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Abraham I. Rosenberg Papers

Identifier: Mss 338

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers relating to Abraham I. Rosenberg's work as a rabbi and community leader in Savannah, Georgia and Baltimore, Maryland. Papers include correspondence, organizational records, certificates, programs, clippings, surveys, research materials, prayer books, photographs, drawings, and cassette tapes. Congregations represented in the collection include Congreation B'nai B'rith Jacob (Savannah, GA), Congregation Har Zion (Baltimore, MD), and Congregation Petach Tikvoh (Baltimore, MD). Organizations represented in the collection include B'nai B'rith Women, B'nai B'rith Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Savannah Hebrew School, Hebrew Academy of Savannah, Bureau of Education, Chevra Kadisha, and Savannah's Jewish Educational Alliance.


  • 1924 - 1994


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Abraham Isaac Rosenberg (June 2, 1912-February 10, 1985), a native of Poland and descendent of a line of rabbis, first came to Savannah, Georgia, from Baltimore, Maryland in 1944 as a military chaplain for Jewish soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Stewart. In 1944, he began over forty years of service as rabbi to Congregation B'nai B'rith Jacob and served during the congregation's move to its present site at 5444 Abercorn Street. Rosenberg helped design the stained glass windows and murals which decorate the synagogue. He helped found the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, a worldwide program for Orthodox Jewish pre-teens and teenagers, in 1955. Locally, he was involved in Savannah's civil rights movement during the 1960s, the Chatham Clinic for Alcoholism, and the Chatham-Savannah Mental Health Association. In 1972, Rosenberg received the Chief Rabbi Herzog Gold Medal Award from the Religious Zionists of America. Rosenberg was married to Sylvia Rabinowitz with whom he had a son, Jules Rosenberg, and a daughter, Judy Rosenberg Sklar. Rosenberg died in 1985, and in 1986, Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob dedicated the Abraham I. Rosenberg Education Complex in honor of his work in establishing educational programs for Savannah's Jewish children.


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Language of Materials



Papers and cassette tapes relating to the work of Abraham I. Rosenberg, a rabbi in Savannah, Georgia and Baltimore, Maryland.


This collection is organized into three series: Series 1: Savannah; Series 2: Baltimore; and Series 3: Miscellaneous papers

Custodial History

The Abraham I. Rosenberg Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to Visual Arts Collection and cassette tapes removed to Audio Visual Collection

Abraham I. Rosenberg Papers, Mss 338
Jeremy Katz (2015)
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States