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Joseph Asher papers BANC MSS 2010/783
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Acquisition Information
  • Additions
  • System of Arrangement
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Joseph Asher papers
    creator: Asher, Joseph
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2010/783
    Physical Description: 10.05 linear feet 8 cartons, 1 oversize folder
    Date (inclusive): 1856-2000
    Date (bulk): 1970-1989
    Abstract: The Joseph Asher papers consist of materials related to Rabbi Asher's rabbinical work.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph Asher papers, BANC MSS 2010/783, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Acquisition Information

    The Joseph Asher papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library from the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2010.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Samantha Cairo-Toby in 2014.

    Biographical Information

    Joseph Asher was born in Germany in 1921. In the late 1930s, he left Germany and went to England to begin his rabbinical studies. Rabbi Asher immigrated to the United States in 1948 and attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1949-1967, Asher served congregations in Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina. His final rabbinical post was at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco, California from 1967-1985. Asher also served as a member of a German-American committee, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, that taught German youth about Jews and Judaism and became a visiting professor in West Berlin. In 1989, West Germany awarded Asher the Grand Cross of Merit. He died in 1990, at the age of 69 years.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Joseph Asher papers consist of materials related to Rabbi Asher's rabbinical work, including correspondence and sermons. In addition, the collection contains materials relating to his work with the American Jewish Congress, Brandeis Hillel Day School, the American Jewish Committee, the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Board of Rabbis of Northern California, and the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis. Also included are papers relating to Asher's work on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the founding entity and governing body of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as photographs, published writings, and condolence letters.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Jews
    Asher, Joseph
    American Jewish Congress
    Brandeis Hillel Day School (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Bureau of Jewish Education (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Board of Rabbis of Northern California
    Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis
    United States Holocaust Memorial Council
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum