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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: 9.4 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 Records, 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.

Processed by: Hannah Helmey and Oriana Indira Valencia (February 2019).

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

50th Anniversary Celebration

1964

 

2

50th Anniversary of Israel Resolution

1998

 

3

75th Anniversary, Rabbi Ichay 20th Anniversary

1988

 

4

75th/20th Correspondence

May 1988-Dec 1988

 

5

75th/20th Meetings

1988

 

6

75th/20th Pamphlets

1988

 

7

Abstract of title files

Undated

 

8

Administration and executive board

1969-1979

 

9

Adult education

1979, 1980

 

10

Adult education

c. 1986

 

11

Advertising cards

Undated

 

12

Agendas

1997

 

13

American Sephardi Federation – First National Youth Convention

1973-1974

 

14

Archives Israélites

1903-1904

 

15

Articles

1971-2016

 

16

Assets, Liabilities, and Fund Balances

1985

 

17

Assorted emails

1986-1987

 

18

Assorted letters

1970-1992

 

19

Assorted letters

1992-1994

 

20

Assorted lists

1938, 1971

 

21

Atlanta Rabbinical Association

Undated

 

22

Bar and Bat Mitzvah – Certificates

1973-1982

 

23

Bar and Bat Mitzvah – Certificates

1973-1992

 

24

Bar and Bat Mitzvah – Certificates

1983-1992

 

25

Bar and Bat Mitzvah – General

1970-1986, undated

 

26

Bar and Bat Mitzvah – General

1975-1980

 

27

Bar and Bat Mitzvah – General

1976-1984

 

28

Bar and Bat Mitzvah – General

1997-2001

 

29

Bat Mitzvah – Adult class

1985

 

30

Benator Family Tree

1994

 

31

Blue Ribbon Committee

1982

 

32

Book of Laws and Customs

1959, 1977

 

33

Booklets

1979

 

34

Boy Scouts

1966

 

35

Briefing

1987-1988

 

 

 

 

2

1

Budget planning

2008

 

2

Budget planning

2009

 

3

Building—Agreement with architect

1997

 

4

Building Campaign finances

1970-1984

 

5

Building catalogue

1970

 

6

Building—Certificates of substantial completion and progress summaries

1998-1999

 

7

Building committee

1964-1966

 

8

Building correspondence—members of congregation

1970-1971

 

9

Building correspondence—other

1996-1999

 

10

Building correspondence—OVS attorney, architect, and contractor

1998

 

11

Building correspondence—OVS attorney, architect, and contractor

1999

 

12

Building dedication—news clippings and magazines

1970-1971

 

13

Building—history

1948, c. 1981, 1998

 

14

Building—landscaping

1999

 

15

Building—Maslia Wing donor pledges

1996-1999

 

16

Building—Maslia Wing fundraising

1996-1997

 

17

Building—Maslia Wing groundbreaking

1997

 

18

Building—Maslia Wing general

1997-1998

 

19

Building—New building campaign

1943-1948

 

20

Building—New building campaign

1970-1973

 

21

Building—New building campaign and groundbreaking ceremony

1970

 

22

Building—New synagogue dedication

1970

 

23

Building—operations and utilities

1981, 1987

 

24

Building—New kitchen contract

1997

 

25

Building—permits

1999

 

26

Building—plans

1970

 

27

Building—plans and proposals

1996-1999

 

28

Building—plaque and memorial info

1998-1999

 

29

Building—pledges and payments

1971, 1974,1981

 

30

Building—proposed addition

1980

 

31

Building—stained glass

1998

 

32

Calendar—congregation

1997

 

33

Capital Campaign

1994, 1997

 

34

Center Line Newsletter

1989

 

35

Certificates

1957, 1979, 1984, 1989

 

36

Certificate of citizenship

1960

 

37

Chai-Lites Newsletter

1985-1989

 

38

Chai-Lites Newsletter

1989-1993

 

39

Chai-Lites Newsletter

1994-1999

 

40

Chai-Lites Newsletter

2002-2003

 

41

Chai-Lites Newsletter

2008-2009

 

42

Constitution

2005, 2008

 

43

Consulate General of Israel

1989

 

44

Correspondence—Consulate General of Israel

May 1979

 

 

 

 

3

1

Correspondence—Davids J. Ajouelo

1934-1936

 

2

Correspondence—Emily Amado, President of Sisterhood

1973-1975

 

3

Correspondence—Martin Karon

1981-1991

 

4

Correspondence—miscellaneous

1969, 1973, 1988, undated

 

5

Correspondence—Sara Eskenazi

1966-1977

 

6

Correspondence—U.S. Immigration Services

1990-1992

 

7

Change to constitution

Feb 2, 1997

 

8

Constitution and by-laws

1988

 

9

Deceased congregants

1969-1986

 

10

Deceased congregants

1987-1998

 

11

Declaration of Chaverim Endowment Fund

1997

 

12

Dedication of new synagogue

1971

 

13

Dedication of new synagogue

1971, 1973, 1978

 

14

Dedication of new synagogue

1971

 

15

Directory and calendar

1995-1997, 1999

 

16

Divorce papers

1958, 1973

 

17

Donations

1954, 1959-1960, 1963-1967

 

18

Donation Records

2016

 

19

Dues record book

1913-1935

 

20

Dues structure

1981-1982

 

21

Easement

1970-1971

 

22

“Ever Since Babylon”

1991-1992

 

23

Executive Board

1976-1977, 1981-1983, 1990, 1993

 

24

Fax files

1991

 

25

Financial records

1934-1940

 

 

 

 

4

1

Fire set by vandals

1969

 

2

Food certification

1982-1985

 

3

“Frontiers of Jewish Faith”

1976

 

4

Greeting cards—Rabbi Ichay

1994, 1997

 

5

A Guide for Classroom Teachers pamphlet

Undated

 

6

Haggadah for High Holidays

Undated

 

7

Hebrew School curriculum outline

Undated

 

8

Hebrew School record books

1935-1936

 

9

Hebrew/Sunday School

1937-1938

 

10

Hebrew School record books

1937-1940

 

11

Hebrew/Sunday School

1940-1947

 

12

Hebrew/Sunday School

1950-1960

 

13

Hebrew/Sunday School

1964-1967

 

14

Hebrew/Sunday School

1968-1970

 

15

Hebrew/Sunday School

1970-1971

 

16

Hebrew/Sunday School

1971-1972

 

17

Hebrew/Sunday School

1972-1973

 

18

Hebrew/Sunday School

1973-1974

 

19

Hebrew/Sunday School

1975-1976

 

20

Hebrew/Sunday School

1976-1977

 

21

Hebrew/Sunday School

1977-1978

 

22

Hebrew/Sunday School

1978-1979

 

23

Hebrew/Sunday School

1979-1980

 

24

Hebrew/Sunday School

1980-1981

 

 

 

 

5

1

Hebrew/Sunday School

1981-1982

 

2

Hebrew/Sunday School

1982-1983

 

3

Hebrew/Sunday School

1983-1984

 

4

Hebrew/Sunday School

1984-1985

 

5

Hebrew/Sunday School

1985-1986

 

6

Hebrew/Sunday School

1986-1987

 

7

Hebrew/Sunday School

1987-1988

 

8

Hebrew/Sunday School

1988-1989

 

9

Hebrew/Sunday School

1989-1990

 

10

Hebrew/Sunday School

1990-1991

 

11

Hebrew/Sunday School

1991-1992

 

12

Hebrew/Sunday School

1992-1993

 

13

Hebrew/Sunday School

1993-1994

 

14

Hebrew/Sunday School

1994-1995

 

15

Hebrew/Sunday School

1996-1997

 

16

Hebrew/Sunday School

1997-2000

 

17

High Holiday File

1993-1994

 

18

History of the Sephardic Colony

1937

 

19

History of Congregation Or VeShalom

1971, 1998

 

20

History of Congregation Or VeShalom/Sephardim

1981

 

21

Holot Halevavot

1949

 

22

Holy Day Material

Undated

 

23

OVS Israel Bond Honorees

1976-1997

 

 

 

 

6

1

Jewish Community of Rhodes Heritage Foundation Inc.

Undated

 

2

Jewish National Fund—trees planted in Israel

1985

 

3

Lawyers Title Insurance Cooperation Document

1948

 

4

Legal documents

1912, 1971

 

5

Legal files—incorporation, deed, lease, loans

1971-1977

 

6

Letter from Jimmy Carter

1973

 

7

Letterhead

c. 1960s

 

8

The Light Newsletter

1968, 1970

 

9

Loan from Israel

1978

 

10

Marriage and divorce laws

1972-1980

 

11

Matters concerning Rosina Fernhoff

1993-1997

 

12

Member census

1980

 

13

Member directory

1974

 

14

Member directory

1992

 

15

Member list

1958, 1979-1981

 

16

Member list

c. 1997

 

17

Member list

1998

 

18

Member solicitation list

c. 1996, 1997

 

19

Membership

1997

 

20

Membership information

1969

 

21

Membership information survey, A-G

1983

 

22

Membership information survey, H-Z

1983

 

23

Memorandums

1997-1998

 

24

Memorial service

1999

 

25

Memorial service—Holocaust

Aug 25, 1968

 

26

Minutes

1947-1948

 

27

Minutes

1968

 

28

Minutes

1969

 

29

Minutes

1970

 

30

Minutes

1971

 

31

Minutes

Jan-May 1972

 

32

Minutes

June-Dec 1972

 

33

Minutes

1973

 

34

Minutes

1974

 

35

Minutes

1975

 

36

Minutes

1976

 

37

Minutes

Jan-April 1977

 

38

Minutes

May-Dec 1977

 

39

Minutes

1978

 

40

Minutes

Jan-June 1979

 

41

Minutes

July-Dec 1979

 

42

Minutes

1980

 

43

Minutes

1987

 

 

 

 

7

1

Minutes

1988

 

2

Minutes

1988

 

3

Minutes

1990-1991

 

4

Minutes

1990-1991

 

5

Minutes

1991-1993

 

6

Minutes

1991-1993

 

7

Minutes

1993-1995

 

8

Minutes

1993-1995

 

9

Minutes

1996-1997

 

10

Minutes

1996-1997

 

11

Minutes

Jan-Mar 1998

 

12

Minutes

May-Sept 1998

 

13

Minutes

Oct-Dec 1998

 

14

Minutes

1999

 

15

Minutes

Jan-Mar 1999

 

16

Minutes

April-July 1999

 

17

Minutes

Aug-Dec 1999

 

18

Minutes

Jan-Apr 2000

 

19

Minutes

May-Aug 2000

 

 

 

 

8

1

Minutes

Sept-Dec 2000

 

2

Minutes

Jan-Apr 2001

 

3

Minutes

May-Sept 2001

 

4

Minutes

Oct-Dec 2001

 

5

Minutes

Jan-Mar 2002

 

6

Minutes

Apr-June 2002

 

7

Minutes

July-Sept 2002

 

8

Minutes

Oct-Dec 2002

 

9

Minutes

2008

 

10

Minutes

2008

 

11

Minutes

2009

 

12

Minutes

2010

 

13

Miscellaneous

Undated

 

14

Nassah Israel Society

1937, 1943

 

15

National Sephardic Youth Conference

1973

 

16

News bulletin

1972-1974

 

17

News bulletin

1975-1977

 

18

News bulletin

1978-1981

 

19

Newsletters

1969-1970

 

20

Newspaper clippings

1940-1997, undated

 

21

Notebooks

1944, 1955

 

22

Plays

1960-1982

 

23

Programs

1948-2001

 

24

Property—purchase and closing

1970-1976

 

 

 

 

9

1

Property—sale of Lanier Place

1971

 

2

Property—sale and rezoning of Highland Ave

1971

 

3

Publications

Undated

 

4

Rabbi Betesh

Undated

 

5

Rabbi Joseph Cohen Archives Display

2000-2001

 

6

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—correspondence—personal

c. 1934-1977

 

7

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—correspondence—professional

1934-1978

 

8

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—Cuba

c. 1920-1934

 

9

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—donations

1957-1969

 

10

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—hiring process

1934

 

11

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—messages and addresses

1959, 1989, 1978

 

12

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—newspaper clippings

Undated

 

13

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—passing

1983

 

14

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—personal records

1934-1950, 1978

 

15

Rabbi Joseph Cohen—tributes

1969-1978, 1989

 

16

Rabbi Robert Ichay—correspondence—American Sephardi Association

1976

 

17

Rabbi Robert Ichay—correspondence—Maynard Jackson

1974

 

18

Rabbi Robert Ichay—correspondence—personal

1975, 1981, 1985-1988, 1991-1997

 

19

Rabbi Robert Ichay—correspondence—professional

1968-1998

 

20

Rabbi Robert Ichay—correspondence with Sephardi Hebrew Congregation of Zimbabwe

1992-1999

 

21

Rabbi Robert Ichay—correspondence—sympathy

1985

 

22

Rabbi Robert Ichay—general

1981, undated

 

23

Rabbi Robert Ichay—letters of recommendation

1970-2001

 

24

Rabbi Robert Ichay—messages, eulogies, and addresses

1969, 1996-1998

 

25

Rabbi Robert Ichay—newspaper clippings

1969-1988

 

26

Rabbi Robert Ichay—prayers, sermons, and speeches

Undated

 

27

Rabbi Robert Ichay—reference materials

c. 1988-1991

 

28

Rabbi Robert Ichay—tributes

1988, 1994

 

29

Reference materials—Israel

1986-1988, undated

 

30

The Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation books

1998-2000

 

31

Rhodes Refugee Committee of Atlanta—letterhead

c. 1915

 

32

Rubin M.  Hanan

c. 1984

 

33

Scrapbook

1970-1972

 

 

 

 

10

1

Sephardic Studies Proposal

1986

 

2

Sephardic Educational Center

1990-1992

 

3

Sephardim

1974, 1992

 

4

Sisterhood,

1925, 1965-1975

 

5

Sisterhood programming

1950-1970

 

6

Sisterhood—Sephardic cooking

1981-1998

 

7

The Southern Israelite special edition—Atlanta Sephardim

1960

 

8

Stained glass

Undated

 

9

State of Israel bonds

1978-1979

 

10

Synagogue Archives

1994-2000

 

11

Synagogue dues

1997

 

12

Talmud Torah records

1937

 

13

“Treatise on the Significance of this Mitzvah”

1967-1968

 

14

Tree planting in Israel

1982, 1986

 

15

Trip to Israel

1991

 

16

Union of Sephardic Congregations—prayer book translation

1983-1984

 

17

United Jewish Appeal

1985-1986

 

18

Yeshiva University

1990-1992

 

19

Yom Kippur

1997

 

20

Youth Group

1989-1990

 

21

Youth Leadership Cabinet Judaica Series

1982

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