Congregation Rodfei Sholom-Oir Chodosh, Chicago, IL

  • Dates: 1950s-1960s
  • Size: 1.0 linear ft.
  • Number of Containers: 2 boxes; one package (sisterhood scrapbook)
  • 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.

TSH 2/24/92

Table of Contents:

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.

Historical Note

Congregation Rodfei Sholom-Oir Chodosh of Chicago, Illinois was founded in 1957 as the product of the merging of congregations Rodfei Sholom and Oir Chodosh. At the time of this merger the congregation was led by Rabbi Arnold Goodman. At its peak, membership consisted of approximately 800 families. In 1970 the congregation was dissolved.

Collection Description

Half of this small collection consists of documents and the remaining half consists of photographs. The documents include financial records, membership and committee lists, and minutes. While many of these documents are not dated, they appear to come mostly from the 1960s. Of note among the documents are copies of the congregation's constitution.

With few exceptions, the photographs are of Hebrew school and confirmation class graduations. While many of the photographs are not dated, they probably are from the 1950s and 1960s.

Also included is a scrapbook of Rodfei Sholom's sisterhood. The scrapbook contains photographs, flyers, newspaper clippings, reports, programs, announcements, and other material documenting the activities of the sisterhood, 1953-1956.

Box List

Box  Folder(s)  Description
  I. Documents, ca. 1950s-1960s
1 1 Financial records, 1960s
 2 Constitution, 1950s-1960s
 3 Membership and committee lists, 1960s
 4-5 Minutes, 1961-1968
 6 Miscellaneous programs and schedules, ca. 1960s
  II. Photographs, ca. 1950s-1960s
2 1 Class portrait, n.d. [ca. 1950s or 1960s]
 2 Class portrait, n.d. [ca. 1960s]
 3 Graduation portrait, n.d. [1950s or 1960s]
 4 Portrait of Rabbi Bernard I. Spielman, 1969
 5 Confirmation and Hebrew School portraits, 1958
 6 Confirmation portrait, May, 1964
 7 Graduation portraits, June, 1965
 8 Graduation and confirmation portraits, June, 1967
 9 Mandell Consolidated Religious School-Hebrew School portrait, June, 1968
 10-11 Candid photographs of children, ca. 1950s-1960s
 12 "Synagogue history in pictures," 1966-1967
 13 Miscellaneous photographs, ca. 1950s-1960s
Package III. Sisterhood Scrapbook, 1953-1956