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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1975 - 1986

Creator:  Congregation Beth Shalom

Summary/Abstract:  c.1976-1988, including a history of the congregation, bulletins, 1976-1986; newspaper articles, c.1981-1985; programs and invitations, 1976-1988; photographs; and general records, c.1976-1988.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 295, Congregation Beth Shalom Records, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Processing Information:  Files are arranged in alphabetical order; newspaper/bulletins arranged in date order, photos removed to new envelopes and are not cataloged nor arranged in any order.

Processed by: Demece Harvey (March 2014)

Arrangement:  Files are arranged in alphabetical order; newspaper/bulletins arranged in date order, photos removed to new envelopes and are not cataloged nor arranged in any order.

Biographical/Historical Note:  A dozen couples met to discuss the possibility of organizing a new congregation in the Stone Mountain area.  A meeting was called inviting Jews in the Stone Mountain area.  About 100 people attended the meeting.  Herb Kohn was charged with the responsibility of investigating the feasibility of creating a congregation in the east Atlanta area.  Few people realized they had so many Jewish neighbors.  Most had thought of themselves as isolated in the shadows of the home of the Ku Klux Klan.

Unlike the older congregations in Atlanta which had been started by people from similar old world backgrounds and with distinctive religious preferences, Beth Shalom was founded by young professionals, many of whom came from different communities outside Atlanta and who were groping for a Jewish identity. 

Congregation Beth Shalom, a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue, and a spiritual and communal home to nearly 400 families. This vibrant congregation, founded in 1975, continues to grow and thrive through meaningful Jewish observance, learning, fellowship and service.  Rabbi Peterman was hired in 1977, after graduating from the Reform Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Beth Shalom has won the Synagogue of Excellence Award numerous times. The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) award is given to only a few synagogues in the region each year for exceptional performance in multiple areas. Beth Shalom has been recognized for our services, adult and family education courses, religious school, preschool, family retreats, USY and Kadima youth groups. Our many programs enable our members to connect to their Judaism and to each other while they learn by doing.

Scope and Content:  This collection contains focuses on the history of Congregation Beth Shalom.  Many of the articles written are taken from the Southern Israelite, for further research, please search this publication.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Affiliation

1975

 

 

Board of Trustee

1976 – 1981

 

 

Bulletin Forms

1978

 

 

Camp Day

1977

 

 

Committees – Building Site

1975

 

 

Correspondence

1976 – 1985

 

 

History of Beth Shalom

1975 – 1977

 

 

Installation of Officers

1976 – 1978

 

 

Newspaper Articles

1975 – 1985

 

 

Pictures

No date

 

 

Prayer Book

No date

 

 

Programs

1979 – 1981

 

 

Rabbi Committee

1977

 

 

Rabbi’s Qualifications

1978 – 1979

 

 

Synagogue Council of Atlanta

No date

 

 

Torah – Confidential

1976

 

 

Torah Dedication

1982

 

 

Torah Dedication ceremony

1976

 

2

1

Newsletters/Bulletins

1975 – 1986

 

3

1

Photographs

No date

 

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