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[Ahavath Sholom Minutes]

[Ahavath Sholom Minutes]

Date: October 6, 1895
Creator: Levenson, Ben
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Yiddish Minutes]

[Yiddish Minutes]

Date: October 6, 1895
Creator: Levenson, Ben
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Yiddish Minutes]

[Yiddish Minutes]

Date: January 12, 1896
Creator: Levenson, Ben
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Zionist Convention]

[Zionist Convention]

Date: 1908
Creator: Roesslor & Fineau Photography Studio
Description: Photograph of the Texas Zionist Association Convention at the Shearith Israel Congregation in Dallas, Texas. There are men and women in suits and dresses seated outside the synagogue. There is a Star of David above the doorway of the synagogue with a Hebrew word that translates to "Zion" as well as American and Zionist flags hanging from the building. From left to right, the known members seated in the front row are: Moses Shanblum (fourth from left), Joe Jacobs (fifth from the right), William Goldstein, Israel N. Mehl (with his two children).
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Freeman-Fram Marriage Certificate]

[Freeman-Fram Marriage Certificate]

Date: 1913
Creator: unknown
Description: Printed marriage certificate (called a "Ketubah" in Hebrew) for Nathan Freeman of Waco, Texas, and Etta Rebecca Fram of Dallas, Texas. The couple were married on January 19, 1913, by Rev. Abraham Fram, Etta's father and the cantor at Dallas' Sheareth Israel Congregation. The Hebrew quotation at the top of the document translates as: "The voice of joy; the voice of happiness; the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride." There is an illustration of a marriage ceremony at the top of the certificate in blue ink.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Hebrew Institute Building Fund Committee]

[Hebrew Institute Building Fund Committee]

Date: 1913~
Creator: Hebrew Institute. Board.
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Portrait of Abraham and Hedwig Salsberg]

[Portrait of Abraham and Hedwig Salsberg]

Date: 1916
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Abraham Salsberg (1870-1957) and Hedwig Salsberg (1870-1940), parents of Archie Salsberg. The pair are standing together and were photographed outdoors. Hedwig (left) is wearing a dark-colored dress and has her left arm through her husband's right. Abraham (right) is wearing a light-colored suit and is holding a hat in his left hand. He was a charter member and longtime board member at Fort Worth's Congregation Ahavath Sholom.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Portrait of Gertrude Fox]

[Portrait of Gertrude Fox]

Date: 1916~
Creator: unknown
Description: Hand-tinted, engagement photograph of Gertrude "Gertie" Fox (1894-1966) of Fort Worth, Texas. She is visible from the chest up, wearing a dark evening gown with rosettes at the left shoulder. She holds a feathered fan in front of her. Fox was from Corsicana and moved to Fort Worth in 1916 when she married Archie Salsberg.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Salsberg-Fox Wedding]

[Salsberg-Fox Wedding]

Date: January 16, 1916
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the 1916 wedding of Gertrude Fox and Archie Salsberg on the altar at Congregation Ahavath Sholom's synagogue in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The bride and groom stand in the center of the photograph, surrounded by men wearing tuxedos and top hats and women wearing silk and taffeta dresses. Above the bridal party is a wedding canopy (called a Chuppah in Hebrew). It takes the shape of an arbor covered with flowers and crepe paper resembling wedding bells. Above the arbor there is a ledge containing two tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, written in Hebrew, with a potted plant and sculpted lion on either side. A large portion of the lower-right corner of the photograph is missing.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1920s]

[Congregation Ahavath Sholom Confirmation Class, 1920s]

Date: 1920~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a mid-1920s confirmation class at Congregation Ahavath Sholom. There are twelve girls wearing white dresses. Rabbi Abraham Bengis stands at the center. The students are unidentified.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
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