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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1946-1997

Creator:  Rabbi Emanuel Feldman

Summary/Abstract: Rabbi Emanuel Feldman was the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Jacob (Atlanta, Ga.) for over 40 years. The files relate to the numerous issues that Rabbi Feldman involved himself during his tenure at Congregation Beth Jacob. Of special interest are the papers concerning the opening of the Atlanta Jewish Community Center on the Sabbath and the “Right of Return.”

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.6 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 111, Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (October, 2002)

Arrangement:  The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Rabbi Emanuel Feldman was born in 1927 to a family of Rabbis dating back more than seven generations.  Rabbi Feldman was ordained at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College of Baltimore and accepted the pulpit at Congregation Beth Jacob in 1952.  At that time the six-year-old congregation consisted of only 65 members. Over the years Rabbi Feldman immersed himself in Atlanta’s religious life.  He spoke out on numerous issues including the controversial opening of the Atlanta Jewish Community Center on the Sabbath, the “Right of Return,” Kashruth, adoption, divorce, autopsy, and circumcision. Rabbi Feldman is a past Vice-President of the Rabbinical Council of America and the recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Arts degree from John Hopkins University.  He later earned a doctorate from Emory University in Atlanta.  He is the author of over forty published articles in magazines such as the Saturday Review, the New Republic, and various Anglo-Jewish journals.  Rabbi Feldman is also the Editor-in-chief of Tradition magazine and has authored five books. Rabbi Feldman remained the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Jacob for over 40 years.  In 1991, he was succeeded by his son, Rabbi Ilan Feldman.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Papers will gain insight into Jewish religious life in Atlanta, Georgia during the mid-to-late 20th century. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Adoption Undated
2 Anniversaries and dinners 1962-1991
3 Articles and sermons 1973-1990
4 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1953-1976
5 Atlanta Jewish Community Center 1972
6 Atlanta Jewish Community Center – Sabbath Opening Controversy 1969-1971
7 Atlanta Jewish Community Center – Sabbath Opening Controversy 1972-1976
8 Atlanta Jewish Community Center – Sabbath Opening Controversy Undated
9 Atlanta Jewish Community Council 1956
10 Atlanta Rabbinical Association Undated
11 Chevra Kaddisha 1976-1980
12 Circumcision 1968-1980
13 Coca Cola 1989-1990
14 Congregation Beth Jacob – constitution and by-laws 1965
15 Congregation Beth Jacob – correspondence 1952-1990
2 1 Congregation Beth Jacob – dedications 1956-1962
2 Congregation Beth Jacob – general records 1954-1989
3 Congregation Beth Jacob – maintenance 1977
4 Congregation Beth Jacob – newsletters 1953-1970
5 Congregation Beth Jacob – newspaper articles 1955-1971
6 Congregation Beth Jacob – Sisterhood 1954-1972
7 Congregation Beth Jacob – yearbooks 1952-1953
8 Correspondence 1946-1983
9 Correspondence 1989-1990
10 Correspondence January 1992-June 1992
11 Correspondence July 1992-December 1992
12 Correspondence 1993
3 1 Correspondence January 1994-March 1994
2 Correspondence April, 1994
3 Correspondence May 1994 – August, 1994
4 Correspondence 1997, Undated
5 Divorce 1988
6 Employment contract 1973
7 Feldman, Rabbi Ilan 1990
8 Gorman, David 1977
9 Greenfield Hebrew Academy Undated
10 Hadassah Hospital – autopsies 1969-1972
11 Installation 1953
12 Intermarriage 1992
13 Invitations and programs 1952-1991
14 Iranian immigration 1978-1987
4 1 Jewish-Catholic relations 1964
2 Kashruth 1960-1980
3 Kashruth 1982-1990
4 Lebedin, Charles 1964
5 Mikvah Institute 1959-1972
6 Miscellaney 1987, Undated
7 Ner Israel Kollel 1987
8 Newspaper articles 1953-1994
9 Nir Tamid Fund 1975
10 Programs 1958-1964
11 Rabbinical Council of America 1962-1964
12 Right of Return 1988-1989
13 Soviet Jewry 1962-1979
14 Temple Sinai 1971
15 Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations 1966-1969

 

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