Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia Records

Collection ID: 
SCRC 4
Date: 
1942–1976
Footage: 
1.46 linear feet (4 boxes)

Collection Summary

Title
Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia Records

Dates
1942–1976

Collection ID
SCRC 4

Creator(s)
Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia

Quantity
1.46 linear feet (4 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.



Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note
The Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia were established in 1946 by Rabbi Chaim U. Lipschitz for the purposes of operating all day Hebrew schools for training and instruction in Orthodox Jewish traditions and secular studies. The name Beth Jacob was designated in memory of the network of schools in Warsaw, Poland, of the same name that provided traditional Jewish studies and industrial training for girls in the post-WWI era. The original Beth Jacob School in Philadelphia, located at 900 N. 7th consisted of 12 pupils enrolled in kindergarten and 1st grade. Within a decade, the single school had relocated to South Philadelphia and housed a nursery school, kindergarten, and elementary classes with upper grades and a High School for Girls held at the school’s annex in Strawberry Mansion. Beth Jacob expanded to include satellite branches in the Oxford Circle and Germantown neighborhoods to accommodate the migrating Jewish population. Beth Jacob Schools, initially funded by voluntary contributions, operated through fundraising efforts in the Jewish community and government subsidies, supplemented by allocations from the Allied Jewish Appeal and subsequently the Federation of Jewish Agencies. The Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia ceased operation circa 1986.

Description of Collection
The Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia Records, 1942–1976, include correspondence, Board of Directors meeting minutes, financial documentation, photographs, yearbooks, and other printed material related to school activities and events. The bulk of the collection spans the years Rabbi Aaron Popack served as Executive Director from 1953 to 1974. The collection contains limited documentation for the earliest and latest years of operation, in particular circumstances relating to the close of the schools.

Organization and Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:

Series 1: Board of Directors, 1952–1974
Series 2: Financial Records, 1942–1972
Series 3: Day Camp, 1968–1972
Series 4: Subject Files, 1949–1976
Series 5: Photographs, circa 1950–1973

Series 1: Board of Directors, 1952–1974, is arranged alphabetically and consists of the school’s bylaws, correspondence, lists of board members, and meeting minutes. The correspondence is primarily outgoing communications to faculty, staff, parents, and related educational institutions. Primary correspondents include Executive Director, Rabbi Aaron Popack, Dean, Rabbi Felix Freifelder, Principal of the Germantown branch, Rabbi Maurice Gross, and President of Beth Jacob Schools, Leonard A. Cohen.

Series 2: Financial records, 1942–1972, are arranged alphabetically and include auditors’ reports, a payroll ledger, title insurance, and school property documents and deeds, miscellaneous financial reports, and donation lists.

Series 3: Day camp, 1968–1972, is arranged alphabetically and consists primarily of financial agreements and medical authorization and consent forms for the day camp held in the summer of 1971 hosted by Beth Jacob Schools. The medical authorization and consent forms for campers are restricted for 75 years from latest date of the materials.

Series 4: Subject files, 1949–1974, are arranged alphabetically by topic and include school newsletters and brochures, commencement programs, newspaper clippings about school events, yearbooks, press releases, and other printed material. 

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1950–1973, are arranged alphabetically and consist of color and black-and-white photographs of school events, formal class portraits, and classroom activities.

 

Patron Information

Catalog Record
A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5416493~S30

Research Access
Access to medical authorization and consent forms in Series 3 are restricted for 75 years from date of creation. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the file level.

Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information
The Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Literary rights including copyright belong to the organization, authors, or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia Records, SCRC 4, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Donated by Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia in 1976 and 1980.  

Processing Information
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in 1980 by Lindsay B. Nauen. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in 2012 by Jessica M. Lydon, Project Archivist.

 

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Cohen Leonard A.
Freifelder, Felix
Gross, Maurice
Popack, Aaron

Corporate Names:
Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia

Subjects:
Jewish day schools
Jews--Education--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Jewish religious schools--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Orthodox Judaism

Material Types:
Bylaws
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Color photographs
Correspondence
Minutes
 

Inventory, Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia Records

Series 1: Board of Directors, 1952–1974

Box   Folder   Description

1          1          Bylaws, 1967, undated          

1          2          Correspondence, 1953–1960

1          3          Correspondence, September 1960–April 1961          

1          4          Correspondence, May-June, 1961, 1965–1966         

1          5          Correspondence, June 1966–1968     

1          6          Correspondence, 1969–1972, undated          

1          7          Correspondence to faculty and staff, 1966–1972, undated

1          8          Correspondence to parents, 1958–1974, undated                 

1          9          Membership lists, 1959, 1967

1          10        Meeting minutes, 1952–1963

 

Series 2: Financial Records, 1942–1972

Box   Folder   Description

1          11        Auditor's reports, 1959–1972                                    

1          12        Blank forms, undated

1          13        Fundraising, 1960–1971        

1          14        Miscellaneous financial reports, 1952–1960

2          1          Payroll ledger, 1949–1950

2          2          Property purchase and insurance, 1942–1959, 1970 

2          3          Talmudical Academy donations, undated     

2          4          Volunteer assignment book for maintenance campaign, 1962–1963

 

Series 3: Day Camp, 1968–1972

Box   Folder   Description

2          5          Correspondence and brochures, 1968–1972, undated                                  

2          6          Counselor and camper essays, undated

2          7          Financial agreements, A–G, 1971                              

2          8          Financial agreements, H–Y, 1971                              

2          9          Medical authorization forms, 1971 (Restricted)                          

2          10        Medical consent forms, 1971 (Restricted)                                   

3          1          Registration, A–Y, 1971

                                   

Series 4: Subject Files, 1949–1976

Box   Folder   Description

3          2          Annual banquet, 1958, 1963–1974

3          3          Brochures, 1956, 1960, 1963, undated          

3          4          Commencement programs, 1956–1968         

3          5          Enrollment forms, 1968–1971           

3          6          High School for Girls yearbooks, 1966–1968

3          7          Lunch menu, undated

3          8          Newspaper clippings, 1963–1976      

3          9          Parent and staff lists, 1960–1971, undated

3          10        Pennsylvania Association of Hebrew Day Schools, 1961, 1968, 1970

3          11        Press releases, 1965–1974      

3          12        School calendar and program notices, 1958–1971    

3          13        School newsletters, 1957, 1960, 1968, undated        

3          14        Scrapbook, 1956–1957          

3          15        Staff handbook draft, 1970   

3          16        United Hebrew Schools & Yeshivos of Philadelphia, 1949, 1954

 

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1950–1973

Box   Folder   Description

3          17        Album with class photo of boys grade 1–7, 1970–1971

3          18        Annual dinner, 1974, undated

3          19        Bernard Levy, undated

3          20        Boys doing sit ups at George Friedland Institute, 1960s

3          21        Buying and selling of building at 143 W. Walnut Lane, circa 1954, 1971

3          22        Children playing basketball, undated

3          23        Chanukah celebration, circa 1955

3          24        Children playing in sand, undated

3          25        Choral group, 1961

3          26        Class photograph boys grade 5, 1968–1969

4          1          Class photograph boys grade 7, 1968–1969

4          2          Class photograph girls grade 5, 1968–1969

4          3          Class photograph girls grade 5 and 6, 1970–1971

4          4          Class photograph girls grade 7, 1968–1971

4          5          Class photograph girls grade 8, 1970–1971

4          6          Class photograph girls grade 9, 1970–1971

4          7          Class photograph girls grade 10, 1970–1971

4          8          Class photograph girls grade 11, 1970–1971

4          9          Costumed girls, circa 1950

4          10        David Vieth and Susan Strauss, circa 1962

4          11        Exterior of George Friedland Institute, undated

4          12        First class of high school for girls, 1963 June

4          13        Founding meeting of Ladies Auxiliary, 1958

4          14        George Friedland tribute dinner, 1960

4          15        Graduating class, 1959, 1961

4          16        Group meeting, undated

4          17        Group with Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, undated

4          18        Harry Golden at annual dinner, 1962

4          19        Interior of Walnut Lane building, circa 1950

4          20        In-class science experiment, 1960s

4          21        Irish Counsel of Philadelphia at annual dinner, undated

4          22        Kindergarten class napping at Catherine St. building, circa 1950

4          23        Kindergarten class with Torah, undated

4          24        Kindergarten graduating class, 1951, 1955

4          25        Mikveh ribbon cutting ceremony, circa 1960s

4          26        Open air summer class, circa 1968

4          27        Passover celebration, undated

4          28        Rabbi Aaron Popack, undated

4          29        Safety patrol boys, undated

4          30        Samuel Daroff receiving award at annual dinner, 1962

4          31        Senior graduating class, 1958

4          32        Student group photograph, undated

4          33        Summer camp, Indian Day, circa 1960

4          34        Talent hunt, Rabbi M. Raab with students, 1951

4          35        Unidentified group photographs, 1965, 1973, undated