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JCA: Sholem Aleichem Institute Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR001691

Scope and Content

Important Subjects-- Jewish culture: arts, media and heritage; Jews--Education; Yiddish language.

The records contain board minutes, newsletters, activity information packets and mailings, and memorabilia from the organization, its women's reading circle and the school during its 70-year existence. Some of the materials are in Yiddish. Box 9 contains photographs.

Dates

  • 1926 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1989

Creator

Language of Materials

Material mostly in English, some materials in Yiddish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

History

In 1926, a group of dedicated people who felt the need for an independent, nonpartisan Jewish school in Detroit founded the Sholem Aleichem Institute. This group evolved into an adult organization that has engaged in numerous educational, cultural and social activities over the decades. The Sholem Aleichem Institute is a secular, cultural Jewish organization that holds Jewish holiday observances, Onegai Shabbat on topics of general Jewish interest, and many cultural and social activities. One of its major aims is to perpetuate the use of the Yiddish language. It strives to provide its members with a sense of belonging to the Jewish people through meaningful Jewish activities.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (9 MB)

Abstract

Sholem Aleichem Institute was created in 1926 to provide an independent, nonpartisan Jewish school in Detroit. It has engaged in numerous educational, cultural and social pursuits, striving to provide for its members a sense of belonging to the Jewish people through meaningful activities. One of its major aims has been to perpetuate use of the Yiddish language.

Arrangement

Arranged in a single series. Folders are arranged chronologically for groupings of the newsletters, board minutes, and activities and mailings.

Acquisition

The records of the Sholem Aleichem Institute were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in 1996 and opened for research in August 1997.

Related Materials

Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives at the Reuther Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August 1997. Finding aid revised by Aimee Ergas on August 17, 2015.
Title
Guide to the JCA: Sholem Aleichem Institute Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1997-08
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA