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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1913-2019

Creator:  Miriam Strickman Levitas

Summary/Abstract:  The Levitas Family became known in Atlanta through a variety of activities and occupations. These papers contain letters from L.J. Levitas to his son Ted, beginning when Ted was born in 1924 and continuing until his marriage to Earlyne Shankerman in 1953, letters from Reva to Miriam Strickman Levitas while Reva was in Israel, as well as historical books and newspaper articles about members of the Levitas family and Epstein family.

Quantity/Physical Description:  .4 linear feet

Language(s):  English, Yiddish, Russian

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 429, Miriam Strickman Levitas, Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material: Objects removed to artifact collection

Processed by:  Indiana Ravenhill (January 2020)

Arrangement:  All folders are organized alphabetically by last name, and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Shmuel Yankel Goldstein (1858) immigrated with his family to America from Zabludow, Poland in 1905 due to the steadily increasing pogroms in Russia in the early twentieth century. After arriving in Atlanta, the Goldstein family made roots and became one of the largest Jewish families in the southeast. Goldstein’s sixth child Ida, after graduating from high school in 1913, married Louis J. Levitas in 1920. Ida became president of the Atlanta Chapter of Hadassah as well as the chairman of Atlanta’s Welfare Fund Campaign. Ida and L.J.’s eldest son, Theodore, became a loved children’s dentist of the Atlanta area, earning his degree from Emory University after returning from World War II.

In 1976, Miriam Strickman married Ted Levitas. After 40 years of marriage, Ted died in 2016, at the age of 92. Ted was involved in the Jewish community of Atlanta through his Ahavath Achim congregation membership, as well as being a leader in the Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith. Both Ted and Miriam were connected to the esteemed late Rabbi Harry H. Epstein, and his wife Reva Epstein, who were both successful promoters of Conservative Judaism in Atlanta- revolutionizing the Ahavath Achim congregation and creating the Epstein School- Solomon Schechter School in Atlanta.

Miriam Strickman Levitas is highly involved with the Atlanta Jewish community, earning the Woman of Achievement award from the Atlanta Jewish Federation in 1993. In 2018, she was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who award, in tandem with the same posthumous award for her husband. Currently, Miriam is a member of B’nai B’rith International, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Ahavath Achim Synagogue, and the National Council of Jewish Women.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying both historical and modern Atlanta life surrounding the Levitas Family, as well as the eulogies of Rabbi Harry and Reva Epstein, Ted Levitas, and Ida Levitas. All materials are organized alphabetically by last name, and chronologically within each folder.

Subject Terms

Persons/Families

            Levitas Family

            Epstein, Harry H.

            Epstein, Reva

Organizations/Corporate Names

            Ahavath Achim Synagogue (Atlanta, Ga.)

            Atlanta Jewish Federation

            Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Places

            Atlanta, (Ga.)

            Israel.

            New York City.         

Subjects (General)

            Family

Jewish businessmen

            Jewish physicians

            Jewish women

Material Types

Books

Clippings (Newspapers)

Eulogies

Letters

Speeches

Occupations

             Administrators, School

Life insurance agents.

              Rabbi.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Epstein, Rabbi Harry H

1961, 2003

 

2

Epstein, Reva

1976, 1993, 2001

 

3

The Family of Shmuel Yankel Goldstein: From Zabludow to Atlanta, California and Beyond

2019

 

4

Levitas, Ida

1913, 1971-1989, undated

 

5

Levitas, L.J.

1920, 1925-1953

 

6

Levitas, Miriam Strickman

1979-2019, undated

 

7

Levitas, Ted

1989, 2007-2016, undated

 

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