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Congregation of Beth Israel Synagogue, Calgary, Alberta, [ca. 1960s]
Congregation at Beth Israel Synagogue, Calgary, Alberta, [ca. 1960s]
PA-3102-8

Beth Tzedec Congregation fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Beth Israel Congregation. -- 1948-1986
Series 2 Shaarey Tzedec Congregation. -- 1958-1986

Inventory

Series 1 Beth Israel Congregation. -- 1948-1986. -- 2 m of textual records. -- 14 photographs. -- 2 film reels. -- The seeds of the Beth Israel Congregation began when the House of Jacob synagogue could no longer accommodate the growing Jewish community in Calgary and when some of the members wanted to worship in a less orthodox manner. Consequently, in the late 1920s, a new building was constructed which served as a community centre with an auditorium and a small chapel, and also included The Calgary Hebrew School. It was called the House of Israel and was located at 102 - 18 Avenue SW. The building was not completely finished until about 1935, at which time the Beth Israel Congregation was formed by members wanting a more libleral form of worship. In the fall of 1950, there was a complete reorganization of the congregation . An identification was made with a conservative Jewish movement by joining with the United Synagogues of America. This new synagogue organization drew up its own constitution and bylaws and was officially incorporated as the Calgary Beth Israel Congregation on January 16, 1951. On May 7, 1959 the sod was turned for a new synagogue located at 1409 - 66 Avenue SW. The building was dedicated on September 11, 1960. In 1987, Beth Israel united with Shaarey Tzedec to form the Beth Tzedec Congregation. -- The series consists of constitution and bylaws, minutes, membership lists,correspondence, newsletters, press releases, announcements, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs and film reels relating to the Beth Israel Congregation and the Beth Israel Sisterhood.
  Beth Israel Congregation - Governance and administration
M-7891-1 Constitution, bylaws, certificate of incorporation and historical information. -- [ca. 1950-1960s]
M-7891-2 Board of Governors minutes. -- November, 1961-December, 1962
M-7891-3 Board of Governors minutes. -- 1963-1967
M-7891-4 Board of Governors minutes. -- 1974, 1976, 1977-1979
M-7891-5 Board of Governors minutes. -- 1980-1986
M-7891-6 Executive committee minutes. -- 1960-1985
M-7891-7 Board and executive lists of names. -- 1958-1980s
M-7891-8 Committees - general duties. -- [ca. 1960s]
M-7891-9 Committees - names of members [ca. 1960s-1970s]
M-7891-10 Financial statements. -- 1951-1963, 1972
M-7891-11 Membership lists. -- 1961-1979
M-7891-12 Membership lists. -- 1980-1984
M-7891-13 Membership information. -- 1962-1963
M-7891-14 Individual members - recognition. -- 1960s-1970s
M-7891-15 Individual members - J.C. Johnson testimonial dinner. -- 1966
  Beth Israel Congregation - Correspondence re congregation, buildings and properties, and events.
M-7891-16 Formation of new conservative congregation. -- 1948
M-7891-17 Administrative matters. -- 1951
M-7891-18 Discussions with Shaarey Tzedec. -- 1958
M-7891-19 Financial matters. -- 1958-1970
M-7891-20 Communication with membership. -- 1959-1986
M-7891-21 Merger with Shaarey Tzedec. -- 1984-1985
M-7891-22 Religious matters. -- [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-7891-23 New synagogue building. -- 1955-1965
M-7891-24 New synagogue opening guest book. -- September 11, 1960
M-7891-25 Synagogue building - House Committee, operations, etc. -- 1960-1982
M-7891-26 Cemetery/Memorial Park. -- 1965-1985
M-7891-27 Heatherington Estates (Dawson Developments). -- 1969
M-7891-28 Properties - miscellaneous. -- 1960-1961
M-7891-29 Special events. -- 1960-1973
  Beth Israel Congregation - Correspondence re community organizations, education, fundraising, religious observances, youth groups and other miscellaneous activities. Original alphabletical filing system has been retained.
M-7891-30 Adult education. -- 1960s
M-7981-31 Alberta Rabbinical Council. -- [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-7891-32 Bar/Bas mitzvahs. -- 1964-1965
M-7891-33 Beth Din (rabbinical court). -- 1960s
M-7891-34 Beth Israel Religious School. -- 1960s-1980s
M-7891-35 Bonds for Israel. -- 1963-1965
M-7891-36 Brotherhood. -- [ca. 1960s]
M-7891-37 Calgary Hebrew School. -- 1955-1982
M-7891-38 Calgary Jewish Community Council. -- 1962-1965
M-7891-39 Conversion applicants. -- 1964-1967
M-7891-40 Conversions. -- 1965-1968
M-7891-41 Day camp. -- 1965
M-7891-42 Gift shop. [ca. 1970s-1980]
M-7891-43 Grade twelve discussion group. -- 1965
M-7891-44 Hillel. -- 1964-1965
M-7891-45 Kashrut committee. -- 1963-1965
M-7891-46 Lethbridge congregation. -- 1967
M-7891-47 President's ball. -- 1972
M-7891-48 School of nursing. -- 1961-1964
M-7891-49 Tevilah. -- 1974
M-7891-50 Twenty-fifth anniversary. -- 1977
M-7891-51 Thirtieth anniversary. -- 1982
M-7891-52 Unicef. -- 1963-1965
M-7891-53 United Fund. -- 1964-1965
M-7891-54 United Synagogue Youth. -- 1970s-1980s
M-7891-55 Weddings. -- 1960s-1980s
M-7891-56 Yahrzeits. -- [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-7891-57 Young married group. -- [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-7891-58 Youth commisson. -- 1960s
M-7891-59 Youth conclave. -- [ca. 1960s-1970s]
M-7891-60 Youth education. -- 1959-1970s
  Beth Israel Congregation - Cantors, Rabbis, Jewish prayers, services and music
M-7891-61 Cantors - Miscellaneous. -- 1957
M-7891-62 Cantors - Nathaniel Halevy. -- 1959-1973
M-7891-63 Cantors - Morris Lang. -- 1966-1983
M-7891-64 Rabbis - Miscellaneous. -- 1985
M-7891-65 Rabbis - Eliezer Ebner. -- 1951-1954
M-7891-66 Rabbis - Phillip Sigal. -- 1954-1956
M-7891-67 Rabbis - Joseph W. Wiesenberg. -- 1956-1961
M-7891-68 Rabbis - Michael Kurtz. -- 1961-1963
M-7891-69 Rabbis - Sheldon Edwards. -- 1963-1968. -- Personal.
M-7891-70 Rabbis - Sheldon Edwards. -- 1964-1967. -- Speaking engagements.
M-7891-71 Rabbis - Sheldon Edwards. -- [ca. 1964-1967]. -- Weekly columns.
M-7891-72 Rabbis - Lewis N. Ginsberg. -- [ca. 1980s]
M-7891-73 Jewish prayers, services and songs. -- [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-7891-74 Purim services and plays. -- [n.d.]
M-7891-75 Jewish music for services, holidays, etc. (A-L). -- [n.d.]
M-7891-76 Jewish music for services, holidays, etc. (M-Z). -- [n.d.]
M-7891-77 Jewish music - Miscellaneous. -- [n.d.]
M-7891-78 Jewish music - Publications. -- [n.d.]
  Beth Israel Congregation - Committees on which Rabbi Sheldon Edwards served
M-7891-79 Alberta Civil Liberties Association. -- 1964
M-7891-80 Calgary Council of Community Services. -- 1965
M-7891-81 Calgary Interfaith Action Committee. -- 1964
M-7891-82 Civil Defence Committee. -- 1964-1965
M-7891-83 Five-Five-Five. -- 1965
M-7891-84 Social Services Advisory Committee. -- 1966. -- Minutes, correspondence and reports.
M-7891-85 Social Services Advisory Committee. -- January-April, 1967. -- Minutes, correspondence and reports.
M-7891-86 Social Services Advisory Committee. -- May-October, 1967. -- Minutes, correspondence and reports.
M-7891-87 Calgary Citizen's Centennial Committee. -- 1966. -- Bylaws and project ideas.
M-7891-88 Calgary Citizen's Centennial Committee. -- 1965-1967. -- Minutes.
M-7891-89 Canada Centennial - Bulletins and brochures. -- 1965-1967
M-7891-90 Canada Centennial - Canadian Interfaith Conference. -- 1965-1967
M-7891-91 Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. -- 1965-1967
M-7891-92 Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. -- 1966-1967
  Beth Israel Sisterhood
M-7891-93 Minutes. -- 1951-June, 1955
M-7891-94 Minutes. -- August, 1955-1960
M-7891-95 Minutes. -- 1961-1962
M-7891-96 Minutes. -- 1963-1964. -- Incomplete.
M-7891-97 Minutes. -- 1967-1970. -- Incomplete.
M-7891-98 Minutes. -- 1971-1973. -- Incomplete.
M-7891-99 Annual reports. -- 1951-1965
M-7891-100 Annual reports. -- 1966-1980
M-7891-101 Administration/history. -- [ca. 1950s-1960s]
M-7891-102 Bylaws. -- 1956, 1967
M-7891-103 Officers and board members. [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-7891-104 Membership lists. -- 1977-1984
M-7891-105 Finacial statements. -- 1967-1971
M-7891-106 Bride letter. -- 1964
M-7891-107 Installations. -- [n.d.]
M-7891-108 Mitzvah luncheons. -- 1964-1986
M-7891-109 Special activities. -- [ca. 1960s-1970s]. -- Reports.
M-7891-110 Special activities. -- [ca. 1960s-1970s]. -- Invitations, etc.
M-7891-111 Jewish festivals in the home. -- 1960s
  Beth Israel Sisterhood - Affiliations
M-7891-112 National Women's League of the United Synod of America. -- 1961-1963. -- Correspondence.
M-7891-113 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [ca. 1970s-1980s]. -- Correspondence.
M-7891-114 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [ca. 1970s]. -- Organization of Sisterhood.
M-7891-115 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [ca. 1970s-1980s]. -- Fundraising (Ways and Means).
M-7891-116 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [ca. 1960s-1970s]. -- Torah fund campaign.
M-7891-117 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [n.d.]. -- Educational resources - adult education.
M-7891-118 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [n.d.]. -- Educational resources - adult education.
M-7891-119 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [n.d.]. -- Educational resources - creative handicrafts.
M-7891-120 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [n.d.]. -- Educational resources - family living.
M-7891-121 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [n.d.]. -- Educational resources - music.
M-7891-122 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [n.d.]. -- Educational resources - political and religious.
M-7891-123 Women's League for Conservative Judaism. -- [n.d.]. -- Educational resources - programs.
M-7891-124 National Women's League of the United Synod of America. -- [n.d.]. -- Educational resources - programs.
  Beth Israel Congregation - Newsletters, press releases and announcements.
M-7891-125 Newsletter. -- 1952
M-7891-126 Newsletter. -- November, 1961-1962
M-7891-127 Newsletter. -- 1963-June, 1964
M-7891-128 Newsletter. -- September, 1964-April, 1966
M-7891-129 Newsletter. -- 1967,1968
M-7891-130 Newsletter. -- 1973-1981
M-7891-131 Newsletter. -- 1982-1984
M-7891-132 Press releases. -- 1964-1965
M-7891-133 Announcements. -- 1977-1984
M-7891-134 Announcements. -- 1985-1986
  Beth Israel Congregation - Scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs and films.
M-7891-135 Scrapbook. -- 1951-1958
M-7891-136 Scrapbook. -- 1959-1961
M-7891-137 Scrapbook. -- 1962-1963
M-7891-138 Scrapbook. -- 1963-1968
M-7891-139 Newspaper clippings. -- [ca. 1960s]
PA-3102 Photographs. -- [ca. 1950s-1970s]. -- 14 photographs relating to Beth Israel Congregation and Shaarey Tzedec Congregation.
F-145-1 Governor General roland Mitchener's visit fo Beth Israel synagogue. -- 1967. --1:23 minutes.
F-145-2 Governor General roland Mitchener's visit fo Beth Israel synagogue. -- 1967. --2:45 minutes.
Series 2 Shaarey Tzedec Congregation. -- 1958-1986. -- 1.3 m of textual records. -- 1 film reel. -- After the reorganization of the congregation at the House of Israel as a conservative synagogue, some of the orthodox members of the Jewish community wanted to form a modern orthodox congregation. These included former members of the House of Israel who did not agree with the move to conservative, and at least a few members from the orthodox House of Jacob. They established the Shaarey Tzedec Congregation which was incorporated as a modern orthodox congregation on November 28, 1958. A site was found at 103 - 17 Avenue SE, next to the House of Israel, and the new synagogue was dedicated on December 11, 1960. In 1987, Shaarey Tzedec united with Beth Israel to form the Beth Tzedec Congregation. -- The series consists of incorporation documents, minutes, membership lists, correspondence, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, photographs and a film relating to Shaarey Tzedec Congregation and Shaarey Tzedec Sisterhood.
  Shaarey Tzedec Congregation - Governance and administration
M-7891-140 Application for incorporation, bylaws and certificate of incorporation. -- 1958
M-7891-141 Registration as a charitable organization (provincial). -- 1958-1984
M-7891-142 Registration as a charitable organization (federal). -- 1971-1985
M-7891-143 Civic matters. -- 1972-1984
M-7891-144 Financial matters. -- 1974-1985
M-7891-145 Financial statements. -- 1959-1985
M-7891-146 Job descriptions
M-7891-147 Board of directors and executive names. -- [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-7891-148 Board of directors and executive minutes. -- 1958-1960
M-7891-149 Board of directors and executive minutes. -- 1969-1977
M-7891-150 Board of directors and executive minutes. -- 1978-1986
M-7891-151 Board of directors and executive annual general meetings. -- 1979-1985
M-7891-152 Board of directors and executive general correspondence. -- 1969-1986
M-7891-153 Committees - General. -- [ca. 1960s]
M-7891-154 Committees - Archives. -- 1960-1974
M-7891-155 Committees - Building committee. -- 1958-1961
M-7891-156 Committees - Membership and seats. -- 1970-1983
M-7891-157 Committees - Program committee. -- 1972-1975
M-7891-158 Committees - Religious affairs. -- 1968-1970
M-7891-159 Committees - Ritual committee. -- [ca. 1960s]
M-7891-160 Membership lists. -- 1959-1972
M-7891-161 Membership lists. -- 1973-1986
M-7891-162 Membership directory. -- 1977-1980
M-7891-163 Membership - Family profiles. -- 1964
M-7891-164 Membership - Family profiles. -- 1978
M-7891-165 Membership - Obituaries. -- [ca. 1970s]
M-7891-166 Indiviual members - Alex Caplan. --[n.d.]
M-7891-167 Individual members - Morris Fasman. -- 1975
M-7891-168 Individual members - Leo and Ben Sheftel. -- 1967-1970
M-7891-169 Individual members - Sam Schlafmitz. -- 1964
  Shaarey Tzedec Congregation - Correspondence re congregation, buildings and properties.
M-7891-170 Discussions with Beth Israel Congregation. -- May, 1958
M-7891-171 Communication with membership. -- [ca. 1959-1986]
M-7891-172 Merger. -- 1985-1986
M-7891-173 House of Jacob (323-5th Avenue E.). -- 1954-1955
M-7891-174 103-17th Avenue SE. -- 1958-1973. -- Agreements with House of Israel Association.
M-7891-175 103-17th Avenue SE. -- 1959-1975. -- Miscellaneous correspondence and documents.
M-7891-176 103-17th Avenue SE. -- 1975-1985. -- Re sale of property.
M-7891-177 1909-90th Avenue SW. -- 1984. -- Re purchase of land.
M-7891-178 Scarboro Avenue and 17th Avenue SW. -- 1958
M-7891-179 2128 - 16a Street SW. -- 1964-1966
M-7891-180 2931 Park Lane SW. -- 1972
  Shaarey Tzedec Congregation - Correspondence re community organizations, fundraising, religious observances, youth groups and other miscellaneous activities.
M-7891-181 Beth Israel Congregation. -- 1967-1975
M-7891-182 Beth Jacob Synagogue. -- 1967-1975
M-7891-183 Calgary Hebrew School. -- 1956-1971
M-7891-184 Calgary Jewish Community Centre. -- [ca. 1973-1984]
M-7891-185 Calgary Jewish Community Council. -- 1962-1986
M-7891-186 Calgary Jewish Community Council - Meetings. -- 1967-1985
M-7891-187 Calgary Multicultural Centre Service Group. -- 1975-1976
M-7891-188 Canada-Israel Committee. -- 1967-1971
M-7891-189 Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. -- 1968-1975
M-7891-190 Canadian Jewish Congress. -- 1974-1984
M-7891-191 Canadian Zionist Federation. -- [ca. 1970s]
M-7891-192 Charites - Miscellaneous. -- 1970s-1980s
M-7891-193 Chevra Kadisha Calgary. -- 1971, 1977
M-7891-194 Education - General. -- 1971-1978
M-7891-195 Girl Guides of Canada. -- 1969
M-7891-196 Jewish Family Service. -- 1974-1985
M-7891-197 Jewish National Fund. -- 1966-1984
M-7891-198 National Council of Synagugue Youth. -- [ca. 1967-1969]
M-7891-199 National Rabbinical Council of America. -- 1974-1976
M-7891-200 Peretz School. -- 1974-1979
M-7891-201 State of Israel Bonds. -- 1961-1985
M-7891-202 Youth activities - General. -- 1978
M-7891-203 Youth activities - Hillel. -- 1966
M-7891-204 Special affairs - Miscellaneous. -- [ca. 1970s-1980s]
M-7891-205 Special affairs - Casinos. -- 1981-1986
M-7891-206 Special affairs - Lotteries. -- 1974-1977
M-7891-207 Special affairs - Synagogue bar mitzvah. -- 1970s-1980s
M-7891-208 Special affairs - Synagogue tours. -- 1972-1974
  Shaarey Tzedec Congregation - Cantors, rabbis and rabbinical matters, festivals, holy days and religious observances.
M-7891-209 Cantors. -- [ca. 1960s-1980]. -- Miscellaneous correspondence.
M-7891-210 Cantors. -- 1968-1970. -- Correspondence with Joseph Hyman.
M-7891-211 Cantors - Israel Stercz. -- April 1, 1960-April 1, 1962
M-7891-212 Cantors - Morris Semigram. -- August 1, 1962-May 31, 1966
M-7891-213 Cantors - Elchanon J. Gelberg. -- 1966-1968
M-7891-214 Cantors - Henry Borenstein. -- 1968-1971
M-7891-215 Cantors - Guest cantors. -- 1959-1979
M-7891-216 Cantors - Music. -- [n.d.]
M-7891-217 Rabbis. -- [ca. 1965-1972]. -- Miscellaneous correspondence.
M-7891-218 Rabbis - L. Buchen. -- September 1, 1961-August 31, 1964
M-7891-219 Rabbis - Ben J. Eisenberg. -- August 1, 1964-August 1, 1967
M-7891-220 Rabbis - Lewis N. Ginsberg. -- 1967-1968, 1980
M-7891-221 Rabbis - Maurice Myerowitz. -- 1974
M-7891-222 Rabbis - Guest rabbis. -- 1972-1974
M-7891-223 Conscientious objectors. -- 1968-1969
M-7891-224 Divorce. -- [ca. 1969-1971]
M-7891-225 Kashruth. -- 1964-1975
M-7891-226 Marriage licences. -- 1964-1973
M-7891-227 Registration of clergymen. -- 1967-1985
M-7891-228 Festivals, holy days and religious observances - Miscellaneous. -- [n.d.]
M-7891-229 Bar and Bat mitzvahs. -- 1960s-1980s
M-7891-230 Chanukah festival. -- [n.d.]
M-7891-231 High Holy Days. -- 1960-1987
M-7891-232 Passover. -- [n.d.]
M-7891-233 Weddings. -- [n.d.]
  Shaarey Tzedec Sisterhood and Men's Club
M-7891-234 Sisterhood constitution and minutes. -- 1960-1969
M-7891-235 Sisterhood executive. -- 1960-1985
M-7891-236 Sisterhood general correspondence. -- [ca. 1970s-1980s]
M-7891-237 Sisterhood annual calendar. -- 1969-1975
M-7891-238 Men's Club. -- 1960-1961
  Shaarey Tzedec Congregation - Bulletins, press releases and newspaper clippings.
M-7891-239 Bulletins. -- 1960
M-7891-240 Bulletins. -- 1961-1962
M-7891-241 Bulletins. -- 1963-1964
M-7891-242 Bulletins. -- 1965
M-7891-243 Bulletins. -- 1966
M-7891-244 Bulletins. -- January-June, 1967
M-7891-245 Bulletins. -- September, 1967-1968
M-7891-246 Bulletins. -- 1969-1970
M-7891-247 Bulletins. -- 1971-1972
M-7891-248 Bulletins. -- 1973-1974
M-7891-249 Bulletins. -- 1975-1976
M-7891-250 Bulletins. -- 1977-1978
M-7891-251 Bulletins. -- 1979-1981, 1985
M-7891-252 Press releases. -- 1960-1986
M-7891-253 Newspaper clippings. -- [ca. 1950s-1960s]
  Shaarey Tzedec Congregation - Photographs and films.
PA-3102 Photographs. -- [ca. 1950s-1970s]. -- 14 photographs relating to Shaarey Tzedec Congregation and Beth Israel Congregation.
F-146 Film of dedication ceremony for new Shaarey Tzedec Synagogue. -- December 11, 1960
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