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[Ahavath Sholom Minutes]
Handwritten list of the thirty one members of the Ahavath Sholom Congregation in 1895 in Fort Worth, Texas. The front of the document lists the members of the congregation, and the back of the document lists the officers. When the list was created, Ahavath Sholom was the only synagogue in Fort Worth. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117179/
[Yiddish Minutes]
Handwritten minutes for the Ahavath Sholom Congregation in Fort Worth, Texas. The minutes are written in Yiddish, the native tongue of the members. The minutes discuss a legal dispute with a "chazzan," or a prayer leader who sued the congregation. The English translation of the document is as follows: "R. Meeting Congregation Ahavath Sholom Fort Worth, Tex. October 6th 1895. The meeting was called to order at 4 P.M. by B[en] Levenson, President. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. The committee regarding the auditing of the treasurer’s books of Brother Jacobs’ brought in a report that everything was in order and correct. The committee was discharged. The bylaws were read at the meeting and it was moved and seconded that they should be adopted and henceforth the full power of the by-laws are in force. The bylaws committee was discharged with thanks. Brother Jacobs and B[rother] President were appointed to settle with the lawyer about the chazzan, and they have the full power to settle. Mr. Salsberg was accepted as a member in Ahavath Sholom. A bill was brought in for esrog and lulav for $2.50 and was accepted. And a voucher was allowed to be drawn on the treasury of Ahavath Sholom. A receipt was brought in by J[acob] Samuels for spittoons for $3.00 and was applied as a $2.00 donation and a dollar for a seat. The committee for providing the esrog is dismissed with thanks. Collected in donations $3; dues 50-cents. The meeting was closed. B. Levenson." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117180/
[Yiddish Minutes]
Handwritten minutes for the Ahavath Sholom Congregation in Fort Worth, Texas. The minutes are written in Yiddish, the native tongue of the members. The document discusses the Sabbath morning services for the congregation. The English translation of the document is as follows: "R Meeting Congregation Ahavath Sholom Fort Worth, Tex. Jan. 12th 96 The meeting was called to order at 3:30 P.M. by B. Levenson, President. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. The Committee to pay Armstrong’s note reported that the treasurer had paid Armstrong $25 and received a receipt for them. They received an extension for the balance with 10 per cent interest for 4 months. The committee was discharged. Brother S[am] Kalish had sent in a resignation letter, withdrawing from membership at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. It was ordered to strike his membership according to his wish. Brother Solshauzen read his resignation as secretary of the Congregation, which was accepted. L[ouis] Shanblum was appointed temporary secretary until the new secretary would be elected. The secretary was instructed to write postcards regarding the general meeting for the 4th Sunday in the month to inform all members that the election of a new secretary would take place. It was brought before the meeting that there should be a minyan every Saturday, pursuant to the bylaws reading. The secretary was instructed to write postcards to all members to come to daven on Saturday at the shul. 5.50 Dues collected 1.00 A[be] Mehl for a seat 6.50 .50 Payments for postcards 25.00 To Armstrong 6.00 Order to payment to the Home Building Association 31.50 The meeting concluded. Ben Levenson." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117181/
[Hebrew Institute Building Fund Committee]
Letterhead stationary for the Hebrew Institute Building Fund Committee outlining all the donors for the institute and their monetary contributions. The building, designed by the architectural firm of Field and Clarkson, was constructed between April and August of 1914 in the 800 block of Taylor Street in Fort Worth, Texas at a cost of $14,668. The top left corner of the document shows an architectural drawing of the building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117173/
[1921 Ahavath Sholom's First Confirmation Class]
In 1921, Fort Worth’s Congregation Ahavath Sholom introduced the rite of Confirmation, the graduation from religious school that coincides with the Jewish holiday Shavuos when Moses received the Ten Commandments. This picture shows the twelve, 14-year-old girls in the Confirmation class wearing white dresses, holding flowers and certificates rolled up like scrolls. The students are seated in two rows and are identified as: Row 1: Lena Shosid (Cooles), Fannie Herman, unidentified, Hannah Byrens, Bess Lipshitz (Cohen), unidentified Row 2: Sarah Shosid (Bloomberg), unidentified, unidentified, Leah Goldstein (Gerson), unidentified, unidentified An article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram of June 3, 1921, named each confirmand and also listed Dorothy Cohen, Rose Weinstein, Bertha Mosier, Ida Mosier, Edna Lipshy, and Esther Ablon. Each confirmand addressed the congregation. They completed a course of study in Jewish history, religion and literature. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117182/
[1930 Ahavath Sholom Dues Statement]
Bill for $125 in annual dues for the Ahavath Sholom Congregation, in Fort Worth, Texas. The dues statement is for congregation member, B. Max Mehl. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117169/
[Letter to Ahavath Sholom]
Typed letter from B. Max Mehl to the Ahavath Sholom Congregation. In the letter, Mehl responds to a dues statement sent to him from the congregation. The letter is requesting a corrected dues statement due to the congregation overcharging Mehl. The stationery includes a colored illustration at the top of the page that says, "Importer of and Dealer in Rare Coins, Medals, and Paper Money of all Countries and Periods" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117170/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1932]
Copy photograph of the 1932 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are eleven girls in white dresses, holding bouquets and standing in a line on a platform. Their teacher, Jennie Moses (Winkler), and Rabbi Philip Graubart are standing in front of them. The students are Sylvia Engler (Roberts), Jesonda Gilbert (Fox), Sadye Maye Carshon (Garsek), Bessie Resnick, Lillian Rose Rabinowitz (Rosenthal), Rebecca Laves, Pearl Paul, Gussie Kruger, Dorothy Dworkin (Glazer), Sarah Weisblatt (Kragen), and Rhoda Kershner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404814/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Certificate, 1934]
A certificate of confirmation presented to Fay Rosenthal of the 1934 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. The certificate is signed by congregation Vice President L. F. Shanblum, Secretary Irving Klotzman, and Rabbi Philip Graubart. The confirmation class motto reads, "An Exalted Jewish Womanhood." The certificate has a gold seal with blue and white ribbons on it. At the top of the certificate, there is a picture of the Ten Commandments tablets. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404824/
[Portrait of Alvin Rubin]
Photograph of Lieutenant Alvin Rubin, an Air Force pilot from Fort Worth, Texas. He is pictured from the chest up, wearing his uniform. Rubin was killed in an plane crash over Dakar, French Africa on March 15, 1944. A graduate of Paschal High, he was a past chapter president of AZA, the B'nai B'rith youth group for boys. Fort Worth's Rubin-Gilbert AZA chapter is named after him and Pvt. Harold Gilbert, who also died in the war. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117213/
[George Marshall's Sympathy Card]
A letter from General George C. Marshall, the United States Army Chief of Staff, expressing his condolences for the death of an unidentified soldier. The text reads: "General Marshall extends his deep sympathy in your bereavement. Your son fought valiantly in a supreme hour of his country's need. His memory will live in the grateful heart of our nation." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117200/
[Western Union Telegram]
Photostat of a telegram from the United States Secretary of War to Mrs. Rose H. Gilbert, expressing his condolences for the death of her son, Private Harold Gilbert. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117202/
[Ladies Cemetery Society Minutes]
Handwritten minutes for the Ladies Cemetery Society commenting on the death of Private Harold Gilbert, the son of the society's recording secretary, Rose Gilbert. The text notes: “The absence of the secretary ...who had the misfortune of losing her son, Harold, Dec. 25, 1944, in the European Theater of the war, made the meeting a sad one; each and every one of the members present were in tears.” On the second page of the minutes, the group’s long-time president Mrs. Becky Goldstein recalls how she and Mrs. Gilbert used to “go out to collect dues at 25 cents each. Mrs. Gilbert furnished the horse and buggy.” texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117208/
[Letter to Gilbert Family]
Photostatic copy of a typed letter from the United States Secretary of War, Henry Stimson, to Max Gilbert. The letter awards Gilbert's son, Harold Gilbert with a Purple Heart for his service, and it expresses Stimson's condolences for the death of Harold Gilbert. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117203/
[Letter to Gilbert Family]
Two photostat copies of a typed letter from William J. Voelker Jr. to Mrs. Max Gilbert, mother of Private Harold Gilbert. The letter describes the attack that killed Harold Gilbert, and discusses the details of Gilbert's burial in Normandy, France on on Dec. 27, 1944. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117204/
[Letter from Harry Goldstein]
Typed letter to the family of Private Harold Gilbert from a fellow soldier named Harry Goldstein, sent from Marseilles. The letter describes the sinking of a troop transport ship, Dec. 25, 1944, in which in which Gilbert was killed. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117205/
[Memorial Service Flyer]
Flyer announcing a community memorial service to be held at the Ahavath Sholom Synagogue in Fort Worth, Texas. The memorial service was in memory of local soldiers "fallen in battle," and was officiated by Rabbi Samuel Soskin and Rabbi Charles Blumenthal. The soldiers remembered were: Richard Burt, Harold Gilbert, Alvin Rubin and Walter C. Sanders. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117207/
[Letter to a Gold Star Mother]
Typed letter from Amon Carter and his son, Amon Carter Jr. to "a Gold Star Mother." Gold Star Mothers is a support organization formed for mothers who lost a son or daughter in World War II. The letter expresses condolences and comfort to Rose Gilbert and was accompanied by a gift basket of grapefruits, as noted in the letter. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117206/
Family Night at La Grave Field
Flyer promoting "Family Night at La Grave Field" with the Fort Worth Cats, a minor league baseball team from Fort Worth, Texas. The flyer is promoting a game between the Cats and a team in Houston, Texas. There is an illustration of a baseball player holding a bat. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117194/
[Fort Worth Cats Flyer]
Illustrated flyer for a Men's Club brunch at Congregation Ahavath Sholom featuring as guest speakers ball players from the Fort Worth Cats, the local minor league baseball team. The flyer invites all members to come enjoy food, baseball and festivities at the Sunday brunch, April 12, 1953. There is an illustration of a cowboy holding a lasso, a baseball and a baseball bat on the flyer. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117209/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1956]
Photograph of the 1956 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are six girls in white robes and five boys in dark robes and bow ties. Rabbi Isadore Garsek and Cantor A. Friedman stand in the back row. The students are Sandra Leona Berkowitz, Elaine Schwartz, Linda Ellen Grenadier, Frances Jay Friedman, Maxine Stein, Janet Marilyn Siegel, Harry David Pila, Harry Sherwin Bailin, Morton Alan Levenson, Alvin Daiches, and Cordell Green. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404832/
[B'nai B'rith Youth District Convention]
Photograph of the teenagers at a 1956 B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) district convention n Montgomery, Alabama. The conclave was at Huntingdon College. The male wing of the organization is called Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), and the female wing is called B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG). Text at the bottom of the photograph says, "BBYO District 7 Convention, Huntington College June 5-10, 1956 Montgomery, Ala." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117199/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1957]
Copy photograph of the 1957 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are seven girls in white robes and fourteen boys in dark robes and bow ties. Rabbi Isadore Garsek stands in the back center with them. The students are Cheryl Leff, Sylvia Lynn Cooles, Jeanie Labovitz, Debbie Brachman, Charlsa Sarvis, Jerilyn Cohen, Davida Rae Applebaum, Paul Weisblatt, David Garsek, Allen Hendelman, Marvin Tills, Bobby Rashti, Marshall Kragen, Jack Rubin, Allen Grenadier, Jack Marks, Michail Ben Cohen, Michael Carter, Louis Siegel, Allen Schuster, and Donald Stanley. They are pictured on the bimah (alter) of the synagogue. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404844/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1960]
Photograph of the 1960 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are four girls in white robes and six boys in black robes with bow ties. Rabbi Isadore Garsek stands in the center of the back row with them. The students are Carol Shannahoff, Laurel Beth Kimbrell, Annetta Lichtman, Marsha Berger, Sidney Cohen, Stanley Spigel, Marvin Meinstein, Gay Coplin, Larry Daiches, and Ivan Beckhoff. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404835/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1962]
Photograph of the 1962 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are eleven girls in white robes and six boys in black robes and bow ties. Rabbi Isadore Garsek stands with them at the center in the back row wearing a tallis (prayer shawl). The students are Barbara Carol Tills, Ellen Beth Victor, Veronica Doskal, Rita Jean Battat, Carol Anne Cohen, Rosalyn Katz, Rochelle D. Berliner, Lana Laves, Pamela Rose Seigel, Vivian Levine, Dee Ann Stanley, Jerry Allen Paul, Stuart Schuster, Harry Saginaw, Harold Eisenman, Bernard White, and Darryl Rotenberg. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404825/
[Book Fair Poster 1965]
Poster for the annual book fair "sponsored by the Council of Jewish Women," as noted on the front on the poster. Full poster text reads: "Book Fair, Give your Books Now to be Sold at Nominal Prices at the BOOK FAIR, APRIL 3 thru 11, SEMINARY SOUTH SHOPPING Center. PHONE WA3-7495 for FREE PICK-UP. PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT TARRANT COUNTY Youth Projects." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117195/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1967]
Photograph of the 1967 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are five girls wearing white robes and ten boys wearing dark robes with bow ties standing on the bimah (alter). Rabbi Isadore Garsek stands with the students at the far right of the third row. Cantor Shimon Berris stands with the students at the far left of the second row. The students are Ann Schwartz, Linda Fleischmann, Shelly Goldberg, Terry Katzman, Kathy Lewis, Stanley Cohen, Irwin Blum, Allan Rosenthal, Ricky Cooper, Sheldon Jacobson, Kenneth Luskey, Howard Katz, Gary Leva, Allen Hamill, and Sidney Golden. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404813/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1968]
Photograph of the 1968 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are seven girls wearing white robes and six boys wearing dark robes with bow ties. Rabbi Isadore Garsek stands at the far right in the first row, while Cantor Shimon Berris stands at the far left of the first row. The students are Barbi Garsek, Ava Fleischmann, Debbie Goodwin, Judith Beckoff, Linda Rice, Rene Moses, Lynn Fishbein, Mark Lidell, Henry Wolff, Tommy Sankary, Thomas Paul, Murray Cohen, and Steve Robinson. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404817/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1970]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1970 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404827/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1971]
Photograph of the 1971 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are twelve girls wearing white robes and nine boys wearing dark robes with bow ties standing on steps. Rabbi Isadore Garsek stands with the students in the center of the back row. The students are Paul Solomon, Janice Rubin, Stephanie Kahn, Holly Berkowitz, Jan Schumer, Jackie Schumer, Madelyn Singer, Ruth Fischbein, Cheryl Blum, Brian Kimmel, Ira Goldstein, Elaine Bergolofsky, Carol Luskey, Stephanie Rocher, Janet Myers, Mark Rosenman, David Rosen, Alan Rubin, Allen Eisenman, Harry Tabor, and Bruce Roseman. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404848/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1972]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1972 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404847/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1973]
Color photograph of the 1973 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are nine girls wearing white robes and six boys wearing black robes with bow ties. Cantor Murray Neiman, Rabbi Isadore Garsek, and Elliot Garsek stand in the center of the back row. The rabbi and cantor each wear a tallis (prayer shawl). The students are Robin Levine, Gayle Gerrick, Hilda Adelson, Linda Rubin, Paula Rosen, Marsha Ann Weinberg, Betsy Rosenthal, Elisa Kaplan, Judy Weinberg, Larry Rosen, David James Cody, Mark Goldstein, Sandy Kreisberg, David Hecht, and Daniel Jonathan Cohen. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404849/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1974]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1974 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404826/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1975]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1975 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404846/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1976]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1976 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404841/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1977]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1977 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404823/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1978]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1978 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404830/
[Book Fair Poster 1979]
Poster for the annual book fair sponsored by the Fort Worth, Texas section of the National Council of Jewish Women, as noted on the front of the poster. The full poster text reads: "THE 21st YEAR BOOK FAIR, MARCH 11 - MARCH 19, At the Lena Pope Home, corner of Hulen and West Freeway (I-20). Sponsored by Ft. Worth Section of the NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN. All kinds of books for sale at nominal prices, proceeds for TARRANT COUNTY COMMUNITY PROJECT. Deposit your used books in barrels located throughout the city." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117196/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1979]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1979 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404836/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1980]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1980 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404838/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1981]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1981 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404821/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1982]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1982 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404839/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1983]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1983 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404819/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1984]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1984 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404829/
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1987]
Color photograph of the 1987 confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are four boys wearing white robes and ties standing on the bimah (alter). Rabbi Jack Izakson stands at the center of the back row. The students are Kenneth Persky, Jacob Corbin, Greg Moritz, and Scott Schuster. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404833/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1988]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1988 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404831/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1989]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1989 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404816/
[Sample Jewish Marriage Certificate]
Sample marriage certificate (called a Ketubah) presented to couples married at the Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth, Texas as of 1990. The certificate includes three panels. On the far left, text primarily in English describes the vows of marriage. In the center, the main text of the certificate is in Hebrew with blanks for specific information; the text is surrounded by illustrations of plants and crops. On the far right there are lines for names and signatures of participants and witnesses. This form was designed by the Rabbinical Assembly (an organization of American Conservative rabbis). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117175/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1990]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1990 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404820/
[Confirmation Invitation for Ahavath Sholom, 1991]
Invitation for the confirmation exercises for the 1991 class of Ahavath Sholom synagogue, including a list of confirmands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth404815/
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