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Dates:  1924-1994

Creator:  Rosenberg, Abraham Isaac (1912-1915)

Summary/Abstract:  Papers and cassette tapes relating to the work of Abraham I. Rosenberg, a rabbi in Savannah, Georgia and Baltimore, Maryland.

Quantity/Physical Description:  2.1 linear Feet

Language(s):  English and Hebrew

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 338, Abraham I. Rosenberg Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition:  Gift of Sylvia R. Rosenberg, 1996.

Custodial History:  The Abraham I. Rosenberg Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Processed by:  Jeremy Katz (2015)

Arrangement:  This collection is organized into five series: Series 1: Savannah; Series 2: Baltimore; and Series 3: Miscellaneous papers; Series 4: Photographs and prints; and Series 5: Cassette tapes.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Abraham Isaac Rosenberg (June 2, 1912-February 10, 1985), a native of Poland and descendent of a line of rabbis, first came to Savannah, Georgia, from Baltimore, Maryland in 1944 as a military chaplain for Jewish soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Stewart.  In 1944, he began over forty years of service as rabbi to Congregation B'nai B'rith Jacob and served during the congregation's move to its present site at 5444 Abercorn Street.  Rosenberg helped design the stained glass windows and murals which decorate the synagogue. He helped found the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, a worldwide program for Orthodox Jewish pre-teens and teenagers, in 1955.  Locally, he was involved in Savannah's civil rights movement during the 1960s, the Chatham Clinic for Alcoholism, and the Chatham-Savannah Mental Health Association.  In 1972, Rosenberg received the Chief Rabbi Herzog Gold Medal Award from the Religious Zionists of America.  Rosenberg was married to Sylvia Rabinowitz with whom he had a son, Jules Rosenberg, and a daughter, Judy Rosenberg Sklar. Rosenberg died in 1985, and in 1986, Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob dedicated the Abraham I. Rosenberg Education Complex in honor of his work in establishing educational programs for Savannah's Jewish children.

Scope and Content:  The collection consists of papers relating to Abraham I. Rosenberg's work as a rabbi and community leader in Savannah, Georgia and Baltimore, Maryland.  Papers include correspondence, organizational records, certificates, programs, clippings, surveys, research materials, prayer books, photographs, drawings, and cassette tapes.  Congregations represented in the collection include Congreation B'nai B'rith Jacob (Savannah, GA), Congregation Har Zion (Baltimore, MD), and Congregation Petach Tikvoh (Baltimore, MD). Organizations represented in the collection include B'nai B'rith Women, B'nai B'rith Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Savannah Hebrew School, Hebrew Academy of Savannah, Bureau of Education, Chevra Kadisha, and Savannah's Jewish Educational Alliance.

Collection Inventory

Series I: Savannah

         Subseries IA: Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob

Box

File

Description

Date

1

1

B’nai B’rith Women

1953-1954

1

2

Brotherhood and Sisterhood

1955-1956

1

3

Bulletin (congregation newsletter)

1938, 1953-1955

1

4

Bulletin (congregation newsletter)

1956-1959

1

5

Bulletin (congregation newsletter)

1960-1966

1

6

Constitution

1924-1954

1

7

Correspondence

1933-1937

1

8

Correspondence

1940-1944

1

9

Correspondence

1945-1949

1

10

Correspondence

1950-1954

1

11

Correspondence

1955-1959

1

12

Correspondence

1960, 1980

1

13

Pledge and Membership Cards

undated

1

14

Bar Mitzvah info and certificates

1955

1

15

Bar Mitzvah services

1946

1

16

Savannah Hebrew School

1931-1939

1

17

Savannah Hebrew School

1940-1949

1

18

Savannah Hebrew School

1950-1955

1

19

Scout Services

1954-1960

1

20

Scouts- Ter Amid award and misc.

1946-1959

 

Box

File

Description

Date

2

1

Chanukah notes and services

undated

2

2

Friday night services and forums

1940-1949

2

3

Lag B’omer notes

undated

2

4

Miscellaneous programs

1945-1974

2

5

Miscellaneous research

undated

2

6

Passover notes and research

1945-1967

2

7

Prayers

1934-1968

2

8

Rabhan wedding

1952

2

9

Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur clippings

1939-1963

2

10

Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur notes and research

1970

2

11

Sunday school

1946-1947

2

12

Montgomery Street synagogue

undated

2

13

New synagogue building fund campaign

1955

2

14

New synagogue cornerstone services and memorials

1961-1962

         Subseries IB: Education

2

15

Bureau of Jewish Education, constitution

undated

2

16

Bureau of Jewish Education, establishment

1952-1955

2

17

Bureau of Jewish Education

1954

2

18

Bureau of Jewish Education

1955

2

19

Bureau of Jewish Education

1956

2

20

Bureau of Jewish Education

1957, 1961

 

Box

File

Description

Date

3

1

Day schools: General

1945-1963

3

2

Hebrew Academy of Savannah

1952-1974

3

3

Savannah Hebrew Day School

1988

3

4

National Study for Jewish Education

1952-1954

3

5

National Study for Jewish Education- questionnaire forms

undated

3

6

Jewish Education Self Study

1949-1956

3

7

Jewish Education Self Study- questionnaire forms

1953

3

8

Study of Jewish Education in Savannah, Ga.

1979

3

9

Religion and public schools – correspondence and research

1950-1963

3

10

Religion and public schools – national commentary

1953-1966

3

11

Religion and public schools – clippings

1953-1962

3

12

Religion and public schools – blank roll books and report cards

undated

         Subseries IC: Social issues and miscellaneous groups

Box

File

Description

Date

4

1

Citizens Council / Desegregation

1959-1969

4

2

Chatham Clinic for Alcoholism

1955-1960

4

3

Chatham-Savannah Mental Health Association

1955-1958

4

4

Jewish Educational Alliance Abercorn St. Bldg

1954-1959

4

5

Jewish Educational Alliance Anniversary programs

1930-1987

4

6

Jewish Educational Alliance programs and activities

1945-1993

4

7

Savannah Jewish Council

1951-1978

Series II: Baltimore Congregations

4

8

Congregation Har Zion Brotherhood

1936-1944

4

9

Congregation Har Zion

1942-1993

4

10

Congregation Har Zion Hebrew School

1937-1994

4

11

Congregation Petach Tikvoh – Brotherhood

1934-1941

4

12

Congregation Petach Tikvoh

1938-1944

 

 

 

 

Box

File

Description

Date

5

1

Congregation Petach Tikvoh Hebrew School

1939-1941

Series III: Miscellaneous Papers

5

2

Jewish National Fund correspondence

1954-1956

5

3

Requests for allocations to Jewish universities

1950-1956

5

4

National Conference of Synagogue Youth correspondence

1975-1994

5

5

Rabbinical Council of America correspondence

1958-1980

5

6

US Military Chaplain correspondence

1967

5

7

Honors, articles, and certificates of appreciation

1961-1985

5

8

Research and notes – commentary on Conservative Judaism

1947-1956

5

9

Research and notes – Dead Sea Scrolls

1957

5

10

Research and notes – “In Opposition to Christian Dialogue”

1968

5

11

Research and notes – Israel visits

1970

5

12

Research and notes – Jewish women

1937

5

13

Research and notes – Orthodox Judaism

1955-1959

5

14

Rosenberg Family

1959-1988

5

15

Bound volume – Commentaries on the First Five Books of the Bible

undated

5

16

Bound volumes – unidentified

undated


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