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Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection, 1962-1998 | Special Collections & University Archives

By Bonnie M. Harris and Laurel Schwartz

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Collection Overview

Title: Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection, 1962-1998Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Congregation Beth Tefilah (1962-1999)

Extent: 7.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 05/22/2012

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The contents of the collections consist of documents, records, newsletters, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, financial records regarding the congregation, from 1962 to 1998 with the majority being from the 1970’s  – 1990’s.

The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2005 by  Rocky Reid (JHSSD #2005.02), President of Ohr Shalom Synagogue in 2005.  Ohr Shalom Synagogue is the product of a merger between Congregation Beth Tefilah and Adat Ami Synagogue. The processed collection was donated to SDSU's Special Collections and University Archives in 2012.

Biographical Note

Congregation Beth Tefilah was founded in 1962. It was the first permanent  East County conservative congregation. Its founding directors were Aaron Kolkey, Robert Kolkey, Arthur Bressman, Eugene Janoff, Dr. Earl Richmond, William Wayne, Irving Coleman, Robert Kipnis, Irving Krantz, Morris Cahan, Abraham Sandler, Louis Sander, Marilyn Frankel, Rose Fischbein, Abe Wilks, Isaak Abramowitz.  Bert Schloss was the first president and Marilyn Frankel was the secretary. The first rabbi was Rabbi Lawton and the first permanent rabbi was Sidney Rappaport who came in 1963.  In 1971 their synagogue building was dedicated at 69th St, just off El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. In 1999 their building was sold and the congregation merged with Adat Ami Synagogue to become Ohr Shalom Synagogue, now located in the former home of Congregation Beth Israel, at 3rd and Laurel Streets in San Diego .

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Rocky Reid

Related Materials:

Adat Ami Synagogue Collection

Anti-Defamation League of San Diego Collection

Ralph Berman and Roberta Wagner Collection

Lasker Lodge Collection

Ed Naiman Collection

Dr. Seymour Okmin Collection

Paul Schraer Collection

Henry and Idelle Weissenberg Collection

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Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: Since 2007, the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego has transferred numerous collections to Special Collections and University Archives.  Click the link below to view other materials from the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego.

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Box and Folder Listing

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Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Congregation By-Laws, 1970-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Waldman Chapel Certificate, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dedication Ball, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Walter D. Schmier Foundation, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Building Fund, 1971-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: United Jewish Federation / Foundation, 1978-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Rabbi Penner Congregational Meeting, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Testimonial Event Rabbi Penner, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Tribute to Rabbi PennerAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Education, University of Judaism, 1975-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Yom Ha'Shoah, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Rabbi Penner - Dissertation MemorialAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Solomon Schechter Awards, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Solomon Schechter AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Harry Verner Safer Torah Foundation, 1972-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Congregational Management, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Bingo Building, 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Membership Memorial Books, 1976-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Membership Application FormsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Membership FormsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Membership Brochures, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Bibliographical NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: High Holy Days InstructionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Social HallAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Slichot Programs, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Summer Services, 1972-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Tax Status and Transportation Project, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Super Sunday, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Financial Correspondance, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Special Membership Assessment, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Scholar -in-Residence, 1981-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Membership Lists, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 33: New Years Greeting List, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Betty Teacher Hebrew School, 1980-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Betty Teacher Hebrew SchoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Confirmation - Programs / Procedures, 1962-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Bar / Bat Mitzvah, 1991-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Youth Groups - USYAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Beth Tefilah Community SinglesAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Beth Tefilah Community SinglesAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: MusicAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: MusicAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Board Meeting - Miscellaneous, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Oversized DocumentsAdd to your cart.

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