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Ohave Sholom Synagogue


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Ohave Sholom Synagogue Records

Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford

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Ohave Sholom Sisterhood

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Collection Overview

Title: Ohave Sholom Synagogue, 1941-2013

Predominant Dates:1980-2005

ID: RHC/RC/332

Extent: 9.5 Linear Feet. More info below.


The collection is divided into eight series: Ohave Sholom Synagogue Records, Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Ohave Sholom Sisterhood, Hebrew School, Photographs, Volumes and Objects, and Oversize. Series I, dating from 1970 to 2013, contains Board Meeting minutes, Synagogue records and files, newsletters, photographs and library records. While this series mostly consists of administrative and financial materials, it also contains various documents of Jewish significance, such as rituals and holidays. Series II, Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford, consists of Federation records, including Board of Directors minutes, Jewish Community Center materials, and Jewish Community Directories from 1982-2011.

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism materials, contained in Series III, are made up of United Synagogue publications and United Synagogue records and correspondence from 1987 to 2001. Series IV contains Ohave Sholom Sisterhood records from 1962-2009. These include bylaws, meeting minutes and agendas, as well as correspondence and newsletters. The series also consists of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism materials and synagogue activities planned and hosted by the Sisterhood.

Series V, Hebrew School Records, consists of administrative records, Board of Education minutes, and curriculum materials. The series also contains student files and report cards and School Teacher Contracts, but access to these records is restricted.

The Photographs in Series VI include images of the interior and exterior of the synagogue and detailed photos of building furnishings and worship objects taken in 2013. Digital prints of these photos are available for access.

Series VII, volumes and objects, consists of prayer and song books about particular ceremonies and customs. The volumes are arranged by topic. Oversize Materials make up Series VIII, and consists of a calendar, certificate, and posters.

Date Acquired: 06/27/2013. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Conservative Judaism, Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford (Rockford, Ill.), Jewish holidays, Jewish religious education, Judaism, Judaism--Prayers and devotions, Ohave Sholom Synagogue (Rockford, Ill.), Ohave Sholom Synagogue Sisterhood (Rockford, Ill.), Rockford (Ill.), Synagogues, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Worship (Judaism)

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of materials from the Ohave Sholom Synagogue, Rockford, Illinois, from 1941-2013, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1980-2005.  The materials document the functioning of the synagogue and reflect its spiritual, educational, and social mission. Records dealing with the history of the synagogue prior to the 1970s are few.

Also archived are 211 digital images of the synagogue and the artifacts within it.

Collection Historical Note

Ohave Sholom Synagogue was established in 1918 as an Orthodox Synagogue in a Gothic style building at 728 1st Avenue in Rockford, but began services as early as 1911 at a building at 5th and Market Streets. The synagogue served the spiritual, educational, and social needs of the Jewish Community of the Rockford Area. Between 1914 and 1918, the Ladies Aid society began and was renamed the Ohave Sholom Sisterhood in the 1920s. Ohave became a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in 1963 and functioned as a Conservative Syngogue thereafter. In June, 1971, the congregation moved to the building at 3730 Guilford Road in Rockford. The Hebrew School at Ohave Sholom closed in 1997. In May, 2013, the congregation sold the synagogue building and moved to a space provided by Rockford’s Temple Beth-El on September 15, 2013.

Subject/Index Terms

Conservative Judaism
Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford (Rockford, Ill.)
Jewish holidays
Jewish religious education
Judaism--Prayers and devotions
Ohave Sholom Synagogue (Rockford, Ill.)
Ohave Sholom Synagogue Sisterhood (Rockford, Ill.)
Rockford (Ill.)
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Worship (Judaism)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional materials were donated on July 23, 2013.

Alternate Extent Statement: 211 digital files (418 MB)

Access Restrictions: Access is restricted for Board Meeting Minutes from 2008-2013 and for Hebrew School Student Records.

Use Restrictions: Property rights to the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Technical Access Note: Digital images may be accessed on the computer in the Center’s reading room.

Acquisition Source: Barbara Brown

Acquisition Method: The Ohave Sholom Synagogue Collection was donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center by Barbara Brown on June 27, 2013.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Ohave Sholom Synagogue Records],
[Series II.: Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford],
[Series III.: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism],
[Series IV:: Ohave Sholom Sisterhood],
[Series V.: Hebrew School],
[Series VI.: Photographs],
[Series VII.: Volumes and Objects],
[Series VIII.: Oversize],

Series I.: Ohave Sholom Synagogue Records
Box 1
Folder 1-2: Bylaws, (1966-2005)
Folder 3-5: Board Meeting Minutes, 1977-1980
Folder 6-21: Board Meeting Minutes, 1982-1997
Box 2
Folder 1-11: Board Meeting Minutes, 1998-2008
Folder 12-14: Board Meeting Minutes, 2011-2013
Folder 15-24: Newsletters, (1986-2013)
Box 3
Folder 1-5: Shofar [newsletter], 1972-1984
Folder 6: Key Control, 1982-1983
Folder 7: National Mailing List, no date
Folder 8: Budget, 1973-1974
Folder 9: Deeds, (1919-1973)
Folder 10: Mortgage Materials, 1994-1999
Folder 11: Liebling Trust, 1999
Folder 12-13: Raffle Dinner Fund Raiser, 1999-2000
Folder 14: Rabbi's Correspondence, 1994-1998
Folder 15: Rabbi Elihu Milder Contract, 1995
Folder 16: Rabbi Elihu Milder Passing Notice, 2010
Folder 17: Sermons and Sermon Materials, 1995-1997
Folder 18: Rabbi Services, 1998, 2008
Folder 19: Installation Materials, 1955, 1968
Folder 20: Cantors, 1999-2002, 2004, 2008
Folder 21: Membership, 1975-1979, 1984-1985, 1986, 1990, 2008, 2010, 2013
Folder 22: Membership Applications, 1996
Folder 23: Membership, Reuben Abraham, no date
Folder 24: Prospective Member Brochures, no date
Folder 25: Membership Campaign Materials, no date
Folder 26-34: Correspondence, 1983-2003
Folder 35: Ohave Sholom Synagogue Brochures, no date
Folder 36: Ohave Sholom Stationery, no date
Box 4
Folder 1-3: Yahrzeits, (2000-2010)
Folder 4: Ohave Sholom Plaques, June 1971
Folder 5: Plaque Photographs (53), 1990
Folder 6: Building Program, no date
Folder 7: Ohave Sholom Leave-taking Ceremony Program, 1971
Folder 8: Building Specifications, 1970
Folder 9: Building Materials for Remodel, 1977-1978
Folder 10: Building Materials, (1985-2006)
Folder 11: Building Inventory, April 1986
Folder 12: Building Dedication Anniversary and new home, 2011, 2013
Folder 13: Ritual: Prayer Cards, no date
Folder 14: Ritual: Circumcision Certificate, 1976
Folder 15: Ritual: Sale of Chametz Contracts, 1965
Folder 16: Ritual: Prayer Book Pages, no date
Folder 17: Ritual: Friday Service and Prayer, no date
Folder 18: Ritual: Conversion, 1982, 1990, 1995
Folder 19: Ritual: Divorce, 1989
Folder 20: Ritual: Cemetery, 1994-1995
Folder 21: Ritual: Funerals, 1967, 1995, 1997
Folder 22: Ritual: Funeral Records, 1974-1978
Folder 23: Ritual: Eulogy, Leon Rosenzweig, December 27, 2012
Folder 24: Ritual: Weddings, 1963, 1974, 1986
Folder 25: Ritual: Marriage Certificates, no date
Folder 26: Ritual: Redemption [ceremony], no date
Folder 27: Ritual: Kosher, 1993, 1995
Folder 28: Ritual: Music, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
Folder 29: Holidays: Purim Songs, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1955, 1957
Folder 30: Holidays: Passover, 1943, no date
Folder 31: Holidays: Passover, 2005
Folder 32: Holidays: Shabbat, 1958, 1973
Folder 33: Holidays: Rosh Hashanah, 1995
Folder 34: Holidays: Yom Kippur, no date
Folder 35: Holidays: Sukkah, 1996
Folder 36: Holidays: Hanukkah, 1995, 1998
Folder 37: Holidays: Tu B'Shevat [Jewish Arbor Day], 1995
Folder 38: Holidays: Holocaust, 1995
Folder 39: Holidays: Israel Independence Day / Yom Ha'Atzmaut, 1995
Folder 40: Holidays: Yom Hashoah, no date
Folder 41: Holidays: Pesah, 1975, 1995
Folder 42: Holidays: Purim, no date
Folder 43: Holidays: Community Songs, no date
Folder 44: Holidays: Chanukah Song Sheets, 1955, 1963, no date
Folder 45: Adult Education: Passover and Hebrew Course, 1995
Folder 46: Adult Education: Hebrew Course, 1995-1996
Folder 47: Hebrew Reading Course, 1990
Folder 48: Hapftorah Accents [Hebrew Language], no date
Folder 49: Lectures, 1996-1997
Folder 50: Incoming Programs, 2011
Folder 51: Jewish Education, 1996, 1997
Folder 52: Triennial System [Reading the Torah in Three Year Cycles], 1988, 1995, 1997
Folder 53: Hebrew Texts, no date
Folder 54: Torah Material, no date
Folder 55: The Book of Life Calendar and Greeting Books, (1984-2013)
Box 5
Folder 1: Greeting Book Business, ads, 2007
Folder 2: Church Files: Maps of Israel and Jerusalem, 1994
Folder 3: Church Files: Israel and Jerusalem, 1995-1997
Folder 4: Church Files: Nursing Home, 1995
Folder 5: Church Files: Organ Transplants, 1996
Folder 6: Church Files: Chapel Fund Letter, no date
Folder 7: Church Files: Ways to the Means, 2003
Folder 8: Church Files: Jewish Vocational Service, 1973
Folder 9: Church Files: Northern Illinois University Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert, 2006
Folder 10: Church Files: Veteran's Administration, 1972-1973
Folder 11: Organizations: United Jewish Appeal, 1995, 1996
Folder 12: Organizations: Anti-Defamation League, 1996
Folder 13: Organizations: American Zionist Movement Centennial, 1997
Folder 14: Organizations: Clergy Association, 1996
Folder 15: Organizations: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 1997
Folder 16: Organizations: Chicago Board of Rabbis, 1996-1997
Folder 17: Organizations: Book and Film Catalogues, 1996, 1997
Folder 18: Organizations: Keshet [Organization, Jewish Parents of Children with Special Needs], 1994, 1995, 1996
Folder 19: Organizations: Holocaust Compensation, 2000, 2001
Folder 20: Organizations: Outside Synagogue Bulletins, 2000
Folder 21: Bessie Blumenthal Library Accession Record, 1973-2000
Volume 1: Bessie Blumenthal Memorial Library Fund, 1974-1998
Folder 22: Photographs: Photographs and negatives (27) (5), no date
Folder 23: Photographs: Photographs (45), 1997
Folder 24: Photographs: Photographs (12), 1993
Folder 25: Photographs: Photographs (42), 1994, 1995
Folder 26: Photographs: Photograph (1), no date
Folder 27: Photographs: Purim Fest Photographs (12), 1990

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Ohave Sholom Synagogue Records],
[Series II.: Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford],
[Series III.: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism],
[Series IV:: Ohave Sholom Sisterhood],
[Series V.: Hebrew School],
[Series VI.: Photographs],
[Series VII.: Volumes and Objects],
[Series VIII.: Oversize],

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