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Esther Gerson Levine Papers

Identifier: Mss 288

Scope and Contents

The 1950s marked a time of considerable growth for Shearith Israel. The arrival of Rabbi Kassel Abelson in 1952 coincided with the congregation’s move to a larger and more modern building. At this time, the congregation also became affiliated with United Synagogue of America and became active in the Conservative movement. As a result, Shearith Israel’s United Synagogue Youth (USY) chapter became extremely active within the congregation and the entire southeast region. Shearith Israel was always proud of its young people and always active in USY– United Synagogue Youth. Many children attended Camp Ramah in Massachusetts, USY on Wheels and USY Israel Pilgrimage.


  • Creation: 1955 - 1956


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Biographical / Historical

Esther Gerson Levine was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. Esther was elected Vice President of Columbus United Synagogue Youth Chapter. She attended Columbus High School and Brandeis University. Her family owned Gerson Department Store. She was married to a pediatrician, Dr. Michael K. Levine.


0.13 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Scrapbook from the United Synagogue Youth of Columbus, Georgia.


Scrapbook remain in original order

Physical Location

The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Related Materials

Mss 92, Shearith Israel Synagogue (Columbus, Ga.) Records

Esther Levine Papers, Mss 288
Demece Harvey
February 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States