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Florence Freehof papers, 1900-1990.
BANC MSS 2010/486 carton 1; BANC MSS 2010/486 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/486 box 2; BANC MSS 2010/486
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Florence Freehof papers, 1900-1990


Freehof, Florence E., creator, creator.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, 1996.008.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


This collection contains correspondence and photographs of Florence Freehof and members of her family. It also has items relating to Israeli and Jewish folk dancing, in addition to papers and publications about or from Pioneer Women; the Friends of Shaare Zedek Hospital; Congregation Emanu-El; and Sinai Memorial Chapel.


1900 (issued)


Freehof, Florence E -- Archives
Freehof, Florence E -- Family -- Pictorial works
Naʻamat USA (Organization)
Pioneer Women (Organization : U.S.)
Sinai Memorial Chapel.
Bet ha-ḥolim "Shaʻare-tsedeḳ" (Jerusalem)
Jewish folk dancing
Dance -- Israel
Folk dancing -- Study and teaching
Jewish dance


Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number 1996.008
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Florence Freehof papers, BANC MSS 2010/486, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Florence Freehof was born in Nebraska on August 27, 1909. After she moved to San Francisco, she introduced Israeli dance and music to Northern California. She wrote and published many books on her interest in dance including: Jews are a Dancing People (1954); Rhythm Games and Dances for Jewish Juniors (1958); New Dances from Israel (1960); and A Guide for Israeli-Jewish-Folk Dancers: a Complete Bibliography of all Printed Works in the United States and Israel (1963). She was a founder of the Rikudon dance group and involved in the Friends of Shaare Zedek Hospital and in Pioneer Women, an American organization that gives assistance to the women and children of Israel and which is known as Na'amat USA. Her husband, Louis Freehof (1904-1980), was a Director of San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El and later of the city's Sinai Memorial Chapel (Chevra Kadisha). Her brother-in-law, Solomon Freehof, was the Rabbi of Congregation Rodeg Sholem, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Florence Freehof died on February 15, 1994.
Materials in English.



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BANC MSS 2010/486 carton 1
BANC MSS 2010/486 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/486 box 2
BANC MSS 2010/486



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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.