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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

 Date Span:  1898-1979

Creator:  Temple Israel (Columbus, Ga.)

Summary/Abstract:  This congregation is one of Georgia’s oldest and was established in Columbus in 1854. The records consist of an anniversary guest book, 1979 and financial ledger, 1898-1904.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 89, Temple Israel (Columbus, Ga.) 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 by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  The growing number of Jews in Columbus, Georgia, banded together in 1854, forming the congregation B’nai Israel. Many of these founding members were German immigrants. They initially gathered in members’ homes, but later met in a building on the northeast corner of 10th Street and 5th Avenue. The group also used this rented space for a school, which taught the members children about Judaism, as well as teaching them Hebrew and German. In 1859, B’nai Israel purchased a house on 10th Street and 4th Avenue, which they converted into a synagogue.  The women of the congregation raised the money to furnish the new building and sewed such things as curtains and ark curtains themselves. Source: Temple Israel, “A History of the Jewish Community in Columbus, Georgia,” http://www.columbusjudaism.org/#!history/cto

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Temple Israel (Columbus, Ga.) will gain insight into Jewish religious life in Columbus, Georgia. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Anniversary – 125th – guest book 1979
2 Financial ledger 1898-1904
3 Financial report 1919
4 Invitation and program 1947-1948
5 New building – dedication Undated


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