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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 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Congregational Correspondance, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Congregational Correspondance, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Congregational Correspondance, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Holocaust Memorial Event - Leon Uris, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Evening in the Shtetl" Event, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Recipe Book, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Membership Memorial Books, 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Membership Memorial Books, 1996-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Congregation 25th year Anniversary, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Merged Congregations Adat Ami / Beth Tefilah, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Women's League By-Laws, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Women's League Packet, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Women's League Members, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Women's League Financial Records, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Women's League Administration, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Women's League Board Meetings, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Women's League Correspondance, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Women's League Events / Activities, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Women's League Theater Party, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Sisterhood News Letters, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Sisterhood By-Laws, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Sisterhood Administrative, 1971-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Sisterhood Publicity, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Sisterhood News Articles, 1966-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Sisterhood Membership, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Sisterhood Financial, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Sisterhood By-Laws, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Sisterhood Board Meetings, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Sisterhood Board Meetings, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Sisterhood Board Meetings, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Sisterhood Board Meetings, 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Sisterhood Board Meetings, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Yahrzeit Lists Years UnknownAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Yahrzeit Lists Years UnknownAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Yarhrzeit Lists Years UnknownAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Shabbat Services Weekly Programs, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Shabbat Services Weekly Programs, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Shabbat Services Weekly Programs, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Shabbat Services Weekly Programs, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 40: High Holy Days Traditions BookletAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Bris & Baby Naming RecordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Life Cycle Events Marriage / DivorceAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Betty Teacher PlaqueAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Festival Home Celebration BookletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Oversized DocumentsAdd to your cart.

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