Congregation Ahavath Achim (Atlanta, Ga.)
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: (official name: Ahavath Achim Synagogue; 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30327; about 120 years ago  some Orthodox men formed Congregation Ahawas Achim (Congregation of Brotherly Love) in a small room on Gilmer St.; by June 1920, the congregation had purchased land for a new building, and Rabbi Abraham Hirmes originated the Sisterhood, whose immediate projects were focused on raising money for the building fund for the synagogue at the corner of Washington St. and Woodward Ave. About this time, there was an official name change from "Ahawas Achim" to "Ahavath Achim," and it was during this period that Bible School, Junior Congregation, and late Friday night services developed; although Ahavath Achim was officially an Orthodox congregation, many of Rabbi Harry H. Epstein’s innovations were aligned with the philosophy and practices of the Conservative Movement, which Ahavath Achim joined in 1952; abbrev.: AA)
Found in 39 Collections and/or Records:
File — Box 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: Mss 014
Overview Originally known as the Ladies Auxiliary, Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood was founded in 1920 by 18 women as a synagogue-affiliated organization with an emphasis on Jewish values, traditions and education. Over the years the Sisterhood has sponsored numerous projects and activities including adult education, a book shop, Girl Scouts, the Jewish Home and Keren Ami. The records are primarily composed of minutes, program books, souvenir journals, speeches, and programs and invitations...
Dates: 1933 - 2017
Identifier: Mss 107
Overview Alan and Joan Forman Lipsey were residents of Thomasville, Georgia where they were active in civic affairs. The papers include memorabilia relating to the life in Thomasville, Georgia and Joan’s musical career.
Dates: 1917 - 1946
Identifier: Mss 063
Overview Albert Hershberg was a long-time member of the Atlanta Jewish community. He was active in Ahavath Achim Congregation, B’nai B’rith, and Roseland Cemetery, Inc. The collection contains some of the earliest extant records from Roseland Cemetery, including the first internment record book, 1910. Most of the records are the organizations in which Hershberg family members participated including Ahavath Achim Congregation, The Jewish Home, Hadassah and Roseland Cemetery. It also contains memorabilia...
Dates: 1902 - 2003
Identifier: Mss 263
Identifier: Mss 021
Overview Ahavath Achim was founded in 1886 and is Atlanta’s second oldest congregation. Today, they are Atlanta’s largest Conservative congregation. The records consist of annual reports, minutes, correspondence, financial records and membership information.
Dates: 1887 - 1988
Identifier: Mss 119
Overview David Alterman (1917-1993) was one of five brothers who, with their father, owned and operated a wholesale grocery business in Atlanta. David (Dave) Alterman and his wife, Sara, were also active in synagogue life and a wide variety of Jewish community organizations.
Dates: 1933 - 1990
Identifier: Mss 413
Overview This collection contains the directories and programs from various academies that Elaine and Jerry Blumenthal donated their time and money to in their life long dedication to their community.
Dates: 1970 - 2011
Identifier: Mss 302
Overview The Epstein School, Solomon Schechter School of Atlanta, provides unsurpassed academic excellence through an integrated, bilingual education taught by a talented, compassionate faculty and bolstered by cutting-edge technology. We foster a caring community that encourages each child to reach his or her potential and embraces partnership between family, home and school. Guided by the principles of Conservative Judaism - God, Torah and Israel - and the timeless religious ideals of our people, we...
Dates: 1975 - 1998
Identifier: Mss 113
Scope and Contents All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. Researchers examining the Gus Berman Family Papers can gain greater insight into Judy Rich Viness and Anita Berman's life in Atlanta, Ga.
Dates: 1913 - 1990
Identifier: Mss 193
Overview Harold Hersch was a Holocaust survivor and prominent businessman in Atlanta, Georiga. His papers consist of newspaper articles, a family history, correspondence from relatives in Poland, and papers relating to the restitution of property confiscated during World War II.
Dates: 1934 - 1991
Identifier: Mss 422
Overview Helen Citron Gordon and Mendel Temkin Gordon lived in Atlanta in the mid-twentieth century. The Citron family belonged to Ahavath Achim synagogue and the Gordon family belonged to Shearith Israel. Most of the records detail the educational and employment history of Helen and Mendel as well as that of Helen’s brother, Irvin Meyer Citron, and Mendel’s parents, Julius Gordon and Sadie...
Dates: 1938 - 1994
Identifier: Mss 061
Identifier: Mss 116
Overview 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.
Dates: 1915 - 2002
Identifier: Mss 154
Overview A native Atlantan, Dr. Jerome B. Blumenthal was active in the local community. His papers consist of an annual report from The Jewish Home, 1962; an admission card, bulletin and a cookbook published from Ahavath Achim Congregation, 1949-1966; a letter from Louis J. Levitas to Jerry Blumenthal, 1953; a letter from Mayor William B. Hartsfield, 1961; a letter from Senator Herman Talmadge regarding school segregation; an article regarding the death of Julian V. Bohem, 1960; and a catalogue from the...
Dates: 1949 - 1966
Identifier: Mss 044
Overview The Joseph Bach Family Papers constitute several generations of the Bach Family. It includes papers created by Joseph Bach and his wife Rosalie Bach, as well as their son Louis Bach and daughter Miriam Bach. The papers include certificates, high school memory books, newspaper clippings, and dance cards.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1922 - 1959
Identifier: Mss 003
Overview Joseph Cuba (1909-1993) was a native Atlantan who spent a major portion of his life in service to the Jewish community of this city. The papers are composed primarily of personal correspondence, certificates, speeches, memorabilia, newspaper articles, and the records of the many Jewish organizations in which the family actively participated.
Dates: 1922 - 1993
Identifier: Mss 009
Overview All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. Researchers examining the Louis J. Levitas Family Papers can gain greater insight into Jewish communal life in the southern United States.Ida and Louis Levitas were long-time Atlanta residents who were active participants at the Jewish Educational Alliance and within numerous other Jewish community organizations. The papers consist of a wedding album of Ida Levitas, newspaper clippings, campaign material...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1913 - 1982
Identifier: Mss 052
Overview Louis Rosenbaum was born in Russia in 1900. He immigrated to the United States in 1919 and became a prominent businessman in Decatur, Georgia. His papers include documents from numerous Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, schools, and synagogues including the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund, the Atlanta Normal Training School, the Atlanta Opportunity School, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Central Night School, Ahavath Achim Congregation, Decatur Civitan Club, Jewish...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1909 - 2009
Identifier: Mss 273
Overview Martin and Doris Goldstein are active members in the Jewish community of Atlanta, Georgia. During the Cold War, they were strong supporters of Soviet Jewry. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, programs, speeches, and newspaper clippings.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1887 - 2014
Identifier: Mss 103
Overview Mendle and Fannie Boorstin were both active in Jewish communal life. In large part, it was the persistence of Fannie Boorstin that led to the creation of a Jewish home for the aged in Atlanta. The papers consist of minutes of the Hungarian Benevolent Society, 1926-1927; newsletters from the Young Women’s Hebrew Association, 1922-1923; and records chronicling the movement in the 1950s to establish a home for the aged in Atlanta.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1911 - 1986
Identifier: Mss 159
Overview Mike Bock was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were from Vladivostok, Russia. The collection consists of memorabilia from Edison Brothers Stores, Inc., 1944-1966; and a scrapbook compiled by Ilene Bock Zier, 1951-1956 consisting of B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, school, and camp material.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1944 - 1966
Identifier: Mss 073
Overview The Saul family has been active in a wide variety of community activities including Ahavath Achim Congregation, Atlanta Jewish Community Center, Atlanta Jewish Federation and its predecessor organizations, B’nai B’rith Women, and Hillel. The papers consist of records from these various organizations.
Dates: 1914 - 2000
Identifier: Mss 429
Overview The Levitas Family became known in Atlanta through a variety of activities and occupations. These papers contain letters from L.J. Levitas to his son Ted, beginning when Ted was born in 1924 and continuing until his marriage to Earlyne Shankerman in 1953, letters from Reva to Miriam Strickman Levitas while Reva was in Israel, as well as historical books and newspaper articles...
Dates: 1913 - 2019
Identifier: Mss 388
Overview Moise Kaplan was a graduate of Boys' High School and attended Georgia Tech’s night school of Commerce. He served in the Army during WWII. After the war he returned to Atlanta and the insurance industry. He engaged in sports fishing and later authored several books on the subject.
Dates: 1937 - 1951
Identifier: Mss 134
Overview Morris Dwoskin was the founder of Dwoskin, Inc. an Atlanta based wallpaper company. His son Harry was extremely active in wide variety of Jewish and general community organizations and was elected the president of the Better Business Bureau in Atlanta in 1966. The collection consists of a scrapbook highlighting the accomplishments of Harry Dwoskin; records and memorabilia from Dwoskin, Inc.; and records from Ahavath Achim Congregation.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1927 - 1988
Identifier: Mss 186
Overview An Atlanta native, Nathan Lipton was a prominent businessman and community leader. The collection primarily consists of papers relating to his family member Louise Asman Marks who was born in Darien, Georgia in 1917 and includes her baby book.
Dates: 1917 - 1976
Identifier: Mss 001
Overview Rabbi Harry H. Epstein was the spiritual leader of the Congregation Ahavath Achim in Atlanta, Georgia, for over 50 years. The bulk of the collection relates to his tenure and rabbinate at Ahavath Achim, but there is also material related to his academic career, personal life, and activities as a leading community figure in Atlanta and the South. His papers consist of academic course work, sermons, addresses, meeting minutes, writings, publications, correspondence, and scrapbooks.
Dates: 1907 - 1984
Identifier: Mss 274
Overview Papers consisting of honor, awards, certificates and memorabilia from school and camp activities, and files from the Southern Branch Women's League for Conservative Judaism, the Torah Fund of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood.
Dates: 1931 - 1996
Identifier: Mss 191
Overview Reuben Cohen and his wife Lillian were active in a wide variety of activities in Atlanta. Reuben was a longtime member of the Atlanta Radio Club and Lillian was a preschool teacher at the Atlanta Jewish Community Center for over 30 years. The collection consists of a log and rosters from the Atlanta Radio Club and programs, invitations and awards relating to the Cohen's involvement in a wide variety of...
Dates: 1936 - 1993