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Dates:  1875-2005

Creator:  Rodeph Sholom Congregation (Rome, Ga.)

Summary/Abstract:  Rodeph Sholom Congregation was founded in 1875 and is still in existence today. The records consist of minutes, correspondence, cemetery records, financial and legal records, and general administrative files. Of special interest to researchers are the indentures which provide a clear account of the congregation’s property.

Quantity/Physical Description: 2.5 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 152, Rodeph Sholom Congregation (Rome, 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 collection

Processed by:  Sarah Moosazadeh

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Rodeph Shalom Congregation was established in 1875 by David Jacob Meyerhardt.  Land atop Mount Aventine, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, was given to the congregation for a cemetery by J.J. Cohen, in 1875.  The deed is recorded in the Floyd county Courthouse. Gradually, as more Jewish people moved to Rome in the 1920's and 1930's, the congregation began to attain stature within the civic and business life of Rome.  Numerous Jewish organizations and their local chapters were active within the Jewish and larger community, including B'nai B'rith, Youth Groups, Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Hadassah and Young Judea. In 1931, the first confirmation service was held by the Congregation, with Rabbi Benjamin Parker, of Ochs Memorial Temple in Chattanooga, officiating. Rabbi Abe Feinstein, also of Ochs Memorial Temple, led the second confirmation service in 1933. Until 1955, Rome employed a full-time rabbi, but since then, student rabbis from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, have been serving the congregation during the school term on a bi-monthly basis and also during the High Holy Days. Rodeph Shalom Congregation is affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. The Sisterhood of the congregation has been a vital force throughout the years. The women of the congregation have been responsible for fund-raising, supporting religious school, organizing and baking for Shabbat and holiday observances, organizing social events, and many more activities. Likewise, the religious school has continued its long tradition of parent volunteers, meeting for several hours each weekend. Presently, Rodeph Sholom continues to be active through High Holidays and conducts monthly services, a weekly religious school with eleven students, a congregational Passover Seder, and an active sisterhood.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Rodeph Sholom Congregation (Rome, Ga.) Records will gain insight into Jewish religious life in Rome, Georgia. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Annual meeting minutes 1950 – 1997
2 Berry College-memorial library 1979 - 1997
3 Bills for redecoration of temple 1938 - 1998
4 Board meetings 1950-1964
5 Board meetings 1965-1974
6 Board meetings 1975-1980
7 Board meetings 1981-1985
8 Board meetings 1986-1999
2 1 Borochoff family 1990
2 Boys and Girls Club Annual Report 1983
3 Bulletins 1950-1989
4 Cemetery 1972-1995
5 Cemetery 1972-1995
6 Centennial celebration 1975-1976
7 Centennial celebration – program book and guest book 1975
8 Centennial newspaper clippings 1975
9 Central Conference of American Rabbis Undated
10 Check 1938
11 Confirmation requirements 1963
12 Confirmations 1931-1979
13 Congregation Memorial Services at Cemetery Undated
14 Constitution and by-laws 1966
3 1 Correspondence 1952-1998
2 Dates to Remember Undated
3 Death Records Undated
4 Dedications 1961-1975
5 Deed, Record No. 163, Floyd County, GA 1937
6 Directory 1983-1989
7 Epstein, Harry H. Rabbi Undated
8 Esserman, Joseph 1973
9 Financial statements 1982-1997
10 Gavant, Louis 1975
11 Goren, Uri Rabbi 1983
12 Havdalah Undated
13 Hebrew Union College 1958-1991
14 Hebrew Union College – Regulations on Student Congregations Undated
15 High Holidays format Undated
16 History of Rodeph Shalom 1971
17 History of Rome Georgia 1975
18 The Hoyt Firm 1997
19 Indentures 1875-1897
20 Invitations 1963
21 Letterhead Undated
22 Medalie family Undated
23 Membership lists 1959-1977
24 Max Meyerhardt 1977 - 1991
25 Miscellaneous 1938-1997
26 Newspaper clippings 1975
27 Newsletters 1949 – 1997
28 Oakland Cemetery 1914-1976
29 Policies Undated
30 Purim 1979
31 Questionnaire 1991
32 Rabbi Undated
33 Rabbinical Pension Board 1996
4 1 Rafi’s Rules of Non Parliamentary Procedure Undated
2 Regulations on student Congregations Undated
3 Resolutions 1958
4 Rivkin, Ellis 1975
5 Rome-Floyd Fellowship of Churches 1968
6 Rolodex Undated
7 Rolodex Undated
8 Rolodex Undated
9 Shapero, Sanford Marvin Undated
10 Shepard family – award and family history Undated
11 Sisterhood – newsletters 1984
12 Sisterhood 1969-1987
13 Special services 1971-1993
14 Speeches Undated
15 Steine, David Undated
16 Temple directories 1989-1999
17 Union of American Hebrew Congregation 1997
18 Visitations 1991-1997
19 Yahrtzeits 1985-1986
20 Youth group 1969

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