Scope and Contents
This small collection contains materials collected by Irwin B. Giffen in his capacity as the Executive Director of the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) in Savannah, Georgia. Many of these materials are from before he became Executive Director, and one is even from before he was born, so it is unclear how he came into possession of those items. Of particular interest to researchers may be The Scroll, a pamphlet published by the JEA in 1916, originally belonging to Morris Rabhan (1895-1983), as well as some of the Annual Meeting programs.
- Creation: 1916 - 1987
- Jewish Educational Alliance (Savannah, Ga.) (Organization)
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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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
Irwin Brener “Irv” Giffen was born on October 13, 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Israel L. Giffen (1884-1951) and Diana Brener Giffen (1890-1983). He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and married Helen Margaret Lurio (1926-1993) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He served as the Executive Director of the Savannah Jewish Council for many years as well as the President of the Jewish Educational Alliance. Irwin and Helen had two children, Ira (b. 1953) and Debra (1955-2012). The family were members of Congregation Agudath Achim. Irwin Giffen died at his son’s home in Tacoma, Washington, on August 18, 1988, at age 66.
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Language of Materials
Materials collected by Irwin B. Giffen in his capacity as the Executive Director of the Jewish Educational Alliance in Savannah, Georgia.
Arranged according to original order of the items, with folder titles provided by the donor.
The Irwin B. Giffen Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Betty Stein Melaver, 1997.
- Irwin B. Giffen JEA Papers, Mss 396
- Lindsay B. Resnick
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