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Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Related Materials
  • Preferred Citation
  • Other Descriptive Information
  • Historical Note
  • Accruals

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
    Title: Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection
    Creator: Congregation Beth Tefilah
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-0491
    Physical Description: 7.50 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1962-1998
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    The contents of the collections consist of documents, records, newsletters, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, financial records regarding the congregation, from 1962 to 1998 with the majority being from the 1970's  – 1990's.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Source of Acquisition

    Rocky Reid

    Custodial History

    The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2005 (JHSSD #2005.02) by Rocky Reid, president of Ohr Shalom Synagogue. Ohr Shalom Synagogue is the product of a merger between Congregation Beth Tefilah and Adat Ami Synagogue. The processed collection was donated to SDSU's Special Collections and University Archives in 2012.

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    Preferred Citation

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

    Other Descriptive Information

    Since 2007, the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego has transferred numerous collections to Special Collections and University Archives. 

    Historical Note

    Congregation Beth Tefilah was founded in 1962. It was the first permanent East County conservative congregation. Its founding directors were Aaron Kolkey, Robert Kolkey, Arthur Bressman, Eugene Janoff, Dr. Earl Richmond, William Wayne, Irving Coleman, Robert Kipnis, Irving Krantz, Morris Cahan, Abraham Sandler, Louis Sander, Marilyn Frankel, Rose Fischbein, Abe Wilks, Isaak Abramowitz. Bert Schloss was the first president and Marilyn Frankel was the secretary. The first rabbi was Rabbi Lawton and the first permanent rabbi was Sidney Rappaport who came in 1963. In 1971 their synagogue building was dedicated at 69 th St, just off El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. In 1999 their building was sold and the congregation merged with Adat Ami Synagogue to become Ohr Shalom Synagogue, now located in the former home of Congregation Beth Israel, at 3 rd and Laurel Streets in San Diego.