletins of Congregation 1966
4 1 Bulletins of Congregation 1967
2 Bulletins of Congregation 1968
3 Bulletins of Congregation 1969
4 Bulletins of Congregation 1970
5 Bulletins of Congregation 1971
6 Bulletins of Congregation 1972
7 Bulletins of Congregation 1973
8 Bulletins of Congregation 1974
5 1 Bulletins of Congregation 1975
2 Bulletins of Congregation 1976-1977
3 Bulletins of Congregation 1978
4 Bulletins of Congregation 1979
5 Bulletins of Congregation 1980
6 Bulletins of Congregation 1981
7 Bulletins of Congregation 1982-1983

 


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