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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 V.: Hebrew School
Box 8
Folder 1: Administration: Hebrew School, 1984-1985, 1987, 1990-1991
Folder 2: Administration: School Correspondence, 1979-1996
Folder 3: Administration: Education Correspondence, 1995-1996
Folder 4: Administration: School Master Forms, 1986-1987, 1990-1997
Folder 5: Administration: School Materials, 1975, no date
Folder 6: Administration: Education Materials, 1994-1997
Folder 7: Administration: Report Card Samples, 1995
Folder 8: Administration: School Rules and Policies, 1983
Folder 9: Administration: Hebrew School Materials, 1984, 1985, 1988
Folder 10: Administration: Hebrew School Phone Tree, 1983-1984
Folder 11: Boards: Education Board Minutes, 1972-1973
Folder 12: Boards: Education Board Minutes, 1974-1976
Folder 13: Boards: Education Board Minutes, 1981, 1982, 1984
Folder 14: Boards: Religious and Education Committee, 1980
Folder 15: Boards: Education Subcommittee, (1994-1997)
Folder 16: Boards: Religious School Standards, no date
Folder 17: Boards: School Schedules, 1984-1993
Folder 18: Boards: End of School Picnic Post Card (1), 1995
Folder 19: Boards: Bat Mitzvah Program, May 13, 2000
Folder 20: Curriculum: Lesson Plans, Isadore Bernstein, 1973
Folder 21: Curriculum: Hebrew School Handbook, 1984-1986
Folder 22: Curriculum: Hebrew Unit 1, no date
Folder 23: Curriculum: Hebrew Unit 2, no date
Folder 24: Curriculum: Hebrew Chapter 3-4, no date
Folder 25: Curriculum: Hebrew Unit, no date
Folder 26: Curriculum: Hebrew Language, 1984
Folder 27: Curriculum: Test Review for Aleph and Bet Classes, no date
Folder 28: Curriculum: Religious School Music, no date
Folder 29: Curriculum: Voyage of the St. Louis, 2009
Subgroup 1: RESTRICTED
Box 8
Folder 30: Grade and Class Records, 1984-1986
Folder 31: Hebrew School Reports and Report Cards, 1992
Folder 32-99: Student Files (A-W), 1980-1999
Folder 100: School Registration Card Index, 1950-1975
Folder 101: School Registrations, 1986-1988, 1992-1993
Folder 102: School Registration cards, no date
Folder 103: School Registration cards, no date
Folder 104: School Teacher Contracts, 1987, 1993-1994
Box 9
Folder 1: Volumes: Jewish Family Life, 1945
Folder 2: Volumes:  The Jewish Center Songster, 1949
Folder 3: Volumes:  Selihoth, 1952
Folder 4: Volumes:  The Second Soul, 1962
Folder 5: Volumes:  Shabatt Prayer Books (2), 1965
Folder 6: Volumes:  Haggadah for the American Family, 1966
Folder 7: Volumes:  New Prayers for the High Holy Days, 1971
Folder 8: Volumes:  Passover Haggadah, 1989
Folder 9: Volumes:  Megillat Esther, 1991
Folder 10: Volumes:  Book of Ruth and Song of Songs, no date

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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