Isaac Klein (1905-1979), Papers.

  • Dates: ca. 1920s-1970s
  • Boxes of Microfilm: 15
  • 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.


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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 Isaac Klein was born in Hungary in 1905, and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1921. After earning a BA from City College in New York in 1931, he was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1934. Rabbi Klein subsequently earned a PhD from Harvard.

Klein served as rabbi at Kadimah Congregation, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1934-1953; Temple Emanu-El, Buffalo, New York, 1953-1968; Temple Shaarey Zedek, Buffalo, (which was created from the merger of Emanu-El with Temple Beth David in 1968), 1968-1972.

Klein was a leader of the right-wing of the Conservative movement. He was president of the Rabbinical Assembly, 1958-1960, and a member of its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1948-1979. He was also the author of several books, notably, A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice.


Collection Description

Rabbi Isaac Klein's papers are located at the Archives/Special Collections, Butler Library, State University College at Buffalo, New York. What is present here are fifteen reels of microfilm of those papers. A complete listing of the contents of the microfilm is available in the Ratner Center.