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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1954-1961

Creator:  Congregation Beth El

Summary/Abstract:  Congregation Beth El was a short-lived Conservative synagogue established in 1954.  The records consist of certificate, scrapbook, song sheet, and newsletter.

Quantity/Physical Description: .2 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 58, Congregation Beth El, The Cuba Family Archives, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  All photographs removed to visual arts collection.

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

Biographical/Historical Note:   On May 25, 1954, a meeting was held at the Com. Center attended by seventeen people to discuss organizing a new synagogue. Mr. Irwin Krick, acting as chairman, explained that two weeks previous a meeting was held at which time the group present decided to write to the United Synagogues of America requesting information for the group. A copy of the letter sent was read, a reply had not yet been received. The chair then called for a discussion by those present of their thoughts concerning a new synagogue. This discussion showed that those assembled felt that the function of a synagogue should not only be religious but social and cultural as well. That each member be an integral part and accept responsibility thereby feeling needed. The liberal conservative aspect was discussed and the thought introduced that the religious expressions not be a by-product of the social activities. They then founded Congregation Beth El, a Conservative synagogue that existed for the next decade.

Scope and Content Researchers studying the Congregation Beth El Records will gain insight into Conservative Judaism in the mid-20th century. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Series I
 
Box File Description Date
1 1 Certificate 1957
2 Newsletter, “Beth El Shofar” 1954
3 Notices, programs, invitations 1954-1961
4 Scrapbook 1954-1961
5 Song sheets Undated
6 Special ceremony and service 1958
7 Statement of principles Undated

 

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