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Jacob L. Friend Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 116

Scope and Contents

All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. Researchers examining the Jacob L. Friend FamilyPapers can gain greater insight into Jewish synagogue life in the southern United States.


  • Creation: 1915 - 2002


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Jacob Lion Friend (1888-1972) was born in Vassikov, Russia, and was ordained as a rabbi at the Vilna Rabbinic Academy at the age of eighteen. He completed his secular studies in engineering at the imperial Technological University of Dresden, Germany in 1914. In 1916, Friend made his way to Harbin, Manchuria, and several years later he moved with his wife and daughter to Shanghai, China. In Shanghai, Friend involved himself in most aspects of Jewish communal life. In 1947, Friend and his daughter, Balfoura, immigrated to the United States, and settled in Hawkinsville, Georgia. He later moved to Atlanta, where he was a Hebrew school teacher and Torah reader at the Ahavath Achim synagogue. The social historian interested in the Jewish community of Shanghai will be especially interested in this collection.


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Language of Materials



The Jacob L. Friend Papers was a Russian immigrant who came to America by way of Shanghai. The papers are composed primarily of newspaper articles, documents, personal correspondence, synagogue records, writings and a scrapbook.


All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Separated Materials

Photocopies of originals in Folder 1; oversize file, and scrapbook in folder 1

Jacob Friend Family Papers, Mss 116
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States