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Inventory of the William A. Rosenthall Papers, 1791-2008

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Biographical files, sermons, correspondence, articles, photographs, and other papers of William A. Rosenthall, rabbi, scholar, and collector of Judaica. Materials document Rosenthall's rabbinates, particularly his sixteen-year tenure at Charleston's Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, and involvement in the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Hebrew Union College, and other faith- or art-based organizations. Also included are Rosenthall's expansive topical files on Jewish history and culture. Topics of Rosenthall's sermons and files vary widely and include Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict, Zionism, Jewish practices and beliefs, Jewish communities located around the world, Jewish history and individuals, Jewish relationships with other ethnic and religious populations, anti-Semitism, women and gender equality, and Jews in military service.
Title: William A. Rosenthall papers
Creator: Rosenthall, William A.
Date(s): 1791-2008  (bulk 1930-2000)  
Extent: 20 linear feet
(47 document boxes, 1 flat storage box, 1 oversize folder, 3 reel to reel audio tapes)
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 1087
Language of Material: Materials in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, German, and Spanish

Biographical and Historical Note

William A. Rosenthall was born in Kenton, Ohio, on March 8, 1927, to Gordon and Florence Rosenthall. He enlisted in the army in June 1945 upon completing high school, and subsequently enrolled at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. After two years, Rosenthall transferred to Syracuse University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in English, graduating magna cum laude in 1950. In 1951, he entered the rabbinical program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 1956 as president of his class with a bachelor's and master's of Hebrew letters and was ordained as a rabbi. He held the position of assistant rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C., for a year, then resigned in order to pursue study in Europe and Israel. During his time in Washington, Rosenthall met Irene Ostrower, whom he married in 1957. Their son Gordon was born in 1963 and daughter Marcia in 1966.

After returning to the United States in 1958, Rosenthall became rabbi of Woodsdale Temple in Wheeling, West Virginia. He left the position in 1962 to become the executive director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), a post he held for more than a decade. When the WUPJ headquarters moved overseas in 1972, Rabbi Rosenthall resigned as executive director, but remained active in the organization's governing body. He also remained active in the International and Latin American Commissions of the American Jewish Committee and the Latin American Committee of the Anti-Defamation League.

Rosenthall next held interim positions at synagogues in New York before relocating to Charleston in 1976 to become the rabbi of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE). This was Rosenthall's last and longest tenure, extending from 1976 to 2005. In Charleston, Rosenthall spearheaded efforts to promote interfaith cooperation and served as president of the Christian-Jewish Council of Charleston and the Ministerial Association of Greater Charleston. He served on the boards of the Carolina Art Association and The Charleston Museum and on the Collections Committee of the Gibbes Museum of Art, and he assisted in establishing the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston. He was also involved in the Charleston Jewish Fund as part of the Community Relations Committee.

Rabbi Rosenthall's great passion was collecting Judaica, including prints, postcards, medals, stamps, and books and other published materials, depicting every aspect of Jewish life and culture. Rosenthall began collecting as a young man and continued adding to his Judaica collection throughout his life. As a scholar and collector, Rosenthall lectured on Jewish graphic arts and exhibited portions of his collection at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, Savannah College of Art and Design, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion in Cincinnati, and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

After almost three decades of serving the congregation, William Rosenthall retired from KKBE in 1992, but remained rabbi emeritus until his death on April 30, 2005.


Collection Overview

Biographical files, correspondence, sermons, articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other papers of William A. Rosenthall, rabbi, scholar, and collector of Judaica. Materials document Rosenthall's rabbinates, particularly his sixteen-year tenure at Charleston's Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. The collection also includes materials regarding Rosenthall's involvement in numerous faith- or art-based organizations, such as the Charleston Jewish Federation, The Charleston Museum, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Christian-Jewish Council of Charleston, and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, of which Rosenthall was Executive Director from 1962 to 1973. Also present are Rosenthall's expansive topical files on Jewish history and culture, which include original documents and some photocopies. Topics vary widely and include Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict, Zionism, Jewish practices and beliefs, Jewish communities located around the world, Jewish history and individuals, Jewish relationships with other ethnic and religious populations, anti-Semitism, women and gender equality, and Jews in military service.

Collection Arrangement

1.  Biographical files, 1917-2008
2.  Correspondence, 1940-2002
3.  Professional papers, 1952-2001
4.  Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim records, 1791-2004 (bulk 1976-1992)
5.  Organization files, 1929-2004
6.  World Union for Progressive Judaism records, 1928-2002
7.  Sermons and address, circa 1950-2003
8.  Topical files on Jewish culture and history, 1881-2004


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

    • Rosenthall, William A.
    • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, S.C.)
    • World Union for Progressive Judaism
    • Hebrew Union College

    Subjects

    • Antisemitism
    • Arab-Israeli conflict
    • Jewish soldiers
    • Jewish women
    • Jews--History
    • Jews--Israel
    • Judaism--Customs and practices
    • Judaism--Relations
    • Rabbis
    • Zionism

    Types of Material

    • Articles
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Correspondence
    • Newsletters
    • Photographs
    • Publications
    • Sermons

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection (Mss 1086),the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim congregation records, 1798-2002 (Mss 1047), a 1997 oral history interview with William Rosenthall (Mss 1035-167), several published works by Rosenthall, and two digital collections hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library: the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection- Postcards and the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection- Prints and Photographs.

    Detailed Description of the Collection

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    1. Biographical files, 1917-2008  



    Biographies, circa 1946-1992   box 1 | folder 1


    Newspaper clippings, 1962-2008   box 1 | folder 2


    Childhood, 1935-1944   box 1 | folder 3

    Includes an autograph book, a program from Rosenthall's confirmation service at Temple Beth Israel (Lima, Ohio), and programs from school plays.

    Kenton High School, Kenton, Ohio, 1940-1945, 1990, 1995


    The Echoette, 1940-1945 [Kenton High School newsletter]   box 1 | folder 4


    Event programs and newspaper clippings, 1942-1945   box 1 | folder 5


    Class of 1945 yearbook and commencement, 1945   box 1 | folder 6


    Class of 1945 reunions, 1990, 1995   box 1 | folder 7


    Syracuse University, 1946-1950   box 1 | folder 8

    Includes academic papers, Jewish Student Fellowship newsletters, and materials regarding the 1950 commencement.

    Hebrew Union College, 1917, 1944-2002


    Brochures and informational publications, 1945-2001   box 1 | folder 9-10


    General mailings, 1951-1956, 1997-2002   box 1 | folder 11

    Letters include announcements, daily events, and reminders.



    Class Notes, 1952-1953   box 2 | folder 1

    Includes course note on Judaism and Christianity by Dr. Leo Baeck.



    Class Notes, 1953-1955   box 2 | folder 2

    Includes course notes on the Bible, philosophy, and the Talmud.



    Class Notes, 1955-1956   box 2 | folder 3

    Includes course notes on Jewish theology, Jewish history, and American Jewish history.



    Class Notes, undated   box 2 | folder 4

    Includes notes on modern Hebrew and the Midrash.



    Class Notes, undated   box 2 | folder 5

    Includes notes on theology, the Old Testament, and Hebrew.



    Class Notes, undated   box 3 | folder 1-5

    Includes notes on Shlomo Yitzchaki (known as Rashi), the Psalms, and the Mishna. Also includes notes on liturgy, Hebrew, and the Talmud.



    Miscellaneous Essays, undated   box 3 | folder 6


    Correspondence, 1955-1957   box 4 | folder 1

    Includes letters to and from Rosenthall mostly concerning his student rabbinate placements, and congratulatory notes regarding Rosenthall's ordination. Some correspondence is in Spanish and German.



    Event programs, 1956-2002   box 4 | folder 2


    Talks and addresses, 1944-1996   box 4 | folder 3

    Transcripts of commencement addresses, Founders' Day Addresses, and memorial lectures on a variety of topics.



    Newspaper clippings, 1953-1959, 1980-1981   box 4 | folder 4

    Includes articles on HUC student rabbis and Rosenthall's receiving of a Doctor of Divinity honorary degree.



    Newsletters, 1917, 1950-1958, 1978-1979   box 4 | folder 5


    Ordination and graduation, 1956   box 4 | folder 6


    Miscellaneous HUC materials, 1951-1975, 2000   box 4 | folder 7

    Includes a textbook for a Hebrew course, announcements of rabbinical openings, an award for best sermon, and a photocopy of a 1956 photograph of Rosenthall with classmates.



    Business cards and family stationery, undated   box 4 | folder 8


    Poetry and personal reflections, 1946-1957   box 4 | folder 9
    Photographs, 1964-1997

    Most photographs include dates, locations, and names of individuals.



    Portraits of Rosenthall, 1976-1997   box 4 | folder 10


    Travels, 1964-1995   box 4 | folder 11

    Includes photographs taken in London, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Budapest, Rome, Spain, Israel, Brazil, and Jamaica.



    Miscellaneous photographs, 1979-1995   box 4 | folder 12


    Miscellaneous biographical files, 1940-1994, undated   box 6 | folder 1

    Includes certificates, material regarding the Rosenthall family history, a newsletter article regarding Rosenthall meeting President Jimmy Carter during a celebration for the 30th anniversary of the state of Israel, and the program from the signing of the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.


    Oversize biographical files, 1961, 1987-1990   Oversize Paper Folder 1
    (Flat storage)

    Consists of three decorative scripture quotations written in calligraphy by Rabbi Jeffrey Lazar and presented to Rosenthall by Temple Sinai of Atlanta. Also includes a decorative memento presented to Rabbi Rosenthall by the Hebrew Union College Board of Governors on the occasion of the dedication of the new library and dormitories of the Cincinnati Campus.


    2. Correspondence, 1940-2002  

    The series includes correspondence from family, friends, and other religious leaders as well as copies and drafts of letters from Rosenthall. Topics include Rosenthall's rabbinates and guest sermons, conferences and events, family updates, Judaica, and the scholarly research of Rosenthall and others. Some correspondence is in Spanish and French.



    General, 1940-1989   box 6 | folder 2-6


    General, 1990-1999 (1 of 2)   box 6 | folder 7


    General, 1990-1999 (2 of 2)   box 7 | folder 1


    General, 2000-2002   box 7 | folder 2


    Thank you letters from students (sampling), 1976, 1994-1995   box 7 | folder 3


    Getter, Sandra, 1986-1998   box 7 | folder 4

    Includes photographs and copies of Getter's research on the Holocaust. Getter was an Evangelical Christian and converted to Judaism in 1991 under Rosenthall's guidance.


    3. Professional papers, 1952-2001  

    Rabbinates, 1952-2001

    Includes correspondence, articles, and congregation bulletins and newsletters.



    Congregation Gates of Prayer, New Iberia, Louisiana, 1953   box 8 | folder 1


    Temple Israel, Burlington, Iowa, 1953-1955   box 8 | folder 2


    Temple House of Israel, Staunton, Virginia, 1955, 2001   box 8 | folder 3


    Sinai Temple, Marion, Indiana, 1955-1956   box 8 | folder 4


    Kol Shearith Israel, Panama City, Panama, 1956, 1993-1995   box 8 | folder 5-6

    Includes photographs.

    Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, D.C.


    Correspondence, 1956-1957   box 8 | folder 7-8


    Services and events, 1956-1997 (scattered)   box 8 | folder 9


    Newspaper clippings, 1956   box 8 | folder 10

    Regarding Rosenthall's election as assistant rabbi.


    Photograph of Rosenthall with confirmation class of 1957   Oversize Paper Folder 1
    (Flat storage)


    Temple Journal, 1956-1992 (scattered)   box 8 | folder 11


    Rabbi Norman Gerstenfeld memorials and obituaries, 1968   box 8 | folder 12


    Miscellaneous Washington Hebrew Congregation materials, 1956-1957   box 8 | folder 13

    Includes certificates, notes, and other writings.



    Liberal Synagogue, Paris, France, 1956-1957   box 8 | folder 14
    Woodsdale Temple/ Temple Shalom, Wheeling, West Virginia, 1958-1962, 1989

    Scrapbook, 1958, undated   box 5

    Includes event programs, flyers, photographs, newspaper clippings, telegrams, certificates, and invitations from Rabbi Rosenthall's time as Rabbi of the Woodsdale Temple in Wheeling, Virginia.



    Miscellaneous Woodsdale Temple/ Temple Shalom materials, 1958-1962, 1989   box 8 | folder 15
    Audiovisual materials
    (JHC Miscellaneous Audiovisual Formats Box 1 | 3 reel to reel tapes)

    "Music," undated   reel 1087-M01

    "High Holy Days, 196?" circa 1960   reel 1087-M02

    "Sisterhood Convention Skit," circa 1960   reel 1087-M03

    Directed by Irene Rosenthall.



    Temple Beth Am, Port Washington, New York, 1973-1975   box 9 | folder 1


    Miscellaneous rabbinates, 1952-1972   box 9 | folder 2

    Includes a photograph of Rosenthall with a confirmation group from Congregation Beth Chavairuth of Tenafly, New Jersey.

    Articles, 1955-1999

    Includes articles written by Rosenthall; mostly from Center Talk, Charleston Jewish Journal, and Charleston newspapers.



    Letters to the editor, 1962-1998   box 9 | folder 3


    Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, 1977-1999   box 9 | folder 4


    Jewish-Christian relations, 1978-1992   box 9 | folder 5


    Jewish history, 1980-1990, undated   box 9 | folder 6


    Holiday messages, 1982-1992   box 9 | folder 7


    Miscellaneous articles, 1955-1991   box 9 | folder 8
    Course material, 1968-1991

    Materials for courses Rosenthall taught at various congregations, Jewish Community Centers, and other institutions. Includes lecture notes, photocopies of sources, and worksheets.



    Course descriptions and brochures, 1976-1988   box 9 | folder 9


    History of Reform Judaism, 1968   box 9 | folder 10


    Bypaths in Jewish Art, 1973-1987   box 9 | folder 11


    The American Jewish Short Story, 1980   box 9 | folder 12


    A Survey of Modern Jewish Poetry, 1981   box 9 | folder 13


    Intermarriage and conversion course, 1985   box 9 | folder 14


    Reintroduction to Judaism, 1990   box 9 | folder 15


    Introduction to the Old Testament, 1991   box 9 | folder 16


    College of Charleston, 1984-1999   box 10 | folder 1

    Includes correspondence regarding exhibits at the college and the establishment of the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program.



    Notes, undated   box 10 | folder 2

    4. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim records, 1791-2004 (bulk 1976-1992) 

    History, 1791-2000 ,  

    Includes mostly articles, booklets, and other publications.



    General histories, 1950-1999   box 10 | folder 3


    Photocopies and transcripts of original documents, 1791-1895   box 10 | folder 4


    Articles, circa 1950-1999   box 10 | folder 5


    "It Happened Right Here: The Annals of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim," KKBE Bulletin column by Solomon Breibart, 1997-1999   box 10 | folder 6


    Organ, 1842, 1914, 1982-1996   box 10 | folder 7

    Contains photocopies.



    Rabbis, 1896, 1905, 1979-1986, undated   box 10 | folder 8

    Includes information about Elzas Poznanski. Contains photocopies.



    Coming Street cemetery, 1964, 2000   box 10 | folder 9


    Lazarus basket, 1987, 1990, undated   box 10 | folder 10


    Prague Haggadah, 1968-1984   box 10 | folder 11


    Hurricane Hugo, 1989   box 10 | folder 12


    Miscellaneous, 1979, 1982, undated   box 10 | folder 13
    Administrative records, 1870, 1931-2002


    Brochures and packets, undated   box 10 | folder 14


    Constitution and by-laws, 1931-1997   box 10 | folder 15


    Member and officer lists, 1981-1994   box 10 | folder 16


    Committees, 1977-2000   box 10 | folder 17

    Includes correspondence and reports from committees for building and grounds, fine art, activities, cemeteries, finance, the nominating committee for president, and more.



    Financial records, 1870, 1976-1997   box 11 | folder 1


    Fundraising, 1989-2000   box 11 | folder 2


    Annual meetings, 1982-2000   box 11 | folder 3


    Semi-annual meetings, 1982-1999   box 11 | folder 4


    Board of trustees meetings, 1978-2002   box 11 | folder 5-7


    Board of trustees correspondence, 1979-2000   box 11 | folder 8
    Correspondence, 1976-2002


    To Rosenthall, 1980-1997   box 11 | folder 9

    Includes letters from members of the congregation and other religious leaders.



    From Rosenthall, 1977-1993   box 11 | folder 10

    Includes letters to dignitaries regarding Jewish interests in Israel and Palestine.



    To congregation, 1976-2002   box 12 | folder 1

    Consists mostly of general mailings regarding congregation news and events. Many of the letters address current issues pertaining to Jews, especially in regard to Israel and the Middle East.



    Miscellaneous correspondence, 1976-1999   box 12 | folder 2
    Bulletins, 1976-2002, 2004


    1976-1996   box 12 | folder 3-7


    Bulletins 1997-2002, 2004   box 13 | folder 1-3


    "Rabbi's Message" and "Rabbi's Column," 1979-1992   box 13 | folder 4
    Events, 1950, 1970-2000

    Includes programs, souvenir booklets, transcripts of speeches, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and event schedules.



    Bicentennial celebration, 1950   box 13 | folder 5


    150th anniversary of Reform Judaism in America, 1974   box 13 | folder 6


    Spoleto events, 1980-1995   box 13 | folder 7


    National Historic Landmark celebration, 1980   box 14 | folder 1

    Includes photographs.



    150th anniversary of the KKBE synagogue, 1991   box 14 | folder 2


    Holocaust memorial dedication, 1992   box 14 | folder 3


    Tree of Life award dinner honoring Bishop David Thompson, 1994   box 14 | folder 4


    250th anniversary of the KKBE congregation, 1999   box 14 | folder 5-6


    Miscellaneous events, circa 1970-2000   box 14 | folder 7


    Service programs, 1887, 1977-2001   box 14 | folder 8-9


    Installation services, 1944-1993   box 14 | folder 10


    Confirmation classes 1919, 1963, 1976-1992, 2000   box 15 | folder 1-2

    Includes correspondence between Rosenthall, students, and parents; teaching materials, notes, service programs, and photographs.



    Life cycle events, 1976-2001   box 15 | folder 3

    Includes newspaper clippings, photographs, and lists of ceremonies and participants. Materials pertain to namings, circumcisions, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, and conversions.



    Membership directories, 1992, 1995, 1999   box 15 | folder 4


    Brotherhood and Sisterhood organizations, 1960-2001   box 15 | folder 5

    Includes event programs, correspondence, and newsletters.



    Music, hymns, and cantors, 1932-1997   box 15 | folder 6

    Includes mostly hymnals and song books.



    Religious School, 1977-1997   box 15 | folder 7

    Includes handbooks.



    KKBE Archives, 1995, undated   box 15 | folder 8

    Materials largely relate to the transfer of the archives to the College of Charleston Special Collections. Also included are guides to using the archives.



    Brady Memorial Lectureship, 1987-2001   box 15 | folder 9


    Facilities, 1978-2000   box 15 | folder 10

    Materials largely relate to building renovations and additions.



    Images and building architecture, circa 1960-1997   box 15 | folder 11

    Includes photographs.



    Miscellaneous KKBE materials, circa 1945-1996   box 16 | folder 1

    5. Organizations files, 1929-2004  

    This series consists of correspondence, newsletters, reports, resolutions, minutes, and other materials concerning organizations in which Rosenthall was active.



    American Federation of Jews from Central Europe, 1990-1997   box 16 | folder 2


    Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith Latin American Affairs Committee, 1972-1978   box 16 | folder 3

    Includes mostly reports discussing current events and issues in Latin America and the status of Latin America's Jewish communities.



    Associated American Jewish Museums, 1971-1972, 1996-1997   box 16 | folder 4


    Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1914-1997   box 16 | folder 5


    Charleston Congress of Religions, 1994-1997   box 16 | folder 6
    Charleston Jewish Federation, 1983-2004


    Charleston Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1983-1999   box 16 | folder 7-8

    Includes newspaper articles, meeting minutes, correspondence, memorial drafts, and information regarding other communities' Holocaust memorials.



    Jewish Community Relations Committee, 1992-2004   box 16 | folder 9
    The Charleston Museum, 1993-1998


    Executive committee meeting minutes and agendas, 1996-1998   box 16 | folder 10


    Board of trustees meeting minutes and agendas, 1996-1998   box 17 | folder 1


    Financial records, 1996-1998   box 17 | folder 2


    Membership, 1996-1999   box 17 | folder 3


    Correspondence and memorandums, 1996-1998   box 17 | folder 4


    Newsletters, 1995-1998   box 17 | folder 5


    Events, 1995-1998   box 17 | folder 6


    "Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945" exhibit, 1993   box 17 | folder 7


    H.L. Hunley exhibit proposal, 1998   box 17 | folder 8


    Christian-Jewish Council of Charleston, 1983-2002   box 17 | folder 9


    Greater Charleston Clergy Association, 1995-1997   box 17 | folder 10


    Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Charleston County, 1993-1994   box 17 | folder 11


    National Council on Art in Jewish Life, 1962-1976   box 17 | folder 12


    Society of Jewish Bibliophiles, 1962-1968, 1982   box 17 | folder 13


    Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1954-1998 [now known as Union for Reform Judaism]   box 18 | folder 1


    Miscellaneous organizational files, circa 1955-2000   box 18 | folder 2

    Includes Rosenthall's membership cards and materials regarding the American Jewish Historical Society as well as other Jewish or art-related organizations.


    6. World Union for Progressive Judaism records, 1928-2002  

    Administrative records, 1961-1990

    Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports.



    Constitution and by-laws, 1962-1990   box 18 | folder 3


    Executive Committee, 1971-1988   box 18 | folder 4


    European Board, 1972-1975   box 18 | folder 5


    North American Board, 1972-1997   box 18 | folder 6


    Financial records, 1972-1987   box 18 | folder 7


    Miscellaneous administrative records, 1961-1974   box 18 | folder 8

    Includes newspaper clippings, news releases, and member and officer lists.

    Correspondence, 1957, 1960-1988


    1957, 1960-1964   box 18 | folder 9


    1965-1988   box 19 | folder 1-2


    Events, 1965-2002   box 19 | folder 3
    Conferences, 1926-1993

    Includes programs, schedules, correspondence, transcripts of presentations (including those given by Rosenthall), news releases, rosters, and resolutions.



    Conference reports, 1926-1961   box 19 | folder 4-6

    Includes booklets that contain transcripts of conference presentations and often conference schedules.



    17th International Conference, Geneva, 1972   box 19 | folder 7

    Includes photographs.



    18th International Conference, London, 1974   box 20 | folder 1


    19th International Conference, Jerusalem, 1976   box 20 | folder 2


    Miscellaneous conference materials, 1957-1993   box 20 | folder 3
    Reports and missions, 1962-1992


    Latin America and South America, 1962-1980   box 20 | folder 4


    Iran, 1963-1972   box 20 | folder 5


    Soviet Union, 1969-1992   box 20 | folder 6


    Israel and Law of Return, 1974, 1986   box 20 | folder 7


    Miscellaneous reports, circa 1965-1976   box 20 | folder 8
    Publications, 1929-1996


    Brochures, circa 1970-1980   box 20 | folder 9


    Bulletins, 1929-1947   box 20 | folder 10


    Newsletters, 1965-1996 (scattered)   box 20 | folder 11


    Miscellaneous publications, circa 1934-1964   box 20 | folder 12


    World Zionist Organization, 1972-1975   box 21 | folder 1


    William Rosenthall miscellaneous documents, 1963-1969   box 21 | folder 2

    Includes photographs and newspaper articles regarding Rosenthall's appointment as Executive Director.


    7. Sermons and addresses, circa 1950-2003   

    This series includes mostly handwritten notes for and transcripts of sermons and addresses given by Rosenthall. Also included are service programs and newspaper clippings. Sermon and address topics closely parallel Rosenthall's topical files on Jewish culture and history.



    American History, 1972-1991, undated   box 21 | folder 3


    Anti-Semitism, 1980-1990   box 21 | folder 4
    Art and imagery, 1955-1999


    General, 1955-1999, undated   box 21 | folder 5


    Slides, undated   box 21 | folder 6


    "The Image of the Jew in Art," 1993, 1995   box 21 | folder 7


    "The Romance of Jewish Postcards," 1994   box 21 | folder 8

    Includes slides.



    "Milestones in a Jewish Lifetime," 1995   box 21 | folder 9

    Includes slides.



    Bar Mitzvahs, confirmations, conversions, and installations, 1974-1987   box 21 | folder 10


    Black Jews and Black and Jewish relations, 1973-1991   box 21 | folder 11


    Brotherhood and Sisterhood organizations, 1969-1981   box 21 | folder 12
    Christian-Jewish relations, 1974-1994


    General, 1974-1992, undated   box 22 | folder 1


    Interfaith services, 1974-1994   box 22 | folder 2


    "Sensitivities of Being Different," 1979, 1985   box 22 | folder 3


    Similarities and differences between Christians and Jews, 1978, undated   box 22 | folder 4


    Charleston Jews and Southern Jews, 1972-1990, undated   box 22 | folder 5


    Clothing and garments, 1969-1992   box 22 | folder 6


    Concept of and interactions with God, 1980-1991, undated   box 22 | folder 7


    Columbus, Christopher, circa 1959-1991   box 22 | folder 8


    Current events and topics, 1977-1995   box 22 | folder 9

    Topics include capital punishment, abortion, homosexuality, illegal immigrants, euthanasia, genetic engineering, and more.



    Customs, practices, and prayers, 1971-1990   box 22 | folder 10
    Eulogies, circa 1950-2000


    A-G   box 22 | folder 11-12


    H-Z   box 23 | folder 1-6


    Clergyman's records (sampling), circa 1955-1975   box 23 | folder 7


    Freedom and politics, 1975-1996   box 23 | folder 8


    Hanukkah Stamp Commemoration, Charleston Jewish Community Center, 1996   box 23 | folder 9
    Holidays, 1953-1997


    Erev Rosh Hashanah, 1953-1990   box 23 | folder 10


    Rosh Hashanah, 1955-1997   box 24 | folder 1


    Shabbos Shuva, 1959-1991   box 24 | folder 2


    Kol Nidre, 1967-1998   box 24 | folder 3


    Erev Yom Kippur, 1955-1990   box 24 | folder 4


    Yom Kippur, 1960-1994   box 24 | folder 5


    Sukkot and Thanksgiving, 1968-1990   box 24 | folder 6


    Hanukkah, Menorah, and Christmas, 1972-1996   box 24 | folder 7


    New Year, 1973-1989   box 24 | folder 8


    Purim, 1973-1979   box 24 | folder 9


    Passover and Easter, 1973-1992   box 24 | folder 10


    Holocaust and Yom Ha Shoah commemorations, 1976-1992, undated   box 24 | folder 11


    Humor, 1976-1994   box 24 | folder 12


    Hurricanes, 1979, 1989, and 1990   box 25 | folder 1

    Mostly regarding Hurricane Hugo.



    Identity and birthright, 1971-1990   box 25 | folder 2


    Individuals, 1978-1991   box 25 | folder 3

    Topics include Albert Einstein, Christopher Columbus, Raoul Wallenberg, Karl Marx, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Aaron Lopez, and various religious leaders, such as Jacob Raisin and Moses ben-Maimon.



    Invocations, benedictions, blessings, and other general remarks, 1968-2003   box 25 | folder 4-5


    Islam and Jewish relations, 1980, 1988, 1991   box 25 | folder 6


    Israel, 1970-1992   box 25 | folder 7


    Jewish communities by geographic location, 1962-2001   box 25 | folder 8

    Topics include Africa, Latin America, Portugal, England, Germany, and more.



    Justice and retribution, 1971-1993   box 25 | folder 9


    Language and nomenclature, 1953-1991   box 25 | folder 10


    Marriage, circa 1969-1999   box 25 | folder 11


    Militarism and the Maccabees, 1977-1986   box 26 | folder 1


    Music, 1980-1992   box 26 | folder 2


    New members, 1976-1987, undated   box 26 | folder 3


    Poetry, 1988 and 1992   box 26 | folder 4


    Reform Judaism, 1959-1988   box 26 | folder 5


    Religions education, 1977-1980   box 26 | folder 6


    Reviews of movies, books, and articles, 1959-1992, undated   box 26 | folder 7


    Sacrifice, 1966-1983, undated   box 26 | folder 8


    Scripture and religious texts, circa 1950-1990   box 26 | folder 9


    Sin, punishment, plagues, and demons, 1980-1996, undated   box 26 | folder 10


    Statistics, 1961-1998, undated   box 26 | folder 11
    Synagogues, 1973-1999, undated


    General, 1973-1999   box 26 | folder 12


    "Monumental Synagogues of Europe and America" notes and slides, 1982, 1993, 1998   box 26 | folder 13-14


    "Monumental Synagogues of Europe and America" U-matic tape, 1982   box 27 | folder 1


    Slides, undated   box 27 | folder 2


    Torah commentary and blessings, 1955-1998, undated   box 27 | folder 3


    Tributes, 1976-2001, undated   box 27 | folder 4


    Violence and rebellion, 1973-1987   box 27 | folder 5


    Women, 1976, 1985, undated   box 27 | folder 6


    World Union of Progressive Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Union of American Hebrew Congregations reports, 1980-1991   box 27 | folder 7


    Miscellaneous sermons and addresses, circa 1955-2003 (1 of 3)   box 27 | folder 8


    Miscellaneous sermons and addresses, circa 1955-2003 (2-3 of 3)   box 28 | folder 1-2


    Miscellaneous notes, 1985-1990, undated   box 28 | folder 3

    8. Topical files on Jewish Culture and History, 1881-2004  

    This series includes newspaper clippings, magazine articles, booklets, reports from various organizations, journal articles, issues of Keeping Posted, and other material concerning a variety of topics. Parallel topics are found in Rosenthall's articles, sermons, and lectures. This series includes photocopies and original documents.

    American Jewish history, 1893-2003


    General overviews, 1954-1976, undated   box 28 | folder 4


    Columbus, Christopher, 1954-1992   box 28 | folder 5


    Colonial history, 1893-1982   box 28 | folder 6

    Includes photocopies.



    Revolutionary War, 1974-2003, undated   box 28 | folder 7

    Includes materials regarding the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.



    Salvador, Francis, 1970, undated   box 28 | folder 8


    19th century, undated   box 28 | folder 9


    Benjamin, Judah P., 1963, 1984-1988   box 29 | folder 1


    Immigration, 1912, 1976, 1987   box 29 | folder 2


    Artists, 1966, 1980   box 29 | folder 3


    Resources for research and education, 1925-1968, undated   box 29 | folder 4


    Miscellaneous American-Jewish history materials, 1931-1972   box 29 | folder 5
    Anti-Semitism, 1918-1990, undated


    Publications on anti-Semitism, 1918-1984   box 29 | folder 6


    Anti-Semitic publications, 1959-1985, undated   box 29 | folder 7

    Includes material in German.



    Chick Publications, 1972-1985   box 29 | folder 8

    Includes material in Spanish.



    Miscellaneous, 1965-1990, undated   box 29 | folder 9


    Basic beliefs and practices, 1934-2003, undated   box 29 | folder 10


    Bibliographies and book lists, 1943-2004, undated   box 30 | folder 1-2


    Black-Jewish relations, 1955-1999   box 30 | folder 3


    Calendar and astrology, 1954-1988, undated   box 30 | folder 4
    Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1880-2004


    General, 1903, 1976-2004, undated   box 30 | folder 5


    Jewish community, 1950, 1983-1998   box 30 | folder 6

    Includes directories and fliers for events.



    Synagogue Emanu-El, 1997, 2004, undated   box 30 | folder 7


    Jewish history, circa 1880-2000   box 31 | folder 1

    Includes photocopies.



    Moise, Penina, 1978, undated   box 31 | folder 2


    DaVega, Columbus, 1988, undated   box 31 | folder 3


    Jewish cemeteries, 1910, 1958-2000, undated   box 31 | folder 4
    Christian-Jewish relations, 1926-1995


    General publications, 1938-1985   box 31 | folder 5


    Educational publications, 1951-1985   box 31 | folder 6


    Newspaper clippings, 1960-1988, undated   box 31 | folder 7


    Newsletters, 1962-1986, undated   box 31 | folder 8


    Christian missionary publications, circa 1950-1990   box 31 | folder 9


    Jews for Jesus, 1972-1988   box 31 | folder 10


    Protestant religions, 1973-1988   box 32 | folder 1


    Lutherans, 1964-1988   box 32 | folder 2
    Catholic-Jewish relations


    Publications, 1960-1988   box 32 | folder 3


    Newspaper clippings, 1959-1994   box 32 | folder 4


    Pope John Paul II, 1979-1988   box 32 | folder 5


    Miscellaneous, 1963, 1980, 1987   box 32 | folder 6


    Miscellaneous material on Christian-Jewish relations, 1926-1995, undated   box 32 | folder 7


    Communism, Marxism, Socialism, and kibbutzim, 1937-1976, undated   box 32 | folder 8


    Conversions, 1914-1991, undated   box 32 | folder 9

    Includes materials from conversion courses taught by various rabbis.



    Education and schools, 1910-1950, undated   box 32 | folder 10


    Ethics and social justice, 1936-1987, undated   box 33 | folder 1


    Family and parenthood, 1947-1988   box 33 | folder 2


    Hasidism, 1908-1989, undated   box 33 | folder 3
    Health and sexuality, 1947-2004


    AIDS, 1986-1990   box 33 | folder 4


    Sex and birth control, 1947-1993, undated   box 33 | folder 5


    Homosexuality, 1978-1992, 2004   box 33 | folder 6


    Miscellaneous, 1965-1981   box 33 | folder 7
    Hebrew, 1895-1977


    History, 1949, 1972, undated   box 33 | folder 8


    Alphabet and writing guides, undated   box 33 | folder 9


    Education and teaching guides, 1895, 1920, 1957, undated   box 33 | folder 10


    "Hebrew Column" and "Let Us Learn Hebrew" newspaper columns, 1966-1976   box 33 | folder 11


    Miscellaneous, 1954-1977, undated   box 33 | folder 12
    History, 1881-2004


    General histories, 1881, 1925, 1928, undated   box 34 | folder 1


    Archaeology and archaeological findings, 1948-2003   box 34 | folder 2


    Ancient history, 1958-1988, undated   box 34 | folder 3


    Masada, circa 1964-2004   box 34 | folder 4


    Middle Ages, 1958, 1960, undated   box 34 | folder 5


    Chronicles: News of the Past, no. 14, 38, 39, 43; 1953-1954   box 34 | folder 6


    Miscellaneous, 1941-1989, undated   box 34 | folder 7
    Holidays, 1869, 1937-2003


    General, 1953-1981   box 34 | folder 8


    Rosh Hashanah, 1962-1990, undated   box 34 | folder 9


    Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre, 1986, 2002, undated   box 34 | folder 10


    Sukkos, 1964-1989, undated   box 34 | folder 11


    Hanukkah, 1937-2003, undated   box 34 | folder 12


    Tu B'Shevat, undated   box 34 | folder 13


    Purim, 1947-1984   box 34 | folder 14


    Passover, 1869 and 1944-1990   box 35 | folder 1


    Shavuos, 1953-1986, undated   box 35 | folder 2


    Tisha B'Av, undated   box 35 | folder 3
    Holocaust, 1943-2003


    Publications, 1943-1985, undated   box 35 | folder 4


    Newspaper and magazine clippings, 1943-2003   box 35 | folder 5


    Educational resources, 1976-1990   box 35 | folder 6


    Art, 1978-1985   box 35 | folder 7


    Memorials, 1977-1997, undated   box 35 | folder 8


    Charleston survivors and memorials, 1978-1996   box 35 | folder 9


    Kristallnacht 50th anniversary memorials, 1988   box 35 | folder 10


    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1975-1984, undated   box 35 | folder 11


    Eichmann, Adolf, 1950-1963, undated   box 36 | folder 1


    Frank, Anne, 1958-1991, undated   box 36 | folder 2


    Wallenberg, Raoul, 1981-2003, undated   box 36 | folder 3


    Schindler's List, 1993-1994, 1997   box 36 | folder 4

    Mostly newspaper clippings and media coverage about the film, Steven Spielberg, and reactions to the film.



    Miscellaneous, 1970, undated   box 36 | folder 5
    Humor and cartoons, 1965-2004

    Includes anti-Semitic cartoons, Soviet cartoons, and cartoons on the Middle East crisis.



    Newspaper clippings, 1965-2004   box 36 | folder 6


    Reports, 1967-1989   box 36 | folder 7
    Identity and the Law of Return, 1910-1989


    Newspaper articles, 1959-1989   box 36 | folder 8


    Publications, 1918, 1935-1986   box 36 | folder 9


    Published sermons and addresses, 1910, 1943-1986   box 36 | folder 10


    Reports, 1988-1989   box 36 | folder 11


    Miscellaneous, 1970, 1988   box 36 | folder 12
    Individuals, 1910-1989


    Einstein, Albert, 1945-1993   box 36 | folder 13


    Philosophers, 1915-1987   box 36 | folder 14


    Politicians and bankers, 1944-1976, undated   box 36 | folder 15


    Rabbis, 1931, 1975-1986, undated   box 37 | folder 1


    Writers, 1936-1987   box 37 | folder 2


    Miscellaneous, 1900-1971   box 37 | folder 3

    Topics include Moses, King Solomon, Nelson Glueck, Asser Levy, Sigmund Freud, and more.



    Islam and Muslim-Jewish relations, 1944, 1964-2004, undated   box 37 | folder 4
    Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict, 1917-2004


    Israel history and travel, 1954-1977, undated   box 37 | folder 5


    Israel independence, 1948-1970, undated   box 37 | folder 6


    Israel law, principles, and governance, 1948-1979, undated   box 37 | folder 7


    Reform Judaism in Israel, 1963, 1982, undated   box 37 | folder 8


    Arab-Israeli relations, 1950-1991   box 37 | folder 9


    Arab and Jewish refugees, 1945-1978, undated   box 37 | folder 10


    Palestine and the Palestine Liberation Organization, 1937-2004   box 37 | folder 11


    United States-Israel relations, 1917, 1948-2004, undated   box 38 | folder 1


    Jewish labor organizations, 1957-1958   box 38 | folder 2


    Newspaper clippings, 1940-2004   box 38 | folder 3-4


    Publications, 1929-1958, undated   box 38 | folder 5


    Christian mission publications, 1935, undated   box 38 | folder 6


    Miscellaneous materials on Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict, 1981, 1985   box 38 | folder 7
    Jewish communities by geographic location, 1895-2003


    Europe, 1930-1991   box 38 | folder 8


    Germany, 1918-1982, undated   box 38 | folder 9
    Russia


    Newspaper and magazine clippings, circa 1945-1985   box 38 | folder 10


    Publications, 1943-1980   box 39 | folder 1-2


    Miscellaneous, 1990, undated   box 39 | folder 3


    Syria, circa 1975   box 39 | folder 4


    Falashas of Ethiopia and other African Jewish communities, 1954-1987   box 39 | folder 5


    Latin America, 1917-1980   box 39 | folder 6
    United States of America


    General, 1947-2003   box 39 | folder 7


    Reform Judaism, 1909-1956, undated   box 39 | folder 8


    Politics, 1955-1982   box 39 | folder 9


    New York City, 1939-1985   box 40 | folder 1


    Ohio and Pennsylvania, 1900, 1966-1978, undated   box 40 | folder 2


    Southern United States, 1895, 1980-2003   box 40 | folder 3


    South Carolina, 1903, 1987, 1996, undated   box 40 | folder 4


    Georgia, 1981, 1983, undated   box 40 | folder 5


    Miscellaneous, circa 1959-1981   box 40 | folder 6

    Topics include Detroit, Baltimore, Jews in law, and more.



    Miscellaneous files on Jewish communities, 1918-1984   box 40 | folder 7

    Topics include India, migration, and more.



    Kabbalah and mysticism, 1958-1987, undated   box 40 | folder 8


    Kosher laws, 1951-1986, undated   box 40 | folder 9


    Law and Halakah, 1923-1996   box 40 | folder 10
    Life cycle events, 1906-2003


    Circumcisions, 1968-1990   box 40 | folder 11


    Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, circa 1960-1993   box 40 | folder 12


    Confirmation, 1906, 1959-1980, undated   box 40 | folder 13


    Marriage and divorce, 1935-1991, undated   box 40 | folder 14

    Includes materials regarding interfaith marriages.



    Death and funerals, 1949-2003, undated   box 41 | folder 1


    Cemetery and tombstone photographs, 1937-1998, undated   box 41 | folder 2

    Includes photographs from Kingston, Jamaica; Curacao, New York City, and Russia.



    Messiah, 1977-1993, undated   box 41 | folder 3

    Includes booklets from the American Messianic Fellowship and the New York Messianic Witness.

    Military service, 1897-1999


    General, 1969-1990, undated   box 41 | folder 4


    Maccabees, 1897, 1949, 1973, 1986   box 41 | folder 5


    American Civil War, 1954-1993, undated   box 41 | folder 6


    World War I and World War II, 1918-1995, undated   box 41 | folder 7


    Jewish-American veterans and other US wars, 1922-1999, undated   box 41 | folder 8


    West Point Academy, 1943-1983   box 41 | folder 9


    Chaplains, 1962, 1981, 1993, undated   box 41 | folder 10
    Music, 1881-1989


    Cantors, 1950-1989   box 41 | folder 11


    Organs, 1881-1982   box 41 | folder 12


    Performance programs, 1954-1977, undated   box 41 | folder 13


    Sheet music, 1907, 1944-1960, undated   box 42 | folder 1


    Songbooks and song sheets, undated   box 42 | folder 2


    Miscellaneous publications and newspaper clippings, 1913-1989, undated   box 42 | folder 3


    Names, 1952-1955   box 42 | folder 4


    National Jewish Committee on Scouting, 1945-1982, undated   box 42 | folder 5
    Prayers and blessings, 1923-1983


    General, 1947-1983, undated   box 42 | folder 6


    Meals, 1974, undated   box 42 | folder 7


    Illness and mourning, 1923-1983, undated   box 42 | folder 8-9


    Prophets, 1948-1981   box 43 | folder 1


    Rabbinic vocation and guides, 1905-1982   box 43 | folder 2
    Reform Judaism, 1906-1999


    Introductory publications, 1906-1999   box 43 | folder 3


    Individuals, 1943-1958, undated   box 43 | folder 4


    Miscellaneous publications, 1917-1976, undated   box 43 | folder 5
    Religious texts, 1910-1990


    Talmud, 1917-1925, 1968-1990, undated   box 43 | folder 6


    Torah, 1944, 1962, 1986-1990   box 43 | folder 7


    Ten Commandments, 1962-1977, undated   box 44 | folder 1


    Dead Sea Scrolls, circa 1951-1998   box 44 | folder 2


    Miscellaneous publications, 1910-1988, undated   box 44 | folder 3-4


    Sabbath, 1943-1987, undated   box 44 | folder 5
    Separation of church and state, 1906-2004


    Newspaper clippings, 1978-2004   box 44 | folder 6


    Publications, 1948-1975, undated   box 44 | folder 7


    Religion in public schools, 1906-1984   box 44 | folder 8


    Lawsuits against public schools, 1953-1961   box 45 | folder 1


    Bibles in Charleston, South Carolina, public schools, 1979   box 45 | folder 2


    Religious education in Wheeling, West Virginia, public schools, 1959-1961   box 45 | folder 3


    Sephardim, 1958-1983, undated   box 45 | folder 4
    Women and gender equality, 1955-1990


    General, 1961-1990, undated   box 45 | folder 5


    Abortion, 1976-1990   box 45 | folder 6


    Women rabbis, 1979-1987, undated   box 45 | folder 7


    Violence against women at the Western Wall, 1989-1990   box 45 | folder 8


    Miscellaneous, 1955-1990, undated   box 45 | folder 9


    Yiddish, 1946-1987, undated   box 45 | folder 10
    Zionism, 1906-1984


    History and overviews, 1907, 1952-1983   box 45 | folder 11


    Newspaper articles, 1960-1984, undated   box 45 | folder 12


    Publications, 1915-1964   box 45 | folder 13-14


    Publications, 1976-1984   box 46 | folder 1


    Hadassah, 1960   box 46 | folder 2


    Herzl, Theodor, 1920-1982   box 46 | folder 3


    Pinsker, Leo, 1906, 1911, 1982   box 46 | folder 4


    Miscellaneous individuals, 1927-1980   box 46 | folder 5

    Topics include Hermann Schapira, Stephen Wise, Martin Buber, and Ahad Ha'am.



    Miscellaneous, 1975-1978, undated   box 46 | folder 6


    Miscellaneous newsletters, 1913-1988   box 46 | folder 7


    Miscellaneous sermons and lectures, 1914-1996   box 46 | folder 8


    Miscellaneous topical files, 1913-2000   box 47 | folder 1-2

    Topics include Jewish dress, Jewish athletes, and more. Some materials in Hebrew.



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    [Identification of item], William A. Rosenthall papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2007 by Irene O. Rosenthall.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, March 2011.

    Encoded by Sarah Dorpinghaus, July 2011.

    Edited to add Box 19 Folder 7, "The Image of the Jew in Art." Renumbered subsequent folders in box, February 2014.

    Edited to add Box 2 Folder 1, "Class Notes, 1952-1953," Box 2 Folder 2 "Class Notes 1953-1955," Box 2 Folder 3 "Class NOtes, "1955-1956," Box 2 Folder 4 "Class Notes, undated," Box 2, Folder 5, "Class Notes, undated." Renumbered subsequent boses and folders November 2014.

    Edited to add Box 3 Folders 1-5 "Classes notes, undated." Renumbered subsequent boses and folders November 2014.

    Edited to add Box 4, folder 6 "Miscellaneous Essays, undated." Renumbered subsequent boses and folders November 2014.

    Edited to add Box 5 "Rosenthall Scrapbook, 1958, undated." Renumbered subsequent boses and folders November 2014.

    Edited to add reel 1087-M01 "Music, undated," reel 1087-M02, "High Holy Days, 196?, circa 1960," and reel 1087-M03 "Susterhood Convention Skit, circa 1960," November 2014."

    Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

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