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Saul White papers, 1931-1983.
BANC MSS 2010/678 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/678 box 2; BANC MSS 2010/678
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Saul White papers, 1931-1983


White, Saul Elchanan, 1907-1983, creator


Western Jewish History Center, 293.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1984.006.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


Online Archive of California


Collection consists of correspondence, including letters of Louis Lurie and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise; benedictions, invocations, and eulogies; family-related information; photographs; congregational programs and announcements; newspaper clippings; scrapbook materials; and Rabbi White's columns for the San Francisco Jewish Bulletin.


1931 (issued)


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White, Saul Elchanan -- 1907-1983 -- Archives
Lurie, Louis -- 1888-1972 -- Correspondence
Wise, Stephen S. (Stephen Samuel) -- 1874-1949 -- Correspondence
White, Ruth Shapiro -- 1913-2010
White family
Congregation Beth Sholom (San Francisco, Calif.)
Jews -- California -- San Francisco
Rabbis -- United States -- Correspondence
Synagogues -- California -- San Francisco


Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 293.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1984.006.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Saul White papers, BANC MSS 2010/678, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Rabbi of San Francisco's Congregation Beth Sholom from the time of the building's completion in 1935 to 1983. He was born in Kolno, Poland, and immigrated to the U.S., in 1920. He graduated from the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and married Ruth Shapiro from Brooklyn. He took part in the struggles for civil rights and protested the Vietnam War. He was also known for fighting Antisemitism, fostering Jewish education, and for building bridges with organized labor, blacks, and Christian churches. He co-chaired the San Francisco Conference on Religious, Race and Social Concerns. Because of his concerns, he was called a "prophetic voice in Judaism." White raised Beth Sholom's membership from thirty to six hundred families. He also founded Brandeis-Hillel Day School and was a president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis; the American Jewish Congress of Northern California; the San Francisco Zionist District; and the Jewish National Fund of California. In addition, he served as a chairman of the San Francisco Council of Rabbis and as a board member of the Jewish Welfare Federation, and he was an active member of the San Francisco Commission on Aging. He also wrote many columns for the San Francisco Jewish Bulletin and articles for other periodicals. The Rabbi Saul E. White Professorial Chair was established at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles in his honor.
Materials in English.


Church records and registers-California-San Francisco.
Photographs-California-San Francisco.
Programs-California-San Francisco.

Physical Description:

2 boxes (.8 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2010/678 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/678 box 2
BANC MSS 2010/678



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