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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 IV:: Ohave Sholom Sisterhood
Box 6
Folder 8-9: Ohave Sholom Sisterhood Bylaws, no date, 1979, 2005
Folder 10: Ohave Sholom Sisterhood Constitution, no date
Folder 11: Ohave Sisterhood Membership Lists, 1995-1998
Folder 12-23: Ohave Sisterhood Minutes, 1968-1991
Folder 24: Ohave Sholom Sisterhood Agendas, (1987-1989)
Folder 25: Ohave Sholom Sisterhood Correspondence, 1987-2002
Folder 26: Ohave Sisterhood Stationery, no date
Folder 27: Ohave Sholom Sisterhood Plans and Protocol, (1990-1993)
Folder 28-36: Ohave Sisterhood Newsletters, 1985-1993
Box 7
Folder 1: Ohave Sisterhood Newsletters, 1994
Folder 2-10: Ohave Sisterhood Newsletters, (1995-2009)
Folder 11: Women's League for Conservative Judaism, 1980, 1983, 1988
Folder 12: Women's League for Conservative Judaism Stationery, no date
Folder 13: Women's League for Conservative Judaism Central Region Conference / Retreat, 2007
Folder 14: Ohave Sisterhood Blintz-Lox and Bagel Brunch, 1984-1989
Folder 15: Sisterhood Card Party, 1984-1994
Folder 16: Sisterhood Card Party, 1999-2000
Folder 17: Ohave Sisterhood Craft Fair, 1886-1987
Folder 18: Ohave Sisterhood Chanukah Dinner, no date, 2005-2010
Folder 19: Ohave Sisterhood Donor Dinner, 1962, 1966, 1981-2012
Folder 20: Donor Dinner Fundraiser, 1995
Folder 21: Raffle Dinner Fundraiser, May 5, 1996
Folder 22: Raffle Dinner Fundraiser, 1997-1998
Folder 23: Ohave Sisterhood Shabbat, (1981-1992)
Folder 24: Ohave Sisterhood Shabbat / Sabbath Services, 1988, 1989, 1995
Folder 25: Synagogue-Temple Annual Picnic, (1997-2008)
Folder 26: Torah Fund Campaign, 2008
Folder 27: Ohave Sisterhood Braille Group, 1974, 1977
Volume 1: Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing, exercises, 1972
Folder 28: Stencil Sheets, no date
Folder 29: United Synagogue Youth (USY) Youth Program Songster, 1970
Folder 30: Taglit Birthright Israel, 2004
Folder 31: Anti-Defamation League, 2005
Folder 32: The Sisterhood Planner, 2007

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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