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United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID

SCRC 405

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Description

Collection Summary 
 
Title
United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records
 
Dates
1919-1969, bulk 1949-1968           
 
Collection ID
SCRC 405
 
Creator
United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Quantity
3.75 linear feet (3 boxes + 1 map folder)
 
Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
 
Language
Materials in English and Hebrew          
 
 
Detailed Collection Information 
 
Historical Note
In August 1918, delegates from the various Talmud Torahs throughout Philadelphia established the Associated Talmud Torahs of Philadelphia, a communal agency organized to improve the Jewish educational system in the Hebrew schools. The program of study in the Talmud Torahs included classes on Hebrew language, the Bible and Jewish literature, history, Jewish customs, ceremonies and traditions, and current events. By 1930, the Associated Talmud Torahs was comprised of a network of schools including a Hebrew kindergarten, ten elementary schools, a Hebrew high school, and Jewish extension classes offered through local congregations. In March 1948, the Yeshiva Mishkan Israel and the Central Talmud Torah merged with the Associated Talmud Torahs to form the United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos, a constituent agency of the Federation of Jewish Agencies. In 1993, United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos merged with the Hebrew Sunday School Society of Philadelphia to form the Community Hebrew Schools of Greater Philadelphia. The Community Hebrew Schools of Greater Philadelphia ceased operation in 2006.
 
Description of Collection 
The United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records document the activities of the community run religious education agency and its predecessor, the Associated Talmud Torahs, from its founding through the late 1960s. The bulk of the collection dates from after the 1948 merger and includes school enrollment records, statistics, curriculum materials, reports, bulletins, yearbooks, and budgets and monthly reports prepared for the Federation of Jewish Agencies. There is limited board of directors and committee meeting minutes from the 1940s. However, there is administrative correspondence with executive directors and presidents spanning the operation of both the Associated Talmud Torahs and the United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos. The bulk of records are in English, with Hebrew found throughout the collection, most notably in the correspondence and curriculum files.
 
Organization and Arrangement 
The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
 
 
Patron Information 
 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991036984093703811
 
Research Access 
Collection is open for research. Access to two folders containing student grades is restricted for 75 years from date of creation.
 
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 United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records are on deposit with the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The owner has not assigned its rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them 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], United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, SCRC 405, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
Related Material
Akiba Hebrew Academy (Merion, Pa.) Records, SCRC 36, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
 
Beth Jacob Schools of Philadelphia Records, SCRC 4, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
Hebrew Sunday School Society of Philadelphia (Pa.) Records, SCRC 50, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
 
Administrative Information 
 
Acquisition Information
Collection placed on deposit in 1973 by the United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
 
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid created in November 1974 by Lindsay B. Nauen. Collection arrangement revised, boxes replaced, and finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in February 2019 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist, with assistance from Victoria Nichols, student assistant. 
          
          
Index Terms
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
 
Corporate Names:
Associated Talmud Torahs of Philadelphia
United Hebrew Schools and Yeshivos (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Yeshiva Mishkan Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Subjects: 
Jewish children – Education – Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jewish religious education of children – Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jewish religious schools – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Jews – Education – Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
 
Places: 
Philadelphia (Pa.)
 
Material Types: 
Administrative records
Attendance records
Charters 
Clippings
Correspondence
Diplomas
Financial records
Ledgers (account books)
Minutes
Newsletters
Photocopies
Posters 
Reports
School records
Scrapbooks
 
 
Collection Inventory
 
Box   Folder   Description
1          1          Alumni Association           1960
1          2          American Association for Jewish Education          1950-1959, undated
M11          b          Announcement of special services for young people with Cantor Motle Pavlaski          1936
1          3          Annual meetings and reports          1949-1956
1          4          Annual meetings and reports          1957-1968, undated
1          5          Bar Mitzvah students          1946-1960
M11          b          Charter: Associated Talmud Torahs          1919
M11          b          Charter: Fund for Torah and Tarbuth          1949
1          6          Community Board of License          1955-1968
1          7          Copyright information for Hebrew textbook          1934-1952
1          8          Correspondence: Ben Rosen          1924-1932
1          9          Correspondence: Herman Landau          1949-1952
1          10          Correspondence: Jacob Levin          1955-1961
1          11          Correspondence: Joseph Levitsky          1946
1          12          Correspondence: Mordecai Halevi          1950-1954
1          13          Correspondence: Sidney Fish          1967-1968
1          14          Curriculum: general          1943
1          15          Curriculum: Hebrew vocabulary lists          1948-1949
1          16          Curriculum: interfaith education          1960-1967
1          17          Diplomas (blank)          undated
1          18          Enrollment campaign          1943-1944
1          19          Enrollment data          1950-1952
1          20          Federation of Jewish Agencies: Committee on Camping          1956-1959
1          21          Federation of Jewish Agencies: Committee on Camping          1960, undated
1          22          Financial records: General          1942-1946
1          23          Financial records: Allied Jewish Appeal          1951-1959
1          24          Financial records: budget          1948-1951
1          25          Financial records: budget          1952-1954
1          26          Financial records: budget          1955-1959
1          27          Financial records: budget          1960-1968, undated
1          28          Financial records: escrow fund          1962-1969
1          29          Financial records: monthly reports          1951-1953
1          30          Financial records: monthly reports          1954-1956
1          31          Financial records: monthly reports          1957-1959
1          32          Financial records: monthly reports          1960-1962
1          33          Financial records: retirement fund          1943-1950
1          34          Financial records: retirement fund          1951-1956
1          35          Financial records: retirement fund          1957-1960, undated
1          36          Financial records: salary schedules          1967-1968
1          37          Financial records: tax exemption          1934-1935, 1952
1          38          Financial records: transfer of properties to Federation of Jewish Charities          1923-1928
1          39          Future Hebrew Teachers of America          1957
1          40          Graduation          1945
1          41          Graduation          1934-1937
1          42          Graduation          1946-1947
1          43          Graduation          1949-1960
1          44          Hebrew Culture Society          1956-1960
1          45          Holidays and celebrations: Israel's tenth anniversary          1958
1          46          Holidays and celebrations: Jewish book month          1955-1957
1          47          Holidays and celebrations: Jewish schools week          1951-1958
2          1          Holidays and celebrations: Judge Levinthal dinner          1941
2          2          Holidays and celebrations: Lag B'omer          1956
2          3          Holidays and celebrations: Talmud Torah day          1951
2          4          Holidays and celebrations: United Nations day          1955-1956
2          5          Keren Ami          1943, 1945, 1960
2          6          Library project: General          1941-1948, undated
2          7          Library project: junior Hebrew library          1942-1944
2          8          Membership campaign          1956-1960, undated
2          9          Merger petition          1948
2          10          Minutes: committee meetings          1939-1946
2          11          Minutes: Executive Committee and Board of Directors          1943-1946
2          12          National Talmud Torah organization          1954
2          13          Parent Teacher Council          1939-1959
2          14          Parents' Voice          1941-1950
2          15          Parents' Voice          1951-1960
M11          b          Poster: third annual Purim ball          1939
2          16          Printed forms          1934-1942
2          17          Prize funds: General          1922-1926
2          18          Prize funds: General          1927-1928
2          19          Prize funds: General          1929-1949, undated
2          20          Prize funds: Gross          1925-1927
2          21          Prize funds: M. Husik          1940-1948
2          22          Prize funds: Markowitz          1935-1950
2          23          Prize funds: N. I. S. Goldman          1934-1947
2          24          Prize funds: Rosenberger          1924-1938
2          25          Publications: Bulletins of the Associated Talmud Torahs          1931, 1937
2          26          Publications: list of scrapbooks          circa 1928-1940
2          27          Publications: newspaper clipping scrapbook           1957-1960
2          28          Reports: Jewish education in Philadelphia            1936
2          29          Reports: Jewish education in Philadelphia (Committee of Fifteen)          1925-1927
2          30          Reports: Jewish education in Philadelphia (Council on Jewish education reports)          1936-1944
2          31          School enrollment records          1949-1951
2          32          School enrollment records          1951-1953
2          33          School enrollment records          1953-1955
2          34          School enrollment records          1955-1957
2          35          School enrollment records          1957-1959
3          1          School enrollment records          1959-1960
3          2          School enrollment records          1960-1961
3          3          School statistics          1935-1936
3          4          School statistics          1950, 1967-1968
3          5          School statistics: monthly class attendance          1944-1946
3          6          Schools: Agudath Hamorim          1921-1950
3          7          Schools: Agudath Hamorim          1950-1959
3          8          Schools: Ben Rosen annuals          1934-1952
3          9          Schools: Ben Rosen student progress reports (Restricted)          1967
3          10          Schools: Ben Rosen twenty fifth anniversary          1954
3          11          Schools: Ezrath Israel          1962-1963
3          12          Schools: Gratz College bulletins and memoranda          1965-1968
3          13          Schools: Gratz College correspondence          1924-1937
3          14          Schools: Gratz College correspondence          1940-1960, undated
3          15          Schools: Gratz College High School department freshman class          1968
3          16          Schools: Gratz College High School department Hebrew          1967-1968
3          17          Schools: Gratz College High School department history          1967-1968
3          18          Schools: Gratz College High School department history          1967-1968
3          19          Schools: Gratz College High School department history          1967-1968
3          20          Schools: Gratz College minutes and reports          1967-1968
3          21          Schools: Gratz College normal department          1968
3          22          Schools: Hebrew High School          1924, 1949-1951
3          23          Schools: Oxford Circle          1949-1955
3          24          Schools: Oxford Circle          1956-1957, undated
3          25          Schools: Yavneh general          1967-1968
3          26          Schools: Yavneh petty cash          1967-1968
3          27          Schools: Yavneh prospects          1967-1968
3          28          Schools: Yavneh registration sheets          1967-1968
3          29          Schools: Yavneh student progress reports (Restricted)          1968
3          30          Schools: Yavneh summer camp          circa 1958
3          31          Schools: Yeshiva Mishkan Israel          1959-1960
3          32          Staff: detached teachers          1960
3          33          Staff: faculty meetings          1967
3          34          Staff: memoranda          1943-1944
3          35          Statements of policy          1930-1960, undated
M11          b          West Philadelphia Hebrew School announcement of High Holy Day services featuring Cantor Yitzhok Lieb Kahn          undated