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Inventory of the Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.) Congregational Records, 1888-2012

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The collection consists of the surviving records of Brith Sholom, an orthodox congregation founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 1852, Beth Israel, another orthodox Charleston congregation founded in 1911, and the records of Brith Sholom Beth Israel founded in 1954 when the two congregations merged. Also included are the records of Charleston Hebrew Institute, founded in 1956, and later known as the Addlestone Hebrew Academy. With records of the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, the Daughters of Israel (later known as the BSBI Sisterhood), and other materials on Jewish history and culture in Charleston, South Carolina.
Title: Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.) congregational records
Creators: Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.);
Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.);
Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.)
Date(s): 1888-2012    
Extent: 17.2 linear feet
(43 document boxes, 1 flat box, 11 oversize volumes)
Repository: Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
URL: http://archives.library.cofc.edu
Call Number: Mss 1068
Language of Material: Materials in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish

Historical Note

Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation was founded by Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Margolis Levine in 1852 in Charleston, South Carolina following orthodox Ashkenazi rituals. The congregation built its first sanctuary on St. Philip Street in 1874. In 1911, approximately 60 members, many of them from Kaluszyn, Poland, seceded and formed Beth Israel Congregation, housed about three blocks away on the same street. In 1948, the Beth Israel Congregation moved to a new sanctuary at 182 Rutledge Avenue and conversations began that same year to discuss the merger of the congregations which did not occur until 1955. The resultant Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation's Rutledge Avenue campus became home to the Charleston Hebrew Institute, opened in 1956, renamed the Addlestone Hebrew Academy in 1976 and eventually removed to the Jewish Community Center and administered by the entire community. The Congregation also maintains a satellite "minyan" house in Charleston's South Windermere neighborhood.


Collection Overview

The collection consists of the surviving records of two congregations, Brith Sholom (founded 1852) and Beth Israel (founded 1911), and the records of the congregation Brith Sholom Beth Israel (BSBI) formed by their merger in 1955. Each set of congregational records contains governing documents such as constitutions, incorporation papers and board minutes. There are membership, financial and staffing records as well, with varying amounts of general and topical correspondence, cemetery records, and published and programming materials, such as newsletters, mailers, etc. Sisterhood records span all congregations under various names as the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, the Daughters of Israel, and the BSBI sisterhood. There are also black and white and color photographs of various structures, events, (including graduations and commencements) special occasions, and congregants. National Council on Synagogue Youth materials constitute one series and the collection also contains the records of the Charleston Hebrew Institute, later known as Addlestone Hebrew Academy. There are clippings that document the congregations and other related Jewish historical and cultural topics germane mostly to Charleston, South Carolina, along with materials on other societies, including the local Chevra Kadisha burial society. A few artifacts (stationary, memorial tablet, Star of David, etc.) and textiles (tee shirt, felt patch, Jewish War Veteran lodge hat) round out the collection.

Collection Arrangement



1.  Brith Sholom congregational records, 1888-1956
2.  Beth Israel congregational records, 1911-1954
3.  Brith Sholom Beth Israel congregational records, 1922-2012 (bulk 1954-2012)
4.  Charleston Hebrew Institute/Addlestone Hebrew Academy records, 1933-2010
5.  Miscellaneous materials


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.

    Names

    • Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.)--Records and correspondence
    • Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.)--History
    • Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.)--Records and correspondence
    • Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.)--Records and correspondence
    • Addlestone Hebrew Academy (Charleston, S.C.)
    • Charleston Hebrew Institute (Charleston, S.C.)
    • Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society (Charleston, S.C.)
    • Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.). Sisterhood

    Subjects

    • Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--History

    Places

    • Charleston (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Constitutions
    • Correspondence
    • Financial records
    • Membership lists
    • School records
    • Burial records
    • Minutes
    • Publications
    • Newsletters
    • Programs (documents)
    • Scrapbooks
    • Photographs
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Video recordings
    • Hard drives
    • Cultural artifacts
    • Textiles

    Detailed Description of the Collection

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    1. Brith Sholom congregational records, 1888-1956  

    Governing records, 1922-1952 



    Constitutions   box 1 | folder 1

    Various printed constitutions and bylaws (1907, 1914, 1922, and 1945), with a mimeographed proposed amendment.



    History materials   box 1 | folder 2

    Photocopies of an 1858 document, embossed paper with seal of congregation; and a short typescript history.



    Land records   box 1 | folder 3

    Photocopies of early deeds; with other materials re land owned by the congregation.



    Minute book, 1922-1935   box 1 | folder 4

    Bound volume of handwritten and typed minutes, resolutions, financial and committee reports, etc. The minutes are of monthly trustee meetings and annual congregation meetings.



    Minute book, 1929-1942   box 1 | folder 5

    Bound volume of handwritten occasional minutes of the board of the Trustees meetings not included in other volumes with overlapping span dates.


    Minute book, 1935-1950   Oversize Volume 1

    Oversize bound volume of handwritten and typed minutes, resolutions, financial and committee reports; with loose materials.



    Minute book, 1950-1952   box 1 | folder 6

    Bound volume of typed annual, monthly and special meetings of the board and congregation; with a photograph and related materials.


    Membership/Financial records, 1888-1955 



    Member ledger, 1888-1899   box 2 | folder 1

    Bound volume with members listed on individual pages, with notations of cash donations. With a name index.



    Ledger, 1900-1910   box 2 | folder 2

    Bound volume with members listed on individual pages, noting debits and credits for arrears, assessments, dues, seats, etc. With some notations of residents in other towns beyond Charleston. Including some accounts of non-members, and some other accounts such as burial ground, etc. Indexed.



    Member list, circa 1900(?)   box 2 | folder 3

    Small volume of Hebrew and English names, with some pages labeled "men" and others labeled "ladies." With note saying the volume "Belonged to Jacob Berkman about 1900 list of members; brother of Agnes Volaski."



    Ledger, 1910-1915   box 2 | folder 3

    Bound volume with members (and some nonmembers) listed on individual pages noting debits and credits, with some other accounts re business, school, etc. included. Indexed.



    Membership ledger, 1939-1951, A-J   box 3 | folder 1

    Alphabetical compilation of members' accounts noting debit and credits, with some chronological sheets in the front.



    Membership ledger, 1939-1951, K-Z   box 3 | folder 2

    Alphabetical compilation of members' accounts noting debits and credits.



    Membership ledger, 1944-1955, A-F   box 3 | folder 3

    Alphabetical compilation of members' accounts noting debits and credits.



    Membership ledger, 1944-1955, G-O   box 3 | folder 4

    Alphabetical compilation of members' accounts noting debits and credits.



    Membership ledger, 1944-1955, P-Z   box 3 | folder 5

    Alphabetical compilation of members' accounts noting debits and credits.


    Membership journal, 1952-1955   Oversize Volume 2

    Disbound oversize volume noting chronological contributions by members posted to various accounts; with two parallel accountings for January-May 1955; with one account going forward from June.


    Membership correspondence, 1912-1955 



    Correspondence, 1912, 1943-1948   box 4 | folder 1

    Correspondence between staff, officers and members re mostly routine matters re payment of dues, election to membership, resignations (some resulting from the founding of congregation Emanu-El), etc. With a few non-member business related letters.



    Correspondence, 1949-1955   box 4 | folder 2

    Correspondence between staff, officers and members re mostly routine matters re payment of dues, election to membership, resignations, etc. With a few non-member business related letters.



    Membership forms and mailers, undated   box 4 | folder 3

    Undated, unused membership suspension form, with postcards (circa 1950s) noting various meetings, events, occasions.



    Membership invoices and statements, 1929-1952   box 4 | folder 4

    Invoices for a variety of congregational services, pledges, etc. addressed to (and paid by) Alex or Aleck Ellison.



    Membership statements, 1954-1955   box 4 | folder 5

    A few annual membership statements addressed to various people.



    Membership applications, 1943   box 4 | folder 6

    Applications to join the Congregation, noting name, age, birthplace, occupation, etc. with notations as to recommendation approval by whom, etc.



    Membership applications, 1944-1945   box 4 | folder 7

    Applications to join the Congregation, noting name, age, birthplace, occupation, etc. with notations as to recommendation and approval by whom, etc.



    Membership applications, 1946   box 4 | folder 8

    Applications to join the Congregation, noting name, age, birthplace, occupation, etc. with notations as to recommendation and approval by whom, etc.



    Membership applications, 1947   box 4 | folder 9

    Applications to join the Congregation, noting name, age, birthplace, occupation, etc. with notations as to recommendation and approval by whom, etc.



    Membership applications, 1948-1949   box 4 | folder 10

    Applications to join the Congregation, noting name, age, birthplace, occupation, etc. with notations as to recommendation and approval by whom, etc.



    Membership applications, 1950-1951   box 4 | folder 11

    Applications to join the Congregation, noting name, age, birthplace, occupation, etc. with notations as to recommendation and approval by whom, etc.



    Seating assignments, circa 1954   box 4 | folder 12

    Bound volume with alphabetical listing of names, noting seat assignments, with "M" (for married?) showing two seat assignments (male and female?) and S (for Single?) mostly showing just one assignment.



    Seating chart, undated   box 4 | folder 13

    Pencil diagram showing layout and numbering of seats in the St. Philip Street synagogue.



    Seating receipt books, 1953, 1955, undated   box 4 | folder 14

    Receipt book with stubs showing name, payment and seat number, with most seat tickets detached.



    Member certificates   box 4 | folder 15

    Blank certificates for members; with photocopy of resolution (1905) of the Brith Shalom Congregation on the death of Moses Winstock.



    Committee correspondence, 1948-1950   box 4 | folder 16

    Letters to various congregational members appointing them to different committees.


    Financial records, 1889-1952 



    Cash book, 1889-1899   box 5 | folder 1

    Bound volume chronologically listing income and expenses, often with just an income page showing names and cash amounts paid in.



    Cash book, 1892-1901   box 5 | folder 2

    Bound volume chronologically listing income and expenses, with some of the same information for the same dates as in volume 5-1. With less detailed information than volume 5-1.



    Receipt book, 1897-1902   box 5 | folder 3

    Bound volume of signed receipts acknowledging payments received from the financial secretary.



    Cash book, 1899-1908   box 5 | folder 4

    Bound volume chronologically listing income and expenses.


    Cash book, 1922-1928   Oversize Volume 3

    Oversize volume showing daily cash receipts and daily cash expenditures.



    Cash book, 1923-1929   box 6 | folder 1

    Tabulations of income brought in daily and dispersed by the end of each month; with monthly totals.



    Bank book, 1927-1930   box 6 | folder 2

    Book noting deposits of the Cemetery Fund in the Bank of Charleston.



    Cash book, 1930-1935   box 6 | folder 3

    Tabulations of income brought in daily and dispersed by the end of each month; with monthly totals.



    Cash book, 1939-1945   box 6 | folder 4

    Tabulations of income brought in daily and dispersed by the end of each month; with monthly totals.


    Income book, 1945-1951   Oversize Volume 4

    Oversize volume noting income received, with no entries on expenditures.



    Ledger, circa 1949?   box 6 | folder 5

    Bound volume with a few accounts noting rents and expenses of congregational properties; with a list in the rear of volume of air conditioning bonds sold.



    Ledgers, 1949-1951   box 6 | folder 6

    Bound volume of accounts showing payments by individuals for yahrzeit, or memorial, plaques in the synagogue. With loose ledger sheets showing mostly expense accounts.



    Receipt/warrant books, 1950-1952   box 6 | folder 7

    Bound stubs of receipts acknowledging money received, and stubs of warrants requesting payment from the treasurer.


    Daughters of Israel sisterhood records, 1890-1958 



    Ledger, 1890-1900, 1912   box 6 | folder 8

    Accounts of the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, forerunner of the Daughters of Israel Sisterhood of Brith Sholom congregation, showing membership dues paid, amounts paid into a reserve fund for sick and needy and lists of cash gifts (1912) and items donated for raffles and bazaars.



    Historical papers   box 7 | folder 1

    History, and photocopies of articles of incorporation (1910) and property deed (1910) of the Daughters of Israel.



    Cash book, 1920-1933   box 7 | folder 2

    Bound volume showing cash received and cash paid out.



    Membership roster, 1930-1940   box 7 | folder 3

    Bound volume listing members annually, noting membership fees due and paid.



    Cash book, 1933-1949   box 7 | folder 4

    Chronological notations of income and expenses, with monthly summaries.



    Membership roster, 1940-1944   box 7 | folder 5

    Annual lists of names of subscribing members, with amounts paid.



    Membership roster, 1944-1949, 1951-1952, undated   box 7 | folder 6

    Annual lists of names of subscribing members, with amounts paid. With later (1951-1952) typed membership list.



    Biographical materials   box 7 | folder 7

    Clippings and photocopies re Lena Berkman (1849-1939), founder of the Daughters of Israel Sisterhood; with photograph and biography and speech of Rosa Sternberger Hirschman (1876-1945).



    Correspondence and related matter, 1948-1954   box 7 | folder 8

    Correspondence, meeting notices and bank book.



    Correspondence and related matter, 1952-1958   box 7 | folder 9

    Correspondence, agreement and invoices re development and administration of a kosher kitchen in the Francis Marion Hotel; with other printed materials such as raffle tickets, post card, etc.


    Program notices, publications, and newsletters, 1904-1954 



    Programs, 1939, 1943   box 7 | folder 10

    Program (1939) for New Year's service, and for installation (1943) of Rabbi Solomon D. Goldfarb.



    Publications, 1946, 1948   box 7 | folder 11

    Copies of the newsletter, The Messenger, 90th anniversary programs; with invitation and installation program of Rabbi Gilbert Klaperman.



    The Messenger, 1949-1950   box 7 | folder 12

    Congregational Newsletter.



    Publications, 1951-1952   box 7 | folder 13

    Copies of The Messenger; with 97th anniversary program and banquet and Purim materials.



    Publications, 1953-1954   box 7 | folder 14

    Copies of The Messenger; with 98th anniversary program and banquet materials; and 99th anniversary program.



    The Messenger, 1950-1954   box 7 | folder 15

    Bound volume from September 1950-April 1954; with May 1954 installation program.



    Confirmation and related printed and other materials, 1904-1952   box 7 | folder 16

    Invitation to confirmations, including a photocopy of a 1904 ceremony; congregational programs (1949-1950); published Confirmation Service pamphlets; photocopy of a 1936 Bar Mitzvah invitation; and 1952 Confirmation test.



    Book of Prayers, Blessings and Hymns, 1946   box 7 | folder 17

    Booklet stamped with name of Congregation in memory of Gitel Prodosky.


    Employee correspondence, 1943-1955 



    Rabbinical correspondence, 1943   box 8 | folder 1

    Letters by Rabbi Benjamin Axelman and a note regarding non-renewal of his contract.



    Rabbinical correspondence, 1945-1947   box 8 | folder 2

    Letters by and about Rabbi Solomon Goldfarb and his contributions to the congregation and community.



    Rabbinical correspondence, 1947-1948   box 8 | folder 3

    Correspondence of Rabbi Gilbert Klaperman with members of the Congregation re his hiring, his administration, and leaving, with some correspondence about Klaperman as well. With his 1948 annual report.



    Rabbinical and cantor correspondence, 1947   box 8 | folder 4

    Correspondence re the hiring of Rabbi Sidney Hoenig and cantor Joseph Handler for the High Holy Day services.



    Rabbinical correspondence, etc., 1951-1955   box 8 | folder 5

    Letters to, from, and about Rabbi Joseph Rothstein, with his annual reports (1951-1953) and the text of a radio address (1954).



    Cantor correspondence, 1944-1950   box 8 | folder 6

    Correspondence regarding the services of Rev. I. Feinberg as chazon, or cantor.



    Cantor, teacher and ritual circumciser correspondence, 1946-1949   box 8 | folder 7

    Correspondence regarding the services of Rev. David Sherman as cantor and teacher. With letters from Jewish physicians regarding the need of a qualified mohel, or ritual circumciser, with many tributes to, and details of, Sherman's abilities.



    Cantor and teacher correspondence, 1949-1951   box 8 | folder 8

    Correspondence relating to the hiring of Aaron Earl Miller for cantor, teacher, reader and ritual circumciser for the congregation.



    Shamos (sexton) correspondence, 1946-1950   box 8 | folder 9

    Correspondence re S. Alpern's functioning as a shamos or sexton for the congregation.



    Ritual butcher correspondence, 1948-1949   box 8 | folder 10

    Correspondence re Rabbi Joel Lipsyc's employment as the ritual butcher, or "schochet," for the congregation.



    Miscellaneous employment correspondence, 1947-1950   box 8 | folder 11

    Correspondence re employees, projected employees and general information re employment.



    Cantor search committee correspondence, 1949   box 8 | folder 12

    Letters to, from and regarding various candidates for the position of cantor in the congregation; with some letters in Hebrew, brochures, clippings and images of some applicants.


    General correspondence, 1912-1956 



    Correspondence, 1912, 1926   box 8 | folder 13

    Letter re loaning of a Torah to the congregation (1912) and photocopy of a letter (1926) re financial irregularities



    Correspondence, 1944-1946   box 8 | folder 14

    Letters regarding gifts to the congregation, the death of members, a petition from members, and other congregational matters.



    Correspondence, 1947   box 8 | folder 15

    Letters focus on general congregational matters, finances, whether a member can serve in a ritual or not, building of a Jewish Community Center, possible changes to the constitution and other matters. With correspondence with politicians re Palestine.



    Correspondence, 1948   box 8 | folder 16

    General congregational correspondence re the health and death of members, various committees, debts owed for publications, holiday observances, etc. With President's annual report.



    Correspondence, 1949   box 8 | folder 17

    General congregational correspondence, including that of Rabbi Gilbert Klaperman, re members, administering the synagogue, business, congregational issues, etc.



    Correspondence, 1949-1956   box 8 | folder 18

    General correspondence re all facets of congregational life and business; with letters to congregants re a possible merger with Beth Israel Congregation (1950), and keeping up the synagogue's mikveh, or ritual bath (1952). With certificate (1956) from USO, and rent collection slips (1949-1956) of Congregational-owned property.



    Correspondence, undated   box 8 | folder 19

    Undated letters, etc. including one from Charleston Mayor William McG. Morrison re the Jewish New Year.


    Topical correspondence, 1920-1951 



    Kosher butcher correspondence, 1920, 1926, 1947   box 8 | folder 20

    Correspondence and contract re services of a kosher butcher for the community.



    Hebrew School correspondence, 1948-1949   box 8 | folder 21

    Correspondence re development and a support of a city-wide Hebrew School.



    Synagogue Emanu-El formation correspondence, 1947-1948, 1951   box 8 | folder 22

    Petitions, proposed amendments, letters, and related matters re the founding of the Conservative Congregation Emanu-El by many members of the orthodox Brith Sholom Congregation.



    Cemetery, memorial, and estate correspondence, 1927-1947   box 8 | folder 23

    Reports of work of cemetery committee, with correspondence re upkeep, some burials, purchase of memorial Yahrzeit tablets in the synagogue and legacies left to the congregation. With photocopy of a 1910 pamphlet listing "Berithe Shalome" tombstone inscriptions.



    2. Beth Israel congregational records, 1911-1956  

    Governing records, 1911-1954 



    Legal papers, 1911, 1945, 1946   box 9 | folder 1

    Photocopy of incorporation papers (1911); deed to cemetery (1945); and resolution, with seal, re borrowing funds.



    Constitution and bylaws   box 9 | folder 2

    Printed copies of 1914 constitution and bylaws with one showing emendations for 1945 revision; with a later typed copy.



    Minutes, 1926-1942   box 9 | folder 3

    Minutes in English (1926-1929) and then mostly in Yiddish detailing the day to day functioning of the congregation. With some financial reports.



    Minutes, 1942-1952   box 9 | folder 4

    Minutes in Yiddish (1942-1944), with the rest in English, detailing the day to day functioning of the congregation. With reports and correspondence pasted in.



    Minutes, 1952-1954   box 9 | folder 5

    Minutes detailing the day to day functioning of the congregation; with correspondence and related matter pasted in.


    Financial records, 1911-1955 



    Original donor list, 1911   box 10 | folder 1

    Loose sheets listing names of original founders of the congregation and amount given. With related materials.



    Ledger, 1925-1926   box 10 | folder 2

    Bound volume of accounts showing amounts paid in by individuals with some information on income and expenses. Amounts paid in by individuals appear to be loans or bonds, with some notations of paying off, interest and transferring.



    Loose ledger materials, 1925-1926   box 10 | folder 3

    Materials removed from the above ledger include canceled checks, list of donations given to reduce the mortgage of Beth Israel Congregation, and other materials including a blank receipt form for the Zionist Organization of America, Charleston district.



    Membership ledger (?), 1926-1929   box 10 | folder 4

    Volume in Yiddish, apparently listing names and amounts given.



    Donation/dues book (?), 1927-1930   box 10 | folder 5

    Volume of loose leaf sheets, one per individual, noting address, balance, dues, donations, and totals.



    Seating register, 1932-1938   box 10 | folder 6

    Bound volume, listing, sometimes in English, sometimes in Yiddish (?), names of men and women and seats assigned for the High Holy Days, with some notations on amounts paid.



    Member cash book (?), 1933-1938   box 10 | folder 7

    Bound volume in Yiddish that appears to list chronological dues or donation income from individuals with unknown information on other pages.



    Ledger, 1933-1939   box 11 | folder 1

    Bound volume of some named accounts, but which also contains a list of members, notations of donations and payment for seats.



    Member cash book (?), 1938-1940   box 11 | folder 2

    Bound volume in Yiddish that appears to list mostly monthly tabulations of dues or payments by members. With some loose sheets and correspondence.



    Building fund report, 1948-1949   box 11 | folder 3

    Printed report noting donations to the Beth Israel Congregation building fund; with one manuscript page.



    Member cash book, 1952-1955   box 11 | folder 4

    Chronological listing of money paid by members, tabulated periodically. With notations in rear of volume of commission given to shamos, or sexton.


    Correspondence, 1925-1956 



    General correspondence, 1925-1956   box 11 | folder 5

    Letters to and from members re altercations, joining and resigning, salaries and a certificate (1956) from the USO.



    Rabbinical correspondence, 1935-1941   box 11 | folder 6

    Correspondence of Rabbi Benjamin G. Axelman with the congregation.


    Publications and newsletters, 1948-1954 



    Publications, 1948-1954   box 11 | folder 7

    Four issues of the Congregation's Bulletin; with a photocopy of "A Womanless Wedding" program.



    Dedication program, 1948   box 11 | folder 8

    Booklet re the dedication of the new Beth Israel Synagogue, 1948. 3 copies.


    Miscellaneous, 1940s 



    Guest book, 1940s   box 11 | folder 9

    Bound volume bearing mostly Yiddish inscriptions.



    Research notes and correspondence   box 11 | folder 10

    Photocopies of information regarding donations to Jews in Palestine possibly from Charleston, South Carolina and Beth Israel; with correspondence from a descendants of early members of the Congregation, including Secretary Isaac Oberman and Rabbi and ritual butcher Jacob(Julius) Cohen.


    Memorial volume   Oversize Volume 5

    Oversize volume "Golden Book of Life" donated in memory of H.L. Garfinkel, with a few calligraphic notations of the death of members. The majority of the volume is blank.



    Memorial volume photographs   box 11 | folder 11

    Two black and white photos of H.L. Garnfinkel removed from the volume 11-11.



    3. Brith Sholom Beth Israel congregational records, 1922-2012 (bulk 1954-2012) 

    Governing documents, 1927-2007 



    Congregational correspondence, 1927, 1948-1954   box 12 | folder 1

    Letters between Brith Sholom and Beth Israel congregations re merging, with earlier letter (1927) re conflict.



    Minutes, 1953-1953   box 12 | folder 2

    Minutes of board meetings of Brith Sholom and of Beth Israel Congregations with minutes of first meeting of joined congregations.



    Incorporation documents, 1954   box 12 | folder 3

    Certificate of incorporation and merger agreement of Brith Sholom and Beth Israel congregations.



    Dedication materials, 1954   box 12 | folder 4

    Resolution, correspondence, telegrams, press materials, invitation and program re dedication of Brith Sholom Beth Israel building/congregation.



    Constitution   box 12 | folder 5

    Constitution of BSBI Congregation (undated) with later revisions (1975, 1997); and constitution of another congregation possibly used as a model.



    Minutes, etc., 1954-1955   box 12 | folder 6

    Board meeting minutes of BSBI congregation with some related materials describing changes and the new constitution; with a list of board members.



    Rough minutes, 1955-1958   box 12 | folder 7

    Two stenographer pads with handwritten minutes of special, regular and annual meetings.



    Minutes, etc., 1956-1959   box 12 | folder 8

    Minutes of special and regular meetings with some associated reports. Incomplete.



    Minutes, etc. 1960, 1963, 1964   box 12 | folder 9

    Minutes of 1960 and 1963 meetings (incomplete), with some rough minutes from 1963. With a few 1964 resolutions.



    Minutes, 1991   box 12 | folder 10

    Board of Trustee and congregational meeting minutes, with related materials.



    Minutes, 1992   box 12 | folder 11

    Board of Trustee and congregational meeting minutes, with related materials.



    Minutes, 1993   box 12 | folder 12

    Board of Trustee and congregational meeting minutes, with related materials.



    Minutes, 1994   box 12 | folder 13

    Board of Trustee and congregational meeting minutes, with related materials.



    Minutes, 1995   box 12 | folder 14

    Board of Trustee and congregational meeting minutes, with related materials.



    Minutes, 1996-2001   box 12 | folder 15

    Board of Trustee and congregational meeting minutes, with related materials (incomplete).



    Meeting notifications, 1954-2007   box 13 | folder 1

    Mimeographed and printed letters and mailers notifying members of various congregational meetings.



    Meeting miscellaneous notes   box 13 | folder 2

    Definition of a recording secretary with notes on what to be included in meetings.



    Rabbi reports, 1956   box 13 | folder 3

    Rabbi's annual report and summary of his report.



    Presidential reports, 1956, 1963   box 13 | folder 4

    Annual reports of BSBI president.



    Treasurer's reports, 1956-1963   box 13 | folder 5

    Financial statements and incomplete annual treasurer's reports.



    Financial reports, 1951-1963   box 13 | folder 6

    Miscellaneous financial statements and reports.



    Financial reports, 1976-1977, 1994, 1997-1998   box 13 | folder 7

    Miscellaneous financial statements and reports.



    Officer and committee lists, 1956-1962, 1990s, undated   box 13 | folder 8

    Various lists of officers and committee members with some correspondence re appointments and resignations.


    Historical research materials, 1954-1996 



    Histories   box 13 | folder 9

    Various short narrative histories of the Congregation, including many versions by Jeffrey Kaplan.



    Research materials   box 13 | folder 10

    Photocopies, notes, etc. on topics related to the history of BSBI and Judaism in Charleston.



    Family materials   box 13 | folder 11

    Notes and photocopies re individuals and families associated with the congregation. With list of presidents.



    Proposed history, circa 1958   box 13 | folder 12

    Mock up publisher's dummy of a proposed history of Judaism in Charleston.



    Financial correspondence, 1957   box 13 | folder 13

    Letters (1957) from sponsors and donors to the project, a projected history of Judaism in Charleston.



    Research correspondence, 1965-1966   box 13 | folder 14

    Carbons of letters of Louis Kirshtein to individuals and institutions, with many replies, re his research into the history of the BSBI congregation; with some standard press-release letters from him.



    Publications, 1954-1957   box 13 | folder 15

    Clippings and articles re merger and history of BSBI congregation.



    Miscellaneous materials   box 13 | folder 16

    Certificate (1957) awarded to BSBI and printed email re a proposed documentary (2004); with photocopies of clippings re various congregational activities.



    BSBI archives materials, 1995-1996   box 13 | folder 17

    Grant applications, reports, etc. re surveying of BSBI archives.



    BSBI archives lists, 1987   box 13 | folder 18

    Photocopies of donor forms and lists of materials in BSBI archives.


    Staff records, 1955-2010 



    Rabbi search committee materials, 1955   box 14 | folder 1

    Letters re two candidates.



    Materials re Rabbi Rabinovitch, 1955-1964   box 14 | folder 2

    Clippings, correspondence, publications and related materials.



    Rabbi search committee materials, 1963   box 14 | folder 3

    Letters from and about candidates, with related matter.



    Materials re Rabbi Hersh Galinsky, 1963-2001   box 14 | folder 4

    Correspondence, photocopies, invitations, and related matter.



    Materials re Rabbi David Radinsky, 1982-2001   box 14 | folder 5

    Photocopies, invitations and related matter.



    Materials re Rabbi Ari Sytner, 2009-2010   box 14 | folder 6

    Typescript diary entries describing activities as the congregation's rabbi.



    Materials re Rev. Aaron Lieber and Rev. Isaac Koenig, 1955-1963, undated   box 14 | folder 7

    Correspondence re their work as cantor and teacher, with related correspondence from a prospective candidate.



    Materials re Rev. H. Weintraub, 1955-1958   box 14 | folder 8

    Letters from him and related matter re his work as sexton.



    Materials re Ruth Jacobs, 1970-1982, undated   box 14 | folder 9

    Stenographer notebooks, with notes mostly in shorthand, taken by Jacobs as secretary.


    Membership records, 1955-1998 



    Lists   box 14 | folder 10

    Handwritten, carbon, photocopied and computer generated lists of members.



    Applications, 1957-1959, undated   box 14 | folder 11

    Membership applications to join the congregation with blank forms, as well.



    Correspondence, 1955-1998   box 14 | folder 12

    Letters to and from members and officers re donations, resignations, paying dues, with also some correspondence re general congregational matters and other topics with some Presidential correspondence (1963) of Arnold Prystowsky and letters from the Rabbinical Council of America.



    Correspondence, 1963-1992, undated   box 14 | folder 13

    Letters to and from members expressing sympathy for losses, congratulations on events, etc.



    Donations, 1955-1959   box 15 | folder 1

    Mostly typed slips noting donations by name for specific dates and holidays.



    Donor correspondence, 1955-1974   box 15 | folder 2

    Letters from members donating funds for various funds and memorials; with letters from national organizations re donations to various funds; with some legal materials re estates and grants.



    Dues statements, 1956   box 15 | folder 3

    Scattered statements to members for dues, with many blank forms.



    Donor lists and notes, 1956-1978   box 15 | folder 4

    Lists noting names and contributions, cards acknowledging donations, with other various notations of mostly monetary donations at various times for various causes, and funds.



    Donor lists, 1971-1975   box 15 | folder 5

    Lists of names and amounts paid for a variety of functions, events, or memorials.



    Building fund account book, 1976-1986   box 15 | folder 6

    Spiral bound notebook listing members and their donations to the building funds. Chronologically arranged.



    Pledge payment cards, 1978-1981   box 15 | folder 7

    Cards and forms noting amount pledge and paid by individual members. With a later (1999) mailer re pledges. And later Yizkor pledge cards, undated.


    Financial records, 1955-1977 



    General ledger, 1958-1961   box 15 | folder 8

    Loose sheets noting income and expenses by account name.



    Membership ledger, 1955   box 15 | folder 9

    Alphabetical (A-I) compilation by member noting credits and debits. Loose sheets.



    Membership ledger, 1955   box 16 | folder 1

    Alphabetical (J-R) compilation by member noting credits and debits. Loose sheets.



    Membership ledger, 1955   box 16 | folder 2

    Alphabetical (S-Z) compilation by member noting credits and debits. Loose sheets.



    Membership ledger, 1955   box 16 | folder 3

    Alphabetical compilation of women members noting credits and debits. Loose sheets.



    Membership ledger, 1956-1965   box 16 | folder 4

    Alphabetical compilation (A-F) of members noting credits and debits. Loose sheets.



    Membership ledger, 1956-1965   box 16 | folder 5

    Alphabetical compilation (G-L) of members noting credits and debits. Loose sheets.



    Membership ledger, 1956-1965   box 16 | folder 6

    Alphabetical compilation (M-Z) of members noting credits and debits. Loose sheets.



    Membership cash book, 1963-1966   box 17 | folder 1

    Chronological listing of members paying various amounts for various accounts.



    Membership cash book, 1966-1967   box 17 | folder 2

    Chronological listing of members paying various amounts to various accounts.



    Membership cash book, 1966-1967   box 17 | folder 3

    Chronological listing of members paying various amounts to various accounts; with some accounts segregated by name.



    Member journal, 1974-1977   box 17 | folder 4

    Chronological listing of checks coming in, noting check number, author of check and to what account it was credited. Loose sheets.


    Journal, 1956-1958   Oversize Volume 6

    Chronological listing of incoming checks and cash noting to which account posted. Loose sheets.


    Journal, 1959-1962   Oversize Volume 7

    Chronological (and periodically alphabetical for members) listing of incoming checks and cash noting to which account posted. Loose sheets.


    Journal, 1963-1965   Oversize Volume 8

    Chronological (and periodically alphabetical for members) listing of incoming checks and cash noting to which account posted. Loose sheets.


    Sisterhood records, 1954-2002 



    Constitution, bylaws and history, 1996   box 17 | folder 5

    Organizational documents with history (1996) by Fay Brickman, with list of Presidents, 1956-1994.



    Minutes, 1954-1959, 1962   box 17 | folder 6

    Bound volume of board meeting minutes of Daughters of Israel (name later changed to BSBI Sisterhood) with attached letters and related matter.



    Minutes, 1972-1984   box 17 | folder 7

    Bound volume of board meeting minutes of BSBI Sisterhood, with attached letters, reports, and related matter.



    Minutes, 1976-1978   box 18 | folder 1

    Loose typed minutes removed from the 1972-1984 minute book. (Folder 17-7)



    Rough drafts of minutes, 1987-1994   box 18 | folder 2

    Scattered handwritten and typed drafts of minutes.



    Member and officer lists, 1986-2000   box 18 | folder 3

    Officer slates, lists, member lists, addresses, etc.



    Announcements, flyers, meeting notices, 1998-2001, undated   box 18 | folder 4

    Folder of miscellaneous materials, with many holograph notations.



    Announcements, clippings, meeting notices, 1968-2002, undated   box 18 | folder 5

    Folder of miscellaneous materials including tickets, post cards, mailers, photocopies of articles, etc.



    Announcements, notices, print outs, 1982-1994, undated   box 18 | folder 6

    Folder of miscellaneous materials including template for recipes and a Tu B'shvat Seder.



    Correspondence, 1987-2000, undated   box 18 | folder 7

    Thank you notes, legal correspondence re bequests, and related letters.



    Miscellaneous materials, 1967-1974, undated   box 18 | folder 8

    Certificate, gift shop materials, recipes, scripts, etc.



    Sisterhood orthogram ledger, 1957-1959   box 18 | folder 9

    Bound volume with accounts, by women's names, listing to whom orthograms (greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.) were to be sent; with notations of charges and payments.



    Sisterhood orthogram ledger, 1960   box 19 | folder 1

    Loose leaf pages arranged alphabetically by women's names, listing to whom orthograms (greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.) were to be sent; with notations of charges and payments.



    Sisterhood orthogram ledger, 1960-1968   box 19 | folder 2

    Loose sheets, organized alphabetically by women's names, listing to whom orthograms (greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.) were to be sent with notations of charges and payments.



    Sisterhood ledger, 1960-1967   box 19 | folder 3

    Loose sheets, some arranged by account, but the majority arranged alphabetically by women's names. Listing to whom orthograms (greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.) were to be sent with notations of charges and payments. Many accounts carry over from the previous volume.



    Sisterhood orthogram sale files, 1961-1967   box 19 | folder 4

    Work sheets, related materials and lists of congregants' birthdays, anniversaries, etc.



    Pauline Doobrow scrapbook, 1948-1974   box 19 | folder 5

    Scrapbook compiled by a president of BSBI sisterhood documenting earlier Daughters of Israel, BSBI Sisterhood, the earlier congregation Beth Israel and the BSBI congregation. With information of the merger and dedication of Brith Sholom and Beth Israel congregations.


    Sisterhood scrapbook, 1963-1965   Oversize Volume 9

    With clippings, a photograph, mailers, and related materials documenting activities. With photocopies.


    Sisterhood scrapbook, 1965-1972   Oversize Volume 10

    With clippings, photographs, cut outs, and related items documenting activities. With photocopies.



    Sisterhood scrapbook, 1972-1973   box 20 | folder 1

    Disbound scrapbook mostly of clippings documenting activities. With photocopies.


    Sisterhood scrapbook, 1977-1986   Oversize Volume 11

    With clippings, photographs, programs, mailers, etc. documenting activities. With photocopies.


    National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) records, 1949-1998 



    Correspondence, 1960-1998, undated   box 20 | folder 2

    Letters from national organization and local affiliation at BSBI re funding, conventions, activities, etc. with related reports, invoices and similar materials.



    NCSY publications, 1963-1993, undated   box 20 | folder 3

    Newsletters, brochures and related publications of local, regional and NCSY organizations.



    NCSY programs, 1956-1993   box 20 | folder 4

    Programs to annual conventions, meetings, etc. from BSBI and other congregations and areas.



    NCSY flyers, 1949-1991   box 20 | folder 5

    Mimeographed and other printed materials promoting local Charleston NCSY programs.



    NCSY Certificates, 1968-1985   box 20 | folder 6

    Award and annual registration certificates and plaques re Charleston "Masada" chapter of NCSY.



    NCSY miscellaneous materials   box 20 | folder 7

    Book cover with NCSY logo and design; with felt patch from National Convention.


    Physical plant materials, 1955-1982 



    Images   box 20 | folder 8

    Printed drawing (by Laura Peck) of exterior, with 2 color images of interior and undated sketch of floor plan.



    Building correspondence, 1956-1982   box 20 | folder 9

    Letters re upkeep, insurance, etc. of synagogue and related property.



    Fellowship Hall materials, undated   box 20 | folder 10

    Construction plans, drawings, reservation form, list of improvements, etc.



    Real estate papers, 1955-1975   box 20 | folder 11

    Correspondence, plats, etc. re real estate bought and sold by the two congregations.


    Cemeteries, 1945-1998 



    Account books, 1945-1964   box 20 | folder 12

    Small bound volume (1946-1962) noting expenses and income and totals in fund for Brith Sholom cemetery. With an income and expense book (1945-1964) of Beth Israel Cemetery Fund; and bank book (1946-1964) of deposits into Beth Israel Cemetery Fund.



    Account books, 1958-1967   box 20 | folder 13

    Book (1958-1965) of cemetery reservations, payments and expenses; and book (1960-1967) describing deposits into cemetery fund.



    Correspondence and reports, 1958-1971, undated   box 20 | folder 14

    Cemetery committee reports, correspondence re upkeep, individual burials and tombstones, contributions, burial right contracts, etc.



    Miscellaneous materials, 1988, 1998   box 20 | folder 15

    Note by Rabbi David Radinsky (1988) re use of general calendar and Hebrew calendar dates on tombstones with a list (1998) of burials at Brith Sholom cemetery near Magnolia Cemetery.


    Publications/Newsletters, 1954-2012 



    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1954-1955   box 21 | folder 1


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1956-1957   box 21 | folder 2


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1958-1960   box 21 | folder 3


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1961-1962   box 21 | folder 4


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1963-1964   box 21 | folder 5


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1965-1966   box 21 | folder 6


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1967-1968   box 21 | folder 7


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1969-1970   box 21 | folder 8


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1971   box 21 | folder 9


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1972   box 21 | folder 10


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1973   box 21 | folder 11


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1974   box 21 | folder 12


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1975   box 21 | folder 13


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1976   box 21 | folder 14


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1977   box 21 | folder 15


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1978   box 21 | folder 16


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1979   box 21 | folder 17


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1980   box 21 | folder 18


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1981   box 22 | folder 1


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1982   box 22 | folder 2


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1983   box 22 | folder 3


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1984   box 22 | folder 4


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1985   box 22 | folder 5


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1986   box 22 | folder 6


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1987   box 22 | folder 7


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1988   box 22 | folder 8


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1989   box 22 | folder 9


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1990   box 22 | folder 10


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1991   box 22 | folder 11


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1992   box 22 | folder 12


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1993   box 22 | folder 13


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1995   box 22 | folder 14


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1996   box 23 | folder 1


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1997   box 23 | folder 2


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1998   box 23 | folder 3


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 1999   box 23 | folder 4


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2000   box 23 | folder 5


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2001   box 23 | folder 6


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2002   box 23 | folder 7


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2003   box 23 | folder 8


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2004   box 23 | folder 9


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2005   box 24 | folder 1


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2006   box 24 | folder 2


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2007   box 24 | folder 3


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2008   box 24 | folder 4


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2009   box 24 | folder 5


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2010   box 24 | folder 6


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2011   box 24 | folder 7


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger, 2012   box 24 | folder 8


    Brith Sholom Beth Israel Messenger articles, 1970-1999   box 24 | folder 9

    Photocopies of articles by Rabbi David Radinsky, with chronological listing.


    Program materials: miscellaneous, 1954-2010 



    Invitations, postcards and notifications of congregational events and programs, 1954, 1972-1989   box 24 | folder 10


    Flyers and mailers re a variety of congregation events and programs, 1990-1999   box 24 | folder 11


    Flyers and mailers re a variety of congregation events and programs, 2000-2005   box 24 | folder 12


    Flyers and mailers re a variety of congregation events and programs, 2006-2010, undated   box 24 | folder 13


    Calendars, 2004-2007   box 25 | folder 1

    Monthly calendars listing congregation events and programs and yahrzeit lists.



    Memorial service books, 1956-1997   box 25 | folder 2

    Booklets for Day of Atonement memorial services, with prayers and lists of mourned congregants.



    Memorial service books, 1993, 1996, undated   box 25 | folder 3

    Booklets for Day of Atonement memorial services, with prayers and lists of mourned congregants; with undated booklet re Jewish Laws of mourning.



    Memorial service books, 2001-2010, undated   box 25 | folder 4

    Program materials: dedications and anniversaries, 1956-2002 



    Synagogue dedication program, 1956   box 25 | folder 5

    With an undated pamphlet re naming and memorial opportunities in the synagogue.



    Installation banquets, 1956-2002   box 25 | folder 6

    Invitations, programs and related correspondence re annual meeting banquets, with installation of officers, etc.



    130th anniversary program, 1985   box 25 | folder 7

    Programs, invitation and matters relating to 130th anniversary and 30th anniversary of merger of Brith Sholom and Beth Israel.



    Anniversaries gala, 1995   box 25 | folder 8

    Correspondence, invitations, speeches and programs celebrating 140 years of BSBI and 25 years of service of Rabbi David J. Radinsky.



    Anniversaries gala, 1995   box 26 | folder 1

    Scrapbook, correspondence and other materials documenting the celebration of 140 years of BSBI and 25 years of service of Rabbi David J. Radinsky.



    Anniversaries gala, 1995   box 26 | folder 2

    Financial papers re celebration of 140 years of BSBI and 25 years of service of Rabbi David J. Radinsky.



    Solomon Hall dedication, 1981   box 26 | folder 3

    Program dedicating activities hall next to the synagogue.


    Program materials: honoring individuals, 1988-2008 



    Rabbi David Radinsky and Barbara Cooper Radinsky, 1988, 2000   box 26 | folder 4

    Programs, invitations, copies of speeches and related matter re two programs.



    Keser Shem Tov Award to Dr. Leon Feldman, 1999   box 26 | folder 5

    Program, correspondence, invitation, yarmulke, clipping and related matters.



    Morris Rosen and Jack Brickman, 2008   box 26 | folder 6

    Invitation, program and yarmulke of program honoring Rosen and Brickman for practicing law in Charleston for 60 years.



    Miscellaneous individual honorees, 1998-2007   box 26 | folder 7

    Printed materials re "roasting" or honoring Barry Krell (1998), Shera Lee Ellison Berlin (2000) and Freida and Joe Sokol (2007).


    Program materials: confirmations, bar/bat mitzvah, weddings, etc., 1955-2000 



    Bar Mitzvah materials   box 26 | folder 8

    Scattered programs, invitations and related printed matter.



    Bar Mitzvah sermons, 1956-1981, undated   box 26 | folder 9

    Typed and carbon sermons delivered by various young men, noted by name.



    Bar Mitzvah lists, 1957-1975, undated   box 26 | folder 10

    Lists of names with birthdates and dates slated mostly for bar mitzvahs, with a few notations re bat mitzvahs.



    Bar Mitzvah correspondence, 1955-1968   box 26 | folder 11

    Form letters to parents, letters noting dates of various bar mitzvahs, and related correspondence.



    Ayes Chayil correspondence, 1974-2000   box 27 | folder 1

    Scattered invitations and correspondence to parents and students re Ayes Chayil, or Women of Valor (confirmation).



    Ayes Chayil programs, 1974-1998, undated   box 27 | folder 2

    Scattered program to Ayes Chayil (Women of Valor) confirmation ceremonies.



    Wedding invitations and programs, 1990-1998, undated   box 27 | folder 3

    Program materials: shabbaton retreats, 1976-2006 



    First annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1976   box 27 | folder 4


    Second annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1977   box 27 | folder 5


    Third annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1978   box 27 | folder 6


    Fourth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1979   box 27 | folder 7


    Fifth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1980   box 27 | folder 8


    Sixth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1981   box 27 | folder 9


    Seventh annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1982   box 27 | folder 10


    Eighth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1983   box 27 | folder 11


    Ninth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1984   box 27 | folder 12


    Tenth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1985   box 27 | folder 13


    Eleventh and twelfth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1986-1987   box 27 | folder 14


    Thirteenth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1988   box 27 | folder 15


    Fourteenth and eighteenth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials, 1989, 1994   box 27 | folder 16


    Nineteenth, twentieth, twenty-second, twenty-third and twenty-fourth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials , 1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004   box 27 | folder 17


    Twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, material, 2005-2006   box 27 | folder 18


    Miscellaneous and undated annual Shabbaton, or Weekend Torah Retreat, materials   box 27 | folder 19

    Program materials: topical, 1952-2002 



    Miscellaneous programs, 1966-2003   box 28 | folder 1

    Flyers, letters, sign-up sheets and receipts for a variety of programs.



    Piccolo Spoleto programs at BSBI, 2010-2011   box 28 | folder 2


    Purim programs, 1952-2002, undated   box 28 | folder 3

    Flyers, scripts, programs and fact sheet.


    Photographic and audio visual materials, 1922-2012 



    Events, 1940s-1950s   box 28 | folder 4

    Black and white photographs of Beth Israel functions, installation of Rabbi Gilbert Klaperman at Brith Sholom, and Rabbi Nachum Rabinovitch photos at functions. Some negatives.



    Events, 1960s-1980s   box 28 | folder 5

    Black and white and color photos of dedications, a Purim celebration, banquets, testimonials, and Shabbaton banquet, etc. Some negatives.



    Events, 1980s-1995   box 28 | folder 6

    Black and white and color photos of sisterhood events, installation banquets, a Simchas Torah dinner, dancing at an unidentified event, etc.



    Events, 1986-1989   box 28 | folder 7

    Black and white and color photos of installation banquets, a mother's day brunch, Sisterhood events and Shabbaton events.



    Events, 1988   box 29 | folder 1

    Color photos of installation of officers, mother's day, an event honoring Rabbi David J. Radinsky, and Shabbaton programs.



    Events, 1988-1996   box 29 | folder 2

    Color photographs of sisterhood events, "A Season of Torah" program, burying religious books after Hurricane Hugo, and other programs.



    Events, 1990-1996   box 29 | folder 3

    Color and black and white photographs of installation of officers, congregational events, Sisterhood preparation of Shalach Manot gift baskets for Purim, etc. Includes images of Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.



    Events, circa 1995-2004   box 29 | folder 4

    Color photographs of installation of officers, events honoring Barry Krell and Leon Feldman, unveiling a statue and other events. With CDs of BSBI rededication (2004) ceremony with Jeffrey Gurock.



    People, 1940s-1980s   box 30 | folder 1

    Black and white photographs of rabbis and other leaders of Beth Israel and Brith Sholom congregations; with a photo of Lena Berkowitz; later black and white and color images of various groups and individuals.



    Buildings and objects, 1922-1990s   box 30 | folder 2

    Black and white photos of Jewish Community Center on George Street (1922), Brith Sholom and Beth Israel Synagogue buildings and color images of BSBI synagogue; with photos of a shofar and a bottle with a Jewish star.



    Miscellaneous, undated   box 30 | folder 3

    35 mm color negatives of unidentified event with numbered slides in sleeves illustrating history of Brith Sholom, Beth Israel, and Brith Sholom Beth Israel congregations.



    Orthodoxy in Charleston photographs   box 30 | folder 4

    Negatives, positives and contact sheets of some of the images used in first 20 pages of the history of Brith Sholom Beth Israel by Jeffrey Gurock.



    Orthodoxy in Charleston photographs   box 30 | folder 5

    Negatives and positives of photographs, along with original materials (some printed) and photocopies used to illustrate the history of BSBI by Jeffrey Gurock, pp. 20-40.



    Orthodoxy in Charleston photographs   box 30 | folder 6

    Original photographs, copies and photocopies of photographs, with related notes, used in the history of BSBI by Jeffrey Gurock, pp. 41-65.



    Orthodoxy in Charleston photographs   box 30 | folder 7

    Photocopies of images, used and not used, in the history of BSBI by Jeffrey Gurock, with many penciled identifications.



    Orthodoxy in Charleston photographs   box 30 | folder 8

    Slides, contact prints, and copies of photographs used and not used in the history of BSBI by Jeffrey Gurock.



    Video cassettes   box 31 | folder 1

    BSBI installation, 1993 and 1994; and "BSBI Shabbaton 1994: Tribute to Fay N. Grabin and Nathan Rephan."



    Electronic files, circa 2008-2012   box 43 | folder 9

    External hard drive containing digital files of BSBI's promotional materials, program announcements, fliers, and publications from approximately 2008 to 2012. With other miscellaneous files.


    Related organizations materials, 1959-2002 



    BSBI Minyan House material, 1985-2002   box 31 | folder 2

    Histories of the Minyan House, related correspondence, and list of congregants in various categories.



    BSBI Minyan House photographs, 1980s   box 31 | folder 3

    Black and white and color images of congregants, ark, activities, etc.



    Chevra Kadisha correspondence and invoices, 1959-1974   box 31 | folder 4

    Correspondence re donations made by the burial society, for service rendered, and invoices for materials ordered.



    Chevra Kadisha miscellaneous materials, 1964-1992   box 31 | folder 5

    Brochure, history, contact information and related items; with oversize certificate "In Honor of Ladies of Hevra Kadisha of Charleston."


    Unrelated organizations materials, 1938-2010 



    Expense account book, 1947-1958   box 31 | folder 6

    Bound volume of expenses of unknown individual or agency, noting personal, insurance, rent, salaries, charities, etc.



    Miscellaneous documents, undated   box 31 | folder 7

    Photocopy of a marriage contract a few Hebrew documents and copies



    Historical materials, 1980s, undated   box 31 | folder 8

    Extracts and printouts from antebellum periodicals re Jewish institutions in Charleston, the legal decision (1846) re ownership of building by factions of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, with some correspondence.



    Washington Birthday Ball ceremony, 1938   box 31 | folder 9

    Program of event sponsored by Charleston Chapter AZA, Charleston Hebrew School.



    Hebrew Orphan Society materials, 1947   box 31 | folder 10

    Correspondence re donations.



    Jewish Community Center materials, 1951-1999, undated   box 32 | folder 1

    1950s newsletters, undated program for a womanless wedding, photocopies of early deed and images.



    Jewish Welfare Board correspondence, 1944-1945   box 32 | folder 2

    Carbons of letters to local armed forces organizations and bases re Jewish related activities.



    Kosher/kashrut materials, 1981-2010   box 32 | folder 3

    Clipping, correspondence, etc. re Lash Kosher butcher and other kosher places in Charleston.



    Hadassah materials, 1961, 2000-2001   box 32 | folder 4

    Scattered printed materials.



    Columbia, South Carolina materials, 1942-1944, 1981   box 32 | folder 5

    Photocopies of Congregation Beth Sholom bulletins; with later University of South Carolina Hillel flyer.



    Miscellaneous publications, 1940s-1990s   box 32 | folder 6

    Genocide program, Passover Hagadah, and other printed programs.



    Miscellaneous clippings, 1930s-1940s   box 32 | folder 7

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics.



    Miscellaneous clippings, 1950s   box 32 | folder 8

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics.



    Miscellaneous clippings, 1960s   box 32 | folder 9

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics.



    Miscellaneous clippings, 1970s   box 32 | folder 10

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics.



    Miscellaneous clippings, 1980s   box 32 | folder 11

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics.



    Miscellaneous clippings, 1990s   box 32 | folder 12

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics.



    Miscellaneous clippings, 1990s   box 32 | folder 13

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics.



    Miscellaneous clippings, 2000s   box 32 | folder 14

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics.



    Miscellaneous clippings, undated   box 32 | folder 15

    Clippings and photocopies of clippings on Jewish related topics, including vandalism at Maryville cemeteries.



    Miscellaneous printed and written materials, 1950s-1990s, undated   box 32 | folder 16

    Various flyers, brochures, etc. relating to local Jewish community related activities; with typescript of a 1965 radio editorial re Blue Laws, and an undated typescript resolution re synagogue Emanu-El favoring a merger with the orthodox and other congregations.



    4. Charleston Hebrew Institute/Addlestone Hebrew Academy records, 1933-2010  

    Governing records, 1933-1996 



    Incorporation and legal papers, 1933-1939   box 33 | folder 1

    Photocopies of incorporation papers and deed, with legal document, letter and minutes re Charleston Free Hebrew School, forerunner of later school.



    Correspondence, 1947-1949   box 33 | folder 2

    Letters re administering Brith Sholom's Hebrew School.



    Minute book, 1948   box 33 | folder 3

    Bound volume of minutes of three meetings of the community Hebrew and Sunday Schools of Charleston.



    Minute book, 1951-1952, 1954   box 33 | folder 4

    Bound volume with laid-in typed minutes of the Board of Directors of the Charleston Hebrew Institute, with later (1954) handwritten minutes and (1956) petition by BSBI members to have a new school built.



    Constitutions, undated   box 33 | folder 5

    Constitutions of the Charleston Hebrew Institute and Addlestone Hebrew Academy.



    Minutes, 1960-1968, 1986, undated   box 33 | folder 6

    Broken run of minute (1960-1968) of Charleston Hebrew Institute with various lists of board members, and notices to board to attend meetings.



    Financial and annual reports, 1957-1965   box 33 | folder 7

    Some finance committee minutes, with financial and student data.



    Miscellaneous financial materials, circa 1960-1996   box 33 | folder 8

    Lists of donors, ledger pages noting receipts, salaries, etc. With correspondence to and from donors.


    Building project materials, 1956-1980 



    Correspondence re building program and fund, 1956-1980   box 33 | folder 9

    Correspondence and acknowledgements with lists of donations for building fund for school.



    Pledges, 1965-1980   box 33 | folder 10

    Cards (1976-1980) for individuals noting amounts pledged and paid for building fund with receipts (1965-1969) for donations.



    Building contract, 1973, undated   box 33 | folder 11

    Specifications for school building, with partial resolution between BSBI and Jewish Community Center.



    School building proposal, 1974   box 33 | folder 12

    Program for event presenting proposal for new school on JCC campus. With lists of donors and related items.


    Parents, teachers, and students materials and records, 1948-2010 



    Registration forms, 1953-1983, undated   box 34 | folder 1

    Forms and brochures for Charleston Hebrew Institute and Addlestone Hebrew Academy.



    Student, parents and faculty lists, circa 1965-1968   box 34 | folder 2

    Rolodex cards listing names alphabetically, sometimes within grades.



    Student, parents and faculty lists, circa 1965-1968   box 34 | folder 3

    Rolodex cards listing students alphabetically.



    Student and parent and faculty lists, 1962-2000   box 34 | folder 4

    Various lists of staff, parents and students with later spiral bound school directories.



    Attendance lists, 1965-1972   box 34 | folder 5

    Scattered mostly mimeograph attendance lists for various grades.



    Calendars and schedules, 1961-1980   box 34 | folder 6

    Scattered school calendars, with breakdowns of daily schedule for some classes.



    Honor rolls, 1966-1972   box 34 | folder 7

    Lists of students on principal's list, honor roll, good citizens, etc.



    Scholarships and awards, 1965-1968, undated   box 34 | folder 8

    Materials re funding scholarships and awards, and some correspondence re recipients.



    Letters to parents, 1959-1976, undated   box 34 | folder 9

    Mostly form, mimeographed letters and cards addressed to parents.



    Teacher correspondence and papers, 1956-1984   box 34 | folder 10

    Letters to prospective and hired teachers, with some tributes to teachers from students and others.



    Curriculum materials, 1956-1982, undated   box 34 | folder 11

    Miscellaneous materials used in studies, including plays, reading lists, and related correspondence.



    Teacher's manuals, 1968-1972   box 34 | folder 12

    Faculty manuals with some related correspondence.



    Teacher's manuals, 1972-1989   box 35 | folder 1

    With a guide to religious observance at school and dress code.



    Teacher's guide to language skills, 1967-1968   box 35 | folder 2

    Guide produced by the school.



    Student manual and policies and procedures, 1960s?-1990s, undated   box 35 | folder 3

    Undated student manual with undated and dated policies and procedures manuals.



    Evaluations and reports, 1968-1994   box 35 | folder 4

    Reports evaluating the school by different agencies and from different perspectives.



    Self-Study, 1985   box 35 | folder 5

    Performed for accreditation by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.



    Afternoon Hebrew School materials, 1967-1968, undated   box 35 | folder 6

    Schedules, student lists and related materials to afternoon Hebrew School.



    Sunday School materials, 1966, 1971, undated   box 35 | folder 7

    Schedules, student lists, curriculum materials and related correspondence.



    Graduations/commencements, 1956-1963   box 36 | folder 1

    Programs, invitations, cantatas, etc.



    Graduations/commencements, 1964-2005   box 36 | folder 2

    Programs, invitations, cantatas, etc.



    Graduation/commencement invitations, 1964-2001   box 36 | folder 3


    Graduation/commencement plays, 1960s-1990s, undated   box 36 | folder 4

    Scripts, addresses, and related items.



    Blank diplomas and certificates   box 36 | folder 5


    Graduation/commencement correspondence, 1956, 1959, 1984-1992   box 36 | folder 6

    Correspondence with graduates, parents, and teachers, with lists of awards and winners in various years, with miscellaneous related letters.



    Confirmation, 1952, undated   box 36 | folder 7

    Invitation and copies of confirmations speeches given.



    PTA materials, 1950-1970, undated   box 37 | folder 1

    Post card notifications of meetings, list of members, flyers, clippings and related matter.



    PTA newsletters, 1948-1949, 1958   box 37 | folder 2


    PTA newsletters, 1968-1974   box 37 | folder 3


    Miscellaneous newsletters, 1965, 1966, 1976   box 37 | folder 4

    School newsletters in varying formats.



    Addlestone Hebrew Academy newsletter, 1979-1988   box 37 | folder 5

    Broken run of a few school newsletters.



    Addlestone Hebrew Academy "Connection" newsletter, 1993-1999   box 37 | folder 6

    Scattered issues of "Connection" and "Alumni Connection" newsletters.



    Addlestone Hebrew Academy "Orot" newsletter, 2000-2001   box 37 | folder 7

    Two issues of the "publication for community awareness." With a duplicate.



    Addlestone Hebrew Academy Pre-School newsletter, 1974, 1983, 1997   box 37 | folder 8

    Various preschool publications. 1997 "Preschool Pages" attached to school newsletters.



    Weekend memo to parents, 1968-1984   box 37 | folder 9

    Broken run of mimeographed and photocopied notes taken home by students.



    Weekend memo to parents, 1985-1997   box 37 | folder 10

    Incomplete run.



    Weekend memo to parents, 1998   box 37 | folder 11

    Nearly complete run, January-May 1998.



    "Shalom Addlestone!" Bi-weekly memo to parents, 2000-2001   box 37 | folder 12

    Incomplete.



    "Shalom Addlestone!" Bi-weekly memo to parents, 2001-2002   box 38 | folder 1

    Incomplete.



    "Shalom Addlestone!" Bi-weekly memo to parents, 2002-2003   box 38 | folder 2

    Incomplete.



    "Shalom Addlestone!" Bi-weekly memo to parents, 2003-2006   box 38 | folder 3

    Incomplete.



    Miscellaneous Addlestone Hebrew Academy publications, 2006, 2009-2010   box 38 | folder 4

    Development Office publication and copies of AHA Today newsletters.



    CHIP: Charleston Hebrew Institute Paper, 1964-1975   box 38 | folder 5

    Broken run of mimeographed student newspaper.



    Miscellaneous student newspapers, 1970s?, undated   box 38 | folder 6

    Mimeographed student newspapers under various names.



    "Bagels and Lox" Addlestone Hebrew Academy Literary Magazine, 1995-1997   box 38 | folder 7


    Student Council records, 1964-1971   box 39 | folder 1

    Constitution, ballots, and minutes.



    Shabbaton materials, 1967-1968   box 39 | folder 2

    Programs and fact sheet.



    Tiny Tots' First Yearbook, 1994-1995   box 39 | folder 3


    Genesis: Addlestone Hebrew Academy yearbook, 1983   box 39 | folder 4


    Genesis: Addlestone Hebrew Academy yearbook, 1995-1996   box 39 | folder 5


    Genesis: Addlestone Hebrew Academy yearbook, 1997   box 39 | folder 6


    Genesis: Addlestone Hebrew Academy yearbook, 2000   box 39 | folder 7


    Genesis: Addlestone Hebrew Academy yearbook, 2001   box 39 | folder 8


    Peace: Addlestone Hebrew Academy yearbook, 2003   box 39 | folder 9


    Belonging: Addlestone Hebrew Academy yearbook, 2008-2009   box 39 | folder 10

    2 copies.



    Miscellaneous publications, 1974-1990, undated   box 39 | folder 11

    Songster, programs for various celebrations, flyers and related materials.



    Promotional materials, undated   box 39 | folder 12

    Brochures and booklets re Charleston Hebrew Institute and Addlestone Hebrew Academy.



    25th anniversary program, 1981.   box 40 | folder 1

    Also honoring Linda and David Cohen.



    40th anniversary program, 1997.   box 40 | folder 2

    Honoring Mrs. Mordenai Hirsch, Mrs. Judy Rephan and alumni.



    "A Season of Torah Program," 1988   box 40 | folder 3

    Invitations, programs, speeches etc. for ceremony donating a Torah to Addlestone Hebrew Academy.



    AHA roasts and tributes, 1977-1990, undated   box 40 | folder 4

    Invitations, programs and related matter re programs honoring Mr. and Mrs. William Feldman, Gertrude and Aaron Solomon, Herbert Rosner and Raymond Rosenblum.


    Photographic and audio visual materials, 1939-1991 



    Photographs of buildings, students, teachers, events, etc., 1939-1963   box 40 | folder 5


    Photographs of students, teachers, and events, 1964-1971   box 40 | folder 6


    Photographs of students, teachers and events, 1972-1990   box 40 | folder 7

    Including visit (1983) to Congressman Thomas Hartnett.



    Photographs of students, teachers, events and some mockups for the school annuals, 1985-1990   box 41 | folder 1

    With photos of visit (1986) to Congressman Thomas Harnett.



    Photographs of students, teachers, and events with yearbook images, 1980s-1991   box 41 | folder 2

    With photos of "School in the Woods" program and many with Senator Strom Thurmond in Washington, D.C.



    Photographs of students and teachers and events, 1990s, undated   box 41 | folder 3


    8 mm films   box 41 | folder 4

    One marked CHI 1966-1967; the other Super 8 mm color film is unlabeled.


    Miscellaneous printed materials, 1950s-2002 



    "Reach of the Stars: AHA Annual Auction," 1998-2002   box 42 | folder 1

    Flyers, invitations and programs.



    Calendars, 1969-1983   box 42 | folder 2

    Scattered calendars, listing congregational birthdays, anniversaries, religious holidays, candle lighting times, etc.



    Calendars, 1992-2001   box 42 | folder 3


    Clippings and printed matter, 1950s-1980s, undated   box 42 | folder 4

    Miscellaneous clipping re the school, and two small Hebrew children's books.



    Materials re other Hebrew Day schools   box 42 | folder 5

    Information re schools in Savannah, Georgia, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Atlanta, Georgia; with some lists and a printed broadside re Hebrew Day Schools by Ludwig Lewisohn.



    5. Miscellaneous materials

    Artifacts



    Charity box used by Charleston Hebrew Institute   box 43 | folder 1


    Laminated yarzheit tablets for Ida Prystowsky (d. 1920) and Mike Prystowsky (d. 1943)   box 43 | folder 2


    Boxed notecards, with envelopes, of cards with images drawn by students of Addlestone Hebrew Academy   box 43 | folder 3


    Hebrew prayer book for Tisha B'Av service. Inscribed "Bluestein Bros. Charleston, SC. Aug. 10/02"   box 43 | folder 4


    Volume containing the Five Books of Moses and other scriptures and prayers, in Hebrew and English. With label noting the volume, given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. B. Krawcheck, for Sullivan's Island, S.C. minyan.   box 43 | folder 5


    Brass Star of David flagpole finial   box 43 | folder 6


    Small silver loving cup inscribed to "Beth Isreal [sic] Cong. to Bluestein Pres."   box 43 | folder 7


    Rubber stamp "Chevrah Kadisha Charleston South Carolina" with Hebrew inscription   box 43 | folder 8

    Textiles



    BSBI tee shirt showing the sanctuary on Rutledge Avenue   box 44 | folder 1


    Jewish War Veteran's camp, Samuel Turtletaub Post, belonging to Sammy Bielsky   box 44 | folder 2


    Circular felt patch, Jewish Community Center, Charleston, S.C. Ping Pong   box 44 | folder 3



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