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Date Span:  1887-1988

Creator:  Ahavath Achim Congregation
 

Summary/Abstract: 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.

Quantity/Physical Description:  12 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 #, Folder #, Mss 21, Ahavath Achim Congregational Records, Cuba Family Archives, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309.

Related Material: Mss 1, Rabbi Epstein Papers Mss 14, Ahavath Achim Congregational Sisterhood Records

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Revisions: Finding aid revised to EAD format by Jeremy Katz (March, 3013)

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (January, 1990)

Arrangement: The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:   Ahavath Achim Congregation was organized in 1886 as Congregation Ahawas Achim (Brotherly Love) and is Atlanta’s second oldest Jewish congregation.  Organized by Jews of Eastern European descent, the congregation’s founding members felt uncomfortable in the established Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (The Temple) comprised primarily of Jews from Germany, who by the late 1800s had begun to liberalize their Orthodox doctrine.  Originally located in a rented room at 106 Gilmer Street, the congregation would make a succession of moves, to 120 Gilmer Street, to a hall on Decatur Street in 1895, to its first building in 1901 on the corner of Gilmer Street and Piedmont Avenue, to its second building on Washington Street in 1921, and finally, to its present location on Peachtree Battle Avenue in 1958. Four different Rabbis, Rabbi Mayerovitz (1901 – 1905); Rabbi Joseph Meyer Levine (1905) – 1915); Rabbi Yood (1915 – 1919); and Rabbi A.P. Hirmes (1919 – 1928) provided spiritual leadership for Ahavath Achim until 1928, when Rabbi Harry H. Epstein was hired as Rabbi.  He retained that position for the next 50 years.  Rabbi Epstein became Rabbi Emeritus in 1986 and was succeeded by Rabbi Arnold Goodman. During the early years of Rabbi Epstein’s tenure, he slowly made innovations and modifications in congregational activities.  By 1952, Ahavath Achim joined the Conservative Movement, with the most noticeable shift from Orthodoxy being the gradual change to mixed seating.  Today, Ahavath Achim Congregation is the largest Conservative congregation in Atlanta.

Scope and Content: The social historian interested in the roots of Conservative Judaism in Atlanta will find this collection of special interest. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Adult Education Committee 1946-1988
2 Ahavath Achim Foundation Undated
3 Aliyah reports 1935-1943
4 Annual meetings (including President’s speeches) 1948-1984
5 Annual reports 1950-1957
6 Annual reports 1962-1986
7 Art exhibit 1966-1967
8 Articles of Incorporation and change of name 1887-1960
9 Bible class – newsletter, “The Scroll” 1923
10 Board of Trustees – correspondence, notices of meetings and rosters 1962-1964
11 Brotherhood – general 1934-1949
2 1 Brotherhood – minutes 1932-1948
2 Bulletins 1930-1943
3 Bulletins 1946-1981
4 Calendar 1956
5 Calendar 1957
3 1 Calendar 1959
2 Calendar 1960
3 Calendar 1961
4 1 Calendar 1962
2 Calendar 1963
3 Calendar 1964
5 1 Calendar 1965
2 Camp Schonthal 1942
3 Cemetery Committee and Chevra Kadisha Committee – reports 1950-1953, 1964
4 Centennial celebration 1964
5 Charter and renewals 1887 – 1941
6 Community Chest 1955
7 Constitution and by-laws 1907-1960
8 Constitution and By-laws Committee 1954
9 Correspondence – condolence letter 1929, 1959-1960
10 Correspondence – condolence letters 1961
11 Correspondence – condolence letters 1962
12 Correspondence – condolence letters 1963
13 Correspondence – condolence letters 1964-1965
6 1 Correspondence – Epstein, Rabbi Harry H. 1938-1959
2 Correspondence – Epstein, Rabbi Harry H. 1960-1961
3 Correspondence – Epstein, Rabbi Harry H. 1962-1964
4 Correspondence – form letters, applications received 1957
5 Correspondence – form letters, dues 1959-1964
6 Correspondence – general 1923-1951
7 Correspondence – general 1952-1956
8 Correspondence – general 1957-1959
9 Correspondence – general 1960-1976
7 1 Education – Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1963-1964
2 Education – Committee 1952-1966
3 Education – Confirmation 1955-1956
4 Education – Confirmation 1956-1957
5 Education – Confirmation 1957-1958
6 Education – Confirmation 1959
7 Education – Confirmation 1959-1960
8 Education – Confirmation 1962
9 Education – General records 1928-1965
10 Education – Jewish Day School, organizational records 1953-1956
11 Education – Nursery School 1941-1965
12 Education – Nursery School, bus 1945-1963
13 Education – pre-Confirmation (1961 correspondence arranged A-U) 1956-1961
14 Education – Programs, Confirmation and Religious School 1943-1986
15 Education – Religious School, bus 1942-1957
16 Education – Religious School, graduation 1956-1963
8 1 Educational Center – applications for use of rooms 1949
2 Educational Center – Campaign, cash journal 1938-1943
3 Educational Center – Campaign, general records 1942
4 Educational Center – Campaign, pledges A-F 1938-1941
5 Educational Center – Campaign, pledges, G-P 1938-1941
6 Educational Center – Campaign, pledges, R-Z 1938-1941
7 Educational Center – general records 1937-1955
8 Epstein School 1982
9 Financial records – Bar Mitzvah bills 1955-1959
10 Financial records – cash journal 1919-1926
9 1 Financial records – cash journal 1946-1951
2 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 4819-4949 1953
3 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 4950-5100 1953
4 Financial records – check copies, number order 5101-5199 1953
5 Financial records– check copies, numbered order 5200-5300 1953-1954
6 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 5301-5400 1954
7 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 5401-5499 1954
8 Financial recorders – check copies, numbered order 5500-5600 1954
9 Financial recorders – check copies, numbered order 5601-5699 1954
10 Financial recorders – check copies, numbered order 5700-5799 1954
11 Financial recorders – check copies, numbered order 800-5899 1954
10 1 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 5900-5999 1954
2 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 6000-6099 1954
3 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 6100-6199 1954
4 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 6200-6299 1954
5 Financial records – check copies, numbered order 6300-6306, 6527 1954
6 Financial records – dues 1932
7 Financial records –eu3w, A-Ben 1932-1953
8 Financial records – dues, Ber-Bl 1932-1953
9 Financial records – dues, Bo-Ci 1932-1953
10 Financial records dues, Cl-D 1932-1953
11 1 Financial records – dues, E-Ga 1932-1953
2 Financial records – dues, Ge-Gu 1932-1953
3 Financial records – dues, H-J 1932-1953
4 Financial records – dues, K 1932-1953
5 Financial records – dues, L 1932-1953
6 Financial records – dues, M 1932-1953
7 Financial records – dues, N-Q 1932-1953
12 1 Financial records – dues, R 1932-1953
2 Financial records – dues, Sa-Sh 1932-1953
3 Financial records – dues, Si-Su 1932-1953
4 Financial records – dues, T 1932-1953
5 Financial records – dues, U-Z 1932-1953
6 Financial records – dues, Hebrew School, A-L 1950-1951
7 Financial records – dues, Hebrew School, M-Z 1950-1951
13 1 Financial records – dues, Hebrew School, A-Z 1951-1956
2 Financial records – dues, Hebrew School – Sunday Only, A-Z 1951-1952
3 Financial records – dues, National Enrollment Plan 1962-1964
4 Financial records – Financial Committee 1962-1964
5 Financial records – funds, memorial 1935-1943
6 Financial records – funds, miscellaneous, B-K Undated
7 Financial records – funds, miscellaneous, L-R Undated
14 1 Financial records – funds, miscellaneous, S-U Undated
2 Financial records – general ledger Oct. 1, 1951 – Oct. 1, 1952
3 Financial records – general ledger Oct. 1, 1952 – Oct. 1, 1953
4 Financial records – general ledger Oct. 1, 1953 – Sept. 30, 1954
5 Financial records – membership increases 1941
6 Financial records – miscellaneous Ca. 1919-1962
7 Financial records – monthly statements 1948-1954
8 Financial records – mortgage fund 1933-1943
9 Financial records – notes 1938-1948
10 Financial records – payroll 1953-1955
15 1 Financial records – pledges journal 1939-1941
2 Financial records – receipts and miscellaneous 1936-1955
3 Financial records – sales and use tax 1956-1959
4 Financial records – sales and use tax 1960-1963
5 Financial records – subscriber’s card 1936
6 Foundation 1967
7 Fraternities – Georgia Colleges and universities 1955-1956
8 Free Loan Association 1930
9 Girl Scouts 1958
10 Golden Jubilee 1978
11 Havdalah Undated
12 Hebrew Sheltering and Aid Society Undated
13 Historical material 1966-1987
14 Holidays – general Undated
15 Holidays – Hanukah 1948-1973
16 Holidays – Passover 1942-1968
17 Holidays – Purim 1943-1961
18 Holidays – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Undated
19 Holidays - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Admissions cards and instructions 1937-1986
20 Holidays – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, seat assignments 1937
21 Holidays – Sabbath 1938-1963
16 1 Holidays – Shavuoth 1949
2 Holidays – Simchas torah 1953-1964
3 Holidays – Sukkot Undated
4 Holidays – Tu Bishvat 1984
5 House Committee 1962-1964
6 Individuals – A-Z (biographical information) Undated
7 Individuals – Clein, Philip Sholem (1882-1959) 1952-1959
8 Individuals – Cohen, Gerald 1980
9 Individuals – Cuba, Joseph 1967
10 Individuals – Epstein, Rabbi Harry H. 1924-1982
11 Individuals – Goodman, Rabbi Arnold M. 1974-1983
12 Individuals – Kraft, Michael (1912-1965) 1965
13 Individuals – Levitas, Ida 1972-1987
14 Individuals – Srochi, Dora 1942-1976
15 Insurance 1954-1962
16 Israel, State of – Congregational pilgrimage 1976
17 Jewish population survey 1975-1976
18 Jewish Theological Seminary 1953-1962
19 Lecture Series Undated
20 Library – book list Undated
21 Membership applications, A-Z 1933
22 Membership applications, A-Z 1934
23 Membership applications, A-Z 1935
24 Membership applications, A-Z 1936
25 Membership applications, A-Z 1937
26 Membership applications, A-Z 1938
27 Membership applications, A-Z 1939
17 1 Membership applications, F 1941
2 Membership applications, A-K 1944-1945
3 Membership applications, L-Z 1944-1945
4 Membership applications, A-G 1946
5 Membership applications, H-Z 1946
6 Membership committee
7 Membership – general
8 Membership list – founders (copy)
9 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
10 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
11 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
12 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
18 1 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
2 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
3 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
4 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
5 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
6 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
7 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
8 Membership profile (original numbered order) 1977
19 1 Membership profile, A-C 1986
2 Membership profile, D-G 1986
3 Membership profile, H-L 1986
4 Membership profile, M-R 1986
5 Membership profile, S-Z 1986
6 Membership profile – supporting records 1986
7 Memorial tablets – contracts, A-Z 1956-1959
8 Memorial tablets – general 1940-1956
9 Memorial tablets – general 1957-1959
10 Memorial tablets – pledges, A-Z 1959
11 Memorial tablets – proposed Ca. 1920
20 1 Minutes 1890-1894
2 Minutes (loose pages) 1894
3 Minutes (copy) 1890-1894
4 Minutes 1894-1895
5 Minutes 1939-1943
6 Minutes 1950-1953
7 Minutes Undated
8 Miscellany 1964
9 Mr. and Mrs. Club 1961
10 Music festival 1967
11 New building – architects 1955
12 New building – bids 1956
21 1 New building (Peachtree Battle) – contracts 1956-1959
2 New building – correspondence 1944-1956
3 New building – correspondence 1957-1964
4 New building – estimates and specifications 1954-1957
5 New building – financial, Acme Sales Company 1959-1960
6 New building – financial, Fulton National Bank 1953-1958
7 New building – financial, ledger 1944-1949
8 New building – financial, paid bills, A-M 1955-1959
9 New building – financial, paid bills, P-W 1954-1960
22 1 New building – financial, petty cash vouchers 1957
2 New building – financial, pledge cards 1955-1958
3 New building – financial, pledges charged off 1953-1954
4 New building – financial, pledges for seats 1953-1954
5 New building – financial, sale of stock 1957-1960
6 New building – financial, saving account books and related material 1954-1963
7 New building – financial, State of Israel bonds 1954-1963
8 New building – financial, statements 1952-1955
9 New building – financial, taxes, City of Atlanta 1956
10 New building – general records 1949-1958
11 New building – kitchen 1957-1959
12 New building – memorials 1956
13 New building – renovation 1961,1984
14 Newspaper clippings 1931-1986
15 Newspaper publicity 1956
16 Petition for change of name 1921
17 Programs and brochures 1930-1987
18 Public Relations Committee 1961
19 Ritual committee 1960-1964
20 Roster – past presidents 1952-1959
21 Rosters – unpaid members 1942
22 Rosters – various committees 1956-1958
23 Scrapbook – Troop 49 1st Girl Scout Troop 1942-1943
24 Service Committee 1956
25 Sisterhood 1954-1976
26 Sisterhood – Karen Ami Fund 1954-1957
23 1 Sisterhood – “Souvenir Journal“ 1953
2 Sisterhood – “Souvenir Journal“ 1987
3 Soviet Jewry 1972
4 Soviet Jewry Undated
5 United Synagogue of America 1943-1960
6 United Synagogue Youth 1954-1965
7 Usher Committee 1960-1963
8 Washington Street Building 1921-1958
9 Washington Street Building – insurance 1947
10 Yahrzeits 1958
11 Yahrzeits Undated
12 Yahrzeits Undated
13 Yahrzeits, non-members, A-Z Undated
14 Youth Services Committee 1962-1964
Oversized Bound Volumes
1 Free Loan Association record book 1923
2 General ledger September, 1923 – January, 1933
3 General ledger October, 1936 – September, 1939
4 General ledger October, 1939 – June, 1943
5 General ledger June 1943 – September, 1946
6 General ledger October, 1946 – December 1949
7 General ledger (building fund) January, 1950- September, 1952, 1951-1953
8 General ledger October, 1953- September, 1954
9 General ledger October, 1954 – April, 1956
10 Receipts December, 1954 – September 1955

 


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