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Date Span:  1919-2005

Creator:  Congregation Children of Israel (Augusta, Ga.)

Summary/Abstract:  Congregation Children of Israel was established in 1846 and is still in existence today. The records consist of minutes, correspondence, financial and legal records and general administrative files.  Of special interest to researchers is the Sunday school scrapbook, which holds pictures dating as far back as the sixties. The collection also consists of the first check written, which provides official ownership of the congregation.

Quantity/Physical Description: 9 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 153, Congregation Children of Israel (Augusta, Ga.) Records, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Processed by:  Sarah Moosazadeh (April, 2007)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Congregation Children of Israel was established in 1846, as the Jewish community within the central Savannah River area had begun to expand.  Tisha B’Av and High Holy Day services were held that year in a rented room with a temporary ark, and in 1849, the congregation was granted a corporate charter.  The then-small membership of approximately 20 people felt the need to form a religious school. This was the core of what later became Congregation B'nai Israel and then Children of Israel in 1846. In 1879, the Hebrew Ladies Aid Society was founded and in 1919, when the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods was created, the society joined and became the Sisterhood.  The Temple Brotherhood was born in the 1920s’.  Since then, the Sisterhood and the Brotherhood have been vital components of the social and educational components of the synagogue. Congregation Children of Israel held its 100th anniversary in 1945.  At that time, the membership of the temple numbered 90, and it was clear that the Telfair Street location was not large enough. A building fund was started, and in 1946, a site was chosen at the corner of Bransford Road and Walton Way.  In September 1949, Rabbi Norman Goldburg, his wife Rose, and their two children were welcomed to Augusta. Jordan M. Parr served as the congregation’s 29th rabbi from 1990 until 2002. Rabbi Parr and his wife Cynthia were instrumental in fostering family involvement, instituting Tot Shabbat, overseeing the renovation of the Judaica shop and initiating many community outreach programs, such as the interfaith Mitzvah Day Project. In January 1995, Congregation Children of Israel commemorated the continuity of their congregation with a sesquicentennial weekend. At the midpoint of its birthday year, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations held a conference in Augusta for the first time, bringing hundreds of people from the U.S. and Canada together. The records of Congregation Children of Israel consist of minutes, correspondence, financial and legal records and general administrative files.  Of special interest to researchers is the Sunday school scrapbook, which holds pictures dating as far back as the sixties. The collection also consists of the first check written, which provides official ownership of the congregation.

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

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

100th Anniversary, “Into a Second Century”

1945

 

2

140th Anniversary

1985

 

3

150th Anniversary

1995

 

4

Adult Education Committee

1983-1989

 

5

Bart D. Wittenberg Religious School

1964-1990

 

6

Blue Star Camp

Undated

 

7

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1943-1957

 

8

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1960-1970

 

9

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1971-1975

 

10

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1976-1979

 

 

 

 

2

1

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1980-1981

 

2

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1982

 

3

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1983

 

4

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1984

 

5

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1985

 

6

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1986

 

7

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1987

 

 

 

 

3

1

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1988

 

2

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1989

 

3

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1990-1991

 

4

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

1992-1994

 

5

Board Meeting and Committee Reports

Undated

 

6

Board of Trustee meeting minutes

1953-1958

 

7

Board of Trustee meeting minutes

1964-1969

 

8

Board of Trustee meeting minutes

1970-1975

 

9

Brotherhood

1993

 

10

Building fund

1942-1975

 

 

 

 

4

1

Bulletins

1968-1969

 

2

Bulletins

1974-1975

 

3

Bulletins

1978-1979

 

4

Bulletins

1982-1983

 

5

Bulletins

1986-1987

 

6

Bulletins

1990-2000

 

 

 

 

5

1

Calendar

1956-1961

 

2

Calendar

1961-1963

 

3

Calendar

1963-1965

 

4

Calendar

1967-1969

 

5

Calendar

1969-1971

 

6

Calendar

1971-1973

 

7

Calendar

1973-1975

 

8

Calendar

1975-1977

 

9

Calendar

1977-1979

 

 

 

 

6

1

Calendar

1979-1981

 

2

Calendar

1981-1982

 

3

Calendar

1983-1985

 

4

Calendar

1985-1997

 

5

Catalogue – KTAV

1973-1974

 

6

Cathedral Church of St. Paul

1947

 

7

Certificates

Undated

 

8

Child activity listing

1994

 

9

Class record book

Undated

 

10

Confirmation class

1943-1986

 

11

Constitution, By-Laws, and Amendments

1962-1987

 

12

Constitution for a Temple Youth Group

Undated

 

13

Correspondence – miscellaneous

1947-1975

 

14

Correspondence – miscellaneous

1976-1980

 

15

Correspondence – miscellaneous

1981-1990

 

 

 

 

7

1

Correspondence – Abelman, S. Mark (President)

1982-1984

 

2

Correspondence – Goldberg, Joseph (President)

1978-1982

 

3

Correspondence – Meyer, Leon H. (President)

1971-1976

 

4

Correspondence – Shapiro, Suzanne (President)

1981-1985

 

5

Correspondence – Simowitz, Jon D. (President)

1986-1991

 

6

Correspondence – Wender, Chaim Joseph (Rabbi)

1981-1984

 

7

Correspondence – Wetherhorn, Jackie (President)

1974-1975

 

8

Correspondence – White, H. Richard (Rabbi)

1973-1981

 

9

Deeds

1931-1934

 

10

Description of Honor

Undated

 

11

Employee Earnings Record

1971-1979

 

12

Flyers and Invitations

1972-1991

 

 

 

 

8

1

Friedman, A.A. – President Report

Undated

 

2

Fundraising

1973-1974

 

3

Gift Shop Reports

1968-1974

 

4

Goldburg, Norman M. – writings

1930-1968

 

5

Goldburg, Norman M. – World War II stories

Undated

 

6

Goldburg, Norman M. – counseling notes

Undated

 

7

Heavenly Visions in the Inner City

1978

 

8

Hebrew Ladies Aid Society

1919-1921

 

9

Hebrew Ladies Aid Society

1922

 

10

High Holiday Ticket Policy

1991

 

11

House Rules and Fees

1991

 

12

Income

1953-1984

 

 

 

 

9

1

Incorporation of Congregation Children of Israel

1880-1954

 

2

Introduction to Judaism syllabus

1993-1994

 

3

Jacobs, Steven L. (Rabbi)

1983

 

4

Jews and Catholics

1962-1963

 

5

K.K. Beth Elohim (Charleston, S.C.)

Undated

 

6

Lease contract

1970-1991

 

7

Liberman for President

1946-1947

 

8

Mann, Dr. “From the Destruction of Second Temple”

Undated

 

9

Medical College of Georgia mailing list

1972-1973

 

10

Membership application

Undated

 

11

Membership list

1975-1979

 

12

Memorials

1952-1979

 

13

Memorials

1980-1983

 

14

Mental health

1977-1978

 

15

Mixed marriages

1982

 

 

 

 

10

1

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

1964-1965

 

2

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

1969-1973

 

3

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

1974

 

4

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

1975

 

5

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

1976

 

6

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

1977

 

7

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

1978-1984

 

8

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

Undated

 

9

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – flyers

Undated

 

10

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – “Mind your Meetings”

1957

 

 

 

 

11

1

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – “Money, Money”

1970

 

2

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – “Now You Are a Sisterhood Leader”

1970

 

3

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – Installation Service

Undated

 

4

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods –Uniongram

Undated

 

5

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – newspaper articles

1980-1983

 

6

Organ

1965

 

7

Pamphlets

1974-1976

 

8

Paar, Jordan (Rabbi)

1989-1991

 

9

Policy for Survival

1948

 

10

Prinsky, Norman

Undated

 

11

Programs

1951-2000

 

12

Proxy for Annual Meeting

1989

 

13

Rabbinic relations

1985-1990

 

14

Rafi’s Rules of Non-Parliamentary Procedure

Undated

 

15

Receipts

1976-1979

 

16

Resolutions

1944-1986

 

 

 

 

12

1

Rummage sale

1968-1981

 

2

School Prayer

1962-1963

 

3

Seder

1982-1983

 

4

Sermons

Undated

 

5

Southeast Federation of Temple Sisterhood (District No. 13)

1951-1978

 

6

Steinberg, Jack “United for Worship and Charity: A History of Congregation Children of Israel”

1982

 

7

Stern, Jay B. “A Teacher’s Guide to Shalom Yisrael”

Undated

 

8

Sunday School Roster

Undated

 

9

Tanenbaum, Marc H. (Rabbi)

1963

 

10

Temple Sisterhood – art auction

1972-1973

 

11

Temple Sisterhood – budget

1971-1982

 

12

Temple Sisterhood – calendar and directory

1994-1995

 

13

Temple Sisterhood – calendar publication information

1968-1981

 

14

Temple Sisterhood – cards

Undated

 

15

Temple Sisterhood – certificates

1978

 

16

Temple Sisterhood – choir

1980-1981

 

17

Temple Sisterhood – committee reports

1945-1957

 

18

Temple Sisterhood – committee reports

1957-1959

 

 

 

 

13

1

Temple Sisterhood – committee reports

1960-1961

 

2

Temple Sisterhood – committee reports

1963-1964

 

3

Temple Sisterhood – committee reports

1969-1973

 

4

Temple Sisterhood – committee reports

1974-1979

 

5

Temple Sisterhood – constitution

1961-1980

 

6

Temple Sisterhood – correspondence

1980-1981

 

7

Temple Sisterhood – donor dinner programs

1983-1986

 

8

Temple Sisterhood – dues and greeting

1991

 

9

Temple Sisterhood – fundraising and fashion show

1976-1977

 

10

Temple Sisterhood – golden jubilee

1942

 

11

Temple Sisterhood – installation

1965-1969

 

12

Temple Sisterhood – Jewish community master mailing list

1978

 

13

Temple Sisterhood – membership list

1946-1981

 

14

Temple Sisterhood – Merrill Lynch account

1980-1982

 

15

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1933-1938

 

16

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1943-1948

 

17

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1949-1950

 

 

 

 

14

1

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1951-1955

 

2

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1955-1960

 

3

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1961-1965

 

4

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1969-1974

 

5

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1975-1979

 

6

Temple Sisterhood – minutes

1980-1981

 

7

Temple Sisterhood – miscellaneous

Undated

 

8

Temple Sisterhood – program bulletins

1942-1980

 

9

Temple Sisterhood – resolution

1955-1957

 

10

Temple Sisterhood – USO award

1941-1981

 

11

Temple Sisterhood – “When I was a Girl”

Undated

 

12

Temple Sisterhood – “Women’s Lib Comes to Sisterhood”

Undated

 

13

Treasurer’s Report

1978-1981

 

 

 

 

15

1

Treasurer’s Report

1988-1989

 

2

Treasurer’s Report

1990

 

3

Treasurer’s Report

1991

 

4

Treasurer’s Report

1992

 

5

Treasurer’s Report

1993

 

6

Treasurer’s Report

1994

 

7

Union of American Hebrew Congregations

1944-1992

 

 

 

 

16

1

Union of American Hebrew Congregations – “Maintenance of Reform Judaism”

1976

 

2

Union of American Hebrew Congregations – Report of Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath

1993

 

3

Union of American Hebrew Congregations – Report on 39th Council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregation

1946

 

4

Wender, Chaim (Rabbi)

1981-1988

 

5

White, Richard (Rabbi)

1971-1981

 

6

World Union for Progressive Judaism

1974

 

7

Writings (author unknown)

Undated

 

8

Yahrzeit

1988-1997

 

9

Yom Kippur

Undated

 

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