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Temple Isaiah records, 1951-2008.
BANC MSS 2010/743 carton 1; BANC MSS 2010/743 carton 2; BANC MSS 2010/743 carton 3; BANC MSS 2010/743 carton 4; ...
Collection Overview

Title:

Temple Isaiah records, 1951-2008

Creator/Contributor:

Temple Isaiah (Lafayette, Calif.), creator

Creator/Contributor:

Contra Costa Jewish Community Temple and Center (Lafayette, Calif.)

Creator/Contributor:

League of Jewish Women (Lafayette, Calif.)

Creator/Contributor:

Women of Isaiah (Lafayette, Calif.)

Creator/Contributor:

Western Jewish History Center, 141.

Creator/Contributor:

Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1977.017.

Creator/Contributor:

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Abstract:

Histories; by-laws; correspondence; minutes and reports; scrapbooks; financial statements and membership lists; programs, announcements, and bulletins; and photographs, including incidents of antisemitic vandalism. Also has information about the congregation's cemetery at Oakmont Memorial Park and its religious school. Materials in the collection also relate to the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Jewish Welfare Federation of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and the Synagogue Council of the East Bay. The collection's five scrapbooks trace the development of the congregation's League of Jewish Women and the activities of the sisterhood (now called Women of Isaiah). They also highlight social events, educational seminars, temple fundraisers, and family celebrations.

Date:

1951 (issued)

Subject:

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Temple Isaiah (Lafayette, Calif.) -- Archives
Jewish Welfare Federation of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Oakmont Memorial Park (Lafayette, Calif.)
Synagogue Council of the East Bay (Calif.)
Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
Antisemitism -- California -- Lafayette
Jews -- California -- Lafayette
Jews -- California -- Lafayette -- Social life and customs
Jewish cemeteries -- California -- Lafayette
Jewish religious schools -- California -- Lafayette
Jewish women -- California -- Lafayette -- Societies and clubs
Synagogues -- California -- Lafayette
Vandalism -- California -- Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County (Calif.) -- Religious life and customs
Lafayette (Calif.) -- Religious life and customs
Lafayette (Calif.) -- Social life and customs

Note:

Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 141.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1977.017.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Temple Isaiah records, BANC MSS 2010/743, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
In 1950, eighty women formed the League of Jewish Women to help bring together the growing Jewish community of Contra Costa County, Calif. They organized a religious school and launched a campaign to raise funds for a Jewish community center, which they hoped would prove a "focal point for Jewish activities, education and cultural programs and religious observances." In 1953, the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center bought the land and building of a bankrupt restaurant. The Center also doubled as a synagogue and the membership observed High Holiday services together. The Conservative congregation engaged Rabbi Bernard Ducoff (who served from 1955 to 1957). The congregation then became Reform and elected H. Hirsch Cohen as the rabbi of the Contra Costa Jewish Community Temple and Center. In 1964, the congregation dedicated a new synagogue up the hill from the Center; it took the name of Temple Isaiah. Also in 1964, David Robins was the congregation's rabbi; the congregation's League of Jewish Women became the congregation's sisterhood, and the temple purchased a location to hold the first Jewish cemetery in Contra Costa County. In 1974, Temple Isaiah elected its first woman president.
Materials in English.

Type:

By-laws-California-Lafayette.
Financial records-California-Lafayette.
Minutes-California-Lafayette.
Photographs-California-Lafayette.
Reports-California-Lafayette.
Scrapbooks-California-Lafayette.

Physical Description:

4 cartons, 3 oversize boxes (6.2 linear feet)

Language:

English

Identifier:

2006585514
BANC MSS 2010/743 carton 1
BANC MSS 2010/743 carton 2
BANC MSS 2010/743 carton 3
BANC MSS 2010/743 carton 4
BANC MSS 2010/743 oversize box 1
BANC MSS 2010/743 oversize box 2
BANC MSS 2010/743 oversize box 3
BANC MSS 2010/743

Origin:

California

Copyright Note:

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