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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates: 1941 - 2008

Creator:  Temple Beth El (Dalton, Ga.)

Summary/Abstract:  Temple Beth El (Dalton, Ga.) Records consisting of 8 linear feet of material including a plaster Ten Commandments (most likely from atop the Ark), c.1941; anniversary celebration records, 1963-1991; minutes, 1940-1981; 18th annual commemorative prayer book (bound); fifteenth annual commemorative bible (bound); bulletins, 1976-2008; miscellaneous newspaper articles; photographs, c.1960-1980s; membership survey, 1996; financial records, c.1960s-1970s; certificates, c.1960-1990; Tulip Ball records; general files, 2000-2009; and the Jane and Joe Ginsberg Roll of Honor plaque, 1985-2006.

Quantity/Physical Description: 2.1 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 316, Temple Beth-El (Dalton, Ga.) Records, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Processed by:  Demece Harvey, February 2015.

Arrangement:  Folders alphabetized, material in date order.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Records indicate there was a Jewish presence in Dalton as far back as 1880.  But it was not until the turn of the 20th century that there was an influx of Jewish merchants, many being first generation Americans who had fled the persecutions, intolerance, oppressions and impoverishments of Eastern European countries.  It wasn’t until 1938, Jewish textile merchants form the north brought an increase of Jewish citizens.  This small group of concerned and dedicated men and women, desirous of maintaining their Jewish identity, met in the fall of 1940 and agreed to form a congregation to meet the religious, educational, spiritual and pastoral need of its members.  On May 26, 1941, a meeting was held at which time a slate of officers was selected that included Sam Hurowitz, Harry Saul, Sam Millender, Joe Dubrof and Simon Ginsberg.  Also active were Ben Winkler, Ira Nochumson, Leo Koplan, Jack Braver, Irving Funk and Dr. Eli Rosen.  Due to World War II the construction of the temple was postponed until 1947.  The 1950s and ‘60s saw strong Jewish involvement.  In the 1970, ‘80s and ‘90, the temple celebrated its 40th, 50th and 60th anniversary.  Beginning in the 1980s, many of the original congregants and temple leaders passed away, including Mr. and Mrs. Ben Winkler and four past presidents – Leo Koplan, Sam Millender, Joseph Ginsberg, and Lester Goldberg.  Throughout the 1990s, elderly members retired with many moving.  While the older population disappeared, younger Jews who grew up in Dalton went off to college and never returned.   Temple Beth El, Dalton, Ga closed its doors in 2011.

Scope and Content:  Temple Beth-El Records, c.1952-2006, consisting of 4 linear feet of material including bulletins, 1952-1954, 1963, 1964,1972-1973; Congregational minutes, 1958-1965; a Congregational scrapbook, 1984-1986; minutes of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El, 1952-2000 (incomplete); Sisterhood scrapbooks, (originals and photocopies), 1954-2006; Sisterhood speeches, 1962-1976; photographs, a plan for the Mikvah, 1946;  miscellaneous documents relating to the Congregational activities; and scrapbooks from the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Southern Branch, 1954-1992 (incomplete).

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

1

1

25th Anniversary

1973

 

2

40th Anniversary

1980

 

3

50th Anniversary

1990

 

4

60th Anniversary

2000

 

5

Administration

1990

 

6

Aliyah Roster – Hebrew Names

No date

 

7

American Friend of CRM

1991

 

8

Anne Frank Exhibit Essays

No date

 

9

Awards

1976, 1991

 

10

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

1998 – 2009

 

11

Bulletins

1974 – 1991

 

12

By-Laws

No date

 

13

Camp Lama Lo

1998

 

14

Camp Ramah Darmon

 

 

15

Cemetery Regulations

1962 – 1982

 

16

Confirmation Services

1978

 

17

Constitution

1954, 1981

 

18

Conversions

1986 – 1988

 

19

Correspondence

1944 – 1952

 

20

Correspondence

1979 - 1982

 

21

Correspondence

1991 – 2007

 

22

Dalton Jewish Federation

1997 - 2003

 

23

Ettinger, Rabbi Zvi

1976, 1985

 

24

Finkel, Allan

1989

 

25

Founders of Temple Beth El

No date

 

26

Fried, Rabbi Philip

1966 – 1970

 

27

Getting the World Out

No date

 

28

Hadasah

1998 - 1999

 

29

History of Temple Beth El

No date

 

30

Installation of Rabbi Elaine Schnee

1997

 

31

Invitation Mailing Lists

1970, 1987

 

32

Jews in Dalton

No date

 

33

Joint Commission on Rabbinic Placement

1996

 

34

Kenneth Franklin Memorial Scholarship

1987

 

35

Lorberbaum, Shirley J.

No date

 

36

Meeting Minutes

1941 – 1945

 

37

Meeting Minutes

1946 – 1959

 

38

Meeting Minutes

1960 – 1964

 

 

 

 

2

1

Meeting Minutes

1964 – 1970

 

2

Meeting Minutes

1970 – 1974

 

3

Meeting Minutes

1975 – 1979

 

4

Meeting Minutes

1980 – 1983

 

5

Meeting Minutes

1989 – 1991

 

6

Membership

1966 – 2006

 

7

Membership Application

1982 – 1996

 

8

Memorial Board

No date

 

9

Memorial Book

No date

 

10

Newspaper Clippings

1951 – 1990

 

11

Newsletters

1997 – 2008

 

12

Rabbi Search

1992 – 1997

 

13

Religious Education

No date

 

14

Saul, Harry

No date

 

15

Sinchat Bat

No date

 

16

Sisterhood Presidents

No date

 

17

Stationery

No date

 

18

Transliteration Mahzor Yom Kippur

No date

 

19

Tulip Ball

1985 – 1988

 

20

Weddings

1999

 

21

Yizkor

No date

 

 

 

 

3

1

18th Annual Prayer Book

 

 

2

15th Annual Commemorative Bible

 

 

 

 

 

4

1

Awards & Certificates

 

 

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