Guide to the American Jewish Religious Ephemera

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Collection Overview

Title: American Jewish religious ephemera
Dates: 1928-1997
Size: 1 folder
Abstract:The collection consists of announcements, programs, letters signs, and other ephemera items, primarily of a religious nature, from various Jewish individuals, insititutions and events in the United States, mainly in the New York area, in the 20th century.
Languages:Materials are in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Call No: 1993.017

About This Guide

Finding aid encoded November, 2009

Finding aid encoded in English.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of announcements, programs, pamphlets, letters and other ephemera items from various Jewish individuals, insititutions and events in the United States, mainly in the New York area, in the 20th century. Most of the items arise from religious aspects of Jewish life, however some are from general Jewish communal life.

The announcements consist of flyers and broadsides publicizing various personal and communal events, such as births of children, organizational dinners, and social gatherings, as well as some pamphlets announcing the upcoming publication of Jewish books. There is also a Yiddish broadside from 1997 announcing a rally held in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in honor of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The programs are primarily from dinners held by Jewish institutions honoring specific individuals, as well as a program from an event the Queens Borough Public Library had featuring a theatre presentation entitled "Righteous Gentiles".

The pamphlets are mainly published by the Skverer Hasidim of Boro Park, NY. One contains a number of articles in English and Yiddish regarding a dispute that took place in 1978 over the right for the group to use a public school building. There are also some pamphlets from Neturei Karta, the anti-Zionist hasidic group.

The letters mainly are responses from rabbis to questions concerning issues in Jewish law written by members of their communities. There are also some letters from the Supreme Rabbinic Court of America conferring rabbinic ordination on various individuals.

Also included in the collection are several signs that were hung in synagogues announcing various seasonal prayers, a laminated card from the American office of Chadrei Torah Or, the Traditional Educational System in the Holy Land, containing several short prayers, and a 1928 report card from the Congregation B'nai Abraham Hebrew School in Newark, NJ for a Theodore Goldstein, as well as various other ephemera items.

Index Terms

This collection has been indexed under the following terms:

Chadrei Torah Or
Congregation Bnai Abraham (Newark, N.J.)
Naṭore ḳarta
Neturei Karta of the U.S.A.
Supreme Rabbinic Court of America Inc.
Giuliani, Rudolph W.
Jewish religious education -- New Jersey -- Newark
Jews -- United States -- Social life and customs
Judaism -- Customs and practices
Judaism and politics
Orthodox Judaism -- United States
Responsa -- 1948-
Skvira Hasidim
Zionism -- Controversial literature
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs
New York (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs
Document Types:
Official documents

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is available to researchers deemed to be qualified by the Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of materials in this collection. Please contact the Curator of Special Collections for information regarding Yeshiva University's reproduction policies and fees.