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Finding Aid for the Temple Beth Zion Records, 1864-2008 (bulk 1890-1995)

MS 156

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives


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Finding aid prepared by Chana Revell Kotzin.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Sarah Pinard, January 2017.
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Collection Overview

Title: Temple Beth Zion Records 1864-2008 (bulk 1890-1995)
Creator: Temple Beth Zion (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Extent: 68 Linear Feet (105 manuscript boxes, 13 half manuscript boxes, 1 cartons, 6 oversize boxes, 12 roll storage tubes)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Organizational papers documenting the religious and community activities of Temple Beth Zion synagogue. Includes photographs, ledgers, scrapbooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, flyers, certificates, architectural drawings and special format or oversize materials dating from 1864 to 2008. Includes materials created by auxiliaries, religious school, leadership, administration and clergy.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, MS 156, University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Temple Beth Zion, under President Laurence Rubin, donated the Temple Beth Zion Archives in 2009. Several series remain within the Temple Beth Zion archives relating to historic materials and architectural plans as part of the Cofeld Judaic museum where they were housed separately. Materials post 2008 also remain at Temple Beth Zion, as well as pre-2008 materials still in use but with historical archival value. Archival materials for this large synagogue collection include materials created by the synagogue, its officers and executives, clergy and employees, as well as by the auxiliaries, other units and individual and family members. The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project was founded in late 2007 under the auspices of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo with a seed grant from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies. The Archives Project collects mainly 20th century documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo area of Western New York, encompassing the geographic areas of Erie and Niagara Counties and partners with the University Archives at the University at Buffalo to make these records accessible.

The arrangement and description of the Temple Beth Zion Papers was made possible by funding obtained through the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection of Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, NY, 1864-2008 (bulk 1890-1995), is open for research. There are restrictions regarding access to and use of this collection. Materials from 1969 through 2008 are restricted, and subject to a rolling ten-year release schedule. Researchers may contact the Temple Beth Zion President, Secretary or Chief Operating Officer directly regarding research permissions for materials created within these dates. All materials prior to 1969 are unrestricted, although fragile materials are accessed with the aid of the archivists.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Container lists were created by Michele Hope, Kathryn McKinney and Chana Kotzin in several separate stages from 2009-2014. The collection was processed by Chana Revell Kotzin from 2014 to 2016 in several separate phases. The finding aid was written by Chana Revell Kotzin and completed in 2016. EAD created by Archives staff in 2016.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are expected to this collection.


Historical Note

In 1850, Beth Zion began after a small breakaway group split away from Temple Beth El, the first synagogue founded in Buffalo in 1847. While retaining a self-identification with Orthodoxy, this dominantly German-Jewish congregation gradually changed orientation and by 1863, had aligned with Reform Judaism, reorganizing as a Reform incorporated congregation in 1864 after meeting in Kremlin Hall on October 9. In 1864 a first building was purchased, the former Methodist Episcopal Church on Niagara Street, which was remodeled and dedicated on May 26, 1865. At this service, Rabbi Isaac M. Wise, the leader of the Reform movement, addressed the congregation in English, while Rabbi Isaac N. Cohen, the congregational Rabbi, gave a sermon in German. In 1866, Rabbi Samson Falk became the third Rabbi to serve Beth Zion. Under his leadership, the congregation joined the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and he became active in community affairs beginning the practice of pulpit exchange with churches. In 1876, Rabbi Falk also became the first historian of Jewish Buffalo, presenting a paper, “A History of the Israelites in Buffalo” to the Buffalo Historical Society, where he also served on the Board of Managers. Written just before the expansion of the Buffalo Jewish community when the Jewish community numbered around 1000, it highlighted a confident community connected by inter-family ties, participating in cultural, musical and financial institutions within the broader city community.

In 1886, the Niagara Street temple was sold and services were held at the Unitarian Church of Our Father on Delaware Avenue and the Central Presbyterian Church on Pearl and Genesee Streets. Within this period of location transition, Temple Beth Zion hired a new rabbi following the death of Rabbi Falk. Rabbi Israel Aaron was appointed in 1887 during a time when the broader Jewish community was also undergoing demographic change as new incoming Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe enlarged the existing Jewish community to over 10,000 by 1899. Temple Beth Zion became an early and central part of this transitioning community - not as a place of worship as new shuls founded by the new immigrants themselves served those needs - but rather through the creation of Zion House, a settlement style house run by the Sisterhood of Zion from 1891. This settlement house provided English lessons, other services and activities for children and adults as well as providing an alternative space to missionary organizations that sprang up in the neighborhood.

Temple Beth Zion celebrated a pivotal moment in its history in 1890. The dedication of its first purpose built temple at 599 Delaware Avenue was a Buffalo wide affair. Edward A. Kent and William Kent were the commissioned architects, with Edward Kent taking the lead in designing an imposing Byzantine revival building. Fashioned from Medina sandstone and topped with a large copper covered dome, the new Temple Beth Zion became an immediate local landmark. The building was subsequently expanded and remodeled several times. In 1915 a gymnasium, an auditorium and classrooms were added under Rabbi Louis J. Kopald who succeeded Rabbi Aaron after his unexpected death. By the 1920s, Temple Beth Zion had a Women’s Temple Society, a Men’s Club and a Young People’s Society, as membership grew annually. As Rabbi Kopald’s health failed, however, Temple Beth Zion appointed a new rabbi who had initially visited in 1924. Rabbi Dr. Joseph L. Fink served the congregation for the next 34 years from 1926. During this time the synagogue expanded further, adding a rabbi’s study, kitchen, more classrooms and a library. Rabbi Dr. Fink became a leading religious figure known nationally as well as locally, and heard regularly on the radio through the Humanitarian Hour that aired through WBEN from 1930 to 1956.

In 1958, due to Rabbi Dr. Fink’s failing health, Rabbi Martin Goldberg, the temple’s associate rabbi succeeded Dr. Fink. Under Rabbi Goldberg, a suburban location was opened in Amherst to house the Religious School. In 1961, a fire destroyed the iconic building at 599 Delaware and temporary sites served as “homes” for congregational worship, meetings, and celebrations for several years. Discussions varied on where to locate the new synagogue and several sites were considered including the existing site, which was eventually deemed too small. Several nationally renowned architects were considered. Eventually, architect Max Abramovitz was secured to design the new sanctuary at 805 Delaware Ave, and Siegfried Construction was hired. Groundbreaking was celebrated in 1964, and the project was completed in 1967. Dedications ceremonies were held April 19 to April 23, 1967. The cornerstone from the original Delaware Avenue Temple was set in the rear wall of the sanctuary with an addition section insert, “Rebuilt 1966”.

The new building was a bold break with the former temple design, and by a designer more commonly known for his industrial, commercial and military buildings. Yet Max Abramovitz had always hoped to design a temple as an early college paper outlined, and while he had designed chapels, this was his first and only synagogue. Utilizing Brutalist elements, he designed his open, spacious and light-filled temple with the goal of connecting individual congregants to “the heavens” with the use of light above and at the sides of the building through the great art windows. Shaped into ten scalloped curves, representing the Ten Commandments, and set at an angle outwards of 15 degrees to replicate hands raised in prayer, Abramovitz used poured concrete that required significant technical anchoring innovation and special handcrafted molds. The inside concrete walls were bush hammered to give an aged effect and the external concrete was clad in Alabama limestone. The sanctuary was built to hold 1000 people downstairs and a further 400 people upstairs. J. Fruchtbaum, Engineers, and Siegfried Construction managed the technical side of translating design into reality. Two stained glass art windows, anchored the building opposite each other. Designed by Ben Shahn and created by Willett Glass, they also required technical innovation to enable unobstructed views of window designs while incorporating the essential structural elements to support their size and weight. This was achieved through a team approach with stained-glass artist Benoit Gilsoul of Willet Glass working to adapt the paintings, and Robert West of West, Preston and Sollenberger Associates of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, to provide technical engineering advice in consultation with Ben Shahn. The largest window illustrated a verse from the Book of Job, and the smaller window facing onto Delaware Avenue, featured Psalm 150th which was sung at the dedication of the first Temple Beth Zion in 1865. Ben Shahn’s artistry continued in the calligraphy design of the letters on the bimah, and a free-standing menorah. A 46 rank organ, opus 2870, was made by Casavant Frères Limitee, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, with trumpets from the Lafayette Theater, under the Tonal Director of Lawrence I. Phelps of Casavant and Hans Vigeland of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY. It was installed in front of the smaller Shahn window by Paul-Guy Servais of Casavant with voicing under the direction of Roger Chicoine and Gérald Archambault also of Casavant. By commission, Darius Milhaud, composed Cantata from Job, Opus 413, for the opening of the new sanctuary with a first performance on April 24, 1967 dedicated to the memory of Nellie B. and Eugene Warner. The building was designed as a complex to facilitate religious and community life, with the Sisterhood Chapel running in parallel, slightly south of the sanctuary for additional services, weddings and funerals. The Joseph L. Fink Auditorium was built to seat 1000. The complex also included classrooms, kitchen and rabbis’ study, a library and a boardroom among other features. The complex, and especially the Ben Shahn windows were recognized in 1971, with an award from New York State Council on the Arts. Parts of the space were eventually adapted into a significant regional Judaica Museum, the Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R. Cofeld Judaic Museum of Temple Beth Zion. In 1998, the Aaron and Bertha Broder Center for Jewish Education was established after extensive refurbishing of the former suburban building. The Delaware Avenue was also restored and refurbished in 2005 and further renovations were made to the Sisterhood Chapel in 2011.

Chronological Timeline

1850 Secessionists from first synagogue in Buffalo, Temple Beth El organize the Orthodox congregation “Beth Zion” eventually renting space at the corner of Ellicott and Clinton Streets. Rabbi Isaac Schoenbrun is appointed as first Rabbi and serves until 1863
1863 Beth Zion aligns with Reform Judaism
1864 Incorporates as Temple Beth Zion. Rabbi Isaac N. Cohen is appointed rabbi. Purchase of first building, a former Methodist Episcopal Church on Niagara Street
1865 May 25th, the Niagara Street Temple is dedication by Rabbi Isaac M. Wise of Cincinnati
1866 Rabbi Samson Falk is appointed as third rabbi of congregation
1873 Temple Beth Zion joins the Union of American Hebrew Congregations
1876 The first history of Jews in Buffalo is researched and presented by Rabbi Samson Falk
1887 Rabbi Israel Aaron is appointed as fourth rabbi of congregation
1888 The Niagara Street property is sold to the Masonic Hall Association
1889 The Cushman property on Delaware Avenue is purchased and while the new temple is built the congregation worships in the Unitarian Church of Our Father on Delaware Avenue and the Central Presbyterian Church on Pearl and Genesee Streets
1890 On September 12, the Temple at 599 Delaware Avenue is dedicated. Designed by Edward Kent in Byzantine style with Medina stone and a copper dome.
1891 The Sisterhood of Zion forms to aid new Eastern European Jewish immigrants. The group rents space on Walnut Street creating a meeting place modeled on settlement houses. As Zion House it moves to Spring Street in 1896, and Jefferson Avenue in 1906 and is a forerunner to the Jewish Community Building, (later: Jewish Community Center)
1910 Women’s Temple Society is formed in March, a forerunner to Sisterhood
1912 Rabbi Israel Aaron dies and Rabbi Louis J. Kopald is appointed as fifth rabbi of TBZ
1913 TBZ is a founding chapter of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods
1915 Men’s Club is formed, the forerunner to the Brotherhood.
1917 Central Conference of American Rabbis meets in Buffalo and Temple Beth Zion is host
1921 The Union of American Hebrew Congregations meets in Buffalo hosted by Beth Zion
1926 Rabbi Joseph L. Fink is officially appointed the congregation’s sixth Rabbi after several years of support to Rabbi Kopald. Rabbi Fink leads the congregation for over 30 years
1930 Rabbi Dr. Fink records weekly radio WBEN broadcast: The Humanitarian Hour
1952 Rabbi Dr. Fink is elected president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1958 The Suburban building opens at 700 Sweet Home Road in Amherst
Rabbi Fink retires becoming Emeritus and Rabbi Martin L. Goldberg becomes the seventh Senior Rabbi, having formerly served as Assistant Rabbi from 1954
1961 Fire destroys temple building, October 4-5, 1961. Services continue in borrowed space at the Jewish Community Center, Beth El and Westminster Presbyterian Church and others
1962 805 Delaware Avenue is selected as the new location of the temple and Max Abramovitz, a partner at the firm Harrison & Abramovitz is chosen as the architect for the project
1964 On June 24, the groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new Temple Beth Zion
1967 On April 15, the synagogue is completed and the dedication begins on April 20, 1967
1973 Museum Committee starts work. Culminates in 1978 with museum opening
1985 Publication of The Cofeld Judaic Museum of Temple Beth Zion, that includes images of Judaica and Jewish art and art forms from around the world, local history pieces and temple history and memorabilia, including architectural elements
1994 On the retirement of Rabbi Goldberg, Rabbi Ronne Friedman is appointed the eighth Senior Rabbi and serves until 1999
1998 The building at 700 Sweet Home Road building is rededicated in November 1998 as the Aaron and Bertha Broder Center for Jewish Education consolidating all administrative offices and the Religious School
1999 Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld is appointed the ninth Rabbi of Beth Zion
2005 Renovations at Delaware Avenue are completed in the corridor and the museum. Sanctuary pews are refurbished and new carpeting and sound systems are installed. The Rabbi Joseph L. Fink Auditorium is refinished with new lighting and restrooms
2010 Temple Beth Zion is featured as part of an exhibit at National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Renovations of the Sisterhood Chapel
2011 Rabbi Gary Pokras is appointed as tenth Senior Rabbi
2016 Updates to the Sisterhood Sanctuary incorporate digital prayer screens
Rabbi Jonathan Freirich joins new shared-leadership model with Cantor Penny Myers and Rabbi Adam Scheldt

Scope and Contents

The papers of Temple Beth Zion document the religious and community activities of Temple Beth Zion synagogue from 1864-2008. Although the congregation was founded much earlier in 1850, material for the period prior to 1864 when it was an orthodox synagogue is missing. A constitution from 1863 is found in the Cofeld Judaic Museum. Despite the earlier losses, and a fire that destroyed the former sanctuary and temple complex, this collection provides a considerable span of materials arranged into 21 series. For a number of years these series were added to intermittently by several synagogue archivists following an initial collecting period, and then were added to in other phases as materials became available. Within these earlier series original order has been maintained, with new housing and supports. Later series were arranged by the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project.

This collection has specific concentrations in architectural materials, lay and professional leadership, religious change and community social action. It includes religious, financial, administrative, organizational, cultural and educational materials, in a wide range of formats, including architectural plans, minutes, reports, photographs, fliers, programs, bulletins, commemorative booklets, correspondence, film, materials culture, memorabilia and ephemera. Its records also include materials that relate to subgroups within the synagogue structure including presidents, scouts (boys and girls) and auxiliaries including the Sisterhood and Brotherhood and their forerunners, as well as the “Young Peoples Group” group. Due to the size and complexity of this collection, additional scope notes are included under most of the separate series.

Temple Beth Zion has had two long serving rabbis: Dr. Joseph Fink and Dr. Martin Goldberg. Joseph Lionel Fink (1895-1964) served as Rabbi from 1926-1958 when he became Emeritus until 1964. He also served while Rabbi Kopald was ill in the two years prior to his official appointment. The son of Rabbi Mendel and Tillie Kagen Finkelstein, Joseph Lionel Fink was born in Springfield, Ohio on 12 May 1895. Joseph Fink received a B. A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1915, an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1918 and a rabbinical degree from Hebrew Union College in 1919. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Niagara University in 1934. Beginning his pulpit career in Terre Haute, Indiana, he served the United Hebrew Congregation from 1919 to 1924. Planning doctoral graduate studies in Germany in 1924, Rabbi Fink stayed overnight in Buffalo, New York with the ailing Rabbi Louis Kopald, then Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion. Rabbi Kopald asked him to stay and Rabbi Fink succeeded him as rabbi, serving Temple Beth Zion until his own retirement in 1958. As sole rabbi and then as Senior Rabbi until 1958, and Emeritus Rabbi until his death in 1964, Dr. Fink was the leading Reform Jewish spokesperson for the Buffalo Jewish community. From 1930 to 1956, he had a weekly radio program entitled “The Humanitarian Hour,” addressing issues of the day. His papers are located at American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio, however, a small number of materials created by and related to Rabbi Dr. Fink are found in series III. Other rabbinic papers located in the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati are those of Rabbi Louis Kopald and Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld.

Rabbi Martin L. Goldberg (1925-2002) served at Temple Beth Zion from 1954-1994. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Rabbi Goldberg graduated from Syracuse University in 1949 and received a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He was ordained in 1953 at Hebrew Union College. A serviceman in Europe during World War II, Rabbi Goldberg was appointed as an assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in 1954, and was named senior rabbi in 1959. In 1967, Rabbi Goldberg became one of the first two non-Catholics to join the faculty at Canisius College, where he taught theology. Rabbi Goldberg stepped down as senior rabbi in 1994. In retirement he continued teaching and began pastoral duties at Temple Beth El in Niagara Falls. He also was a founder of the Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries. He was a past president of the Buffalo Board of Rabbis, a past rabbinical advisor of the Northeastern Lakes Federation of Temple Youth and was a member of the School Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for Review of Public Education. Rabbi Goldberg also served on many organizational boards including the National Conference of Christians and Jews, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, United Fund, Buffalo Area Council Boy Scouts of America, United Jewish Federation, Jewish Center and the Rosa Coplon Jewish Home and Infirmary. His materials are mainly held at Temple Beth Zion within the Cofeld Museum, but a small amount of materials are included within series XIII.

The Temple Beth Zion collection contains significant materials relating to the building of two architecturally distinct sanctuaries and temple complexes. Series XIX and XX contains materials relating to the creation of 599 Delaware Avenue (Edward A. Kent), as well as reaction to its loss by fire, and the building of a subsequent sanctuary at 805 Delaware Avenue (Max Abramovitz), where the synagogue currently resides. Plans, renderings and correspondence are associated with each building architect. Landscape architectural materials of Katharine Wilson Rahn and building photographs also constitute part of the 805 Delaware Avenue documentation.

Through utilizing the combined Series IV (Synagogue Bulletins), Series XV (Congregational Meetings), Series XVII (High Holidays) and Series XVIII (Events) researchers may obtain an overview of the broad swathe of activities of the synagogue for its own members and the broader Jewish and non-Jewish communities. More detailed context is obtained when these series are combined with the auxiliaries: Sisterhood (Series V), Brotherhood (Series VI), Young People’s Society (Series VI), as well as the synagogue administrative materials, especially Board Minutes (Series I), Treasury materials (series II), Religious School (Series VIII) and Presidents (Series XIV) and Committees (Series XVI) thereby providing further depth and understanding of the synagogue’s religious, cultural and social service development over time.


Arrangement

The Temple Beth Zion collection is arranged in 21 series and their subseries.

Series I. Board of Trustees, Minutes, 1864-2000

Series II. Board of Trustees, Treasury Records, 1864-1997

Subseries A: Membership and Long Range Planning, 1864-1997

Subseries B: Endowment Committee and Special Funds, 1952-1996

Series III. Rabbi Dr. Joseph L. Fink, Senior Rabbi (1926-1958), Papers, 1926-1959

Series IV. Synagogue Bulletins, 1917-2001

Series V. Sisterhood Records, 1891-2008

Subseries A: Sisterhood Forerunners and History, 1891-2008

Subseries B: Sisterhood Board Minutes and Young Women’s Group, 1951-2003

Subseries C: Sisterhood’s Service to the Sightless, 1952-2002

Subseries D: Sisterhood Committees, 1958-1994

Subseries E: Sisterhood Activities, Events and Programs, 1913-1995

Subseries F: Sisterhood Presidents’ Records, 1944-1988

Series VI. Brotherhood And Forerunner Records, 1913-2008

Series VII. Young People’s Society, 1933-1999

Subseries A: Programs and Activities, 1933-1999

Subseries B: Oversize Memorabilia, 1949-1953

Series VIII. Religious School and Nursery, 1879-2000

Subseries A: Minutes Religious School, 1890-1993

Subseries B: Principals and Religious School Directors, 1954-2000

Subseries C: Confirmation, 1879-2000

Subseries D: Curriculum, 1963-1984 Subseries E: School Social Activities, 1947-1995

Subseries F: Nursery School, 1960-1999

Subseries G: B’nai Mitzvot, 1960-1978

Subseries H: High School, 1933-1993

Subseries I: School Administration, 1949-1998

Subseries J: Consecration, 1949-1998

Subseries K: Certificates, 1970s-1980s

Subseries L: School Photographs and Memorabilia, 1936-1995

Series IX. Scouts, 1912-2003

Subseries A: Boy Scouts and Cubs, 1912-2003

Subseries B: Joint Boy and Girl Scout Programming, 1964

Subseries C: Girl Scouts, 1954-1964

Series X. Israel Tours, 1978-1994

Series XI. Kol Nidre Campaign, 1995-1997

Series XII. Union American Hebrew Congregation, 1921-1996

Subseries A: UAHC Conventions, 1921-1991

Subseries B: UAHC Dues, 1966-1993

Subseries C: UAHC Administration Materials, 1967-1996

Series XIII. Rabbi Martin L. Goldberg, Senior Rabbi, 1958-1994, Records 1930s-2002

Subseries A: Rabbi Dr. Joseph L. Fink, c.1930s-1964

Subseries B: Rabbi Dr. Martin L. Goldberg, 1961-2002

Series XIV. Presidents, 1928-2000

Series XV. Congregational Meetings (Annual and Special), 1929-2003

Series XVI. Committees, 1946-2002

Series XVII. High Holiday and Festival Activities, 1961-1996

Subseries A: Passover, 1967-1975

Subseries B: High Holidays, 1961-1996

Subseries C: Alternative High Holiday, 1980-1996

Subseries D: Other High Holiday Activities, 1976-1990

Series XVIII. Events, 1941-2000

Subseries A: Special Events Administration, 1941-2000

Subseries B: Musicals and Plays, 1940-1991

Subseries C: Balls and Dances, 1957-1986

Subseries D: Concerts, 1950-1998

Subseries E: Justice Philip Halpern Memorial Lectures, 1983-2002

Series XIX. Buildings and Grounds, 1887-1998

Subseries A: Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY, 1890

Subseries B: 599 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 1887-1986

Subseries C: 700 Sweet Home, Amherst, NY, 1950-1998

Subseries D: Temple Beth Zion Cemeteries, Buffalo and Cheektowaga, NY, 1952-1995

Subseries E: 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 1962-1996

Subseries F: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, 1967-1991

Series XX. Architectural Plans and Drawings, 1887-1965

Subseries A: 599 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 1887-1951

Subseries B: 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 1964-1965

Series XXI. Oversized Memorabilia [All Series], 1925-1987


Container List

I.     Board of Trustees, Minutes, 1864-2000
Arrangement

This series is organized chronologically and maintains original order and separations. Minutes often include associated materials in formats that vary from folder to folder, and can include President’s speeches, committee reports, annual reports, financial statements, clippings, memorandum, correspondence and other materials depending on the original archivist compiler. This series also includes materials relating to constitutional revisions.

Box-folder Contents
1.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Incorporation, 1864
Scope and Contents

Facsimile of signatories.

1.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Ledger, 1864-1870
Conditions Governing Access

This item is highly fragile and should be used in consultation with the archivist.

1.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Ledger, 1880-1912
1.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Pamphlet history of Temple Beth Zion, 1967
1.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Genealogy of Founders, Notes and Lists, 1991
2.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Ledger, 1866-1870
2.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Ledger, 1870-1886
3.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Trustees, 1886-1902
3.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Dedication of the Building Annex at 599 Delaware, 1902-1915
3.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Ledger, 1915
4.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 1916-1920
5.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 2 January 1921-21 October 1921
5.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 November 1921-2 April 1922
5.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 7 April 1922-22 October 1922
5.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 31 October 1922-27 July 1923
5.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 28 August 1923-4 May 1924
5.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 14 May 1924-4 January 1925
5.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 11 January 1925-14 October 1925
5.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 1 November 1925-26 August 1926
5.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 3 September 1926-4 August 1927
5.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 29 August 1927-6 May 1928
5.11 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 28 May 1928-2 December 1928
5.12 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 January 1929-6 September 1929
5.13 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 30 September-12 June 1930
5.14 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 14 June 1930-1 February 1931
5.15 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 5 February 1921-17 September 1931
5.16 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 5 October 1931-6 November 1932
5.17 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 4 December 1932-3 December 1933
5.18 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 7 January 1934-2 December 1934
5.19 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 20 January 1935-12 January 1936
5.20 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 2 February 1936-1 November 1936
5.21 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 December 1936-9 September 1937
5.22 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 19 September 1937-1 September 1938
5.23 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 5 September 1938-4 June 1939
5.24 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 2 July 1939-3 December 1939
5.25 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 7 January 1940-6 October 1940
6.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 13 October 1940-28 September 1941
6.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 October 1941-1 November 1942
6.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 3 January 1943-6 February 1944
6.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 5 March 1944-8 April 1945
6.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 May 1945-15 February 1946
6.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 March 1946-1 December 1946
6.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 5 January 1947-25 May 1948
6.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 June 1948-10 October 1948
6.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 7 November 1948-3 April 1949
6.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 1 May 1949-6 November 1949
6.11 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 11 December 1949- 4 June 1950
6.12 Board of Trustees, 21 June 1950-19 December 1950
6.13 Board of Trustees, 31 December 1950-4 June 1951
6.14 Board of Trustees, 18 June 1951-11 November 1951
6.15 Board of Trustees, 2 December 1951-4 May 1952
6.16 Board of Trustees, 27 May 1952-5 October 1952
6.17 Board of Trustees, 2 November 1952-7 June 1953
6.18 Board of Trustees, 12 June 1953-11 October 1953
6.19 Board of Trustees, 8 November 1953-13 December 1953
6.20 Board of Trustees, 31 January 1954-21 September 1954
6.21 Board of Trustees, 7 November 1954-20 March 1955
6.22 Board of Trustees, 10 April 1955-6 November 1955
6.23 Board of Trustees, 4 December 1955-7 June 1957
7.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 4 November 1956-7 June 1957
7.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 13 August 1957-8 May 1958
7.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 20 June 1958-6 October 1958
7.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 November 1958-26 June 1959
7.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 4 September 1959-22 November 1959
7.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 January 1960-24 May 1960
7.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 15 September 1960-23 April 1961
7.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 7 October 1961-14 January 1962
Scope and Contents

Includes clippings relating to the fire at 599 Delaware Ave published in 1961.

7.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 7 February 1962-15 June 1962
Scope and Contents

Includes clippings relating to the fire at 599 Delaware Ave, published in 1962.

7.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 5 September 1962-6 April 1963
7.11 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 May 1963-10 November 1963
7.12 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 January 1964-23 April 1964
7.13 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 23 May 1964-11 October 1964
7.14 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 November 1964-23 May 1965
7.15 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 25 June 1965-17 October 1965
7.16 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 30 October 1965-28 February 1966
7.17 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 March 1966-8 May 1966
7.18 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 17 June 1966-12 July 1966
7.19 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 24 August 1966-8 January 1967
7.20 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 26 January 1967-26 June 1967
Scope and Contents

Includes 1968 materials relating to reports.

8.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 31 July 1967-10 December 1967
8.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 7 January 1968-26 May 1968
8.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 June 1968-15 December 1968
8.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 January 1968-9 February 1969
8.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 9 March 1969-15 May 1969
8.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 4 June 1969-19 October 1969
8.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 16 November 1969-21 December 1979
8.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 18 January 1970-12 May 1970
8.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 28 May 1970-31 October 1970
8.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 15 November 1970-21 February 1971
8.11 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 16 March 1971-27 May 1971
8.12 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 21 June, 1971-14 November 1971
8.13 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 19 December 1971-10 February 1972
8.14 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 20 February 1972-2 March 1972
8.15 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 March 1972-14 May 1972
8.16 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 25 May 1972
Scope and Contents

Organizational meeting and personnel policies.

8.17 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 24 July 1972-17 December 1972
8.18 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 14 January 1973-24 May 1973
9.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, June 7 1973-27 August 1973
9.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 16 September 1973-23 November 1973
9.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 16 December 1973-17 February 1974
9.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 March 1974-21 April 1974
9.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 May 1974-19 May 1974
9.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 24 May 1974-25 August 1974
9.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 9 October 1974-15 December 1974
9.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 January 1975-16 February 1975
9.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 16 March 1975-23 May 1975
9.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 22 June 1975-20 August 1975
9.11 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 28 September 1975-14 December 1975
9.12 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 18 January 1976-23 May 1976
9.13 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 11 June 1976-21 November 1976
9.14 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 December 1976-22 May 1976
9.15 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 June 1977-28 August 1977
9.16 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 18 September 1977-4 December 1977
Scope and Contents

Includes Pension Review.

9.17 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Board Retreat, 1977
Historical Note

This was held April 30-May 1, 1977.

9.18 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 January 1978-26 February 1978
9.19 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 21 March 1978-30 June 1978
10.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 21 August 1978-17 December 1978
10.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 14 January 1979-30 May 1979
10.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 June 1979-16 September 1979
10.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 28 October 1979-16 December 1979
10.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 13 January 1980-11 May 1980
10.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 13 June 1980-21 September 1980
10.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 October 1980-17 May 1981
10.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 19 June 1981-20 September 1981
10.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 11 October 1981-21 March 1981
10.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 18 April 1982-11 June 1982
10.11 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 22 August 1982-19 December 1982
10.12 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 9 January 1983-13 March 1983
10.13 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 17 April 1983-3 June 1983
10.14 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 14 August 1983-11 December 1983
10.15 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 January 1984-11 March 1984
10.16 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 April 1984-20 May 1984
10.17 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 June 1984-16 September 1984
10.18 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 14 October 1984-16 November 1984
10.19 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Officers, 9 February 1984-9 November 1984
10.20 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 9 December 1984-13 January 1985
10.21 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 February 1984-10 March 1985
11.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 14 April 1985
11.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 23 May 1985-7 June 1985
11.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 20 June 1985
11.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 11 July 1985-27 August 1985
11.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 22 September 1985
11.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 13 October 1985-23 October 1985
11.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 November 1985
11.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 15 December 1985
11.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 19 January 1986
11.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 9 February 1986
11.11 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 9 March 1986
11.12 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 13 April 1986-6 May 1986
11.13 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 6 May 1986-18 May 1986
11.14 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 13 June 1986
11.15 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 22 July 1986-26 October 1986
11.16 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 23 November 1986-14 December 1986
12.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 11 January 1987-8 February 1987
12.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 March 1987-17 March 1987
12.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 April 1987-16 June1987
12.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Officer Meetings, 1986
12.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Officer Meetings, 27 January 1987-24 March 1987
12.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Officer Meetings, 1987
12.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Officer Meetings, 20 August 1987-13 October 1987
12.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 26 October 1987-11 May 1988
12.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 5 November 1987-23 November 1987
12.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 13 December 1987-14 January 1987
12.11 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 4 February 1988-31 March 1988
12.12 Board of Trustees, Minutes, Constitution and By-Laws, 14 April 1988-15 May 1988
12.13 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 June 1988
12.14 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 16-17 August 1988
12.15 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 18 September 1988-16 October 1988
12.16 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 17 November 1988-16 June 1989
12.17 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 14 February 1989-17 September 1989
13.1 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 3 October 1989-12 December 1989
13.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 23 January 1990-20 May 1990
13.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 8 June 1990-December 1990
13.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 15 January 1991-10 March 1991
13.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 4 April 1991-18 June 1991
13.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 18 July 1991-17 December 1991
13.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 17 January 1992-21 May 1992
13.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 11 June 1992-27 August 1992
13.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 September 1992-8 December 1992
14.1 Board of Trustees, Manual, 1992-1993
14.2 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 January 1993-18 June 1993
14.3 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 12 August 1993-18 November 1993
14.4 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 4 January 1994-10 June 1994
14.5 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 7 July 1994-9 June 1995
14.6 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 20 July 1995-19 December 1995
14.7 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 16 January 1996-19 November 1996
14.8 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 21 January 1997-3 June 1998
14.9 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 11 August 1998-4 May 1999
14.10 Board of Trustees, Minutes, 10 August 1999-19 September 2000
A.     Membership and Long Range Planning, 1864-1997
Box-folder Contents
15.1
Treasury, Membership and Dues, ledger, 1864-1875
Restrictions

This item is extremely fragile and should be consulted after consultation with the archivist. This ledger is water damaged. The cover is loose and warped. The spine is exposed. Former attached tissue paper has been left affixed due to preservation concerns. This item is wrapped in new tissue. There is an index to the accounts of members and individual member entries.

15.2
Treasury, Membership and Dues, ledger, 1913-1922
Restrictions

This item is extremely fragile and should be consulted after consultation with the archivist. This ledger is water damaged. The cover is damaged. This item is wrapped in tissue.

15.3
Treasury, Membership and Building, ledger, 1928-1929
Restrictions

This item is water damaged and should be consulted after consultation with the archivist. This item is wrapped in tissue. Labeled added by synagogue.

Oversize-box Contents
16.1+
Treasury, Membership Book and Dues Schedule, Ledger, 1876-1879
Restrictions

This item is heavily water damaged and should be used only after consultation with the archivist. This item is wrapped in tissue. Former attached tissue paper has been left affixed due to preservation concerns.

Box-folder Contents
17.1
Treasury, Membership Book and Dues Schedule, 1875-1890
Restrictions

Label added by synagogue. The spine is exposed and front cover loose. This item should be used after consultation with the archivist. This item is wrapped in tissue.

17.2
Treasury, Membership Book and Dues, Ledger, 1890-1900
Restrictions

This item is water damaged. The spine is exposed and front cover loose. This item should be used after consultation with the archivist. This item is wrapped in tissue.

18.1
Treasury, General Ledger, 1921-1945
Restrictions

Heavy ledger with metal spine, and corduroy and leather cover. This item has entries regarding the payment of staff and clergy, as well as costs of events, programs, synagogue publications, school costs, and fund information among others.

19.1
Treasury, Memberships, Complimentary, Newlyweds, Lists, 1940-1971
19.2
Treasury, Memberships, Correspondence and Associated Materials, 1948-1959
19.3
Treasury, Memberships, List, 1961-1962
19.4
Treasury, Memberships, List and Associated Materials, 1968-1970
19.5
Treasury, Memberships, List, 1972-1973
19.6
Treasury, Memberships, List, 1974-1979
19.7
Treasury, Memberships, Committee and Lists, 1980-1988
19.8
Treasury, Memberships, Committee and Lists, 1989-1990?
19.9
Treasury, Memberships, List, 1983-1984
19.10
Treasury, Memberships, List, 1991
19.11
Treasury, Memberships, List, 1992
19.12
Treasury, Memberships, Committee and Lists, 1992-1993
19.13
Treasury, Memberships, Committee and Lists, 1993-1994
19.14
Treasury, Memberships, List, 1994
20.1
Treasury, Budgets and Financial Reports, 1931-1957
20.2
Treasury, Deposits and Disbursements, 1966-1967
20.3
Treasury, Financial Statements, 1966-1975
20.4
Treasury, Debenture Payments, 1974
20.5
Treasury, Budgets, 1977-1979
20.6
Treasury, Financial Statements, 1979-1983
20.7
Treasury, Financial Statements, 1984-1946
20.8
Treasury, Financial Statements, 1987-1989
20.9
Treasury, Financial Statements, 1992-1995
21.1
Treasury, Planning Committee Minutes, 1951-1959
21.2
Treasury, Membership Dues, 1968-1979
21.3
Treasury, Membership Dues, 1980-1989
21.4
Treasury, Membership Dues, 1990-1996
21.5
Treasury, Membership Dues, Phonathon, 1996
21.6
Treasury, Membership Committee, 1990-1993
21.7
Treasury, Membership Committee, 1995-1996
21.8
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Membership, 1980-1987
21.9
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Finance Subcommittee, 1986
21.10
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Intercommunity Relations, 1986-1987
21.11
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Lay Leadership, 1986-1987
21.12
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Professional Leadership, 1986-1987
21.13
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Personal and Family Needs, 1986-1987
21.14
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Physical Facilities, 1987
21.15
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Religious School and Adult Education, 1986-1987
21.16
Treasury, Long Range Planning, Ritual and Music, 1986-1987
B.     Endowment Committee and Special Funds, 1952-1996
Box-folder Contents
22.1
Treasury, Endowment Committee, 1975-1976
22.2
Treasury, Endowment Committee, 1977-1979
22.3
Treasury, Endowment Fund, Brochure "If You Will It...", undated
22.4
Treasury, Endowment Fund, 1984
22.5
Treasury, Endowment Committee and Fund, January-June 1985
22.6
Treasury, Endowment Committee and Fund, July-December 1985
22.7
Treasury, Endowment Donor Packet, Rabbi M. L. Goldberg Fund, 1985
22.8
Treasury, Endowment Fund, January-June 1986
22.9
Treasury, Endowment Fund, July-December 1986
22.10
Treasury, Endowment Fund, 1987
22.11
Treasury, Endowment Fund, 1988
22.12
Treasury, Endowment Fund, 1989
22.13
Treasury, Endowment Committee, 1990-1994
Arrangement

Arranged by date.

Arrangement

Arranged by date.

Box-folder Contents
23.1
Treasury, Fund, Samuel Sternberg Memorial Fund, 1952
23.2
Treasury, Fund, Miscellaneous Donations, 1960-1985
23.3
Treasury, Fund, Yahrzeit Memorials, 1961-1963
Scope and Contents

Includes letter to Rabbi Goldberg.

23.4
Treasury, Fund, Special Gifts and Food Services, 1966-1982
Scope and Contents

Includes gifts of items to Cofeld Museum.

23.5
Treasury, Fund, Plaques, Memorials and Honorials, 1967-1982
23.6
Treasury, Fund, Bequest Committee, 1969-1970
23.7
Treasury, Fund, Book of Remembrance, 1975-1996
23.8
Treasury, Fund, Permanent Yahrzeit, 1975-1982
23.9
Treasury, Fund, Cofeld Bequest, 1979
23.10
Treasury, Fund, Jeannette Handel Honorial, 1979
23.11
Treasury, Fund, Memorial Piece Competition, 1984-1985
23.12
Treasury, Fund, Memorials, Donors Lists, 1986-1989
23.13
Treasury, Fund, Maurice S. Tabor Memorial Fund, 1988
23.14
Treasury, Fund, Rose and Leonard Frank Fund, 1989
23.15
Treasury, Fund, Gates of Repentance Donor, 1989
23.16
Treasury, Fund, Stained Glass Windows and Re-consecration, Donors, 1992
23.17
Treasury, Fund, Miscellaneous Contributions, 1996
23.18
Treasury, Fund, Unrestricted Fund Account, 1996
III.     Rabbi Dr. Joseph L. Fink, Senior Rabbi (1926-1958), Papers, 1926-1959
Biographical Note

Joseph Lionel Fink (1895-1964) served as Rabbi from 1926-1958 when he became Emeritus until 1964. He also served while Rabbi Kopald was ill in the two years prior to his official appointment. The son of Rabbi Mendel and Tillie Kagen Finkelstein, Joseph Lionel Fink was born in Springfield, Ohio on 12 May 1895. Joseph Fink received a B. A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1915, an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1918 and a rabbinical degree from Hebrew Union College in 1919. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Niagara University in 1934. Beginning his pulpit career in Terre Haute, Indiana, he served the United Hebrew Congregation from 1919 to 1924. On his way to Germany to begin doctoral graduate studies in 1924, Rabbi Fink stayed overnight in Buffalo, New York with the ailing Rabbi Louis Kopald, then Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion. Rabbi Kopald asked him to stay and Rabbi Fink succeeded him as rabbi, serving Temple Beth Zion until his own retirement in 1958. As sole rabbi and then as Senior Rabbi until 1958, and Emeritus Rabbi until his death in 1964, Dr. Fink was the leading Reform Jewish spokesperson for the Buffalo community. From 1930 to 1956, he had a weekly radio program entitled “The Humanitarian Hour,” addressing issues of the day. A gifted orator, attuned to his era, Rabbi Fink spoke out about his concerns with the rise of Nazism and how this might impact Jews in Europe. Rabbi Fink was elected president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) in 1952 and was one of the founders of the CCAR Journal, editing CCAR position papers while working on the CCAR Committee on Church and State. His papers are located at American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Arrangement

The Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink has been arranged according to chronological order.

Box-folder Contents
24.1 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Addresses, 1926-1943
Scope and Contents

Includes a signed note from Ramsey Tick for archives dated 1979.

24.2 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Anniversaries, Special Receptions, 1932, 1949, 1958
24.3 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Community Activities, 1936, 1954, 1959
24.4 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Correspondence, 1940s
24.5 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Humanitarian Hour, Transcript, 1940-1943
24.6 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Humanitarian Hour, Transcripts and Listings, 1940-1946
Scope and Contents

Transcripts from 1944-1946.

24.7 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Clippings, Newspapers, 1940-1950s
24.8 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), 1948-1954
24.9 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Lectures and Speeches, 1955
Scope and Contents

Also includes undated materials.

24.10 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Report, 1950-1951
24.11 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Faith of Israel Television Script, undated
24.12 Rabbi Dr. Joseph Fink, Cavalcade of Israel Script, undated
Box-folder Contents
25.1 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 2, 1917-1918
25.2 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 3, 1918-1919
25.3 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 5, 1920
25.4 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 6, 1920
25.5 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 7, 1923-1924
25.6 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 8, 1924-1925
25.7 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 9 , 1925-1926
25.8 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 10, 1926-1927
25.9 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 11, 1927-1928
25.10 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 12, 1928-1929
25.11 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 13, 1929-1930
25.12 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 14, 1930-1931
25.13 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 15, 1931-1932
25.14 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 16, 1932-1933
25.15 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 17, 1933-1934
25.16 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 18, 1934-1935
25.17 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 20, 1936-1937
25.18 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 21, 1937-1938
25.19 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 22, 1938-1939
26.1 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 23, 1939-1940
26.2 Bulletins, The Temple Bulletin, Vol. 24, 1940-1941
26.3 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 25, 1941-1942
26.4 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 26, 1942-1943
26.5 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 27, 1943-1944
26.6 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 28, 1944-1945
26.7 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 29, 1945-1946
26.8 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 30, 1946-1947
26.9 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 31, 1947-1948
26.10 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 32, 1948-1949
26.11 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 33, 1949-1950
26.12 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 34, 1950-1951
26.13 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 35, 1951-1952
26.14 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 36, 1952-1953
26.15 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 37, 1953-1954
26.16 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 38, 1954-1955
27.1 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 39, 1955-1956
27.2 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 40, 1956-1957
27.3 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 41, 1957-1958
27.4 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 42, 1958-1959
27.5 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 43, 1959-1960
27.6 Bulletins, Bulletin, Vol. 44, 1960-1961
28.1 Bulletins, Bulletin, Eight bound volumes, 1958-1966
29.1 Bulletins, Bulletin, Seven bound volumes, 1966-1973
30.1 Bulletins, Bulletin, Seven bound volumes, 1973-1980
31.1 Bulletins, Bulletin, Seven bound volumes, 1980-1986
32.1 Bulletins, Bulletin, Six bound volumes, 1986-1993
33.1 Bulletins, Bulletin, Eight bound volumes, 1993-2001
V.     Sisterhood Records, 1891-2008
Restrictions

Records that contain personally identifiable information are restricted in order to protect individual privacy. According to HIPAA Privacy Regulations patient evaluations and medical records are closed for 50 years after date of death. If date of death is unknown, records are closed for 100 years from date of creation. Folders that are restricted are marked as such.

Historical Note

Prior to the formation of a Sisterhood, a number of women’s organizations composed of Temple Beth Zion members allied with the synagogue as early social action groups existed. The Ladies’ Sewing Society was established in 1874 to provide clothing for struggling community members and was dominated by Beth Zion members. Another organization, “The Daughters of the Star,” provided trousseaux to poor brides, as well as confirmation suits and dresses to boys and girls. As the “Sisterhood of Zion”, Temple Beth Zion members created, a settlement style organization in April 1891 at the direction of Rabbi Israel Aaron, to aid new incoming Eastern European Jews, through education and activities as well as medical service provision. The Women’s Temple Society was formed in 1910 and was one of the founding Sisterhoods of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods in 1913, and hosted the national convention of the Federation in Buffalo in 1921. During World War I, it sponsored current affair lectures and programs on Jewish literature, poetry and art. In World War II, members sold War Bonds, made dressing for the Red Cross, taught First Aid, wrote letters and sent packages to servicemen overseas. After the fire that destroyed the 599 Delaware building in 1961, Sisterhood fundraised for the new Delaware temple building. It has had a significant social action emphasis throughout its history as demonstrated by its wide-ranging committees as well as a long running committee, Service to the Sightless. Sisterhood, the successor organization to earlier women’s group continued its cultural and social activist role as well as providing the temple with significant financial support and fundraising to temple programs, including the Nursery and Religious schools.

Arrangement

Sisterhood Records are arranged in six separate series according to record type.

A.     Sisterhood Forerunners and History, 1891-2008
Arrangement
This subseries is arranged by organizational entity, in chronological order, and by record type and chronology.
Box-folder Contents
35.1
Sisterhood Forerunner, Sisterhood of Zion & Daughters of the Star, 1891-1987
Scope and Contents

Includes fragile original 1891-1892 pamphlet.

35.2
Sisterhood Forerunner, Women’s Temple Society of TBZ History, 1910-1925
Scope and Contents

Annual reports and minutes, includes fragile original minute book with copied access version.

35.3
Sisterhood, National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, History, 1913-1992
35.4
Sisterhood, [Mrs. Henry Nathan] Women’s Temple Society, Scrapbook, 1913-1923
Scope and Contents

Scrapbook has had items removed and other items are loose. Includes letters, notes, signed programs, typed eulogy on the death of Rabbi Kopald, as well as materials from the Convention of Reform Congregations held in Buffalo in 1921. Fragile.

36.1
Sisterhood, General Historical Materials, Published, 1910-1950
Scope and Contents

Wide array of pamphlets, clippings, programs, and annual reports.

36.2
Sisterhood, General Historical Materials, Constitution, 1959-1985
Scope and Contents

Includes Policies and Rules of Procedure.

36.3
Sisterhood, General Historical Materials, Sisterhood Presidents, Compiled, 2008
Scope and Contents

Listing includes Presidents of Society and Sisterhood, 1910-2008.

B.     Sisterhood Board Minutes and Young Women’s Group, 1951-2003
Historical Note
The Young Women’s Group Of Temple Beth Zion was officially founded September, 1973 with the purpose to “(a) quicken religious consciousness by stimulating spiritual and educational activities, (b) serve Jewish and humanitarian causes and (c) present fellowship through meaningful progress and provide an opportunity to meet young Jewish women within a congregation setting.” Eventually the Young Women’s Group merged into Sisterhood, with many of the leaders from its ranks becoming leaders within Sisterhood.
Scope and Contents
Board minutes included a wide arrange of associated materials depending on the archivist compiler and the sisterhood staff. Materials can range from clippings, programming, correspondence pamphlets and fliers, expenses in addition to minutes.
Arrangement
The Sisterhood series is arranged by record type and chronology within record type and includes synchronous organization the Young Women’s Group.
Box-folder Contents
36.4
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 27 August 1951, 1 June 1954
36.5
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 7 September 1954-4 June 1957
36.6
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 10 September 1957-7 June 1960
36.7
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 20 September 1960-9 May 1961
36.8
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 12 September 1961-21 August 1962
Scope and Contents

Includes clippings.

36.9
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 11 September 1962-31 June 1963
Scope and Contents

Includes additional materials through July 31, 1964.

37.1
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 30 November 1963-12 May 1964
37.2
Sisterhood, Board Minutes and Reports, 1 September 1964-31 July 1965
37.3
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 14 September 1964-31 July 1965
37.4
Sisterhood, Board Minutes and Reports, 13 September 1966-6 June 1967
37.5
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 12 September 1967-2 April 1968
37.6
Sisterhood, Board Publicity Clippings, 1967
37.7
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 4 June 1968-3 June 1969
Restrictions

Contains fragile and lifting materials.

37.8
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 16 September 1969-2 June 1970
Restrictions

Contains fragile and lifting materials.

38.1
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 8 September 1970-7 June 1971
38.2
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 5 October 1971-2 May 1972
Scope and Contents

With associated materials from August 1, 1971 through June 1972.

38.3
Sisterhood, Board Minutes and Reports, 12 September 1972-29 May 1973
Scope and Contents

Reports materials for 1972 to 1973, Service to the Sightless, Social Action.

38.4
Sisterhood, Board Minutes and Reports, 11 September 1973-7 May 1974
Scope and Contents

Reports materials for 1972 to 1973.

38.5
Sisterhood, Board Minutes and Reports, 10 September 1974-6 May 1974
Scope and Contents

Loose clippings housed in envelope. Many clippings do not have dates.

38.6
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 4 November 1975-7 October 1975
38.7
Sisterhood, Board Social Action Materials, 1971-1973
39.1
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 7 September 1976-29 April 1977
Scope and Contents

Includes clippings and ephemera in separate envelopes.

39.2
Sisterhood, Board Materials, 1977-1978
Scope and Contents

No minutes, except one undated draft and an agenda for Feb 7, [1978].

39.3
Sisterhood, Board Materials, 1978-1979
Scope and Contents

Craft card gift item, small photograph, clippings and ephemera in separate envelopes.

39.4
Sisterhood, Board Materials, 1979-1980
Scope and Contents

Clippings and ephemera in separate envelopes.

39.5
Sisterhood, Board Materials, 1980-1981
Scope and Contents

Clippings and ephemera in separate envelopes. Sample checks kept by archives, at the direction of Rabbi Kohn.

39.6
Sisterhood, Board Materials, 1981-1982
39.7
Sisterhood, Board Materials, 1982-1983
Scope and Contents

Clippings and ephemera in separate envelopes. Sample checks kept by archives, in ephemera envelope along with bills from businesses, some of which Jewish owned. Includes materials relating to “This Fragile Earth,” Sisterhood of Temple Beth Zion Symposium and a notice of a lecture given by President Steven B. Sample of University at Buffalo.

40.1
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group Constitution & By-Laws, 1974, 1978
Scope and Contents

Includes list of past Presidents of the Young Women’s Group.

40.2
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, 21 March 1973-19 April 1975
Scope and Contents

Includes minutes, and also correspondence with Rabbi and Education Director.

40.3
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, 1 May 1975-20 July 1977
Scope and Contents

Attendance lists, minutes and correspondence. Agreement to work with sisterhood to run nursery school.

40.4
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, 27 August 1977-2 April 1979
Scope and Contents

Membership lists, photographs and correspondence.

40.5
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, 18 July 1979-6 April 1981
Scope and Contents

Young Women’s Goods and Services Auction May 17, 1980. Planning list, correspondence and speech.

40.6
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, September 1981-10 June 1982
Scope and Contents

Minutes, programing, attendance and membership lists. Directions for rummage sale.

40.7
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, 1982-1983
Scope and Contents

Undated memo of merger of Young Women’s Group and Sisterhood. Young Women’s Group Cookbook [“essen n’fressen”] in envelope.

40.8
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, Chanukah, 1975-1981
40.9
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, Goods and Services Auction, 1980
40.10
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, Programs, undated
40.11
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, Publicity, 1979-1982
40.12
Sisterhood, Young Women’s Group, Scripts, undated
41.1
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 1 July 1983-7 June 1984
41.2
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 2 July 1984-11 June 1985
41.3
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 10 September 1985-4 March 1986
Scope and Contents

With materials from August 1985. Photograph, Event ephemera and clippings are each housed in separate envelopes.

41.4
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 9 September 1986-28 April 1987
Scope and Contents

With materials from August 1986. Clippings are housed in separate envelope.

41.5
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 2 June 1987-15 June 1988
41.6
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, Bingo, 1983-1987
Scope and Contents

Legal and Promotional activities for Bingo. Minutes are missing.

43.1
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 9 June 1988-2 May 1989
Scope and Contents

Smaller associated materials are housed in envelope. Associated materials through 1990.

43.2
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 20 June 1989-26 June 1990
Scope and Contents

Smaller associated materials are housed in envelope.

43.3
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 1 August 1990-18 June 1991
Scope and Contents

Smaller associated materials are housed in envelope.

43.4
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 23 September 1991-16 June 1992
Scope and Contents

Smaller associated materials are housed in envelope. Agenda for July 29, 1992.

43.5
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 4 August 1992-18 May 1993
Scope and Contents

Smaller associated materials are housed in envelope. Associated materials through July 1993.

43.6
Sisterhood, Board Minutes, 31 August 1993-21 May 1994
Scope and Contents

Associated materials through July 1993.

44.1
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 23 August 1994-12 May 1996
Scope and Contents

Includes materials through July 1995. An separate envelope with sheathed photograph, non acidic clippings and other ephemera.

44.2
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 22 August 1995-4 February 1996
Scope and Contents

Photograph sheathed. Convention reports. Feb 4, 1996 is agenda only. Supporting materials date through August 1996.

44.3
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 26 August 1996-27 May 1997
Scope and Contents

Only has an agenda items August 26, 1996, gaps between minutes.

44.4
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 1 June 1997-7 July 1998
44.5
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 4 August 1998-1 June 1999
44.6
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 15 August 1998-23 May 1999
Scope and Contents

Includes end of year report, clippings and scrapbook pages.

44.7
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 1997-1998
Scope and Contents

Compiled by the Women of Reform Judaism.

44.8
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, May 1999-2000
45.1
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 1 August 2000-1 May 2001
Scope and Contents

Includes materials from June 2000 through June 2001. Scrapbook pages as found. History of the Sisterhood.

45.4
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 1996-1999
Scope and Contents

Offices at Sweet Home Road. Correspondence and Thank you cards. Missing minutes.

45.2
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 2002
Scope and Contents

Clippings and programs. Missing minutes.

45.3
Sisterhood, Minutes and Activities, 2003
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs and clippings. Missing minutes.

C.     Sisterhood’s Service to the Sightless, 1952-2002
Restrictions
Records that contain personally identifiable information are restricted in order to protect individual privacy. According to HIPAA Privacy Regulations patient evaluations and medical records are closed for 50 years after date of death. If date of death is unknown, records are closed for 100 years from date of creation. Folders that are restricted are marked as such.
Scope and Contents
Minutes include clippings, budgets, and correspondence. The Service to the Sightless Group of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Zion was a non-profit organization that worked with sightless and visually impaired individuals. A member of the local Blind Association of Western New York, Service to the Sightless helped fund local, national and international groups as well as supporting blind and visually impaired students referred by Buffalo Board of Education. Over the years it provided support to several programs including the Culture Club of the Buffalo Association for the Blind, the V.I.P Program (Visually Impaired Pre-Schoolers) at Temple Beth Zion, the Batavia School for the Blind, the Rosa Coplon Home, and the Blind Leading the Blind organization among others. In addition to providing supports, social events were a significant part of programming including parties for the visually impaired patients at the West Seneca State School, Gowanda State Hospital and Buffalo Psychiatric Center, among others. Funding for programs was made possible through donations to Temple for the Service to the Sightless Group and an annual Braille Bridge and Mini-Luncheon. The Service to the Sightless Group of the Sisterhood committee grew out of the “Braille Group”, initiated in Mrs. Eugene Warner’s home in 1931. Members included Bertha Cofeld, Sara Salabes and Hortense Lewin. The Braille Group helped Rabbi Harry Brevis (1897-1982), transcribing prayer books and articles. In 1942 the name of the organization was changed to the Service to the Sightless and work included both braille transcription and fundraising for proofreading and bookbinding. Records from 1931to 1951 are missing.
Arrangement
This subseries is arranged by chronology.
Box-folder Contents
41.7
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Minutes, 1952-1959
42.1
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Minutes, 1966-1974
42.2
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Minutes, 1975-1979
42.3
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Minutes, 1980-1983
42.4
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Minutes, 1983-1987
42.5
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Minutes, 1987-1989
42.6
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Minutes, 1990-1993
49.16
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Minutes, 1994-2000
42.7
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Activities, 1983-1999
42.8
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Thank you cards, 1990-1999
49.15
Sisterhood, Service to the Sightless, Thank You Cards, 2000-2001
Restrictions

Portions of this folder are closed until January, 2100. Records that contain personally identifiable information are restricted in order to protect individual privacy. According to HIPAA Privacy Regulations patient evaluations and medical records are closed for 50 years after date of death. If date of death is unknown, records are closed for 100 years from date of creation.

Scope and Contents

Contains braille.

D.     Sisterhood Committees, 1958-1994
Scope and Contents
Social action and fundraising were core Sisterhood activities, as was supporting social and cultural activities for the entire synagogue member and in beyond. Committees are arranged alphabetically by activity area, and include fliers, pamphlets, and blueprints among other materials. The Sewing Group Committee records for this group are unfound.
Box-folder Contents
46.1
Sisterhood, Adult Education Committee, 1958
46.1
Sisterhood, Book Reviews Committee, 1963-1990
46.3
Sisterhood, Canteen/Luncheons Committee, 1965-1966
46.4
Sisterhood, Community Relations Committee, 1983-1990
46.5
Sisterhood, Cookbooks Committee, 1965-1988
46.6
Sisterhood, Dance Classes Committee, 1970-1975
46.7
Sisterhood, Floral Fund Committee, 1986-1988
46.8
Sisterhood, Fund Raising Committee, 1982-1994
46.9
Sisterhood, Gift Shop [Judaica] Committee, 1959-1960
Scope and Contents

Includes blueprints.

46.10
Sisterhood, Haven House and Simple Gifts Committee, 1980-1992
46.11
Sisterhood, Holiday Workshops Committee, 20 December 1987
46.12
Sisterhood, Hospitality and Humanitarian Activities Committee, 1965-1966
46.13
Sisterhood, Membership Committee, 1985
46.14
Sisterhood, Nominations Committee, 1992-1993
46.15
Sisterhood, Nursery School Committee, 5 April 1964
46.16
Sisterhood, Office Volunteers Committee, 1959-1967
46.17
Sisterhood, PATT Program Guide Committee, 1985
46.18
Sisterhood, Peace and World Relations Committee, 1962-1968
46.19
Sisterhood, Religious School Committee, 1962-1970
46.20
Sisterhood, Rummage Sale, Bargain Rack Committee, 1959-1984
46.21
Sisterhood, Sewing Group Committee, 1994
Scope and Contents

Contents missing. Officially discontinued June 1994.

46.22
Sisterhood, Trips and Outings Committee, 1979-1987
46.23
Sisterhood, Uniongrams Committee, 1966
46.24
Sisterhood, World Union for Progressive Judaism Committee, undated
46.25
Sisterhood, Youth Activities Committee, 1961-1966
E.     Sisterhood Activities, Events and Programs, 1913-1995
Arrangement
The subseries is organized by record type in original order.
Box-folder Contents
47.1
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, Balls, 1962-1972
47.2
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, Calendars, 1964-1988
47.3
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, Installations, 1976-1994
47.4
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, Sabbath Scripts, 1964-1995
47.5
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, NFTS, Resolutions, 1913-1983
47.6
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, NFTS, 1986-1987
47.7
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, NFTS/Women of Reform Judaism, 1994, 1986-1987
47.8
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, Scripts, Plays, from Hallie Block, 1970
47.9
Sisterhood, Activities and Events, Scripts, Plays, from Bea Haniford, 1985, 1990
48.1
Sisterhood, Programs, 1947-1961
Scope and Contents

Includes fliers for lectures.

48.2
Sisterhood, Programs, 1963-1968
Scope and Contents

Includes fliers for lectures and musicals.

48.3
Sisterhood, Programs, 1969-1974
Scope and Contents

Includes fliers for lectures and musicals.

48.4
Sisterhood, Programs, 1975-1985
Scope and Contents

Includes fliers for lectures and musicals.

48.5
Sisterhood, Programs, 1986-1989
Scope and Contents

Includes fliers for lectures and musicals.

48.6
Sisterhood, Programs, 1990-1993
Scope and Contents

Includes fliers for lectures and musicals.

48.7
Sisterhood, Programs, circa 1980s-circa 1990s
Scope and Contents

Includes fliers for lectures and musicals.

48.8
Sisterhood, Programs, undated
Scope and Contents

Composed of play and musical scripts.

48.9
Sisterhood, Programs, 1954-1983
Scope and Contents

Includes reports, instructions and clippings.

F.     Sisterhood Presidents’ Records, 1944-1988
Scope and Contents
Includes a wide range of formats and contents and arranged by service years. This series was created in response to a request for materials sent by Irene Goldberg and Ruth Fernandez on July 31, 1989.
Box-folder Contents
49.1
Sisterhood, President Papers, Hannah Falk, 1932-1922
49.2
Sisterhood, President Papers, Ann Riwchun, 1947-1949
49.3
Sisterhood, President Papers, Helen Hirsch Isenberg, 1944-1946
49.4
Sisterhood, President Papers, Irma Hyman-Brown, 1958-1960
49.5
Sisterhood, President Papers, Miriam Tabankin, 1960-1962
49.6
Sisterhood, President Papers, Evelyn Gerstman, 1962-1964
49.7
Sisterhood, President Papers, Bobbi (Babbette) Lewin, 1964-1966
49.8
Sisterhood, President Papers, Ruth Setters, 1970-1972
49.9
Sisterhood, President Papers, Bernice Cohen, 1976-1977
49.10
Sisterhood, President Papers, Norma Davis, 1977-1979
Scope and Contents

This includes materials through 1991 beyond presidential years.

49.11
Sisterhood, President Papers, Shirley Lasser, 1979-1981
49.12
Sisterhood, President Papers, Ruth Fernandez [1/2], 1983-1986
Scope and Contents

A separately donated collection of Ruth Fernandez materials is found in MS 210 Arnold and Ruth Fernandez Papers, 1916-2011 (bulk 1963-2004) and further sisterhood materials are to be found in this collection. Ruth Fernandez was also president from 1992-1993 as well as an active member.

49.13
Sisterhood, President Papers, Ruth Fernandez [2/2], 1983-1986
49.14
Sisterhood, President Papers, Elaine Knopp and Nancy Borins, 1986-1988
VI.     Brotherhood And Forerunner Records, 1913-2008
Scope and Contents

The Brotherhood grew out of formed the Men’s Temple Club that began in 1915 and was preceded by a Young Men’s Club. This series consists of Men’s Club and brotherhood materials within Brotherhood President categories. Presidents’ papers include postcards, minutes of men’s club, pamphlets, memos and correspondence.

Arrangement

Arranged according to the original order established by temple archivists.

Box-folder Contents
50.1 Brotherhood, Young Men’s Club of TBZ, Photograph, Pamphlet, 1913, 1919
Scope and Contents

Photograph with multiple identifications, Father’s and Son Week, 1919 Temple Beth Zion, Young Men’s Group, Hare Photographers, 1913, New York Heritage, JBIC628.

50.2 Brotherhood, Presidents, Lists of Names, Compiled, 1915-2008
50.3 Brotherhood, President Papers, Nominating Committee, 1926-1927
50.4 Brotherhood, President Papers, George Raikin, 1942-1943
50.5 Brotherhood, President Papers, Harold Karet, 1944-1945
50.6 Brotherhood, President Papers, Paul P. Cohen, 1946-1947
50.7 Brotherhood, President Papers, Arthur Goldberg, 1947-1949
Restrictions

Acidic and fragile materials.

50.8 Brotherhood, President Papers, Isadore Morrison, 1949-1950
50.9 Brotherhood, President Papers, Melburn Brizdle, 1950-1951
50.10 Brotherhood, President Papers, Myron Gross, 1951-1952
50.11 Brotherhood, President Papers, Milton Zeckhauser, 1952-1953
50.12 Brotherhood, President Papers, Harry Z. Rosenberg Sr., 1953-1954
50.13 Brotherhood, President Papers, Joseph Desmon, 1955-1956
50.14 Brotherhood, President Papers, Lester H. Block 1957, Leonard Finkelstein 1958, 1957-1958
Scope and Contents

Clippings and Flier.

50.15 Brotherhood, President Papers, Frank Miller, 1959-1960
50.16 Brotherhood, President Papers, Samuel Feller, 1960-1961
50.17 Brotherhood, President Papers, Lauren Rachlin, [1/2], 1961
Restrictions

Highly acidic and fragile.

50.18 Brotherhood, President Papers, Lauren Rachlin, [2/2], 1961-1962
50.19 Brotherhood, President Papers, Michael F. Ellis, Jr., 1962-1963
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs.

50.20 Brotherhood, President Papers, Walter Brock, 1963
50.21 Brotherhood, President Papers, Jerome Edelstein, 1966
50.22 Brotherhood, President Papers, Alvin Small, 1966-1967
50.23 Brotherhood, President Papers, Alvin Small, 1968
51.1 Brotherhood, President Papers, Jerome Shapiro, 1968-1969
51.2 Brotherhood, President Papers, Jerome Shapiro, 1969-1970
51.3 Brotherhood, President Papers, Brotherhood Budgets, 1969-1972
51.4 Brotherhood, President Papers, Paul Borins, [1/2], 1971-1972
51.5 Brotherhood, President Papers, Paul Borins, [2/2], 1971-1972
51.6 Brotherhood, President Papers, Dan L. Stone, 1972-1973
51.7 Brotherhood, President Papers, Nathan Steinhart, 1973-1974
51.8 Brotherhood, President Papers, Nathan Steinhart, 1974-1975
52.1 Brotherhood, President Papers, Daniel G. Kantor, 1975-1976
52.2 Brotherhood, President Papers, Robert M. Chick, May 1976
52.3 Brotherhood, President Papers, Sidney Abzug, 1977-1978
52.4 Brotherhood, President Papers, Dr. Irving S. Vogel, 1978-1979
52.5 Brotherhood, President Papers, Saul Berkoff, 1979-1980
52.6 Brotherhood, President Papers, Joseph Manch, 1980-1981
52.7 Brotherhood, President Papers, Jack Goldstein, 1981-1983
52.8 Brotherhood, President Papers, Arnold Fernandez [1/2], 1983-1984
52.9 Brotherhood, President Papers, Arnold Fernandez [2/2], 1983-1984
52.10 Brotherhood, President Papers, Arnold Fernandez [1/2], 1984-1985
52.11 Brotherhood, President Papers, Arnold Fernandez [2/2], 1984-1985
52.12 Brotherhood, President Papers, Arnold Fernandez, Miscellaneous, 1983-1985
52.13 Brotherhood, President Papers, Michael G. Wolfgang, 1985-1987
53.1 Brotherhood, President Papers, Ken Graber, 1987-1989
53.2 Brotherhood, President Papers, Lewis Shapiro, 1989-1990
53.3 Brotherhood, President Papers, Michael Klein, 1990-1992
53.4 Brotherhood, President Papers, Larry Sherlick, 1992-1993
53.5 Brotherhood, President Papers, Larry Sherlick, [cont], 1993
53.6 Brotherhood, President Papers, Larry Sherlick, 1993-1994
53.7 Brotherhood, President Papers, Larry Sherlick, [cont], 1994
53.8 Brotherhood, President Papers, Howard Wiseman, 1994
53.9 Brotherhood, President Papers, Howard Wiseman, 1995
53.10 Brotherhood, President Papers, Philip Chazen, 1996-1998
53.11 Brotherhood, President Papers, Alvin Bendes, 1999-2000
53.12 Brotherhood, President Papers, Dennis Dickman, 2001-2002
VII.     Young People’s Society, 1933-1999
Historical Note

The Young People’s Society was formed in the early 1920s under the direction of Rabbi Louis Kopald. The College Club formed in 1947 to “bridge the gap between Young People’s and Young Marrieds.” A Young Adult League formed in 1948 as a successor of the College Club of 1947. Lake Erie Federation of Temple Youth (LEFTY) began in 1949 led by members of Temple Beth Zion and Niagara Falls. This youth grouping added members from Syracuse, Batavia, Rochester and Jamestown among others. In 1953 a name change was adopted and the organization became North Eastern Lakes Federation of Temple Youth (NELFTY).

Scope and Contents

Includes materials from several youth related groups, including the Young People’s Society, and temple youth groups as well as the Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) College Club and the Young Adult League.

Arrangement

This series is organized according to original order.

A.     Programs and Activities, 1933-1999
Box-folder Contents
54.1
Young People’s Society, Programs, 1933-1943
54.2
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, 1944-1945
Scope and Contents

Includes envelopes with materials previously from a scrapbook. Fragile and brittle.

54.3
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, 1945-1945
Scope and Contents

Includes envelope with materials previously from a scrapbook. Fragile and brittle.

54.4
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Constitution, 1945-1946
Scope and Contents

Includes newsletters. May have been included within scrapbook.

54.5
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Photographs, 1945-1947
54.6
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, TBZ College Club, Young Adult League, 1947-1949
54.7
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Reports, 1949-1950
Scope and Contents

Includes newsletters.

54.8
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, History, 1948-1955
Scope and Contents

History of LEFTY and NELFLY, Pages 8 and 10 are missing.

54.9
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, NELFTY 8mm Film, created by Sam Graber, 1954-1958
Scope and Contents

Label “Young Peoples at Alleghany, 1954/1955; NELFTY at Lakeland, 1954, Alleghany, 1958; White Plains, 1957”

54.10
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Reports, 1948-1963
Scope and Contents

Includes photograph.

54.11
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Reports, Constitution, 1964-1967
Scope and Contents

Includes newsletters and memorandum.

54.12
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, YPS Yearbooks, 1964-1967
54.13
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, YPS Tutorial Program, 1964-1969
Scope and Contents

Includes small photographs.

55.1
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Memberships Lists, 1967-1968
Scope and Contents

Includes newsletters and memorandum.

55.2
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Memberships Lists, 1968-1969
Scope and Contents

Includes small photographs and correspondence.

55.3
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Memberships Lists, 1970-1971
Scope and Contents

Includes small photographs and correspondence.

55.4
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Services, 1973-1975
Scope and Contents

Includes clippings and correspondence.

55.5
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Services, 1976-1979
Scope and Contents

Includes clippings.

55.6
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Services, 1980-1988
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence.

55.7
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Reports, 1990-1999
Scope and Contents

Includes clippings.

55.8
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Chanukah Services, undated
55.9
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Awards and Citations, 1978-1980
55.10
Young People’s Society, Graduation Lists, 1948-1967
55.11
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Bowling League, 1978-1982
Scope and Contents

Includes envelope with cloth sew on patches.

55.12
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Skits and Scripts, 1948, 1951
Scope and Contents

Titles: The Bid was Four Hearts, Way Back When.

55.13
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Skits and Scripts, 1953
Scope and Contents

Script for The Baby Sitter.

55.14
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Skits and Scripts, 1955-1961
Scope and Contents

Includes Spring Prom Magic.

55.15
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Skits and Scripts, 1962-1980
55.16
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, New Year’s Eve,
Scope and Contents

YPS dance with Jewish High School Fraternities.

55.17
Young People’s Society, Programs and Activities, Career Education Programming, 1973-1975
B.     Oversize Memorabilia, 1949-1953
Box-folder Contents
34.1+
Young People’s Society, Young People’s Society, Poster, 1949-1950
Scope and Contents

Relates to 54.6. This memorabilia item is brittle and fragile and is in two parts.

Oversize-box Contents
34.2+
Young People’s Society, Poster, The Baby Sitter, 1953
VIII.     Religious School and Nursery, 1879-2000
Historical Note

An informal Religious School was founded in 1864 at the same Temple Beth Zion incorporated as a Reform congregation. Confirmation was the first child rite of passage introduced into religious education in Temple Beth Zion and was attended by both girls and boys. Bar mitzvah was added in the 1940s and Bat mitzvah in the 1950s that reflected changes in observance across the Reform movement.

A.     Minutes Religious School, 1891-1993
Box-folder Contents
56.1
Religious School, Committee Minutes of School, 1890-1909
Scope and Contents

Bound green ledger, Fragile.

56.2
Religious School, Committee Minutes of School, 1910-1919
Scope and Contents

Bound maroon ledger, Fragile.

56.3
Religious School, Ephemera from inside Minute Book, 1900-1914
Scope and Contents

Includes typed rules of school, report to President of Temple, and nonmembers applications for scholarships, as well as a 1929 affirmation card.

56.4
Religious School, Our Shield, Shabbat School Whisperings, 1915-1916
56.5
Religious School, Rachel Marks, Class work, circa 1890s-1900s
Restrictions

In envelope, brittle and fragile. Use in consultation with the Archivist.

57.1
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1935-1936
57.2
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1937-1939
57.3
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1940
57.4
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1941-1943
57.5
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1944-1946
57.6
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1947-1949
57.7
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1950-1951
57.8
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1951-1954
57.9
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1955-1956
57.10
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1957-1959
57.11
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1960-1961
57.12
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1957-1961
57.13
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1962-1963
57.14
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1964
57.15
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1964-1965
57.16
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1966-1967
57.17
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1968
57.18
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1969-1970
58.1
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1970-1971
58.2
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1971-1972
58.3
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1972-1973
58.4
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1973-1974
58.5
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1974-1975
58.6
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1975-1977
58.7
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1977
58.8
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1978
58.9
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1979-1981
58.10
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1982-1984
58.11
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1985-1986
58.12
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1986-1987
58.13
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1987-1988
58.14
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1988
64.1
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1988-1989
64.2
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1988-1990
64.3
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1989-1990
64.4
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1990-1991
64.5
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1991-1992
64.6
Religious School, Committee Minutes, 1992-1993
B.     Principals and Religious School Directors, 1954-2000
Box-folder Contents
59.1
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Principal, 1954-1958
59.2
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Principal, 1959-1960
59.3
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Principal, 1960-1961
59.4
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Principal, 1961-1962
59.5
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Inventory of Fire Loss, 1961
59.6
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Principal, 1962-1963
59.7
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Principal, 1963-1964
59.6
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Principal, 1962-1963
59.7
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Principal, 1963-1964
59.8
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Faculty Questionnaires, 1959
59.9
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Fire Drill Instructions, undated
59.10
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Class List, 1962-1963
59.11
Religious School, Dr. Louis L. Gitin, Essay Contest, 1962
60.1
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, 1964-1965
60.2
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, 1965-1967
60.3
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, 1967-1968
60.4
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, 1968-1969
60.5
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, Budgets, 1964-1969
60.6
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, Exams, 1965
60.7
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, Faculty Letters, 1968-1969
60.8
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, Teacher Bulletins, 1964-1967
60.9
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, Bulletins and Flyers, 1964-1969
60.10
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, Bussing Program, 1967-1981
60.11
Religious School, Robert H. Gillette, Principal, Trips, 1966-1968
60.12
Religious School, Personnel Practice Manual, undated
61.1
Religious School, Cantor Norman Rose, Principal, 1969-1970
61.2
Religious School, Cantor Norman Rose, Principal, 1970-1972
61.3
Religious School, Dr. Norman Cole, Principal, 1971-1972
61.4
Religious School, Martin M. Rothschild, Principal, 1972-1973
61.5
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1973-1974
61.6
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1974-1975
61.7
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1975-1976
61.8
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1976-1977
61.9
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1977-1978
62.1
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1978-1979
62.2
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1979-1980
62.3
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1980-1981
62.4
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1981-1982
62.5
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1982-1984
62.6
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1973-1980
62.7
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1978-1980
62.8
Religious School, Joseph Poisson, Director of Religious Education, 1979-1983
62.9
Religious School, Faculty,
62.10
Religious School Assemblies, 1974-1981
62.11
Religious School Insurance Inspection, 1979
62.12
Religious School Teacher Certification and Teacher Roster, 1980-1981
62.13
Religious School, Bar Mitzvah lists and dates, 1971-1978
63.1
Religious School Search Committee, 1984
63.2
Religious School, Drorah Setel, Director of Religious Education, 1984
63.3
Religious School, Drorah Setel, Director of Religious Education, 1985
63.4
Religious School, Drorah Setel, Director of Religious Education, 1985
63.5
Religious School, Drorah Setel, Director of Religious Education, 1986
63.6
Religious School, Search Committee, 1986
63.7
Religious School, Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett, 1986
63.8
Religious School, Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), 1986-1989
63.9
Religious School, Religious School, Judith Grossbard, 1986-1991
63.10
Religious School, Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson, 1991-1995
64.7
Religious School, Rabbi Joseph Eiduson, Director of Religious Education, 1996-2000
C.     Confirmation, 1879-2000
Box-folder Contents
65.1
Religious School, Confirmation, Rachel Friend, 1879
Restrictions

Very Fragile. Use in consultation with the Archivist.

65.2
Religious School, Confirmation, 1909-1921
65.3
Religious School, Confirmation, 192-1943
65.4
Religious School, Confirmation, 1946-1950
65.5
Religious School, Confirmation, 1951-1952
65.6
Religious School, Confirmation, 1953-1954
65.7
Religious School, Confirmation, 1955-1956
65.8
Religious School, Confirmation, 1957-1958
Scorch marks from fire on some documents.
65.9
Religious School, Confirmation, 1959
65.10
Religious School, Confirmation, 1960-1961
65.11
Religious School, Confirmation, 1962
65.12
Religious School, Confirmation, 1963
65.13
Religious School, Confirmation, Curriculum, 1960s
65.14
Religious School, Pre-Confirmation Council Program, 1960-1969
66.1
Religious School, Confirmation, 1964
66.2
Religious School, Confirmation, 1965
66.3
Religious School, Confirmation, 1966
66.4
Religious School, Confirmation, 1967
66.5
Religious School, Confirmation, 1968
66.6
Religious School, Confirmation, 1969
66.7
Religious School, Confirmation, 1970
66.8
Religious School, Confirmation, 1971
66.9
Religious School, Confirmation, 1972
66.10
Religious School, Confirmation, 1973
66.11
Religious School, Confirmation, 1974
67.1
Religious School, Confirmation, 1975
67.2
Religious School, Confirmation, 1976
67.3
Religious School, Confirmation, 1977
67.4
Religious School, Confirmation, 1978
67.5
Religious School, Confirmation, 1979
67.6
Religious School, Confirmation, 1980
67.7
Religious School, Confirmation, 1981
67.8
Religious School, Confirmation, 1982
67.9
Religious School, Confirmation, 1983
67.10
Religious School, Confirmation, 1984
67.11
Religious School, Confirmation, 1985
67.12
Religious School, Confirmation, 1986
67.13
Religious School, Confirmation, 1987
67.14
Religious School, Confirmation,
67.15
Religious School, Confirmation, 1989
67.16
Religious School, Confirmation, 1990
67.17
Religious School, Confirmation, 1991
Scope and Contents

Includes Photograph and prints.

67.18
Religious School, Confirmation, 1992
67.19
Religious School, Confirmation, 1997
67.20
Religious School, Confirmation, 1998
67.21
Religious School, Confirmation, 1999
67.22
Religious School, Confirmation, 2000
67.23
Religious School, Confirmation, [1933-50th], 1983
67.24
Religious School, Confirmation, [1958], 1983
67.25
Religious School, Confirmation, [1916, 1928, 1929, 1931], 1984
67.26
Religious School, Confirmation, [1936-1939], 1986-1989
67.27
Religious School, Confirmation, [1940-1941], 1990-1991
D.     Curriculum, 1963-1984
Box-folder Contents
68.1
Religious School, Curriculum, 1963-1967
68.2
Religious School, Curriculum, 1969
68.3
Religious School, Curriculum, 1971-1972
68.4
Religious School, Curriculum, 1972-1974
68.5
Religious School, Curriculum, 1975-1980
68.6
Religious School, Curriculum, 1981-1982
68.7
Religious School, Curriculum, 1983-1984
68.8
Religious School, Special Education, 1973-1984
E.     School Social Activities, 1947-1995
Box-folder Contents
68.9
Religious School, Class Retreats and events, 1972-1973
68.10
Religious School, Class Retreats and Special Programs, 1974
68.11
Religious School, Special Programs, 1975-1976
68.12
Religious School, Special Programs, 1976-1979
69.1
Religious School, Social Service, Keren Ami, 1962-1981
69.2
Religious School, Dance Class, 1980-1991
69.3
Religious School, Holidays, 1947, 1950, 1985
69.4
Religious School, Shabbat Dinners, 1973-1975
69.5
Religious School, Shabbat Dinners, 1975-1979
69.6
Religious School, Shabbat Dinners, 1980-1982
69.7
Religious School, Flag Dedication, 1980
69.8
Religious School, Shabbat Dinner, 1984
69.9
Religious School, Family Dinners, 1990
69.10
Religious School, Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner, 1995
F.     Nursery School, 1960-1999
Box-folder Contents
70.1
Religious School, Nursery School,
70.2
Religious School, Nursery School, 1962-1965
70.3
Religious School, Nursery School and Tots Program, 1974-1978
70.4
Religious School, Nursery School, 1978-1980
70.5
Religious School, Pre-School, 1980-1982
70.6
Religious School, Nursery School, 1980-1984
70.7
Religious School, Nursery School, 1984-1985
70.8
Religious School, Nursery School, 1985-1987
70.9
Religious School, Nursery School, 1987-1989
70.10
Religious School, Nursery School, 1989-1992
70.11
Religious School, Nursery School, 1990-1993
70.12
Religious School, Nursery School, 1994-1998
70.13
Religious School, Nursery School, 1998-1999
G.     B’nai Mitzvot, 1960-1978
Box-folder Contents
71.1
Religious School, B’nai Mitzvot, 1960-1967
71.2
Religious School, B’nai Mitzvot, 1968-1973
71.3
Religious School, B’nai Mitzvot, 1974-1989
71.4
Religious School, B’nai Mitzvot, 1990-1992
71.5
Religious School, Hebrew, 1959-1978
H.     High School, 1933-1993
Box-folder Contents
71.6
Religious School, High School, 1933-1963
71.7
Religious School, High School, 1964-1969
71.8
Religious School, High School, 1970-1973
71.9
Religious School, High School, 1973-1978
71.10
Religious School, High School, 1978-1982
71.11
Religious School, High School, 1983-1993
I.     School Administration, 1949-1998
Box-folder Contents
71.12
Class lists, 1983-1984
72.1
Religious School, Honor Rows and Awards, 1962-1967
72.2
Religious School, Honor Rows and Awards, 1968-1977
72.3
Religious School, Honor Rows and Awards, 1978-1982
72.4
Religious School, Junior Choir, 1964-1978
72.5
Religious School, Registration, 1964-1965
72.6
Religious School, Registration, 1968-1972
72.7
Religious School, Registration, 1972-1982
72.8
Religious School, Textbooks and Aids, 1955-1967
72.9
Religious School, Textbooks and Aids, 1968-1974
72.10
Religious School, Textbooks and Aids, 195?-1979
72.11
Religious School, Children’s Prayer Book, undated
73.1
Religious School, Basic Judaism Course, 1982-1985
73.2
Religious School, Basic Judaism Course, 1986-1989
73.3
Religious School, Basic Judaism Course, 1990-1993
73.4
Religious School, Basic Judaism Course,
73.5
Religious School, Calendar, 1959-1985
73.6
Religious School, Faculty Bulletins, 1942-1943
73.7
Religious School, Faculty Bulletins, 1970-1971
73.8
Religious School, Faculty Bulletins, 1973-1976
73.9
Religious School, Faculty Bulletins, 1976-1979
73.10
Religious School, Faculty Bulletins, 1982
73.11
Religious School, Principal’s Council, 1973-1982
73.12
Religious School, Flyers, 1966-1976
73.13
Religious School, Flyers, 1977-1982
73.14
Religious School, Budget Requests, 1988-1993
J.     Consecration, 1949-1998
Box-folder Contents
74.1
Religious School, Consecration, Programs, 1949-1957
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs including NY Heritage JBIC635-JBIC636. JBIC635 is mounted on board, and one other photograph, not digitized.

Oversize-box Contents
34.3+
Religious School, Consecration, Photographs,
Scope and Contents

Oversize photograph of a 1955 consecration graduating class, trimmed by synagogue.

Box-folder Contents
74.2
Religious School, Consecration, Administration and Programs, 1960-1969
Scope and Contents

Includes lists of consecrants.

74.3
Religious School, Consecration, Administration, 1970-1979
74.4
Religious School, Consecration, Photographs, 1976-1979
Scope and Contents

Includes 8x10 photographs 1976-1979, good quality, with additional 3 prints, “bleached out”, and 5x7 photographs. Includes identification of consecrants on back of photographs.

74.5
Religious School, Consecration, Administration, 1980-1982
74.6
Religious School, Consecration, Photographs, 1980-1983, 1989
Scope and Contents

Includes four 8x10 photographs, 1980-1983 inclusive with identification of consecrants on back of photographs. Two sets. Also includes proofs for 1989.

74.7
Religious School, Consecration, Photographs, 1990s
Scope and Contents

Includes 8x10 photographs, without dates, and programs for 1993 and 1998.

K.     Certificates, 1970s-1980s
Oversize-box Contents
34.10+
Temple Beth Zion Certification of Confirmation for Louis Desbecker, 1883
Box-folder Contents
74.8
Religious School, Certificates received by students, 1970s-1980s
Scope and Contents

Oversized certificates in box 34.

Oversize-box Contents
34.10+
Temple Beth Zion Certification of Confirmation for Rachel Friend, 1880
34.4+
Religious School, Certificates received by students, 1970s-1980s
Scope and Contents

Brittle plastic certificate, 1979. Non-oversize certificates in 74.8.

34.5+
Religious School, Certificates received by students, 1970s-1980s
Scope and Contents

Oversize paper certificates, 1974-1975, 1978. Non-oversize certificates in 74.8.

Box-folder Contents
74.9
Religious School, Certificates given by Religious School, undated, circa 1980
Scope and Contents

Includes generic Bar, Bat Mitzvah and TBZ designed confirmation certificates.

L.     School Photographs and Memorabilia, 1936-1995
Box-folder Contents
74.10
Religious School, Class Photographs, Various Grades, 1936
Scope and Contents

Includes 8x10 photographs, sleeved, 2 uncut photographs, by Hauser Bob. Some images have identifications.

74.11
Religious School, Class Photographs, Various Grades, 1936-1937
Scope and Contents

Includes seven sleeved 8x10 photographs by Hauser Bob have identifications on paper inserts in the sleeves. One photocopy of a photograph. May include high school and confirmation.

Oversize-box Contents
34.11+
Temple Beth Zion Confirmation Class, Ben Swan, 1939
34.12+
Temple Beth Zion Confirmation Class, 1957
Box-folder Contents
74.12
Religious School, Class Event Photographs, 1977, 1995
Scope and Contents

Includes 7 color 5x7 photographs and 10 color 4x6 in Mylar in one envelope, 8 polaroids in envelope.

74.13
Religious School, Class Photographs, 1997, 1999
Scope and Contents

Includes 2 color 8x10 photograph.

74.14
Religious School, Class Photographs, 1974, 1976
Scope and Contents

Contains two medium yellow envelopes with photographs.

74.15
Religious School, Class Photographs, 1978
Scope and Contents

Contains two medium yellow envelopes with photographs.

74.16
Religious School, Class Photographs, 1979
Scope and Contents

Contains one medium yellow envelope with photographs.

74.17
Religious School, Class Photographs, 1980
Scope and Contents

Contains one medium yellow envelope with photographs.

74.18
Religious School, School Photographs, 1981
Scope and Contents

Contains one medium yellow envelope with photographs.

75.1
Religious School, School Photographs, 1948-1995
Scope and Contents

This carton contains three photographic scrapbooks, slides in a slide box, and loose photographs as well as photographs within a scrapbook whose contents had separated and clumped in the spine. Their page number locations were recorded as found and may not be the original attached page location.

Arrangement

Photographic Box inside box 75 containing 59 photograph envelopes: 75.1.1 Picnic, 1948 ;75.1.2 Model Seder, 1966; 75.1.3 Shavuot, 1968; 75.1.4 7th Grade Retreat, Camp Aloha, 1974; 75.1.5 Various Activities, 1975; 75.1.6 Various Activities, 1978; 75.1.7 Purim, 1978; 75.1.8 Various Activities, 1978; 75.1.9 Various Activities, with negatives, 1978; 75.1.10 Various Activities, 1979; 75.1.11 Tu B’Shvat and other holidays/events, with negatives, 1980; 75.1.12 Hanukah, 1980; 75.1.13 Hanukah, 1980; 75.1.14 Hanukah, 1980; 75.1.15 Model Seder, Shabbat, 1981; 75.1.16 Various Events, 1982; 75.1.17 Various Events, 1982; 75.1.18 Various Events, 1982; 75.1.19 Purim Carnival, 1983; 75.1.20 Various Events, 1983; 75.1.21 Various Events, includes Purim, 1984; 75.1.22 Purim, 1995; 75.1.23 Candid, 1995; 75.1.24 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 1; 75.1.25 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 2-3; 75.1.26 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 4; 75.1.27 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 5; 75.1.28 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 6; 75.1.29 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 7; 75.1.30 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 8; 75.1.31 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 9; 75.1.32 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 10; 75.1.33 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 11; 75.1.34 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 12; 75.1.35 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 13; 75.1.36 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 14; 75.1.37 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 15; 75.1.38 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 16; 75.1.39 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 17; 75.1.40 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 18; 75.1.41 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 19; 75.1.42 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 20; 75.1.43 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 21; 75.1.44 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 22; 75.1.45 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 23; 75.1.46 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 24; 75.1.47 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 25; 75.1.48 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 26; 75.1.49 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 27; 75.1.50 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 28; 75.1.51 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 29; 75.1.52 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 30; 75.1.53 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 31; 75.1.54 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 32; 75.1.55 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 33; 75.1.56 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 34; 75.1.57 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 35; 75.1.58 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 36; 75.1.59 Scrapbook 4, 1979-1981, Page 37

75.2
Religious School, Religious School Slides, 1972-1978
Scope and Contents

Slide box inside Box 75.

Arrangement

75.2.1 8th Grade Graduation, 1972; 75.2.2 Purim, 1973; 75.2.3 Purim, 1973; 75.2.4 Various, 1973-1974; 75.2.5 Junior High Assembly, 1975; 75.2.6 Activities, 1978; 75.2.7 Activities, 1978; 75.2.8 Activities, 1978

75.3
Religious School, Religious School Photographic Album, 1975-1977
Scope and Contents

In original red photo-magnetic album.

75.4
Religious School, Religious School Photographic Album, 1977-1978
Scope and Contents

In original red photo-magnetic album.

75.5
Religious School, Religious School Photographic Album,
Scope and Contents

In original red photo-magnetic album.

A.     Boy Scouts and Cubs, 1912-2003
Arrangement

Arranged by record type and chronology.

Box-folder Contents
76.1
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, Membership Lists, 1912-1962
76.2
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, Membership Lists, 1970s-1980s
76.3
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, Camp Emanuel-Josef Director’s Report, 1947
76.4
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, Administration and Programming, 1956-1964
76.5
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, “Pickups”, Newsletter, 1932, 1935
76.6
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, Yearbooks (2), 1935, 1938
76.7
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, “Buckskin”, Newsletter, 1952
77.3
Scouts Leader [Men], Riverside Men’s Shop, Suit Slip, Vinyl, undated
Oversize-box Contents
78+
Scout Leaders [Men] uniform, Light Khaki Brown, Trousers and Shirt, 1950s
Box-folder Contents
76.8
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, Reunion Planning, [1/2], 1983
76.9
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, Reunion Planning, [2/2], 1983
76.10
Boy Scouts, Troop 7, Reunion, Event, [1912-1968], 1983
76.11
Boy Scouts, Newspaper Clippings, 1970s
76.12
Boy Scouts, Newspaper Clippings, 1980s-1990s
76.13
Boy Scouts, Correspondence, 2003
Box-folder Contents
77.1
[Boy] Cubs, Scrapbook created by Marvin Frankel, Cub Pack 11, Vol. 1, Photographs, 1977-1980
Scope and Contents

In original white binder.

77.2
[Boy] Cubs, Scrapbook created by Marvin Frankel, Cub Pack 11, Vol. 2, Photographs and Articles, 1980-1982
Scope and Contents

In original white binder.

B.     Joint Boy and Girl Scout Programming, 1964
Box-folder Contents
76.14
Boys and Girls Scouts, Joint Programming, 1964
C.     Girl Scouts, 1954-1964
Box-folder Contents
76.15
Girls Scouts, Troop 38, 1940, 1951-1952
76.16
Girls Scouts, Troop 579, 1954
76.17
Girls Scouts, [Brownies], Pack 676, 1955-1956
76.18
Girls Scouts, Administration and Programming, 1964
X.     Israel Tours, 1978-1994
Arrangement

This series is organized in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

It documents interfaith tours from 1985 to 1994 led by Rabbi Martin L. Goldberg and Reverend Thomas (Tom) P. Stewart of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY.

Box-folder Contents
79.1 Israel Tours, Clippings, 1978-1984
79.2 Israel Tours, Tour Packet and Correspondence, 1985
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs [4x6], attendees lists and itinerary.

79.3 Israel Tours, Tour Packet and Correspondence, 1988
79.4 Israel Tours, Tour Packet and Correspondence, 1990
79.5 Israel Tours, Tour Packet and Correspondence, 1992
79.6 Israel Tours, Tour Packet and Correspondence, 1994
XI.     Kol Nidre Campaign, 1995-1997
Scope and Contents

The Kol Nidre Campaign is an annual fund raising campaign conducted with members by Temple Beth Zion that begins after the High Holidays.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.

Box-folder Contents
80.1 Kol Nidre Campaign, 1995-1997
80.2 Kol Nidre Campaign, Art Work/Brochures, 1995
80.3 Kol Nidre Campaign, Invoices, 1995
80.4 Kol Nidre Campaign, 12th Annual Stained Glass Concert, 1996
Scope and Contents

Includes program.

80.5 Kol Nidre Campaign, Annual Report, 1996
80.6 Kol Nidre Campaign, Planning, 1996
XII.     Union American Hebrew Congregation, 1921-1996
Historical Note

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) was an organization that supported Reform Jewish congregations in North America. This arm of Reform Judaism was founded in 1873 by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise and in 2003 was replaced by a successor organization, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Through conventions and now biennial conferences, the UAHC/URJ determines policy directions of the congregational arm of Reform Judaism in North America.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in three subseries.

A.     UAHC Conventions, 1921-1991
Arrangement
This series is arranged according to subject and chronological order. Oversized items are housed separately.
Oversize-box Contents
81.1+
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Convention Report of the Publicity Committee,
Scope and Contents

Extremely brittle and fragile scrapbook disbound by former TBZ archivist and interleaved with tissues. Consists of newspaper clippings, programs and postcards, folded oversized photograph is located in 34.6.

34.6+
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Convention, Photograph, 1921
Scope and Contents

Oversize photograph, 10x17 inches, 27th Council of the UAHC and the 4th Assembly of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, Photograph by King Robinson, Buffalo New York Photographers, Event was held at the Lafayette, Buffalo, New York, May 23-26, 1921. The photograph was folded and it is brittle and damaged.

Box-folder Contents
93.4
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Conventions, 1977, 1991
Scope and Contents

Includes slides and cassette recording.

B.     UAHC Dues, 1966-1993
Arrangement
This series is arranged according to chronological order.
Box-folder Contents
82.1
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues, 1966-1969
82.2
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues, 1970-1975
Scope and Contents

Includes the report of the committee to study the proportional dues program created August 1975.

82.3
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues, 1976-1980
82.4
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues, 1981-1982
82.5
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues, 1983-1984
82.6
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues, 1984-1985
82.7
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues, 1985-1986
Scope and Contents

Includes maintenance union membership guide, 1985.

82.8
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues,1986-1988
82.9
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Dues, 1988-1993
C.     UAHC Administration Materials, 1967-1996
Arrangement
This series is arranged according to subject and chronological order.
Box-folder Contents
83.1
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Rabbinical Pensions, 1967-1995
83.2
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Conventions, 1977, 1991
Scope and Contents

Materials are composed of slides, in envelope and a tape cassette.

83.3
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Annual Reports, 1978-1983
Historical Note

Donald Day served as the chairman of the UAHC from 1981-1983.

83.4
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Leadership Development, 1983
83.5
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 58th General Assembly Report, 1985
83.6
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Northeast Regional Biennial, 1996
Scope and Contents

Clippings included.

XIII.    Rabbi Martin L. Goldberg, Senior Rabbi, 1958-1994, Records, 1930-2002
Biographical Note

Rabbi Martin L. Goldberg (1925-2002) served at Temple Beth Zion from 1954-1994. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Rabbi Goldberg graduated from Syracuse University in 1949 and received a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He was ordained in 1953 at Hebrew Union College. A serviceman in Europe during World War II, Rabbi Goldberg was appointed as an assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in 1954, and was named senior rabbi in 1959. In 1967, Rabbi Goldberg became one of the first two non-Catholics to join the faculty at Canisius College, where he taught theology. Rabbi Goldberg stepped down as senior rabbi in 1994. In retirement he continued teaching and began pastoral duties at Temple Beth El in Niagara Falls. He also was a founder of the Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries and was named an outstanding citizen by the Buffalo News in 1967. He was a past president of the Buffalo Board of Rabbis, a past rabbinical advisor of the Northeastern Lakes Federation of Temple Youth and was a member of the School Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for Review of Public Education. He was a member of the Medical Ethics and Human Values Commission of the University at Buffalo Medical School and a member of the Division for the Aging of the Department of Human Resources. Rabbi Goldberg also served on many organizational boards including the National Conference of Christians and Jews, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, United Fund, Buffalo Area Council Boy Scouts of America, United Jewish Federation, Jewish Center and the Rosa Coplon Jewish Home and Infirmary.

Arrangement

This series is organized in two subseries, and within each, in chronological order.

A.     Rabbi Dr. Joseph L. Fink, circa 1930s-1964
Box-folder Contents
84.1
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, Dr. J. Fink, Speeches and Sermons, undated
Scope and Contents

Speeches and sermons written by Dr. Fink.

84.2
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, Dr. J. Fink, Obituary, Clippings, 1964
84.3
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, Clippings, 1961-1982
Scope and Contents

Clipping service utilized, copies.

B.     Rabbi Dr. Martin L. Goldberg, 1961-2002
Box-folder Contents
84.4
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, Speeches and Sermons, 1961-1964
Scope and Contents

Includes Eulogy for Rabbi Fink.

84.5
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, Photographs, 1961-2000s
Scope and Contents

Includes 8x10 and 5x7 sized photographs, mainly black and white. Also includes JBIC637, and JBIC652.

84.6
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, Correspondence, 1963-1994
84.7
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, 20th Anniversary, 1974
Scope and Contents

Clippings, Photographs, Invitations and Programs.

84.8
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, 25th Anniversary, 1979
Scope and Contents

Clippings, Photographs, Invitations and Programs.

84.9
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, 30th Anniversary, 1984
Scope and Contents

Clippings, Photographs, Invitations and Programs.

84.10
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, 35th Anniversary, 1989
Scope and Contents

Clippings, Photographs, Invitations and Programs.

84.11
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, 40th Anniversary, 1994
Scope and Contents

Clippings, Photographs, Invitations and Programs.

84.12
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, Retirement, 1994
84.13
Rabbi M. L. Goldberg, Obituary, 2002
XIV.     Presidents, 1928-2000
Scope and Contents

For the earliest serving Presidents, materials were collected by temple archivists after their terms of service, and after their death. A number of Presidents do not have papers, while for those who have papers, a range of materials were collected by synagogue archivists and may include service prior to their appointment, usually Board materials or other committee responsibilities, or documents that were produced during their tenure, rather than documents utilized or submitted by the former presidents themselves. Each President’s files hold a wide range of contents and usually include minutes and correspondence, as well as fliers. This series was reprocessed in order of year of service.

Arrangement

The President series of Temple Beth Zion was initially arranged semi-alphabetically, in order of tenure, and later, as materials became available, or as space allowed, as one of these categories.

Box-folder Contents
85.1 Presidents, Leopold Keiser [1884-1890], Photograph and Correspondence, circa 1880, 1912
Scope and Contents

Photograph is a copy, c.1880

85.2 Presidents, Abraham Oppenheimer [1897-1902, 1904-1905], Photograph, undated
85.3 Presidents, Herman Wile [select years, 1902-1948], Memos and Programs, 1928-1948
Biographical Note

Herman Wile served as president multiple times: 1902-1904, 1908-1921, 1927-1948.

85.4 Presidents, Sol J. Levy [1948-1951], Programs and Speech, 1951-1966
85.5 Presidents, Henry Lehman [1951-1953], Photocopies, undated
85.6 Presidents, Maurice Tabor, [1955-1957; 1965-1967] Correspondence and Clippings, 19596-1965
85.7 Presidents, Maurice Tabor, [1955-1957, 1965-1967] Correspondence, 1966, 1982
Scope and Contents

A speech delivered in 1982 by Maurice Tabor reflecting on the history of Temple Beth Zion is also included.