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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1913-1973

Creator:  Congregation Or Ve Shalom

Summary/Abstract:  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.

Quantity/Physical Description: .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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 57, Congregation Or Ve Shalom, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Arrangement: All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Or VeShalom, meaning “Light and Peace” in Hebrew, traces its genesis to the Edict of Expulsion promulgated by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella on March 31, 1492 – the same year as the discovery of America by Columbus. The Spanish monarchy, spurred on by the Catholic Church, decreed that all Jews must leave Spain within six months or convert to Catholicism, under pain of death. These exiles fled to the Ottoman Empire where they remained for over four centuries in cloistered communities, keeping alive their Spanish language and culture in the hope of someday returning to their ancient homeland of Spain. The beginning of the 20th century found these exiles anxious to unshackle themselves from Moslem rule and they migrated to America by the tens of thousands. Some of them made their way to Atlanta and founded Or VeShalom in 1914. At that time there was a membership of 57 families. These Sephardic Jews emigrated with their families from the Isle of Rhodes and from Turkey. Today, we have an extremely diverse membership that traces its roots from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, North and South America, and even Atlanta.
(Source: Congregation Or Ve Shalom, “About Us,” http://www.orveshalom.org/.)

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Or Ve Shalom Records will gain insight into Sephardic congregations in Atlanta in the 20th century. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Dues record book 1913-1935
2 Financial records 1934-1940
3 Hebrew school records books 1935-1936
4 Hebrew school record books 1937-1940
5 Hebrew school record books 1944-1951
2 1 Hebrew school records books 1951-1957
2 Minutes 1947-1948
3 Miscellany 1955-1960
4 Rhodes Refugee Committee of Atlanta – letterhead Ca. 1915
5 National Sephardic Youth Conference, Atlanta 1973
6 Sunday school record books 1950-1960
7 Sunday school record books 1964-1966
8 Talmud Torah records 1937


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