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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1973-2002

Creator:  Congregation Or VeShalom

Summary/Abstract:  Congregation Or VeShalom was founded in 1914 when Congregation Ahavat Shalom and Congregation Or Hahayim merged.  Its membership was originally comprised of immigrants to Atlanta from Turkey and the Isle of Rhodes. The records consist of congregation footage, oral histories and Jewish prayers.

Quantity/Physical Description: 2 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 # 426, Title of Collection, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Processed by:  Oriana Indira Valencia

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Or VeShalom, meaning “Light and Peace” in Hebrew, traces its genesis to the Edict of Expulsion promulgated by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella on March 31, 1492 – the same year as the discovery of America by Columbus. The Spanish monarchy, spurred on by the Catholic Church, decreed that all Jews must leave Spain within six months or convert to Catholicism, under pain of death.

These exiles fled to the Ottoman Empire where they remained for over four centuries in cloistered communities, keeping alive their Spanish language and culture in the hope of someday returning to their ancient homeland of Spain.

The beginning of the 20th century found these exiles anxious to unshackle themselves from Moslem rule and they migrated to America by the tens of thousands. Some of them made their way to Atlanta and founded Or VeShalom in 1914. At that time there was a membership of 57 families. These Sephardic Jews emigrated with their families from the Isle of Rhodes and from Turkey. Today, we have an extremely diverse membership that traces its roots from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, North and South America, and even Atlanta.

(Source: Congregation Or VeShalom, “About Us,” http://www.orveshalom.org/.)

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Or VeShalom Records will gain insight into Sephardic congregations in Atlanta in the 20th century. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Subject Terms

Organizations/Corporate Names

            Congregation Or VeShalom

Places

            Atlanta (Ga.)

Subjects (General)

Jewish prayers

            Oral histories

            Congregation footage

Material Types

            VHS

            DVD

            Film

            Cassettes

Occupations

            Rabbis

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Capital Campaign- “From Generation to Generation”

1994

 

2

Capital Campaign- “From Generation to Generation” Raw Footage

1994

 

3

Capital Campaign- Program

Undated

 

4

Chanting of Sephardic Prayers- Rabbi J. Cohen Tape 1

Undated

 

5

Chanting of Sephardic Prayers- Rabbi I. Cohen Tape 2

Undated

 

6

Habitat House Build and Dedication

Undated

 

7

High Holidays Auction

2000

 

8

The Odd Mother

1973

 

9

Oral History- Joseph Franco

2000

 

10

Oral History- Lenora Galanti

2000

 

11

Oral History- Lydia Amiel

2000

 

12

Oral History- Rabbi Ichay

1994

 

13

Oral History- Rabbi Ichay

2001

 

 

 

 

2

1

Oral History- Rachel A. Franco

2000

 

2

Oral History- Rachel Levy

2000

 

3

Oral History- Ralph Tourial

1999

 

4

Oral History- Regina Tourial and Emly Amato

2001

 

5

Oral History- Zelda Berman

2002

 

6

Our Very Special Moments 20/20 Vision

2000

 

7

OVS Campaign- Succoth Service, Outside Building, Russin in Class, Students in Class, Ladies Cooking

1993

 

8

OVS Cooking

1990

 

9

Rabbi Ichay- 25Th Anniversary

1994

 

10

Rabbi Joseph Cohen- Chanting 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Prayer

Undated

 

11

Victor Maslia by Leonard Cohen Tapes 1 and 2

1990

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