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Mordechai Yohlin Family Papers

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SCRC 157

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Collection Summary 
Mordechai Yohlin Family Papers
Collection ID
SCRC 157
Yohlin, Mordechai, 1883-1942
0.54 linear feet (2 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English, Hebrew, Russian, and Yiddish
Detailed Collection Information 
Biographical Note
Orthodox Rabbi Mordechai (Max) Yohlin was born in Belliatzerkov, Kiviska, Russia on March 24, 1883, to parents Hersh and Brucha Schriber. He married Esther Pessie, daughter of Yossuf Serebrier, with whom he had six children, Betty, Mary, Rose, Rae, Harry and Sylvia. Yohlin immigrated to Philadelphia in 1925 in order to become rabbi and cantor of Congregation Keilath Kodesh Anschai Sode Lovon where he served until 1936. In 1933, he published his two volume Bible commentary, Sefer Ḳohelet Mordekhai. Yohlin served on the Philadelphia Vaad Hakashrus, a Rabbinic body that provided kosher supervision, and as an executive committee member of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, American Jewish Congress, and the Jewish National Fund. Rabbi Yohlin’s family home was designated a Beth Din or Rabbinical Court to adjudicate gittin (Jewish divorces) and dinei Torah (matters of litigation). Although not formerly appointed, Mordechai Yohlin acted as spiritual leader of Atereth Israel Synagogue until his death on September 20, 1942.
Description of Collection 
The Mordechai Yohlin Family Papers consists of Rabbi Yohlin’s Russian military papers and passport with crude English translations, incoming correspondence from other rabbis including B. L. Levinthal, Leibesch Schiffman, Samuel E. Tiktin, and H. Friedling, manuscripts, certificates issued to Yohlin, a souvenir journal commemorating his twenty-five years of service as an Orthodox Rabbi, and a few photographs. The collection also contains materials collected by Yohlin’s family members including photocopies of correspondence from his descendants regarding donations of his book Sefer Ḳohelet Mordekhai to various libraries, a biographical sketch, "A Legacy of Love," written by Yohlin's daughter, Sylvia Frankel, photocopies of various published material and newspaper clippings about Rabbi Yohlin, and a photocopy of a family tree. 
Patron Information 
Alternate Form Available
A digital version of Mordechai Yohlin’s Russian passport is available online on the Temple University Digital Collections’ website http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15037coll15/id/2138 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5810515~S30 
Research Access 
Collection is open for research.
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. 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 Mordechai Yohlin Family Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the 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], Mordechai Yohlin Family Papers, SCRC 157, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Charles Potash, Sylvia Frankel, Roslyn Joffe, and Murray Judroff between 1997 and 2015. A portion of the collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
Separated Material
Yohlin, Mordechai. Sefer Ḳohelet Mordekhai : ʻim heʻarot Birkat Tsevi ... ha-Kolel ... beʼurim ... ʻal ketuve ha-Torah ... Pieṭreḳov : [H. mo. l.], 693 [1932 or 1933] cataloged separately http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5793876~S30
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in April 2015 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate 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: 
Fridling, Tsevi Hirsh 
Levinthal, Bernard L. (Bernard Louis), 1866-1952
Riff, Naftoli H. J.
Shifman, Yehudah Leybush, 1870-
Tiktin, Samuel E.
Yohlin, Mordechai, 1883-1942
Rabbis -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Material Types: 
Immigration records
A folder level inventory is not available for this collection.