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Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood (Atlanta, Ga.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 014

Scope and Contents

Congregation Ahavath Achim is the second oldest Synagogue in Atlanta, and the researcher will be able to study the development of the Congregation through the use of the Sisterhood records as well as through the nearly complete series of congregational bulletins, 1947-1983, contained in series II of the collection. The researcher interested in women’s history and the role that Jewish women have played in the development of synagogue life as well as community life will also find this collection of special interest. The records are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. Series I, Subject Files, 1933-1991, contain the records of the Sisterhood, such as their constitution, bylaws, correspondence, and newsletters. They are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. Series II, Congregation Ahavath Achim Bulletins, 1947-1983, contains a comprehensive collection of congregational bulletins. These files are arrange chronologically.

Dates

  • 1933 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood was founded in 1920 by 18 women as a synagogue-affiliated organization with an emphasis on Jewish values, traditions and education. Originally known as the Ladies Auxiliary, the first task of the Sisterhood was to assist in the erection of the Synagogue building on Washington Street. In 1921, the Sisterhood sponsored the Sunday School of the Congregation as its major project. The School later became part of one of the largest and finest religious educational centers in the South. Over the years the Sisterhood has continued to sponsor numerous projects and activities including adult education, a book shop, Girl Scouts, the Jewish Home and Keren Ami. Today Sisterhood projects include holiday workshops, the training of women to transcribe textbooks in Braille, interfaith gatherings with various church groups, ongoing classes and study groups, and the publication of a kosher cookbook. Sisterhood funds have also helped to support teachers’ salaries in the Religious School, holiday celebrations, Camp Ramah, Israel pilgrimage stipends and the purchase of pieces of equipment for the School and Synagogue.

Extent

13 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Originally known as the Ladies Auxiliary, Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood was founded in 1920 by 18 women as a synagogue-affiliated organization with an emphasis on Jewish values, traditions and education. Over the years the Sisterhood has sponsored numerous projects and activities including adult education, a book shop, Girl Scouts, the Jewish Home and Keren Ami. The records are primarily composed of minutes, program books, souvenir journals, speeches, and programs and invitations relating to the varied activities and sponsored projects of this Synagogue affiliated organization.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Series I: Subject Files, 1933-1991 Series II: Congregation Ahavath Achim Bulletins, 1947-1983

Related Materials

Mss 008, Samuel Krasner Papers

Mss 009, Louis J. Levitas Family Papers

Mss 021, Ahavath Achim Congregation Records

Mss 022, Hadassah Southeastern Region Records

Mss 042, The Temple Sisterhood Records

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to visual arts.
Title
Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood (Atlanta, Ga.) Records, Mss 14
Status
Completed
Author
Sandra Berman; Rachael Scott (Nov 2019)
Date
October 1988
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

Contact:
1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States
678-222-3700