Finding aid to the Beth Chayim Chadashim records, 1948, 1967-2012 Coll2012.133

Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, California, 90007
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© 2012


Title: Beth Chayim Chadashim records
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.133
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 22.95 linear feet. 12 archive boxes + 4 archive flat boxes + 3 archive binder boxes + 2 archive cartons
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1972-2012
Date (inclusive): 1948, 1967-2012
Abstract: The collection consists of administrative and financial records, outreach and event records, religious service texts, publications, subject files, photographs, and other materials used and/or created by Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), 1948, 1967-2012. Founded in 1972 as the world’s first lesbian and gay synagogue, BCC is an inclusive community of progressive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual Jews, their families and friends.
creator: Beth Chayim Chadashim (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Processing Information

Processing of this collection has been funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and Wells Fargo.
Part of collection formerly housed in boxes A214, A214a, A214b, A214c, A214d, A214e, A214f, A214g, A214i, A215, A216, A217, A218, A220, A221, A222, and A223.
Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2012.

Access

Restricted access to some membership and financial records. Please consult archivist.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of administrative and financial records, outreach and event records, religious service texts, publications, subject files, photographs, and other materials maintained and/or created by Beth Chayim Chadashim, 1948, 1967-2012. Records dated prior to the founding of the temple in 1972 consist exclusively of religious texts. The administrative records include meeting minutes, membership records, records of the president, correspondence, and other operational records. The financial records include bank statements, ledgers, receipts, and budget reports. Outreach and event records comprise promotional material, advertisements, event programs, and informational pamphlets and booklets. Other records include periodicals, texts used or referenced for religious services, clippings, mass mailings, photographs, T-shirts, and assorted artifacts.

Administrative History

The world’s first synagogue for gay and lesbian Jews grew out of a weekly rap group meeting on April 4, 1972 at Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in Los Angeles. The three men and one woman who attended that meeting were all Jewish. MCC founder Reverend Troy Perry encouraged them to start a congregation and offered free use of church facilities. About a dozen women and men came to an ad hoc meeting to found the Metropolitan Community Temple in May of that year.
After services on January 26, 1973, the fledgling synagogue changed its name to Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), Hebrew for “House of New Life.” That same night, a fire destroyed the MCC church, and BCC temporarily moved into the Leo Baeck Temple in Bel Air. There in 1973, BCC received a Holocaust survivor Torah from the town of Chotebor, Czechoslovakia, on permanent loan from Westminster Synagogue in London.
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now Union for Reform Judaism) accepted BCC into their union on June 9, 1974, the first gay and lesbian congregation accepted by a mainstream religious organization in the world. BCC also became a founding member of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Organizations and hosted international conferences in 1978 and 1982, along with several Western regional conferences.
In 1977 BCC purchased its own building at 6000 West Pico Boulevard and in 1983 hired its first ordained rabbi and later its first invested cantor. At a time when most temples still used male language for God, BCC created the first gender-neutral prayer book. BCC was also a pioneer in egalitarian worship services with lay service leaders and in the creation of life cycle rituals for lesbian and gay individuals and couples.
In the 1980s, BCC helped found Nechama, a Jewish Response to AIDS, which was initially housed at BCC and later moved to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (it later became the independent nonprofit group Los Angeles Jewish AIDS Services). In 1987 BCC inaugurated its Persons with AIDS dinners, providing food and community support to individuals and their friends and families.
In 1995 as members began to raise children in greater numbers, BCC began its first children’s program, Yeladim B’Lev (“Children in the Heart”). By 2007 BCC had established an active religious school program known as Ohr Chayim.
Edited from the Beth Chayim Chadashim website (c) 2012 at http://www.bcc-la.org/history/.

Acquisition Information

Part of the collection was gifted at an unknown date presumably by BCC member and ONE Incorporated board member Jesse Jacobs. Other parts of the collection were gifted in multiple donations from Tracy Moore between June 2011 and November 2012.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Administrative records, 1972-2012
Series 2. Financial records, 1972-2007
Series 3. Outreach and event records, 1972-2012
Series 4. Religious services records, 1948, 1967-2011
Series 5. Publications, 1973-2012
Series 6. Subject files, 1973-2010
Series 7. Photographs, 1977-2009
Series 8. Audiovisual and graphic materials, religious artifacts, and other objects, 1972-2011

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE Archives periodical collection:
Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and our Friends, v.1, no.1 and 2; v.2, no.1 and 2; v.3, no.1 and 2; v.4, no.1 and 2; v.5, no.1 (1990-1995).
The Chicago Gay Crusader, no.1, 2 (May, June 1973).
Chicago Gay Pride, v.3, no.2 (May-June 1973).
Curve, v.16, no.10 (December 2006).
HRC Quarterly (Fall 1996).
Jewish Gaily Forward, v.1, no.1 (October 1977).
Keeping in Touch (September/October 1998).
Lesbian Herstory Archives Newsletter (March 1999).
LN, v.19, no.11 (June 1994).
New Life (October 1974).
News Update. Lesbian and Gay Public Awareness Project (February 1997).
Reconstructionist, v.51, no.2 (October November 1985).
Task Force Report (Summer 1998).
Vanguard News and Views (May 17, 1991).
Separated to ONE Archives pamphlet, program, and calendar collections:
About our Children, a PFLAG pamphlet.
American Society on Aging’s Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network pamphlet.
GLAAD Media Awards program (1991).
Christopher Street West (CSW) Los Angeles Pride programs (1977, 1988, 1997).
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Women’s Night 2002 program.
Long Beach Pride programs (1998, 1999).
MECLA: A Catalyst for Change agenda calendar (1985).
Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles: Celebrating 30 Amazing Years of Service to the Community program (October 6, 1998).
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force pamphlets (including for the 1998 Creating Change conference).
We Are You: An Exploration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Colorado’s Jewish Community. A publication of Mosaic (2006).
Separated to the ONE Archives book library:
Shokeid, Moshe. A Gay Synagogue. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
Separated to the ONE Archives poster collection:
"I Do" Support the Freedom to Marry. Equality California | eqca.org. Red poster with white text and blue quotation marks; 14" x 16".
Separated to the ONE Archives T-shirt collection:
GAR0745 Text: Beth Chayim Chadashim. Graphic: Lambda symbol inside a Star of David inside a circle.
GAR0752 Text: Beth Chayim Chadashim Shabbaton Malibu 1996. Graphic: Lambda symbol inside a Star of David shining down on a beach; graphic is square-shaped and bordered on its sides by text; green shirt. Context: Made for the Shabbaton retreat weekend.
GAR0753 Text: Shabbat happens. Context: Original Shabbat happens slogan. 1997.
GAR0754 Text: One in every minyan. Graphic: Nine white circles and one pink triangle in square black boxes. Context: Original slogan. circa 1996-1997.
GAR0755 Graphic: Three adjacent boxes with Star of David backdrops: left says "BCC", middle has a graphic of an airplane, right has a map of Israel. Context: BCC trip to Israel. August 1999.
GAR0756 Graphic: Beth Chayim Chadashim logo surrounded on the left, right, and bottom by hand written names. Context: Worn by Rabbi Lisa Edwards at a pride parade; lists members of Beth Chayim Chadashim who had died. circa 1996-1999.
GAR0757 Text: Beth Chayim Chadashim Shabbaton Malibu 1996. Graphic: Lambda symbol inside a Star of David shining down on a beach; graphic is square-shaped and bordered on its sides by text; blue shirt. Context: Made for the Shabbaton retreat weekend.
Deaccessioned materials:
Compass, v.46, no.2 (Winter-Spring 1994).
Conservative Judaism, v.40, no.4 (Summer 1988).
Israel and Palestine Political Report, no.193.
Life. "Israel’s Swift Victory" (1967).
Life. "The Spirit of Israel: 25th Anniversary" (1973).
The Progressive (December 1994).
SA Briefings: Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (Spring 1990).
Tri-Ethnic Research Project, Research Report #25. University of Colorado. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco on November 24, 1963.
The Workman’s Circle/Arbeter Ring’s Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction program, Southern California District (November 2, 2003).

Related Archival Materials

Twice Blessed Collection, Coll2010-003, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Beth Chayim Chadashim Records, Coll2012-133, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Jewish gay men
Jewish lesbians
Reform Judaism
Synagogues

 

Administrative records Series 1. 1972-2012

Physical Description: 5.5 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Consists of meeting minutes, membership records, presidential records, correspondence, project files, maintenance and operational records, manuals, bylaws, education and employment records, marriage records, and other administrative records of Beth Chayim Chadashim, 1972-2012.

Arrangement

Meeting minutes, membership records, and presidential records are listed first. The remainder of the series is arranged alphabetically.
 

Meeting minutes 1972-2009

Scope and Contents note

Consists of board of directors, congregational, executive committee, ritual committee, rabbinic search committee, ways and means committee, fundraising committee, and various ad hoc committee meeting minutes. Includes project records, reports, and election records discussed, distributed, or managed at these meetings. For more rabbinic search committee records, see the "Rabbinic search committee" listing.
Box 1, Folder 1-26

1972-1984

Physical Description: [26 folders]
Box 2, Folder 1-40

1984-2001

Physical Description: [40 folders]
Box 3, Folder 1-5

2002-2009

Physical Description: [5 folders]
 

Membership records 1973-2011

Conditions Governing Access note

[Access restricted]
Box 6, Folder 16

Applications 1980

Box 6, Folder 17

Directories 1999-2011

Box 6, Folder 18-19

Information forms 1998-2006

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 6, Folder 20-24

Rosters 1973-2005

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 20, Folder 1-2

Rosters 1973-1998

Physical Description: [2 folders]

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Isolated because of mold contamination.
 

Presidential records 1988-1992

Scope and Contents note

Consists of correspondence, operational guidelines, budget records, membership records, legal records and contracts, bylaws, organizational charts, meeting minutes, and other administrative records maintained by various presidents of Beth Chayim Chadashim.
Box 3, Folder 6-7

Zendle, Les 1988-1990

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 8-11

Stevens, Ralph 1991-1992

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 3, Folder 12

Alexander, Noah 1992

Box 3, Folder 13

Activity calendar 1990-2000

Box 3, Folder 14

Administration 1972-1974

Scope and Contents note

Consists of correspondence, promotional material, board announcements, event records, and other administrative records. Includes records on the Torah dedication.
Box 3, Folder 15-17

Administration 1976-2012

Physical Description: [3 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Consists of correspondence, promotional materials, project and event records, survey records, policy and procedure manuals, and other administrative records.
Box 3, Folder 18

Alcoholics Anonymous undated

Box 3, Folder 19

Board and leadership development 1987, undated

Box 3, Folder 20

Board of director operational manual 2009, undated

Box 3, Folder 21

Building maintenance, rental, and event setup 1977-2009

Box 12, Folder 18

Bylaws circa 1973-1987

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 18, Folder 2

Card files, contacts undated

Box 3, Folder 23

Carter, Eric 1995-1996

Scope and Contents note

Includes 4 photographs.
Box 3, Folder 22

Conference material 1978-2010

Box 3, Folder 24-27

Constitution and bylaws 1972-1991

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 3, Folder 28-30

Correspondence 1989-2011

Physical Description: [3 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Primarily consists of incoming thank-you letters and greeting cards.
Box 3, Folder 31

Education, course material 1973

Box 3, Folder 32

Education, reference material 1999, undated

Box 17, Folder 2

Education, workshop material 1998

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 4, Folder 1-3

Edwards, Rabbi Lisa 1990-2003

Physical Description: [3 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes press releases and other promotional material, correspondence, financial records, project records, and clippings.
Box 18, Folder 6

Floppy disks 1995, undated

Physical Description: [9 3.5 inch disks]

Scope and Contents note

Includes G'Vanim articles managed or written by Dean Desman, High Holy Days texts and mailing information, and Ritual Committee information.
Box 4, Folder 4

Forms, business cards, magnets, and name tags undated

Box 6, Folder 15

Guest book 1975-1977

Box 4, Folder 5

History of Beth Chayim Chadashim 1973-1974, undated

Box 4, Folder 6-8

Insurance, primarily provided by Eichberg Associates 1989-1996, undated

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 4, Folder 9

Job description and employment records 1986-1987, undated

Box 4, Folder 10

Marriages 1972, 1993-2012

Scope and Contents note

Consists of wedding invitations, registrations, and other related material. Includes material from Troy Perry's wedding and one photograph from the ceremony.
Box 4, Folder 10-12

Nashim L. Nashim 1993-1996

Physical Description: [3 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes meeting minutes, flyers, advertisements, contacts, budget records, forms, correspondence, procedures, reports, and Women's Task Force records.
Box 4, Folder 13-14

Organizational troubleshooting circa 1983-1985

Physical Description: [2 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes meeting minutes and reference material regarding a variety of organizational issues.
Box 4, Folder 15

Park-Rogers, Felicia, correspondence 2006-2011

Box 19, Folder 4

Personal Document Planner Record and Guide undated

Physical Description: [binder]

Scope and Contents note

Note on the first page: "This information about the law is designed to help users safely cope with their own legal needs."
Box 4, Folder 16

Proclamations, 30th anniversary 2002

Box 4, Folder 17

Recipes for a cookbook 1984-1985

Box 4, Folder 18-25

Rabbinic search committee records 1992, 1994

Physical Description: [8 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes meeting minutes, interview and reference forms, scheduling records, reports, and Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) consultation records.
Box 4, Folder 26

Reference material for services offered by Beth Chayim Chadashim 1995-1997

Box 4, Folder 28

Stationary 1982-1997

Box 16, Folder 4

Stationary and forms, design and mockups undated

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 4, Folder 29

T-shirt design trademark 1996

Box 4, Folder 30-36

Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) 1977-1999

Physical Description: [7 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes guides, reports, resolutions, directories, correspondence, 1979 investigation records, and membership dues records.
 

Financial records Series 2. 1972-2007

Physical Description: 1.75 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Consists of banking and credit card records, fundraising records, ledgers, payroll records, receipts, tax records, and financial reports.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 4, Folder 37

American Express statements 1993-1994

Physical Description: 4.0 linear feet.

Conditions Governing Access note

{Access restricted]
Box 5, Folder 1-4

Banking 1992-1996

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 5, Folder 5-11

Budget 1972-2003

Physical Description: [7 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Budget records are also well represented in the "Meeting minutes" folders under the Administrative records series.
Box 5, Folder 12-21

Donations, fundraising, and membership dues 1984-2007

Physical Description: [10 folders]

Conditions Governing Access note

[Access restricted]

Scope and Contents note

Consists of the following folders (in order): "Always in our Hearts" tribute to Fran Chalin, donor program and payments, fundraising and ways & means committee records, membership dues and oneg flyers, Nechama donations, pledge records, Siddur dedications, and tribute dinner records.
Box 5, Folder 22-23

Estates, trusts, and wills 1988-1993

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 5, Folder 24-26

Ledgers 1982-1984, undated

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 5, Folder 27

Payroll and personnel records 1991, 1994-1996

Conditions Governing Access note

[Access restricted]
Box 5, Folder 28

Petty cash 1995-1996

Box 5, Folder 29-34

Receipts 1991-1997

Physical Description: [5 folder]

Scope and Contents note

Advertising, bakery, climate control, education, engraving, and event receipts.
Box 6, Folder 1-9

Receipts 1983-1996

Physical Description: [9 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Office printing, public relations, security, supermarket, United Way, and other general receipts.
Box 6, Folder 10-12

Taxes 1973-1996

Physical Description: [3 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Federal, state, and local tax records as well as non-profit status records.
Box 6, Folder 13-14

Treasurer's reports 1984-1990

 

Outreach and event records Series 3. 1972-2012

Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Consists of promotional material, press releases, advertisements, event invitations and programs, informational pamphlets, activity booklets, and mockups of these materials.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 12, Folder 17

Advertisements, design and mockups 1990-1996

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 16, Folder 6

Advertisements, design and mockups 1990-1994

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 6, Folder 25-33

Event administration and promotional records 1972-2002

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet. [9 folders]
Box 7, Folder 1-6

Event administration and promotional records 1997-2012

Physical Description: [6 folders]
Box 16, Folder 7

Event administration and promotional records undated

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 7, Folder 7

Informational pamphlets and booklets 1977-1999, undated

Box 7, Folder 8

Past Presidents Brunch invitations, programs, and promotional material 1995-2012

Box 7, Folder 9-10

Press releases 1990-1996

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 7, Folder 11

Program and activity booklets 1993-1999

Box 7, Folder 12-16

Programs and invitations: anniversaries, events, and special services 1973-2012

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 12, Folder 19

Programs, pamphlets, and booklets; design and mockups circa 2003

Box 7, Folder 17

Welcome booklets, mockups 1990

 

Religious services records Series 4. 1948, 1967-2011

Physical Description: 3.75 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Consists of religious service texts, religious service administrative and promotional records, remembrance files, and a 1948 Talmud. High Holy Days Hebrew calendar dates are provided.

Arrangement

High Holy Days materials are listed first, followed by service administrative records and texts, remembrances, and the Talmud.
Box 7, Folder 18-38

High Holy Days, 5734-5760 1973-1999

Physical Description: [21 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes promotional materials, order forms and invitations, mockups of promotional materials and invitations, In Memoriam and Scroll of Rememberance booklets, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah programs, administrative and financial records, and a 1989 High Holy Days Coordinator notebook.
Box 8, Folder 1-10

High Holy Days; 5761-5767, 5771; 2000-2006, 2010

Physical Description: [10 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes promotional materials, order forms and invitations, Days of Awe programs as well as individual Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah programs, Scroll of Rememberance booklets, administrative records, and 2005 registration forms.
Box 8, Folder 11-29

Services: administrative records and texts 1972-1975

Physical Description: [19 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Primarily consists of various religious texts.
Box 9, Folder 1-27

Services: administrative records and texts 1974-2006

Physical Description: [27 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes texts of drashes, pitches, and Rabbi Lisa Edwards sermons. Includes a few papers written by Rabbi Edwards, service texts from conferences, and Shabbaton 1996 records.
Box 10, Folder 1-11

Services: administrative records, texts, and songs 1993-2010, undated

Physical Description: [11 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes texts from Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.
Box 19, Folder 5

Service text, possibly for 1st Siddur circa 1977

Box 12, Folder 20

Service texts 1971, 1981

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 10, Folder 12-17

Service texts, external organizations 1967-1994, undated

Physical Description: [6 folders]
Box 10, Folder 18-20

Remembrances 1988-2011

Physical Description: [3 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Includes service texts, clippings, programs, awards, and 3 photographs.
Box 16, Folder 9

Talmud. Bava kamma. New York: Shulsinger 1948

General Physical Description note: Hard bound book
 

Publications Series 5. 1973-2012

Physical Description: 1.75 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Consists of newsletters and bulletins published by Beth Chayim Chadashim. Includes mockups and edits of these publications.
Box 11, Folder 25-36

Bulletins 1985-2010

Physical Description: [12 folders]

Scope and Contents note

Bulletins distributed at Sabbath regarding the service, upcoming events, and organizational news. The set is incomplete with the most complete representation between 1996-2001.
Box 10, Folder 21-31

G'Vanim 1973-1983

Physical Description: [11 folders]

Scope and Contents note

This monthly publication was called the Beth Chayim Chadashim Newsletter from 1973-1978. This set is missing the following issues: December 1980; January-September 1981; June, July, September 1982; and May 1983.
Box 11, Folder 1-24

G'Vanim 1984-2012

Physical Description: [24 folders]

Scope and Contents note

The format of the publication changed from 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 to 8 1/2 x 11 inches in 1984. This set is missing the following issues: June, November, December 1984; February, May, June, September, October 1985; February-September, November, December 1986; February-April, September-December 1987; January 1988; March, April 1990; June 1996; November 1999; February 2000; December 2001; December 2006; and most of 2007-2012
Box 11, Folder 37-38

G'Vanim, mockups 1973-1979

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 12, Folder 1

Assorted publications, mockups and edits 1986-1996

 

Subject files Series 6. 1973-2010

Physical Description: 1.0 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Consists of clippings, flyers, mass mailings, programs, and other promotional materials collected from external organizations. The clippings listings refer exclusively to clippings, while subject file listings refers to all the above items.
Box 12, Folder 2

Clippings, Beth Chayim Chadashim advertisements 1972-1995

Box 12, Folder 3

Clippings, Beth Chayim Chadashim members and the World Congress 1973-2002

Box 12, Folder 4-7

Clippings, general topics 1972-1998

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 16, Folder 8

Clippings, general topics 2000-2009

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 12, Folder 8-9

Clippings, hate crimes 1994-1999

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 12, Folder 10-11

Clippings, Holocaust 1994-1999

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 12, Folder 12

Subject files, Holocaust 1994-1999

Box 12, Folder 13-16

Subject files, general topics 1973-2010

Physical Description: [4 folders]
 

Photographs Series 7. 1977-2009

Physical Description: 3.2 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Consists of images of Beth Chayim Chadashim members, events, and religious services.
Box 13

Exhibit 1999-2000, undated

General Physical Description note: 11 photographic prints with introduction and captions

Scope and Contents note

Photographs used for an exhibit celebrating the 40th year anniversary of Beth Chayim Chadashim.
Box 13

Members, A-P 1999-2001, undated

General Physical Description note: 205 photographic prints

Scope and Contents note

BCC members organized alphabetically by last name.
Box 14

Members, P-Y 1999-2001, undated

General Physical Description note: 90 photographic prints and 2 negative strips

Scope and Contents note

BCC members organized alphabetically by last name.
Box 14

Members, events, and services 1978-2001

General Physical Description note: 107 photographic prints, 1 remembrance letter, 1 correspondence letter, and 1 newspaper clipping.

Scope and Contents note

Consists of any labeled photograph, including those marked for use in a publication or exhibit. Photographs are in no particular order.
Box 15

Members, events, services, and locations 1977-2001

General Physical Description note: 342 photographic prints.

Scope and Contents note

Unlabeled photographs arranged in no particular order.
Box 15

Negatives and contact sheets undated

General Physical Description note: 29 negative strips and 1 contact sheet

Scope and Contents note

Consists of images of Beth Chayim Chadashim members, events, and services, including the marriage of Tracy Moore and Lisa Edwards.
Box 11, Folder 39

Compact discs 2008-2009

Physical Description: [2 CDs]

Scope and Contents note

Consists of images by Sylvia Sukop of Rosh Hashanah day 2 and Tashlich at Beth Chayim Chadashim as well as images by Jason Wittman of the June 17, 2008, marriage of Bishop Ed Vazquez and Deacon Bill Koffinke.
Box 16, Folder 3

Oversized photographic prints undated

Scope and Contents note

6 photographs of a Names Project quilt panel and 1 of a religious service.
 

Audiovisual and graphic materials, religious artifacts, and other objects Series 8. 1972-2011

Physical Description: 4.75 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Consists of religious artifacts, recordings, awards, computer disks, buttons, flags, posters, signs, rubber stamps, binders, artwork, tissues, and pushkes.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Separated Materials

T-shirts have been separated into the ONE Archives T-shirt collection.
Box 16, Folder 2

Afrikoman from 2nd Seder April 7, 1994

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 21

Ark of the Covenant carried by priests undated

Physical Description: [metal statue, approximately 4 x 2 x 5 inches]
General Physical Description note: Missing one of the two poles supporting the ark.
Box 18, Folder 4

Audiocassettes, Beth Chayim Chadashim's first High Holy Days September 1972

Physical Description: [3 cassettes]

Scope and Contents note

Note with cassettes: "Services were originally recorded on stereo reel to reel tapes. When Jerry Krieger and Jon Smith copied them onto audiocassettes, the only reel to reel recorder was not in good condition, nor did it copy stereo. Therefore, an effort was made to ensure the voices were copied, although the music was on another track and is quite dim. Since on some tapes the music and voices were on different tracks, the music may be dominant or odd as the volumes were adjusted."
Box 18, Folder 5

Audiocassettes, general topic 1996, undated

Physical Description: [3 cassettes]

Scope and Contents note

Includes "BCC History - Past Pres Brunch", undated; "Memorial Service, Sol Halson, Larry Altman, tape #2, November 3, 1996"; and "34 UAHC - Pacific Southwest Council Biennial Convention - Is Our Congregation Ready for a Gay or Lesbian Staff Member", undated.
Box 16, Folder 5

Awards and honors 1989-2011

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 12, Folder 21

Awards: plaques 1998, undated

Box 19, Folder 2

Binders undated

Physical Description: [2 9x7 inch empty binders]

Scope and Contents note

The brown binder has the text "Beth Chayim Chadashim" and "In Memory of Arthur J. Notkin". The white binder has the text "Beth Chayim Chadashim / Los Angeles, California" and "A High Holiday Prayer Book."
Box 21

Black horse adorned in red and gold fabric undated

Physical Description: [stuffed animal, approximately 5 x 10 x 15 inches]
Box 16, Folder 1

Buttons undated

Physical Description: [6 buttons]

Scope and Contents note

Made for Beth Chayim Chadashim members by Billy Ray Williams.
Box 17, Folder 1

Flags undated

Physical Description: [oversized]

Scope and Contents note

Consists of 1 purple feminist bookstore flag and 2 CSD Munchen rainbow flags.
Box 17, Folder 4

Posters and guides, Women of Valor circa 1997-2002

Physical Description: [oversized, 6 posters and 2 guides]
Box 17, Folder 3

Posters, signs, and artwork circa 1997-2002

Physical Description: [oversized]

Scope and Contents note

Consists of a posterboard image of the Lisa Edwards and Tracy Moore marriage, a mounted artwork by J. Moskowitz, a Hebrew text poster, an "ACT NOW" (AIDS Coalition to Network and Win) sign, and a 30-year timeline of Beth Chayim Chadashim history.
Box 19, Folder 1

Pushke undated

Physical Description: [2 cylindrical cardboard money collectors]

Scope and Contents note

Members used these to save coins to donate to charity in the name of Beth Chayim Chadashim.
Box 18, Folder 3

Rubber stamps undated

Physical Description: [2 stamps]

Scope and Contents note

Imprint with Beth Chayim Chadashim and address.
Box 4, Folder 27

Signs and graphics undated

Box 18, Folder 1

Tissues from Fran Chalin remembrance at Shabbat December 28, 2007

Box 19, Folder 3

Video recording, Beth Chayim Chadashim Isaacson service May 2005

Physical Description: [1 VHS, 1 Hi8 MP 120 videotape master]