Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
series: I. Congregation B'Nai Israel
box 1: Congregation B'nai Israel
folder 1: Articles of Agreement (1881)
Copy of the Articles of Agreement for incorporating the B'nai Israel of Salt Lake City taken from the minute book of the congregation.
folder 2: By-Laws (1945)
Copy of the congregational by-laws adopted October 28, 1945.
folder 3: Affidavit of Incorporation (1952)
Copies of the affidavit with the certificate of the Secretary of State of Utah attesting to its authenticity.
folder 4: Purchase in Plat A (1881)
Deed and Title Abstract for land purchased for the price of $2,600.00 to use for building a synagogue.
folder 5: Mortgage of Plat A (1885)
Agreements and legal documents to mortgage the land in Plat A to the Commander at Fort Douglas for $3,000.00.
folder 6: Sale of Plat A (1889)
Contract for the sale of the land owned in Plat A by the congregation for $20,000.00.
folder 7: Purchase in Plat B (1891)
Title abstracts and information about land purchased for the price of $5,500.00 to use for building a synagogue.
folder 8: Mortgage of Plat B (1898)
Agreements and legal documents to mortgage the land in Plat B to Timothy D. Murray for $7,500.00.
folder 9: History
Chronological notes on the history of Congregation B'nai Israel including a list of officers between 1881 and 1899.
folder 10: Membership (1962-1968)
Membership Rosters for 1962-1963, 1964-1965, and 1967-1968.
Membership Report for 1967-1968 describing gains and losses.
folder 11: Notices (1961) (1969)
Letters sent to the congregation to remind them of events involving the membership.
folder 12: News Releases (1959)
Information sent to the press from the congregation.
folder 13: Newspaper Clippings (1956-1959)
Information sent to the press from the congregation.
folder 14: Memorial
Eulogy delivered for Annette Lovinger.
folder 15: Confirmation (1959-1970)
Invitations, programs, and texts of remarks made by the confirmation class.
folder 16: Confirmation (1960-1970)
Expense reports and cost divisions among the parents of the confirmation class.
reel 1-2: Minute Books (1881-1899)
Microfilm copies of the Congregation B'nai Israel minute books housed in the American Jewish Archives. One positive and one negative copy.
folder 17: Financial Reports (1965-1969)
Receipts, disbursements, and budget.
folder 18: Valuation and Tax Notices (1930-1936)
Tax information from Salt Lake County, Utah, and two tax notices of 1932 and 1933 from Bonneville County, Idaho.
folder 19: Valuation and Tax Notices (1973)
Includes the application for exemption as a religious organization.
box 2: Congregation B'nai Israel
box 3: Congregation B'nai Israel
volume 1-2: Ledgers (1943-1972)
Continued accounts of congregation members with lists of monies received and spent. Oversize ledgers for the years 1889-1891, 1889-1900, and 1928-1951 are located in Box 30.
folder 1: Religious School (1967-1969)
Reports on progress and changes needed and budget information.
box 4: B'nai Israel Sisterhood
folder 1: Constitution, By-laws and Amendments (1945-1960)
Constitution and By-laws with notices of meetings to consider a number of proposed amendments.
folder 2: Presidents (1936-1972)
Chronological list of sisterhood presidents.
folder 3: Committees and Meeting Agenda (1958-1959)
folder 4: Yearbook (1932-1933)
Includes membership lists and remarks from officers.
folder 5: Invitations and Programs (1965-1971)
Information on sisterhood programs.
folder 6: Annual Programs (1959) (1970)
Play scripts and songs for the annual "follies." "A Majority of Fun" in 1959 and "Cut-Rate Follies of 1970."
folder 7: National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (1957-1972)
Federation Constitution of 1957. Information and correspondence about membership dues.
folder 8: Miscellaneous (1960s)
Resolution to honor a deceased member, committee list, notice of new officers for 1968-1969.
folder 9: Meal Receipts (1971-1972)
Lists of attendance and payments for sisterhood dinners and luncheons.
folder 10: Bills, Receipts, and Orders (1967-1972)
Miscellaneous items from various companies.
folder 11-17: Bank Statements (1966-1972)
Bank reconciliations and cancelled checks.
folder 18-19: Deposit Slips (1964-1969)
Includes lists of funds deposited.
folder 20: Check Stubs (1966-1972)
box 5: B'nai Israel Sisterhood
folder 1: Money Receipt Books (1958-1969)
Receipt stubs have information similar to check stubs.
folder 2: Savings Account Passbook (1958-1963)
Sisterhood account with Walker Bank and Trust Company.
folder 3: Treasurers' Reports (1959-1961)
Reports on single events with some yearly budget reports.
folder 4-7: Annual Treasurers' Reports (1959-1972)
Series of reports on income and disbursements to and from various sisterhood funds and projects.
folder 8: Miscellaneous (1961-1971)
Information on bank accounts and payroll taxes and statements.
volume 1-2: Ledgers (1922-1971)
Accounts of sisterhood members and lists of monies received and spent.
box 6: B'nai Israel Cemetery
folder 1: Deed and Agreement (1903)
Agreement between Congregation B'nai Israel and Salt Lake City setting aside a portion of the city cemetery for the use of the Jewish Community.
folder 2: Building Contracts (1913)
Contracts with Ware and Treganza for building improvements at the Jewish cemetery including fences and a greenhouse.
folder 3: Removal and Reburial Permits (1933-1937)
folder 4: Miscellaneous Correspondence and Information (1967-1968)
Information about the cemetery including a budget report.
folder 5: Gold Loan Interest Notes (1914-1923)
Notes for promise-to-pay loan interest in gold.
folder 6: Assessment Notices (1933)
Correspondence and statements for upkeep assessments on cemetery plots.
folder 7-11: Bills and Receipts (1905-1924)
Miscellaneous receipts arranged alphabetically.
othertype 1-4: Vouchers (1913-1916)
Orders to pay the assigned person or company a certain amount. Many have copies of invoices, bills, or descriptions attached. All are for items related to the cemetery maintenance.
box 7: B'nai Israel Cemetery
box 8: B'nai Israel Cemetery
box 9: B'nai Israel Cemetery
box 10: B'nai Israel Cemetery
box 11: Temple B'nai Israel
These books, whose publications dates range between 1831 and 1919, were collected from the Temple B'nai Israel by Dr. Louis Zucker. They show what books were available and being used by pioneer Jews in Utah.
volume 1-6: Publications (1831-1861)
These six books, published in 1831, two in 1832, and three in 1861, are all written in Hebrew.
volume 7: Publications (1856)
Goethe's Fammtlicke Werte, Stuttgart und Tubingen: T. O. Gotta'fcher, German.
volume 8: Publications (1866)
Gachs, Michael, Teftgebete der Israeliten, Berlin: Louis Gerfchel, German and Hebrew.
volume 9: Publications (1866)
Wise, Issac M., The Divine Service of American Israelites for the New Year, Cincinnati, Block and Company. English and Hebrew.
volume 10: Publications (1870)
Prayers of Israel, New York, L. H. Frank.
volume 11: Publications (1885)
Jastrow, M. Israelitish Praver Book, for all the Public Services of the Year, Philadelphia, Jastrow. English and Hebrew.
volume 12: Publications (1919)
Silberfeld, Julius. The Sabbath Service, New York; Block Publishing Company. English and Hebrew. Material taken from the cornerstone of Temple B'nai Israel is found in oversize Bx 31.
series: II. Congregation Montefiore
box 12: Congregation Montefiore
folder 1-11: Business Correspondence (1951-1972)
Letters dealing with routine matters affecting the congregation such as membership, dues, donations and insurance. Also included are letters about the search for new rabbis from time to time and those about obtaining ceremonial foods.
folder 12: Cantor, Reverend Harry Sterling (1967)
Letters about a controversy between the congregation and the cantor.
folder 13-14: Rabbi E. Louis Cardon
Correspondence written in Hebrew.
folder 15: Membership and Attendance (1960-1964)
Lists of members and meeting attendance records.
folder 16: Notices and Miscellaneous
Meeting notices and other information including some meeting minutes.
volume 1-2: Board of Governors Minutes Books (1954-1970)
box 13: Congregation Montefiore
folder 1-2: Constitution and By-laws
Copies of the Constitution and By-laws, with proposed revisions and amendments.
folder 3: Warranty Deed (1902)
Copies of the original deed held in the County Recorder's Office.
folder 4: Agreement of Incorporation (1899)
Information about the decision to form Congregation Montefiore and incorporate the group.
folder 5: Incorporation (1949-1964)
Amendment to the Incorporation Articles in 1949 to extend the term of years; and state corporation reports for 1963 and 1964.
folder 6: Organization and Committees
Charts showing the corporation structure and lists of committee members.
folder 7-13: Membership Lists (1951-1972)
folder 14: Membership Mailing List
folder 15: Membership Applications
Also included are lists of new members.
folder 16-17: Birthday Lists
Card file of members' birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Birthdates are from 1881 to 1966 and anniversaries from 1908-1958.
folder 18-22: Schedules (1959-1972)
Schedules, programs and outlines of the services for various Holy Days.
folder 23: Information
Explanations of the meaning and celebration of various Jewish Holy Days.
folder 24-27: Seat Reservations (1969)
Arranged alphabetically, these forms are to reserve seats for High Holy Days.
folder 28: Seating Charts (1951-1969)
Charts showing names of members in seats assigned for High Holy Days.
folder 29: Memorials
Lists of people to be memorialized, correspondence about plates for the memorial plaques, and Hebrew texts for memorial plaques.
folder 30: "Golden Books" (1970) (1971)
Small books which commemorate special occurances throughout the year including birthdays and wedding anniversaries, illnesses, and memorials to those who died during the year. There are also messages from members which appear to be entered by subscription. See also box 14, folder 16, from Rabbi Cardon's Scrapbook.
box 14: Congregation Montefiore
folder 1: Bar Mitzvah (1968)
Program and Information about the Bar Mitzvah for Paul Abramowitz.
folder 2: Confirmation (1965)
Certificates, blank forms, and program.
folder 3-5: "Get" (Jewish Divorce) (1948-1960)
Correspondence and information about Jewish divorce procedures. Also included is a file of letters and forms about the "Get" written in Hebrew.
folder 6: Marriage Certificates (1953) (1967)
Jewish certificates written in Hebrew and English.
folder 7: Yahrzeits (1959-1972)
Lists of people for whom this special memorial service was performed.
folder 8: Policies
Bulletins on changes and procedures for worship services and funerals.
folder 9: Duties of the Rabbi (1964-1968)
Instructions and duties of the Rabbi with regard to worship services as established by the congregation.
folder 10: Bulletins (1948-1969)
Information about congregation business and programs.
folder 11-16: Scrapbook of Rabbi E. Louis Cardon (1940s-1950s)
This scrapbook was dismantled because of its extremely deteriorated condition. The materials have been arranged in folders and include newspaper clippings from 1948 to 1959; postcard meeting notices for 1949 to 1956; announcements and bulletins about congregation business and programs and invitations; and three memorial "Golden Books" dated 1952, 1953 and 1954. See also: Bx 13, Fd 30 for "Golden Books" from 1970 and 1971.
folder 17: Calendar and Day Book (1966-1967)
Day Book of Rabbi N. Wernick with Brief scattered entries.
folder 18: Pen Sketch
Pen sketch and imprinted paper of Montefiore Synagogue.
folder 19: Play Scripts
Miscellaneous scripts for Jewish plays and order forms for scripts.
folder 20: Songs
Texts for songs sung for Jewish holidays.
folder 21: Catalogues of Religious Supplies
box 15: Congregation Montefiore
folder 1-4: Contributions (1961-1965)
Hebrew correspondence about contributions made by the congregation from the years 1961, 1964 and 1965. Also included are letters written in Hebrew.
folder 5: Loan Transfer (1969)
Transfer of property and assumption of a loan by Congregation Montefiore for a plot of land formerly owned by Kazimir and Janina Wasowicz.
folder 6: Stock Option (1969)
Option for purchase by Congregation Montefiore of five thousand shares of common stock of International Technical Development Corporation at $1.62 1/2 per share.
folder 7: Stockholder Proof of Interest (1969)
Information about the congregation's interest in Paramount General Corporation.
folder 8: Hashomer Foundation
Trust Agreement of 1958 to create a fund whose interest would be used to pay bills of the Congregation Montefiore.
folder 9-11: Investments (1965-1972)
Information and statemnts from the congregation's investment counselors, Merrill Lynch, and information about money in the Windsor Fund and other miscellaneous investments.
folder 12: Journal Posting (1970-1972)
Adding machine-type tapes.
folder 13-15: Journal Entry Slips (1969-1972)
Handwritten, dated slips containing information on receipts and expenses to be entered in the record.
folder 16-20: Journal Entries (1961-1963)
Typed entries on ledger sheets and some handwritten information.
folder 21: Cash Receipts Journal (1962)
folder 22: General Ledger Detail (1962)
folder 23: Balance Sheets (1961-1972)
Computer print-outs and typed sheets of assets and liabilities.
folder 24: Budget Reports (1950-1958)
folder 25: Income Analysis (1962)
folder 26: Operating Statements (1962) (1964)
folder 27: Receipts and Disbursements (1950-1972)
folder 28: Payroll and Taxes (1964-1972)
Correspondence about payroll deductions, and state and federal taxes.
folder 29-30: Payroll Sheets (1966-1972)
Payroll records for employees of the congregation.
folder 31-36: Tax Witholding (1962-1972)
Income tax withholding reports by the Congregation Montefiore.
box 16: Congregation Montefiore
folder 1-2: Bank Reconciliations (1962-1972)
Forms used to balance the Congregation's general ledger with the bank statements.
folder 3-4: Bank Statements (1972)
Bank statements with cancelled checks for January through August of 1972.
folder 5-9: Bank Deposits (1972)
Deposit slips with attached lists explaining various deposits for January through July of 1972.
volume 1-8: Check Stubs (1960-1971)
box 17: Congregation Montefiore
box 18: Congregation Monefiore
volume 1-2: Members Accounts (1904-1950)
Running balances of each member's debits and credits with the congregation. The pages are roughly in alphabetical order. In the 1904-1913 ledger the date each member joined is given. Not all years are represented for each member as some joined later than the beginning of the ledger or dropped from membership before the ending date.
folder 1-11: Members Accounts (1951-1969)
box 19: Congregation Montefiore
folder 1-7: Accounts - Donations (1966-1972)
Ledgers of accounts receivable from congregation members and other sources. The monies are divided into categories like dues, donations, seats, breakfasts, and religious school for each source and totals are given.
folder 8-13: Ledgers (1949-1970)
Records of debits and credits of the congregation listed monthly indicating where the money came from and to whom it was paid.
folder 14: Miscellaneous (1963-1972)
Including financial records such as accounts for specific breakfasts or worship services.
box 20: Congregation Montefiore
folder 1-2: Correspondence (1961-1969)
Letters about the course of study at the school and appreciation of teachers for their service at the school dated from 1965 to 1969. Also letters from Keren Hayesod - United Israel Appeal arranging for an Israli school to exchange "pen-pal" letters with the Montefiore school.
folder 3-6: Board Meeting Minutes (1959-1968)
Minutes from the Board of Governors of the Religious School meetings.
folder 7: Board Memorandums
Notices of meetings and suggested guidelines for operation of the Board.
folder 8: Bulletins, Notices (1963-1969)
Notices sent to inform members of school registration and special programs.
folder 9: Budgets and Finance (1960-1969)
Yearly expenditures, proposed budgets, and lists of payments to the religious school for registration and book fees.
folder 10-13: Registration (1960s)
Includes an undated list of registrants, completed registration forms, and school payment forms for 1967 and 1968. There are a few payment forms from "former students" for the years 1960-1967.
folder 14: Aims and Objectives (1966)
Statement of the goals of the religious school as presented by Rabbi N. Wernick to the Board of Governors.
folder 15: Curriculum, Schedules and Teachers (1961-1969)
Outlines of the course of study for each grade, schedules of classes, and lists of teachers for each grade.
folder 16: Teachers Guides
Outlines and questions used for teaching religious school classes about various Jewish Holy Days.
folder 17-20: Current Events (1964-1966)
Jewish news sheet with information on events affecting Israel and Jewish people world-wide. Used in connection with religious school classes.
folder 21-22: Miscellaneous
Information about Jewish schools, and blank school forms.
box 21: Montefiore Sisterhood
folder 1: Membership
Lists and information about the sisterhood, including forms for membership in the National Women's League of the United Synagogue of America.
folder 2-9: Dues Accounts (1938-1963)
Running balances of each member's debits and credits with the sisterhood. The pages are in alphabetical order. Not all years are represented for each member as some joined after 1938 or dropped membership before 1963.
folder 10-11: Taxes
Statements of savings account earnings for 1970 and 1972.
Statements of payroll taxes withheld, including state and federal taxes and social security, from Montefiore Sisterhood payrolls.
folder 12: Financial Reports (1969-1972)
Receipts and disbursements listed for each month. See also financial reports in oversize ledger, box 32.
folder 13-23: Bank Statements (1967-1972)
Bank statements with returned cancelled checks.
folder 24: Bank Deposit Slips (1964-1972)
folder 25: Miscellaneous Bank Receipts
box 22: Montefiore Sisterhood; Montefiore Cemeter
folder 1: Check Stubs (1964-1972)
Includes books 1-3.
folder 2: Bills and Receipts
Statements from Jewish Groups such as the James L. White Jewish Community Center for services rendered to the sisterhood, and receipts for donations from the sisterhood.
folder 3: Bills and Receipts
Statements from Mr. and Mrs. Franc who cared for the synagogue and grounds.
folder 4-8: Bills and Receipts
Statements and invoices, arranged alphabetically by company name, for items purchased by the sisterhood.
folder 9: Warranty Deed (1900)
Deed for the monetary consideration of one dollar to eight blocks of land in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Plot "O."
folder 10: Correspondence (1963-1971)
Letters about cemetery operations including financial assets, and lot sales and maintenance.
folder 11: Financial Records (1957-1971)
Receipts and disbursements, cash balance records, and an acknowledgement of United States Savings Bonds owned by the Cemetery Association.
series: III. Congregation Kol Ami
box 23: Congegation Kol Ami; Kol Ami Sisterhood
folder 1-3: B'nai Israel-Montefiore Consolidation
Certificate of Consolidation, 1972; Articles of Consolidation, 1972; plans, resolutions, notices and meeting minutes concerned with consolidation.
folder 4: Deeds (1976)
Warranty and trust deeds conveying property to the new Congregation Kol Ami.
folder 5: By-laws
folder 6-8: Board of Governors Meeting Minutes (1972-1974)
folder 9: Membership Meeting (1974)
Notices, agenda, and minutes of special meetings for members.
folder 10-11: Membership Lists (1973-1975)
Membership directory booklets, lists of members.
folder 12: Building Site Selection Meeting Minutes
folder 13: Ground Breaking Ceremonies (1975)
Program and script for the September tenth ceremony and a list of those in attendance.
folder 14: Cornerstone Dedication (1976)
Invitation and program for the June twenty-third dedication. Also included is a list of the box contents, a photograph of the type of storage container used, and an artist's conception of the completed synagogue.
folder 15: Synagogue Dedication (1976)
Invitation, programs, complete dedication service written by Rabbi Abner L. Bergman for the December twelth ceremony. Also included is a souvenir booklet about the new Congregation Kol Ami, and a press release on the dedication.
folder 16: Memorial Chapel Dedication (1976)
Program and order of services for the December nineteenth dedication of the Jerome Pepper Memorial Chapel.
folder 17: "Golden Tribute Books" (1963-1975)
Small books which commemorate special occurrances throughout the year like birthdays and wedding anniversaries, illnesses, and memorials to those who have died during the year. There are also messages from members which appear to be entered by subscription.
folder 18: Congregation Kol Ami History (1950-1976)
Brief history written by Dr. Louis C. Zucker.
folder 19: The Voice of Kol Ami (1972-1978)
Congregational newsletter which includes reports on events, schedules of religious services, and announcements.
folder 20: Bulletins (1976-1977)
Announcements concerning specific events, and schedules for religious services.
folder 21: Programs and Invitations (1976)
Programs and invitations for events sponsored by Congregation Kol Ami.
folder 22: Newspaper Clippings (1975-1976)
folder 23: Miscellaneous Records (1976)
Budget, income statement, and explanation of the "Fair Share Dues Plan" whereby membership dues would be set on a uniform percentage basis.
folder 24: Miscellaneous Information
Undated list of contributors to the building fund, and a resolution regarding the congregation's checking account. See also Congregation Kol Ami oversize scrapbook from the 1974-1975 Sunday School in Box 32.
folder 25: Meeting Minutes (1976-1977)
folder 26: Information
Sisterhood questionnaire, programs, and information about sisterhood projects and events.
series: IV. Utah Jewish Community
box 24: Mutual Progressive Association
volume 1: Account Book (1931-1933)
Receipts and disbursements including information about loans and interest.
folder 1: Shares, Promissory Notes, Lists, Minutes (1927-1932)
Share certificates dated 1927 to 1929; promissory notes for small loans in 1931; list of share owners with amounts of savings and loans for December of 1931; handwritten minutes of meetings for 1931 and 1932.
box 25: Women's Groups
folder 1: Hadassah Scrapbooks
Scrapbooks from the Salt Lake Chapter of this National Jewish Women's Group. The scrapbooks include programs, announcements, invitations, newspaper clippings and photographs. The scrapbook contained in folder one includes an information pamphlet about the National Hadassah programs which include co-ordination with the United Nations' world peace efforts, and concern for Israel.
folder 2-3: Salt Lake B'nai B'rith Women (1962-1978)
Membership rosters, bulletins, and miscellaneous information.
box 26: Miscellaneous Jewish Groups, Biography, History
folder 1: Jewish Community Groups (1976)
List of organizations active in Salt Lake City in 1976 and groups which had existed in the 1950s.
folder 2: United Jewish Religious School
Reports of the Central Planning Committee, 1969, which include progress reports and recommendations from the American Association for Jewish Education.
folder 3-4: United Jewish Religious School
Committee structure and committee reports from 1969, including reports on administration, classroom sites, academic standards, personnel, and curriculum.
folder 5: United Jewish Religious School (1969)
Budget information and miscellaneous memorandums.
folder 6-7: United Jewish Council (1955-1978)
Demographic study of the Salt Lake Jewish Community sponsored by the United Jewish Council, titled: A Jewish Community Studies Itself: A Community-Wide Study of the Jewish Community of Salt Lake City. Copies of the UJS News.
folder 8-10: James L. White Jewish Community Center (1963-1978)
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1963 and a list of committee members for 1971. Dedication booklet from 1969. Yearly information booklets, 1973-1978.
folder 11-13: Aronovich, Lupee and Rebecca (1936-1942)
State and Federal Income Tax Returns, 1936-1941. Contracts and mortgages for lands owned or sold by Rebecca Aronovich for 1940 and 1942.
folder 14-16: Aronovich, Morris and Irene (1940-1952)
Correspondence: Includes personal letters from 1940-1942 about the family's entry into the United States and Morris Aronovich's request for draft-exempt status, letters from 1945 to 1952 thanking Mr. Aronovich for donations, and business correspondence from 1940 to 1947.
folder 17: Ayeroff, Nathan (1972)
Oral history from an interview conducted in 1972 by Ed Eisen.
folder 18: Eisen, Ed (1973)
Oral history from an interview conducted in 1973 by Hynda Rudd and Ralph DeRose.
folder 19-21: Friedman, Samuel J. (1921-1936)
Letters and receipts dated between 1923 and 1927 from Dr. Jane W. Skolfield to Samuel J. and Julius Friedman concerning purchase of a house. Contract dated April 5, 1921 allowing Samuel J. Friedman a perpetual right-of-way over the south four feet of #30 H Street, for the sum of twentyfive dollars. Two letters from M. Strasburg to Samuel J. Friedman dated 1933. The letters are concerned with finding a person suitable to organize work against anti-semitism in the United States. They are particularly concerned with combating the affects of organizations like the "Silver Shirts" lest they face the same conditions as the Jews of Germany. Notary Public Certificate for S. J. Friedman, 1936.
folder 22-25: Selvin, Sol J. (1944-1958)
Autobiography: brief two-page sketch. Biography: "The political Career of Sol J. Selvin" by James W. Massey. Copy of the typescript. Newspaper clippings, programs, invitations and miscellaneous items 1944-1958.
folder 26-27: Warshaw, Maurice
Oral history, undated. Interview conducted by Hynda Rudd and Floyd O'Neil (rough draft). Biographical information from notices of an autobiography to be published and a play about Warshaw's life to be performed at the Promised Valley Playhouse.
folder 28: Zucker, Ethel Kaplan
Brief biographical sketch by Louis C. Zucker.
folder 29: Congregation Ahayve Shalom (1912)
Articles of Incorporation.
folder 30: "The Jews of Salt Lake City: Our Background"
Historical sketch of settlement and growth of the Jewish Community by Louis C. Zucker.
folder 31: "The Jews of Utah"
Notes and extracts from the study by Leon Watters.
folder 32: Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly (1973)
This issue includes an article titled "Simon Bamberger: Governor of Utah" edited by S. George Ellsworth. The other articles are about Jews in other western states.
folder 33: Auerbach Company (1939) (1944)
Anniversary books with company histories.
folder 34: Intermountain Jewish News (1974-1976)
Copies of the tabloid newspaper published in Denver.
folder 35: Miscellaneous Articles (1973)
Article about the newspaper wagon owned and operated by Charlie McGillis in 1909 from the Salt Lake Tribune, "Home" section, 1973. Copies of articles from the Cincinnati Israelite of 1866 about the Jewish Community in Salt Lake City.
box 27: History--Hynda Rudd
folder 1: Congregation Kol Ami (1974)
Article by Hynda Rudd titled "Congregation Kol Ami: The Birth of a United Judaism in Salt Lake City?"
folder 2-3: Sharey Tzedick (1976)
Article by Hynda Rudd published in the Western Jewish Historical Quarterly of 1976: "Sharey Tzedick: Salt Lake's Third Jewish Congregation" Research materials and information about Congregation Sharey Tzedick.
folder 4: Western States Jewish History (1976)
Microfiche copy of Robert Singerman's "Index of Western States Jewish History in the American Israelite, 1854 to 1900," published in 1976.
folder 5: Jews of Utah
Outline for the film strip "Jews of Utah, 1854-1977" prepared and presented by Hynda Rudd. The film strips are in the photograph archives.
folder 6-9: Jews of the Mountain West
Research materials including some letters of inquiry for the thesis "Jews of the Mountain West (1845-1885); a Guide to the Source Material" by Hynda Rudd.
folder 10: Mountain West Pioneer Jewry: An Historical and Genealogical Source Book (from origins to 1885) by Hynda L. Rudd (1885)
series: V. General
box 28: Publications
folder 1: Central Conference of American Rabbis
Service for Confirmation Shavous, 1963 Guiding Principles of Reform Judaism, undated Sanctification of the Sabbath: Sabbath Eve Services for the Home.
folder 2: Congregation Beth Israel (1904)
"By-laws and Rules of Order," 1904 for this San Francisco, California group.
folder 3: National Jewish Welfare Board
Passover by Rabbi David I. Golovensky, published for distribution through the United Service Organizations (USO) to Jewish members of the armed forces.
folder 4: Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (1950s)
Includes books 1-5. Information pamphlets about Jewish Holy Days: "Chanukkah," Passover," "Purim," "Shovuos," "Shovuot," and "Succot"
P'rakim, monthly publication of material to aid congregational leaders of orthodox groups. Included are issues ca. 1952; January, February, and March of 1953; and issue number 2 of 1954.
folder 5-6: Jewish Education
Includes books 6-16. Books and pamphlets from groups like the Bureau of Jewish Education of the Los Angles Jewish Community Council, Bureaus of Jewish Education in Cincinnati, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and various Jewish writers and publishers. They include booklets about individual holidays as well as general guides for teaching the tenets of Judaism to children.
folder 7: Article Reprints and Pamphlets (1950) (1976)
"What The Jews Believe" by Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein from Life, September 11, 1950 The Jew and the American Revolution by Jacob R. Marcus, 1976.
folder 8: Catalogues (1890s)
Catalogues of Jewish publications for sale including a flyer from the Jewish Publication Society of America, ca. 1896, and flyers announcing publication of books concerned with Judaism.
box 29: American Zionist Material
folder 1: American Christian Palestine Committee (1974)
"Palestine-text of Democracy," address delivered at a committee conference by Dr. Edward C. Linderman.
folder 2: American Jewish Committee (1956) (1959)
Fact sheet of the "Arab Refugee Dilemma" from 1956 and a memorandum about Jews in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1959.
folder 3-4: American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs (1956-1958)
Correspondence between I. L. Kennen, the committee's executive director, and Salt Lake's Rabbi E. Louis Cardon about the business of the committee and the need for financial assistance. Also included are reports and information from the committee.
folder 5: American Zionist Council (1957) (1959)
Newsletters urging action by Jewish Communities to get public support for Israel.
folder 6: American Zionist Emergency Council (1959)
Memorandum on Jewish-Catholic relations as related to Israel.
folder 7: Embassy of Israel (1953)
Statement on relations between the United States and Israel by the Ambassador of Israel.
folder 8: Israel Religious Education Commission (1950)
Report on religious education in Israel by Dr. Aaron Greenbaum.
folder 9: The Jewish Agency for Palestine (1947) (1957)
Statements made before the United Nations General Assembly's Political and Security Committee by Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, head of the American Section of the agency; Mashe Shertok, head of the Political Department; and David Ben-Gurion, chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency Review of a book about the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
folder 10: American-Israel Economic Horizons (1956)
December 1956 issue. Published monthly by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.
folder 11: The American Zionist (1956)
One copy of the tabloid.
folder 12: Israel Office of Information (1951-1957)
Israel: A Program for Progress, by David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister of Israel, October 7, 1951 Israel's Goal: Peace, by Golda Meir, Israel Minister for Foreign Affairs before the United Nations, December 5, 1956. Gaza...Aggression or Peace, filed with the United States Justice Department as a registration statement January 1957. Nation United in Search for Security statement of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, February 1957.
folder 13: Israel Speaks (1957)
Published bi-weekly by Voice of Israel.
folder 14: Jewish Agency Digest (1957)
A digest of "Press and Events" published by the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem, volume 10, numbers 18, 19, and 20 for January 1957.
folder 15: The Jewish Outlook (1959)
Published by the Mizrachi Organization of America, one issue for June 1949.
folder 16: "The United Nations and the Egyptian Blockade of the Suez Canal"
A study sponsored by the Lawyers Committee on Blockades.
folder 17: Newspaper Clippings and Reprint Newspaper Articles on Israel
folder 18: Miscellaneous
Fact sheets and articles about the Middle-East conflict and its world wide affect.
folder 19: American Jewish Archives (1972)
Correspondence and information about the holdings of the American Jewish Archives which are concerned with Utah, and a microfilm of material dealing with the State of Utah taken from the Leon L. Watters Collection of the American Jewish Archives.
volume 1-5: Jewish Calendars
Blank day-book type calendars which feature sketches by Jewish Artists.
volume 6: Roberts' Rules of Order (1904)
Copy belonging to the Menorah Social Club.
folder 20: Tumen, Bernice (1963-1972)
Letters about Mrs. Tumen's family and her research on Jews in Utah. Correspondence with Dr. Everett L. Cooley about the disposition of her papers and about Moses Hirschman.
folder 21: Brandeis University (1948)
Invitation to the University of Utah to attend the Brandeis University Inauguration. The University of Utah was represented by Dr. Louis C. Zucker.
folder 22: Notes on Religion
Handwritten notes about Judaism and the Jewish prayer book
Wedding invitation with a program of the service in Hebrew and English.
folder 23: Confirmation
Scroll presented at confirmation services written in Hebrew and English.
folder 24: University of Utah
Partial list of materials presented to the Special Collections Department as part of the Jewish Archives.
folder 25: Cohn, Emma (1902-1903)
Registration cards for Emma Cohn to the Utah State Normal School.
series: VI. Oversize
box 30: Congregation B'nai Israel - Ledgers
volume 1: Members Accounts (1889-1891)
Running balances of each members debits and credits with the congregation. Roughly in alphabetical order.
volume 2-3: Account Ledgers (1889-1900) (1928-1951)
Records of debits and credits to the congregation listed monthly indicating the source of congregation funds and to whom money was paid out. See other ledgers and financial records for Congregation B'nai Israel in box 3.
box 31: Congregation B'nai Israel Cornerstone Contents
This box contains the material removed from the Cornerstone of B'nai Israel Temple. Included are contemporary newspapers, photographs, congregation membership lists, and other typical memorabilia.
box 32: Montefiore Sisterhood, Aleph Zadik Aleph, Congregation Kol Ami
volume 1: Montefiore Sisterhood (1961-1969)
Ledger of income and expenditures. See other ledgers and financial records for Montefiore Sisterhood in Boxes 21 and 22.
volume 2: Aleph Zadik Aleph (1938)
Scrapbook with photographs, newspaper clippings, and a membership list for the Junior B'nai B'rith organization of Salt Lake City.
volume 3: Congregation Kol Ami (1974-1975)
Scrapbook which contains photographs of the Jewish Sunday School Class taught by Lynn Cohne. Each student filled out a questionaire and lineage sheets about their own families and background. The questionaires and lineage sheets are part of the scrapbook.
box 33: Montefoire Sisterhood
folder 1: Montefoire Sisterhood Organizational Papers
folder 2: Montefoire Sisterhood Minute Book (1942-1948)
folder 3: Montefoire Sisterhood Jean Eisen, President (1963-1965)
folder 4: Montefoire Sisterhood Purim Dinner (1964-1970)
folder 5: Montefoire Sisterhood Chanukah Dinner (1961-1965)
folder 6: Montefoire Sisterhood Chanukah Dinner (1966)
folder 7: Montefoire Sisterhood Chanukah Dinner (1968)
folder 8: Montefoire Sisterhood Chanukah Dinner (1969-1970)
folder 9: Montefoire Sisterhood Chanukah Dinner (1971)
folder 10: Montefoire Sisterhood Golden Book (1956-1964)
folder 11: Montefoire Sisterhood Invocations & "D'Var Torah" Supplement
folder 12: Congregation Montefoire Service of Confirmation (1966)
box 34: B'Nai Brith, B'Nai Israel, Kol Ami, Sharey Torah
folder 1: B'Nai Brith Sisterhood Meeting Minutes (1939-1946)
folder 2: B'Nai Israel Sisterhood Yearbooks (1932-1934)
folder 3: B'Nai Israel Sisterhood Treasurer's Report (1965-1966)
folder 4: B'Nai Israel Sisterhood Board Meeting Minutes (1966-1972)
folder 5: B'Nai Israel Sisterhood Regular Meeting Minutes (1966-1972)
folder 6: B'Nai Israel Sisterhood Gay Nineties Dinner Dance (1953)
folder 7: B'Nai Israel Diamond Jubilee (1956)
folder 8: Merger Papers - Kol Ami
folder 9: Kol Ami Dedication Congregation Guest Book (12 December 1976)
folder 10: Kol Ami Sisterhood Organizational Papers
folder 11: Kol Ami Bulletin (1987)
folder 12: Kol Ami Misc
folder 13: Sisterhood Sharey Torah
folder 14: Miscellaneous/"Not By Bread Alone"
folder 15: Miscellaneous/Salt Lake City Ordinance #582
box 35: Montefoire Congregation
box 36: Salt Lake City Proclamation (1990 April 22-29)
Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust.
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
Although a number of Jews passed through Utah with the migrants to California and Oregon, the permanent Jewish community grew slowly as it consisted mostly of young, unmarried men engaged in merchandising ventures. They found acceptance in Utah where members of the predominant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S. Church) viewed the Jewish role as one clearly defined through scripture. So long as they did not show themselves to be virulently anti-Mormon, they were left to live and work peacefully, often with the express assistance and co-operation of the L.D.S. Church leaders.
The first permanent Jewish settlers, Julian Gerson Brooks and his wife Fanny, arrived in 1853. They established a successful millinery shop and, a year later, a bakery. That same year, 1854, marked the visit of the prominent Jewish artist-photographer, Solomon Nunes Carvalho to Utah. Carvalho did not remain long, as he wished to rejoin the remains of his party--the Fremont expedition--in California. He did, however, leave a valuable record of the people and settlements of Utah.
Conflict between the United States government and the L.D.S. Church caused some merchants to leave the unsettled situation; however, the arrival of Johnston's Army in 1857 insured a new spurt of economic prosperity. Even though Camp Floyd was abandoned in 1861 as the soldiers were recalled at the beginning of the Civil War, the number of Jewish merchants in Utah continued to increase. The establishment of Fort Douglas and the arrival of Colonel Edward Patrick Connor brought increased opportunities for trade. Colonel Connor encouraged mining activities in the state, mostly by "Gentile" (non-Mormon) miners. By 1864 Nicholas S. Ransohoff, Nicholas Sigfried, the Auerbach brothers, the Kuhn brothers, and a number of other Jewish merchants were supplying the army, the miners, and their Mormon neighbors.
A number of Jews came to supply the army, some came as soldiers and stayed in Utah when mustered out, others came encouraged by the economic prosperity. The first formal religious service was held in Utah in October of 1864. Previously there had not been enough men to constitute the quorum necessary for formal services. The Hebrew Benevolent Society was also organized in that year. As a sort of "travelers' aid" group, the members contributed funds to assist other Jews passing through Utah, or those of their own number needing temporary support.
A number of fraternal societies were organized in Salt Lake City between 1864 and 1866. In every case members of the Jewish community could be numbered among the charter group. The Young Men's Literary Institute, organized December 1, 1864 at Fort Douglas, built Independence Hall which became the center of non-Mormon activity in the territory. Jewish religious services, as well as those of other groups, were often held at the hall. On January 15, 1866 a chapter of the International Order of Odd Fellows was established with a leader of the Jewish community, James M. Ellis, elected first president. Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge was organized November 11, 1865. A second Masonic Lodge, Wasatch, was founded in 1866 and merged with Mt. Moriah Lodge under that name in 1867. It was officially decided that no Mormons would be allowed to become members because of their doubtful support for the Union.
The year 1866 marked a period of high anti-Mormon sentiment among the Gentile community in Utah. Two non-Mormons, one an extremely well-respected doctor, were murdered and the culprits never found. There was also a marked effort by L.D.S. Church leaders to encourage their members to patronize only their co-religionists' mercantile establishments. Business at Gentile stores, which included those of the Jews, fell off markedly. The gentile merchants sent a petition to L. D. S. Church president, Brigham Young, saying that if the Mormons would buy up their stock and pay off monies owed by church members then all the signers would leave the territory. The offer was refused. However, as a mark of favor, when Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution, the L.D.S. Church organ, bought up various enterprises the only Gentile establishments purchased were those of two Jewish merchants, Ransohoff and Company and L. Reggel. Z.C.M.I. opened in 1869, the same year the railroad arrived in Utah bringing increased interest in merchandising and mining.
Corinne, Utah's first non-Mormon settlement, was laid out by the Union Pacific Railroad Company in 1869. It was here the first non-Mormon churches were built. Many small merchants established themselves in the new town after leaving Salt Lake City; a number of others opened branches there. There were enough Jewish members in the community to hold formal religious services during its hey-day.
In February of 1870 the Liberal Party was organized in Corinne but had little success in electing candidates because the Mormons generally voted as a Democratic Party bloc. However, during the 1870s and 1880s there were a number of Jews in political office in the territory.
Economic prosperity and expansion during the 1870s encouraged many young Jewish men to marry, to send for sweethearts, or return to the old country to bring back suitable wives. Easier travel with the railroad also helped bring married couples to the territory. The Russian pogroms of the 1880s brought a massive increase in Jewish immigration to the United States. Many of these families of Russian immigrants found their way to Utah. From the 1870s forward the Utah Jewish community became a constantly growing established part of the state.
In 1874 the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society was established, and the men's group disbanded. The ladies gave a series of fund-raising balls attended by all segments of the community. In 1877 the group obtained the legal deed from Brigham Young for the cemetery land he donated to them in 1866. It was, perhaps, fortuitous timing as Brigham Young died that same year.
As early as 1866 the Jews in Utah had a Sepher Torah, books, and other religious articles. Finally in March 1881 they met to form Congregation B'nai Israel (Children of Israel) which was incorporated under the laws of the Territory of Utah. Even though they had problems raising money the first synagogue was dedicated on September 30, 1883. It was decided to follow the "reform" ritual, in which parts of the service were in English, and Rabbi Leon Strauss was hired to this end in 1884. Because of the controversy between the orthodox and reform factions, membership decreased to the point that Rabbi Strauss left two months before his appointment expired. By 1885 most of the ardent orthodox Jews had withdrawn from the congregation to meet informally once again.
The first synagogue was sold in 1889 for $20,000 and a new property purchased on which to build. During the interim period Rabbi Heiman J. Elkin held services in the rented Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel. Philip Meyer, a nephew of the Auerbach brothers and government architect of the Kaiser of Germany, was brought over to draw up the plans for the new B'nai Israel synagogue. The result was a small replica of the famous Berlin Temple which was dedicated on July 12, 1891.
Disaffected, orthodox Jews met in 1889 and tentatively called themselves Congregation Montefiore, after a notable English Jewish philanthropist. By 1895 there were enough worshipers to obtain a charter as an official congregation, but it wasn't until the publication of the Articles of Agreement in 1899 that Montefiore became a legal reality. The congregation incorporated and laid the cornerstone for their synagogue in 1903.
Financial contributions were obtained from the L.D.S. Church partially because of assistance given by the Jews during the prosecutions for polygamy by the United States Government. These two congregations continued their separate ways having little interaction for many years.
A third congregation, Shaarey Tzedick, was established sometime around 1915. Congregation Montefiore followed the conservative rituals, and many ultra-orthodox Eastern European immigrants became dissatisfied. They broke off to form their own group and dedicated their small synagogue on March 28, 1920. This group was not extremely long-lived. As the orthodox ritual was conducted totally in Hebrew, many of the younger members felt it offered them little. The congregation died out and the remaining members were absorbed back into the other congregations sometime in the late 1930s. The building was sold to the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.
While Salt Lake City was the center for the Jewish community in Utah, there were Jews throughout the territory. In most small towns and rural areas there were never enough to hold any formal services, but they were allowed to worship as they saw fit. In Ogden, a base for many Jewish merchants, Congregation Ohab Sholem was organized in 1890. The name was changed to Brith Sholem in 1916 and incorporated as an orthodox congregation under that name in 1922. A synagogue was erected in 1921.
In 1911 The Central Jewish Colonization Society of Philadelphia, in co-operation with the state of Utah, purchased land along the Sevier River. The society sent a number of people along to farm the area, but few who were actually farmers. Problems with lack of water caused the whole project to fail. By 1915 the remaining settlers removed to California. Benjamin and Nathan Brown, who were the only members of the group electing to stay developed a successful chicken and egg production operation A similar experiment in Park Valley, northern Utah, lasted between 1914 and 1920, also a victim of lack of water.
During the early twentieth century, the Jews of Utah were very visible in the community. None more so than Simon Bamberger, fourth Governor of Utah, elected in 1916. Many other members of the Jewish community were involved in politics or some manner of public service. There also appeared, during the 1920s, a number of Jewish mutual assistance groups like the Mutual Progressive Association and "Hand-in-Hand" whose revolving loan funds helped member businesses and individuals.
By 1933 the Jews in Salt Lake City had formed their first "zionist" organization, a group dedicated to a restoration of the Jewish state. Their more immediate concern was to render assistance to Jews in Germany, in 1936 the United Jewish Council of Salt Lake City was formed. Its instrument, the Salt Lake City Jewish Welfare Fund was founded to help victims of the holocaust in Hitler's Germany.
The war years of the 1930s brought about a more cordial, co-operative spirit between the various congregations in support of a common cause. The Salt Lake Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, formed in 1941, as well as other members of the Jewish community worked on a number of civic projects. The Jews of Utah helped Jewish soldiers stationed nearby to remain conscious of their heritage and maintain their religious standards. They sponsored interfaith dances and worked frequently with the United Serivce Organizations (USO) during the war.
Throughout World War II the Jews of Utah retained their high interest in restoration of Israel as a Jewish state. In 1943 the Salt Lake Chapter of "Hadassah," a Jewish women's organization, was founded. Their major concern was for the safety and social health of Israel. The Salt Lake District of the Zionist Organization of America was formed in 1946. Finally, in 1948, Israel as a Jewish state became a reality. It was then the concern of these various groups to assist the new state in achieving and maintaining a viable existence.
As evidence of the cooperation between congregations the Jewish Community Center opened its doors in March of 1959. A further step toward unification between Congregation B'nai Israel and Montefiore came in 1969. In that year the independent Sabbath schools of both congregations were consolidated into the United Jewish Religious School. Following nearly two more years of meetings and discussions of the merits of such a move, the two congregations consolidated in July of 1972. The result was the Congregation Kol Ami (All of My People).
As time went on, neither existing structure was felt to answer the needs of the congregation. Both were sold and a new synagogue with a modern, functional design was built. Temple Kol Ami was dedicated December 12, 1976.
Content Description +/-
The Jewish archives (1831-1990) has been divided into five major sections, each of which has been further subdivided for clarity. The first three sections, designated as B'nai Israel, Montefiore, and Kol Ami are materials from Salt Lake City's three major Jewish congregations in order of founding date. The fourth section contains information about the Utah Jewish Community and the fifth is comprised of general information about Jews and Judaism.
Congregation B'nai Israel, the first subdivision in this section is contained in three boxes. The first box holds all the background information about the establishment of the congregation, including the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws. Deeds and plot descriptions of the various land transactions, as well as historical information about the congregation, are filed here. A microfilm copy of the first minute book, dated 1881 to 1899, was obtained from the American Jewish Archives for inclusion in the collection. Miscellaneous items such as membership lists, programs, bulletins and newspaper clippings complete the general information. The other two boxes contain financial records comprised of check stubs from 1928 to 1943 and ledgers dated from 1929 to 1972. Three other large ledger books ranging in date from 1889 to 1941 have been placed in an oversize box at the end of the collection. One folder, following the financial records, contains information about the congregation's religious school.
B'nai Israel Sisterhood, the second subdivision, fills two boxes. Other, than the constitution and by-laws, some committee lists, yearbooks, and programs the sisterhood materials consist of financial records. These financial records include bills and receipts, bank statements, check stubs, receipt books, savings account passbooks, and treasurers' reports all dated between 1958 and 1972. Also filed here are two ledgers listing debits and credits for 1922 to 1971.
The B'nai Israel Cemetery records comprise the third subdivision of four and one-half boxes. There are only a few folders containing information other than financial records, including the deed and agreement, contracts for building improvements, and removal-reburial permits. Vouchers dated from 1913 to 1927, which make up the bulk of the financial records, give information about work done at the cemetery. Many of the vouchers have detailed invoices attached, all have at least a brief remark justifying the expenditure. Use of checks apparently replaced payment by voucher as the checks range from 1928 to 1941 with few gaps. Savings account books from the old McCornick and Company Bank and the Deseret National Bank date from 1906 to 1933.
Temple B'nai Israel, the fourth subdivision, consists of one box of books, and an oversize box found at the end of the collection. Six of the books collected from the Temple by Dr. Louis C. Zucker are written in Hebrew. The other six are combinations of Hebrew and either English or German. As the publication dates range from 1832 to 1919, these books give an indication as to what was available and in use by the pioneer Jews of Utah. At the end of the collection, the oversize box holds records taken from the temple cornerstone. Included are contemporary newspapers, photographs, congregation membership lists, and other typical memorabilia.
The material in this second section is subdivided in the same manner as the first; however, the records are distributed in different proportions. Materials from the first subdivision, Congregation Montefiore, occupy a full nine boxes. These nine boxes can be separated into three distinct portions: the general information, the financial records, and the religious school materials.
Three boxes contain the general information about Congregation Montefiore. The first of these holds chronologically arranged correspondence which deals, for the most part, with routine matters affecting the congregation. Also included is a file of letters concerning a controversy with the cantor and two folders of letters written in Hebrew to or from Rabbi E. Louis Cardon. Minute Books (1954-1970), membership lists and attendance records for the Congregation Board of Governors are filed here.
Two other boxes hold background information, material about religious services, and miscellaneous items. The background information includes the constitution and by-laws, deeds, incorporation papers, organizational charts, and various kinds of membership lists. During High Holy Days members were required to reserve seats in the synagogue. Some reservation forms and seating charts are filed here with other information about memorials; ceremonies including marriage, divorce, bar mitzvah, and others, and notes on the duties of the rabbi and general religious policies and practices. Finally, there are a number of church bulletins, materials gathered for a scrapbook by Rabbi Cardon, a sparcely used day book belonging to Rabbi Nissim Wernick and a few other miscellaneous items.
Five boxes of financial records make up the second portion of the Congregation Montefiore subdivision. The records are divided according to type and placed in chronological order within those division. The first box holds correspondence about contributions made by the congregation as a whole, correspondence and forms related to various trusts and stock investments, data slips and ledger sheets which comprise the receipts and expense journal, and various typed or computer sheets of monthly or yearly reports. Also filed here are employee payroll records with correspondence and forms about payroll deductions and state or federal withholding.
The second box in this portion contains all the bank transactions, including reconciliations from 1962 to 1972, statements with cancelled checks and deposit slips with explanatory lists attached for 1972 only, and check stubs dated from 1960 to 1963 and 1967 to 1971. The remaining three boxes contain alphabetically arranged information about members' financial obligations to the congregation. Bills or statements sent to members in 1961, 1962 and 1970, ledger sheets from debit-credit books dated between 1904 and 1969, and various ledgers containing assets and liabilities of members or the congregation from 1949 to 1972 complete this part of the financial record.
The final portion of this subdivision is one box of material related to the Congregation Montefiore Religious School. Information about the operation of the school, such as correspondence, board meeting minutes, and budgets, is followed by completed registration forms and information about teachers and curriculum. Included as part of the curriculum materials are a statement of goals, course outlines, class schedules, teaching guides, and a few copies of Current Events which is a Jewish world-news sheet.
Except for the membership lists, everything in the one and one-half boxes under Montefiore Sisterhood, the second subdivision, is a part of the financial record of the group. These financial records date between 1938 and 1972 with the bulk of the material falling after 1960. The Dues Accounts are running balances of each member's debits and credits for the years between 1938 and 1963 arranged alphabetically by last name. Also included are statements of savings account earnings and payroll tax withholdings. The monthly financial reports are found here and in a large ledger filed in an oversize box at the end of the collection. Bank transaction records include statements with cancelled checks, deposit slips, miscellaneous receipts, and check stubs. Finally, there are a number of bills and receipts arranged alphabetically by company name.
Materials from Montefiore Cemetery, the final subdivision in this section, are filed in three folders. Included are the 1900 Warranty Deed, some correspondence dated from 1963 to 1971 about cemetery operations, and a few miscellaneous financial records from 1957, 1958 and 1971.
In 1972 Congregations B'nai Israel and Montefiore consolidated to become Congregation Kol Ami. The records of this newest congregation, filed in one box, comprise the third section of the Jewish Archives.
Under Congregation Kol Ami, the first subdivision, are filed legal papers and information about consolidation and establishment of the new congregation, including the deeds and tentative by-laws. Also filed here are Board of Governors meeting minutes for 1972, 1973, and 1974, and membership lists from 1973 to 1975.
Building a new synagogue was an important step in solidifying the congregation. Ground breaking ceremonies took place in 1975 and the dedication of the cornerstone, temple, and memorial chapel in 1976. Programs, invitations and services for the ceremonies are all filed here. Three small "Golden Tribute Books" from 1973, 1974 and 1975 contain interesting information and notes about the membership.
Other materials in this subdivision include a brief history of the congregation since its earliest consideration in 1950 to 1976 written by Dr. Louis C. Zucker. There are also a number of kinds of newsletters, bulletins, programs, and invitations; and a very few miscellaneous financial reports from 1976. A scrapbook prepared by the 1974-1975 Sunday School can be found at the end of the collection in an oversize box.
Kol Ami Sisterhood, the only other subdivision in this section, consists of just two folders. One folder contains minutes from three meetings, two in 1976 and one from 1977. Miscellaneous information including questionaires and programs related to a variety of sisterhood projects and events are filed in the second folder.
UTAH JEWISH COMMUNITY
Materials in this fourth section, of three and one-half boxes, contain information about the Jews of Utah not necessarily related to a specific congregation. This section has three subdivisions: Jewish Groups, Biographical Information and Historical Information.
Filed with the Jewish Groups is an account book from 1931 to 1933, and share certificates, promissory notes and minutes for the Mutual Progressive Association, a Jewish assistance program of the 1920s and 30s. "Hadassah," a women's zionist group, is represented by three scrapbooks which contain undated photographs, programs, clippings, and similar items. Membership rosters from 1962 to 1972, bulletins and miscellaneous items from the years 1975 to 1978 are the only materials available dealing with the Salt Lake B'nai B'rith women.
Following a brief list of Jewish community groups active in Salt Lake City in 1976 are materials from three of these groups. The merger of the religious schools of Congregations B'nai Israel and Montefiore occurred in 1969. The resulting United Jewish Religious School materials from that year include reports of the central planning committee, other committee structures and reports, and some budget information and reports.
In 1977 the United Jewish Council sponsored a demographic study of the Salt Lake City group. The resultant report: A Jewish Community Studies Itself and three copies of the UJC News (1955, 1956, 1978) are filed here. Board of Directors meeting minutes from 1963, committee list of 1971, the 1969 dedication booklet, and yearly information booklets ranging in date from 1973 to 1978 from the James L. White Jewish Community Center are also included. A fourth group, the Aleph Zadik Aleph, or Junior Men's B'nai B'rith, is represented by a 1938 scrapbook of pictures and newsclippings found in an oversize box at the end of the collection.
The second subdivision contains biographical information about Utah Jews. These materials range from newspaper clippings and correspondence to transcripts of oral interviews and autobiographies or biographical sketches. They are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.
Historical information about the Jews in Utah and Salt Lake City makes up the final subdivision. Included here are a number of brief histories, notes, and articles from journals and newspapers which offer information about the role of Jews in the territory and state. The last half-box in this section holds articles and research materials written by Hynda Rudd, or gather as background for her master's thesis. A three-part film strip titled "Jews of Utah, 1854-1977," prepared by Ms. Rudd, is housed in the Special Collections Photograph Archives and available for use.
General information about Jews and Judaism is found in the two boxes comprising the final section. Publications have been separated into two portions. The first portion of this subdivision includes many informational pamphlets about Jewish holidays or religious services. These are filed alphabetically by name of the publishing group. The second portion contains a number of guides dealing with Jewish religious education.
Information about Israel and American Zionist organizations, the second subdivision, is also separated into two portions: newsletters, addresses or correspondence, and publications. Both portions are arranged alphabetically according to the name of the originating group.
The final subdivision, the miscellaneous material, includes the microfilm copies of items about Jews in Utah taken from the Leon L. Watters collection held by the American Jewish Archives. The other miscellaneous items include blank calendars with sketches by Jewish artists and sparce information about religious practices.
All the oversize materials are related to something in one of the previous sections and are described there. These include ledgers and cornerstone materials from the Congregation B'nai Israel, a ledger from the Montefiore Sisterhood, the congregation Kol Ami scrapbook, and an Aleph Zadik Aleph scrapbook.
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
Twenty-four hours advance notice encouraged. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Administrative Information +/-
Processed by an unknown person in 1980.
Materials are in English.
circa 18 linear feet
Language of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid encoded in English.
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid prepared by Lisa DeMille
EAD Creation Date:
See also the Leon Watters papers on microfilm (Accn 1273) located in the Manuscripts Division of Special Collections.