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Rambam Day School (Savannah, Ga.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 363

Scope and Contents

The Rambam Day School Records consist of copies of the Savannah Hebrew Day School student magazine Kol Hatalmid and board minutes from the Savannah Hebrew Day School and Rambam Day School.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1947 - 1994

Creator

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The Savannah Hebrew Day School merged with the Hebrew Community School in 1990 to become the Rambam Day School. The Savannah Hebrew Day School was a prominent Jewish educational institution in Savannah, Georgia during the second half of the nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries. As a congregation-based school, it was intimately related to Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob.

Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob was founded in 1861. Their first synagogue was built in 1866 on the northeast corner of State and Montgomery streets in Savannah. While it is unknown when the Hebrew School was started, it may have existed from the beginning since, as an Orthodox congregation, they would have had an immediate need for a Hebrew School to train their young men for Bar Mitzvah. It seems that in addition to training their own congregants the Hebrew School was also open to the youth of the city’s other congregations who wished to learn Hebrew, because the other Jewish schools did not teach the language at the time.

By 1913, the Hebrew School reached an all-time high enrollment of 200 children. This achievement was partially credited to the popularity of Rabbi Charles Blumenthal, who reportedly made an indelible impression on the youth of Savannah.

The arrival of Rabbi Abraham I. Rosenberg (1913-1985) in 1945 also seems to have reinvigorated both the congregation and the Hebrew School. It was during his tenure that the student magazine, Kol Hatalmid was started. In addition, the names of graduates of the Savannah Hebrew Day School were published in the Savannah Jewish News. Finally, he began the process that eventually led to the relocation of the congregation in 1962 from the synagogue on Montgomery Street to a new location at the corner of Abercorn and Atlas streets.

The Savannah Hebrew Day School moved with the congregation to the new Abercorn Street location and took up residence in the Rabbi Abraham I. Rosenberg Education Center along with the Savannah Hebrew Day School and the Hebrew Community Montessori Preschool. When the Savannah Hebrew Day School merged with the Community Hebrew Academy in 1990 to become the Rambam Day School, the school was moved to the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) building on Abercorn and 60th streets.

Scope and Content: The Rambam Day School Records consist of copies of the Savannah Hebrew Day School student magazine Kol Hatalmid and board minutes from the Savannah Hebrew Day School and Rambam Day School.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Documents relating to the Rambam Day School (formerly the Hebrew Community School and Savannah Hebrew Day School), a Jewish day school in Savannah, Georgia.

Arrangement

The folders in this collection are arranged in chronological order.

Custodial History

The Rambam Day School Records are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives which were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Related Materials

Mss 338, Abraham I. Rosenberg Papers Mss 343, Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob (Savannah, Ga.) Records

Processing Information

Processed by M. Belanger, 2002; Luciana Spracher, 2004; Lynette Stoudt, 2004; and Lindsay Resnick, 2016. Entered into ArchivesSpace by Lindsay Resnick, 2020.
Title
Rambam Day School (Savannah, Ga.) Records, Mss 363
Status
Completed
Author
M. Belanger, 2002; Luciana Spracher, 2004; Lynette Stoudt, 2004; Lindsay Resnick, 2016.
Date
2016
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

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