Ario S. Hyams, Papers

  • Dates: 1930-1972
  • Size: .2 linear ft.
  • Number of Boxes: 1
  • Languages: English
  • Location: Special Collections Reading Room, Jewish Theological Seminary Library.
  • Restrictions: Reproduction of fragile items is not permitted; consult the archivist about literary rights.
  • Gift Of: Ario Hyams
  • Date: 1987

MCS, 6/30/94

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A Note on Folder Headings

Individual folders are identified in the following way on the left side of each folder: Name of Collection, box #/folder#, as in Ben Zion Bokser Papers, 4/22. Please use this format in citations and when referring to files for any other reason.

Biographical Note

Rabbi Ario S. Hyams graduated from the City College of New York in 1927, and received rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1931. A chaplain during World War Two, Hyams went on to lead congregations in Somerville, Massachusetts; Lynbrook, New York; Asbury Park and Teaneck, New Jersey, and finally Roslyn Heights, New York, where he led Temple Beth Shalom.

Rabbi Hyams held positions as president of the Rabbinical Association of Bergen County, New Jersey, chairman of the Nassau-Suffolk division of the Rabbinical Assembly, and president of the Nassau-Suffolk Association of Rabbis. He was the national chairman of the United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education, and was its chairman of music in education.

A composer, Rabbi Hyams was in 1961 named chairman of the Jewish Welfare Board's National Jewish Music Council. He also held the position of editor of Jewish Music Notes, a supplement to the Jewish Welfare Board Circle, 1955-1962. Hyams was also a lecturer in music at Hofstra University.

Collection Description

This small group of Rabbi Hyams' papers, ca.1930-1972, consists of typescripts of speeches and sermons, ca.1957-1971; music and music related material, including a published copy of Rabbi Hyams' musical settings: "Seven Poems from the Song of Songs," 1969, a dramatization from the Song of Songs and his arrangement of Lord Byron's "Hebrew Melodies;" issues, 1955-1969, of Jewish Music Notes; and correspondence and notes relating to the Congregational Religious Fellowship of Temple Beth Shalom, Roslyn Heights.

Some miscellaneous material consists of a paper Hyams wrote as a student in Mordecai Kaplan's homiletics class at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1930, an article on halacha and science, and a press release from the Jewish Welfare Board announcing Hyams' appointment as National Jewish Music Council chairman, 1961.

Box List
Box  Folder(s)  Description 
1 1-2  Speeches and sermons, 1957-1971; n.d.
 3 Music and music related materials, 1949; 1969; n.d.
 4 Press clippings from Jewish Music Notes, 1955-1969
 5 Roslyn Heights congregational fellowship, 1962-1964
 6 Miscellaneous, 1930-1972; n.d.