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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1902-1987

Creator:  The Temple Sisterhood
 

Summary/Abstract:  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. 

Quantity/Physical Description: 3 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 42, The Temple Sisterhood Records, Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Processed by: Sandra Berman (January, 1992)

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.  The smaller scrapbooks are boxed in alphabetical order, the larger books are contained in oversize boxes.  Much of the oldest scrapbook was dismantled for conservation purposes.  The book was photocopied so that the original order of the documents could be maintained.

Biographical/Historical Note The Temple Sisterhood was established on December 9, 1912, and is the oldest congregation-sponsored women's organization in Atlanta.  The Sisterhood was initiated by Dr. David Marx, spiritual leader of The Temple, who felt that a women's group could help in the development of the synagogue as both a religious and educational gathering place for members of the congregation.  Previously, the responsibility for many of these activities fell to the Atlanta Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, an organization founded by Temple members.  Josephine Kaufman, wife of founding member David Kaufman, was the first Sisterhood president.  Stella Bauer was president throughout the First World War.  In Stella Bauer's 1919 speech titled What Has The Sisterhood Done For the Cause of Judaism, she reiterated the primary goals of the then eight-year-old organization:  "Our chief aims have been to further the religious ideals for which we stand; to inspire our members with a love and reverence for our sacred faith, and to lead our children to respect and honor the beautiful forms and ceremonies of our holy religion."  An advocate of the women's suffrage movement, she went on to say that "We should have representation on The Temple Board -- not figure-head type we have now that permits us to be present and talk, but gives us no power to vote.  In this age of woman's suffrage, the Sisterhood should demand the right to have a real working voice in the deliberations of The Temple Board and be given the power to aid materially in the development and growth of the congregation.  Women naturally know more about that phase of temple management which concerns the child and it is due us that we are given the right to express ourselves at least in his behalf." In the ensuing decades, The Temple Sisterhood continued to be directly involved in insuring that both the spiritual and educational needs of the Temple family were being met at every level.  It also responded to social service concerns in the general community, providing assistance to the blind, the mentally handicapped and to the city of Atlanta's Head Start program.  Today, Sisterhood continues to be a productive and innovative organization, fulfilling all of the needs that Mrs. Henry Bauer so eloquently stated in 1919.

Scope and Content The minutes and scrapbooks contain a wealth of information, including annual reports which detail many of Sisterhood's accomplishments.  The social historian interested in the development of the women's organization and in the women's movement will find this collection of special interest. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.  The smaller scrapbooks are boxed in alphabetical order, the larger books are contained in oversize boxes.  Much of the oldest scrapbook was dismantled for conservation purposes.  The book was photocopied so that the original order of the documents could be maintained.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Calendar 1969-1970
2 Certificates 1955-1986
3 Constitution and by-laws 1949-1973
4 Correspondence 1969-1973
5 Directories 1955-1977
6 Donor dollars 1959
7 Funds Undated
8 Garden Club-bank statements 1953-1958
9 Garden Club-budgets 1955-1959
10 Garden Club-cancelled checks 1953-1958
11 Garden Club-financial record books 1953-1959
12 Garden Club-financial statements 1955-1958
13 Garden Club-handbook 1953
14 Garden Club-miscellany 1955-1957
15 Garden Club-passbooks 1954-1958
16 Gift shop Undated
17 Guest log 1939-1967
18 Interfaith service 1969
19 Interfaith service 1970
20 Interfaith service 1971
2 1 Interfaith service 1972
2 Interfaith service 1973
3 Invitations and programs 1932-1968
4 Invitations and programs 1969-1985
5 Invitations and programs Undated
6 The Jewish Braille Institute of America 1975
7 Membership survey 1973
8 Minutes June 1951-May 1954
9 Minutes May 1954-May 1957
10 Minutes June 1957-May 1960
11 Minutes May 1960-May 1963
12 Minutes May 1963-June 1966
3 1 Minutes May 1966-May 1969
2 Minutes June 1975-Dec. 1978
3 Minutes Jan. 1979-Dec. 1982
4 Miscellaney 1969, Undated
5 Mini-courses Undated
6 National Federation of Temple Sister­hoods-general files 1949-1987
7 National Federation of Temple Sister­hoods- "25" Biennial Assembly 1965
8 National Federation of Temple Sister­hoods- "28" Biennial Assembly 1971
9 Newspaper clippings 1954-1972
10 Notices of events and meetings 1968-1974
11 Reports 1919-1966
12 Rothschild, Jacob 1956-1971
13 Scrapbook(original material removed from oversize scrapbook, oversize Container 1) 1919-1947
14 Scrapbook(photocopies of items removed from oversize scrapbook, oversize Container 1 - original order of scrapbook maintained) 1919-1947
4 1 Scrapbook 1976-1977
2 Scrapbook 1978-1979
3 Sisterhood Sabbath services 1970-1974
4 Southeast Federation of Temple Sister­hoods 1946-1974
5 Speeches, poem, and play written by Sisterhood members 1919-1977
6 The Temple-bulletin 1968
7 The Temple-dedication service program 1902
8 The Temple-miscellaney 1957-1959
9 The Temple-Religious School 1949
5 1 Scrapbook (volume 1) 1919-1954
2 Scrapbook (volume 2) 1952-1968
6 1 Scrapbook (volume 1) 1954-1961
7 1 Scrapbook (volume 1) 1961-1964
2 Scrapbook (volume 2) 1964-1967
3 Scrapbook (volume 3) 1968-1974

 


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