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Date Span:  1915-1984

Creator:  Rabbi Isaac E. Marcuson

Summary/Abstract:  Rabbi Isaac E. Marcuson was the spiritual leader at Temple Beth Israel, Macon, Georgia, for over 58 years.  The bulk of the collection contains letters and requests for materials published for and by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.  Additional correspondence can be found in subject specific folders.  The collection contains material concerning World War II and the efforts in Macon to assist Jews escaping Nazi persecution prior to and after World War II.

Quantity/Physical Description: 9.6 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 161, Rabbi Isaac E. Marcuson Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Processed by:  Demece Harvey (October, 2007)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Rabbi Isaac E. Marcuson was the spiritual leader at Temple Beth Israel, Macon, Georgia, for over 58 years.  Rabbi Marcuson was born December 18, 1872 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received his education in the public schools of that city.  He was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and of the Hebrew Union College in 1894.  Rabbi Marcuson married Rose Thorner, year unknown.  The couple did not have any children. Rabbi Marcuson came to Macon, Georgia in 1894 as Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel, which was located at Second and Poplar Streets.  Under his supervision the new temple was planned and was dedicated in 1903.  He joined Malachi Lodge, B’nai B’rith in 1894, became its president a few years later and was president of District Grand Lodge #5 in 1903. In 1915 he was elected Secretary of Central Conference of American Rabbis and was editor of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Yearbook, serving for over 35 years.  An honorary Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred upon him by the Hebrew Union College in 1939.  Rabbi Marcuson was President of Organized Service and Chairman of Macon Chapter, American Red Cross.  He was a member of the Board of Governors, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio; and the Board of Directors of the World Union for Progressive Judaism; president of the Social Worker’s Club; and served on the Executive Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, with headquarters in London, England.  One of his most satisfying experiences was conducting monthly services at the state hospital in Milledgeville.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Rabbi Isaac E. Marcuson Papers will gain insight into Jewish religious life in Macon, Georgia, and relief efforts during World War II. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory 

CONTAINER 1       Subject file, 1932-1946, Alexander III Parent Teacher Association – Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Folder 1:          Alexander III Parent Teacher Association Year Book, Macon, Georgia, 1941 – 1942.
Folder 2:          American Jewish Conference, Draft of Resolution, 1945.
Folder 3:          American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc., 1936 - 1946.
Folder 4:          American Red Cross, 1948.
Folder 5:          Anti-Defamation League, 1936.
Folder 6:          Army-Navy Committee, 1941 – 1946.
Folder 7:          Army Song Book, 1941.
Folder 8:          Articles, undated.
Folder 9:          Bibliography – Old Hebrew Books, Dictionary, etc, undated.
Folder 10:        “Bill of Rights” Proclamation of the President of the United States, 1941.
Folder 11:        Bio and newspaper article, 1947.
Folder 12:        Bloom, Maurice J., “What Prayer Means to Me”, undated.
Folder 13:        B’nai B’rith, Social Experiment at Georgia State Hospital, undated.
Folder 14:        British Information Services, 1946.
Folder 15:        Brickner, Barnett R., Rabbi, untitled, undated.
Folder 16:        Cadman, S. Parks, Dr., “The Jews’ Lot in Germany”, 1932.
Folder 17:        The Cahilla, undated.
Folder 18:        CARNA, Supplemental Agreement, 1945.
Folder 19:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, undated.
Folder 20:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1937.
Folder 21:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1939.
Folder 22:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1940.
Folder 23:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1941.
Folder 24:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1941.
Folder 25:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1941.

CONTAINER 2          Subject file, 1927-1950, Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1941 – Central Conference of American Rabbis, Heller, James G. Rabbi.
Folder 1:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1941.
Folder 2:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1941. 
Folder 3:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1942.
Folder 4:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1944.
Folder 5:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1945.
Folder 6:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1946.
Folder 7:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1947.
Folder 8:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1948.
Folder 9:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1949.
Folder 10:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1950.
Folder 10:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Commission on Justice& Peace, undated.
Folder 11:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Committees, undated.
Folder 12:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Committee on Chaplains, undated.
Folder 13:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Committee on International Peace, undated.
Folder 14:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Committee on Marriage, the Family, the Home, “The Jew and Mixed Marriage”, undated.
Folder 15:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Committee on Refugee Aid, undated.
Folder 16:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Committee on Synagogue Music, undated.
Folder 17:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Constitution and By-Laws, 1927.
Folder 18:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Corrections, undated.
Folder 19:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Executive Board, undated.
Folder 20:        Central Conference of American Rabbis, Heller, James G. Rabbi, newspaper articles, undated.

CONTAINER 3          Subject file, 1931-1947, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Program of World Reconstruction - Correspondence, January – December 1938.
Folder 1:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, Program of World Reconstruction, undated.
Folder 2:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi List, undated.
Folder 3:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, Report of Committee on International Peace, undated.
Folder 4:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, Report of Committee on Resolutions, undated.
Folder 5:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, Report of the Committee on Responses, undated.
Folder 6:          Central Conference of American Rabbis, Resolutions, undated.
Folder 7:          Certificate, 1936 Campaign of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, undated.
Folder 8:          Commission on Jewish Education Resolution, undated.
Folder 9:          Committee on New Congregations: First Annual Report, 1946- 1947.
Folder 10:        Conference on Jewish Demography, 1945.
Folder 11:        Congressional Record – Senate, undated.
Folder 12:        Conscientious Objector:  Under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940.
Folder 13:        Constitution of the Synagogue of Council of America, 1940.
Folder 14:        Contemporaneous Literature, undated.
Folder 15:        Correspondence, January 1931.
Folder 16:        Correspondence, September 1934.
Folder 17:        Correspondence, June – December 1935.
Folder 18:        Correspondence, January - December 1937.
Folder 19:        Correspondence, January – December 1938.

CONTAINER   4          Correspondence, January – December 1939 – Correspondence, September 1940.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, January – December 1939.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, January – May 1940.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, June 1940.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, July 1940.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, August 1940.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, September 1940.

CONTAINER   5          Correspondence, October 1940 – January 1941.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, October 1940.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, November 1940.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, December 1940.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, January 1941.

CONTAINER   6          Correspondence, February 1941 – June 1941.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, February 1941.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, March 1941.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, April 1941.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, May 1941.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, June 1941.

CONTAINER   7          Correspondence, July 1941 – November 1941.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, July 1941.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, August 1941.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, September 1941.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, October 1941.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, November 1941.

CONTAINER 8          Correspondence, December 1941 – April 1942.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, December 1941.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, January 1942.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, February 1942.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, March 1942.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, April 1942.

CONTAINER 9          Correspondence, May 1941 – May 1945.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, May 1942.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, June 1942.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, July 1942.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, August 1942.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, January – December 1943.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, January – December 1944.
Folder 7:          Correspondence, January 1945.
Folder 8:          Correspondence, February 1945.
Folder 9:          Correspondence, March 1945.
Folder 10:        Correspondence, April 1945.
Folder 11:        Correspondence, May 1945.

CONTAINER 10        Correspondence, July 1945 – December 1945.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, July 1945.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, August 1945.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, September 1945.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, October 1945.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, November 1945.
Folder 6           Correspondence, December 1945.

CONTAINER 11        Correspondence, January 1946 – April 1946.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, January 1946.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, February 1946.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, March 1946.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, April 1946.

CONTAINER 12        Correspondence May 1946 – October 1946
Folder 1:          Correspondence, May 1946.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, June 1946.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, July 1946.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, August 1946.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, September 1946.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, October 1946.

CONTAINER 13        Correspondence, November 1946 – April 1947.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, November 1946.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, December 1946.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, January 1947.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, February 1947.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, March 1947.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, April 1947.

CONTAINER 14        Correspondence, May 1947 – December 1947.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, May 1947.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, June 1947.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, July 1947.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, August 1947.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, September 1947.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, October 1947.
Folder 7:          Correspondence, November 1947.
Folder 8:          Correspondence, December 1947.

CONTAINER 15        Correspondence, January 1948 – August 1948.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, January 1948.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, February 1948.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, March 1948.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, April 1948.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, May 1948.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, June 1948.
Folder 7:          Correspondence, July 1948.
Folder 8:          Correspondence, August 1948.

CONTAINER 16        Correspondence, September 1948 – April 1949.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, September 1948.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, October 1948.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, November 1948.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, December 1948.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, January 1949.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, February 1949.
Folder 7:          Correspondence, March 1949.
Folder 8:          Correspondence, April 1949.

CONTAINER 17        Correspondence, May 1949 – December 1949.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, May 1949.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, June 1949.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, July 1949.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, August 1949.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, September 1949.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, October 1949.
Folder 7:          Correspondence, November 1949.
Folder 8:          Correspondence, December 1949.

CONTAINER 18        Correspondence, January 1950 – June 1950.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, January 1950.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, February 1950.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, March 1950.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, April 1950.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, May 1950.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, June 1950.

CONTAINER 19        Correspondence, July 1950 – December 1950.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, July 1950.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, August 1950.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, September 1950.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, October 1950.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, November 1950.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, December 1950.

CONTAINER 20        Correspondence, January 1951 – September 1951.
Folder 1:          Correspondence, January 1951.
Folder 2:          Correspondence, February 1951.
Folder 3:          Correspondence, March 1951.
Folder 4:          Correspondence, April 1951.
Folder 5:          Correspondence, May 1951.
Folder 6:          Correspondence, June 1951.
Folder 7:          Correspondence, September 1951.

CONTAINER 21        Subject file, 1941-1960, Department of State – Postcards, 1947.
Folder 1:          Department of State, 1938.
Folder 2:          Dickinson, Frank G., Social Morality and the “Cradle-To-The-Grave” Philosophy, 1950.
Folder 3:          Feldman, Abraham J., Rev. Dr., “Whither Progressive Judaism?”, 1949.
Folder 4:          Financial Records, undated.
Folder 5:          Fort Valley College Center, undated.
Folder 6:          Fran, Leo Rabbi, “Statement on Judaism and International Peace”, undated.
Folder 7:          Georgia Conference on Social Work, 1941.
Folder 8:          Globe Indemnity Company, 1947.
Folder 9:          Golden Book of Life Samples, undated.
Folder 10:        Hanukah song, undated.
Folder 11:        Hebrew Orphans’ Home, undated.
Folder 12:        Hebrew Union College undated.
Folder 13:        Interfaith Program, undated.
Folder 14:        Jewish calendar, 1941 – 1960.
Folder 15:        Jewish Music Council, 1945.
Folder 16:        Jewish Welfare Board, Suggested Program for Local Army and Navy Committees, 1940.
Folder 17:        The Kingston Situation, undated.
Folder 18:        Levy, Clifton Marby, “Evaluating the High Holy Days”, undated.
Folder 19:        Liebman, Joshua Rabbi, “God and the World Crisis”, undated.
Folder 20:        Linfield, H. S., “Notes on “A Conference on Jewish Demography”, undated.
Folder 21:        List of Jewish Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, undated.
Folder 22:        Miscellaneous receipts, 1933 – 1951.
Folder 23:        The Mourner’s Kaddis, Plate Proof, 1941.
Folder 24:        National Committee on Atomic Information, 1945.
Folder 25:        National Jewish Welfare Board, undated.
Folder 26:        Newspaper Clippings, 1941.
Folder 27:        Order of V.E. Day Service, undated.
Folder 28:        Palmer, E. W. “The Binding”, undated.
Folder 29:        Personal Correspondence, undated.
Folder 30:        Personal Writings, undated.
Folder 31:        Petition for Issuance of Immigration Visa, undated.
Folder 32:        Plan of Transliteration from Hebrew into English, undated.
Folder  33:       Post Cards, 1947.

CONTAINER 22                1913-1951, Post cards – Sermons
Folder 1:          Post Cards, 1947.
Folder 2:          Post Cards, 1947 – 1951.
Folder 3:          Post Office Department, 1949.
Folder 4:          Prayers, undated.
Folder 5:          Principles on replacement of Chaplains, undated.
Folder 6:          Race Relations Week, 1942.
Folder 7:          Relief for Belligerent Counties and Refugees, undated.
Folder 8:          Relief Request – World War II, 1913 – 1950.
Folder 9:          Religion’s Answer to the Threat of War, undated.
Folder 10         Religious Education Association, 1942.
Folder 11:        Report of the Committee on a Code of Rabbinical and Congregational Ethics, undated.
Folder 12:        Resolutions: Funerals, undated.
Folder 13:        Retuby, 1935.
Folder 14:        Rules for Hebrew Reading, undated.
Folder 15:        Russell, Henry D., Major General U.S.A, undated.
Folder 16:        Sachar, Abram L. Dr., untitled, undated.
Folder 17:        Selective Training and Service Act of 1940.
Folder 18:        Senate Bill 101, 1945.
Folder 19:        Sermons, undated.

CONTAINER 23        Sermons, printed on 3 x 5 index cards, undated.
Folder 1:          Sermons, undated.
Folder 2:          Sermons, undated.
Folder 3:          Sermons, undated.
Folder 4:          Sermons, undated.

CONTAINER 24        Subject file, 1935-1950, Sermons – Yom Kippur Morning Service.
Folder 1:          Society of Jews and Christians, 1941.
Folder 2:          Southeast Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, undated. Folder 3:          Statistical Bureau of Synagogue Council, 1941. Folder 4:          Stern, Nathan, “Citation January 31, 1945. Folder 5:          Strengthening American Judaism, September 6, 1946. Folder 6:          The Synagogue and Community Section II, undated. Folder 7:          Synagogue Council of America, 1940. Folder 8:          Temple Beth Israel photo, undated.
Folder 9:          Truman Statement on Aid to Europe, undated.
Folder 10:        Union of American Hebrew Congregation, 1949 – 1950.
Folder 11:        United Jewish Appeal, 1948.
Folder 12:        The United Nations, 1940.
Folder 13:        United Palestine Appeal, 1947.
Folder 14:        U.S. Senate Faces Soviet Veto in U.N., undated.
Folder 15:        The White House, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935 – 1942.
Folder 16:        Why was Dr. Ham taken off the Air?, undated.
Folder 17:        World Union for Progressive Judaism, undated.
Folder 18:        Yom Kippur Morning Service, undated.
 
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