Temple B'rith Kodesh

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Temple B'rith Kodesh papers
Creator: Temple B'rith Kodesh (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.389
Dates: 1848-1972
Physical Description: 3 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Synagogue records
Series II: Individuals associated with the synagogue
Collection Overview
Title: Temple B'rith Kodesh papers
Creator: Temple B'rith Kodesh (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.389
Dates: 1848-1972
Physical Description: 3 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Temple B'rith Kodesh was founded on October 9, 1848 as an Orthodox synagogue with 12 members. It is the oldest Jewish congregation and the largest Reform temple in the greater Rochester area. From 1849-1856 the home of Temple B'rith Kodesh was on Front Street. After, the congregation moved into the former church on St. Paul St. By 1894 the congregation had grown to over 250 members and a building was purchased in downtown Rochester on Gibbs Street. During this period, a gradual change from Orthodox to Classical Reform began. Horace J. Wolf, senior rabbi from 1915-1927, was the temple's first rabbi born in the United States. He adovcated the temple as a community house, offering a range of classes. lectures and sporting activities to the entire Jewish community.

When Rabbi Philip Bernstein became Senior Rabbi in 1926, the temple was located on Gibbs Street in the downtown area of Rochester. More traditional observances were adopted by the congregation during his tenure including the return from Sunday services to Friday night and Saturday morning services, traditional High Holy Day observances, and celebration of Bar and Bat Mitzvah traditions.

In 1962, a new Temple B'rith Kodesh was erected on Elmwood Ave. The new temple marked the movement of most B'rith members from the city to the suburbs.

Scope and Content
This collection documents the development of Rochester, the influence of World Wars, and the rise of radical reform through the efforts of Isaac Mayer, Susan B. Anthony, Willam Warfield and Stephen S. Wise. Included in the collection are financial and marriage reports. It includes writings by Rabbi Wolf and Rabbi Bernstein with travel diaries of Simon N. Stein.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Synagogues
Jews
Temple B'rith Kodesh (Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Temple B'rith Kodesh Museum committee, received May 16, 2005 and January 11, 2006.Access
The Temple B'rith Kodesh papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Temple B'rith Kodesh papers, D.389, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
The Rabbi Philip Bernstein Papers, housed in the department, also document the history of the temple.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Series I: Synagogue records
Box 1, Folder 1Families: early days
Box 1, Folder 2Financial receipts, bills from buildings on Gibbs St.
Box 1, Folder 3Estimate of fire damages on temple, 1894
Box 1, Folder 4Financial reports including taxes city and county, 1891-1908
Box 1, Folder 5Certificates of marriage, 1875-1876, 1898
Box 1, Folder 6-7Reports of marriages, 1907-1925
Box 1, Folder 8Return of marriages, 1870-1896
Box 2, Folder 2Jewish societies
Box 2, Folder 6Mount Hope Cemetery
Box 2, Folder 9Sister City charter- Rehovot-Rochester-Rochester
Box 2, Folder 11Floral album and recipe book, 1871-1875
Box 3, Volume 2Scrapbook
Series II: Individuals associated with the synagogue
Box 1, Folder 9Rabbi Horace Wolf correspondence
Box 1, Folder 10-13Works by Rabbi Horace Wolf
Alternative to Bolshevism, April 27, 1919
Auction block, February 7, 1921
Barriers to brotherhood, January 19, 1919
The Bok Prize peace plan, January 1924
Censorship
Challenge of the hour
Congregational report
Crime against childhood
Free synagogue
Hard times, January 1921
Human cost of war
Jewish view of Jesus
Is our civilization collapsing?, April 3, 1921
Khi L'Michych shelochani adonoi lfonechem - Menace or hope?, December 2, 1923
Liberal Judaism versus liberal Christianity, January 12, 1919
Life that counts, March 21, 1920
Modern Moloch, January 1924
Neighbors, February 26, 1923
N.Y. morning
Opinions - ready made of made to order, March 23, 1922
Pharisees, Gentiles etc., December 7, 1919
Poison of asps
The rabbi as rabbi
The rabbi as a social worker
Right start
R.U.R., March 1923
The relation of law to morality
Spiritual perspective, February 14, 1918
Strangers, November 9, 1919
Unfashionable, March 14, 1920
Vision, February 20, 1920
Washington's birthday, February 22, 1920
Wastrels
Which is best religion?, December 3, 1922
Summary of declarations on social justice by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1920-1922
Miscellaneous
Box 2, Folder 1Memorials for Rabbi Wolf
Box 2, Folder 3Lillian Ward
Box 2, Folder 4Reverend Max S. Moll
Box 2, Folder 5Women in history by Frances Lampert
Box 2, Folder 7Works by Rabbi Philip Bernstein
Israel in danger - not in jeopardy
Reflections on the founding fathers
Role of brotherhood in 1946
What do we owe our dead?
Our sacred heritage
Letter, August 1960
Box 2, Folder 8Works concerning Rabbi Phillip Bernstein
Includes small photograph

Box 2, Folder 10Henry M. Seligman Masonic - certificate
Box 2, Folder 12Travel diaries of Samuel Stein, 1895, 1905
Box 3, Volume 1Samuel Stein, book of Psalms


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