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1Title:  Beth Am Congregation Records, Series II     
 Creator:  Beth Am Congregation 
 Dates:  1933-1991 
 Abstract:  Beth Am Congregation, a Conservative Jewish congregation in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was founded in 1933 as the Community Temple by Rabbi Abraham Nowak and a group who belonged to B'nai Jeshurun Congregation (then known as Temple on the Heights). The founders wanted their new synagogue to be more welcoming to all Jews, regardless of their wealth or status. The congregation established administrative offices at 241 Euclid Avenue; services and school classes were held at Coventry School in Cleveland Heights. After meeting at several rented locations, the congregation purchased a large house on Washington Boulevard. By 1940, however, the need was seen for a permanent structure, and a building fund was established. In 1947 Beth Am purchased the Trinity Congregational Church at 3557 Washington Boulevard. The new rabbi, Jack J. Herman, was named the same year. The congregation continued to grow, and by 1956 had 600 families with 500 students in the religious school. A fire in 1957 destroyed much of the lower level of the building, including two Torahs and synagogue records; the congregation met on the campus of John Carroll University until repairs were effected. Rabbi Herman served the congregation until his death in 1969. Rabbi Michael Hecht was installed late in 1970. In 1971 the congregation dedicated a new religious school named for Rabbi Herman, constructed on land adjacent to the synagogue. From 1974 through the congregation's merger with B'nai Jeshurun in 1999, there were financial deficits that made it difficult for the congregation to sustain itself. The Jewish community was moving farther east, and membership decreased. A congregant offered land at the intersection of Cedar and Lander Roads in Mayfield Heights, provided that the membership could raise the monies necessary for a new building. In spite of a positive feasibility study, and plans unveiled by the architectural firm Finegold Alexander and Associates, the fundraising goals were not met and Beth Am sold its Washington Boulevard Building to the New Bible Fellowship Church and merged with B'nai Jeshurun Congregation in 1999. The collection consists of membership records, acknowledgement cards, certificates, and letterhead. This collection is of value to researchers studying the administration of a conservative Jewish congregation, particularly in Cleveland, Ohio. Of interest are letters of correspondence from Rabbi Michael Hecht and the congregation's board members to individual members of the congregation. The correspondence and synagogue records shed light upon the day-to-day operations of synagogues. The membership files, rabbi's letters to specific family members, and death and cemetery information will be of interest to genealogists. 
 Call #:  MS 5151 
 Extent:  0.40 linear feet (1 container) 
 Subjects:  B'nai Jeshurun Congregation (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) | Beth Am Congregation (Cleveland Heights, Ohio). | Conservative Judaism -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century. | Jewish way of life -- 20th century | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History -- 20th century | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History -- Sources. | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Social life and customs -- 20th century. | Synagogues -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century.
 
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2Title:  Beth Am Congregation Photographs     
 Creator:  Beth Am Congregation 
 Dates:  1950-1998 
 Abstract:  Beth Am Congregation, a Conservative Jewish congregation in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was founded in 1933 as the Community Temple by Rabbi Abraham Nowak and a group who belonged to B'nai Jeshurun Congregation (then known as Temple on the Heights). The founders wanted their new synagogue to be more welcoming to all Jews, regardless of their wealth or status. The congregation established administrative offices at 241 Euclid Avenue; services and school classes were held at Coventry School in Cleveland Heights. After meeting at several rented locations, the congregation purchased a large house on Washington Boulevard. By 1940, however, the need was seen for a permanent structure, and a building fund was established. In 1947 Beth Am purchased the Trinity Congregational Church at 3557 Washington Boulevard. The new rabbi, Jack J. Herman, was named the same year. The congregation continued to grow, and by 1956 had 600 families with 500 students in the religious school. A fire in 1957 destroyed much of the lower level of the building, including two Torahs and synagogue records; the congregation met on the campus of John Carroll University until repairs were effected. Rabbi Herman served the congregation until his death in 1969. Rabbi Michael Hecht was installed late in 1970. In 1971 the congregation dedicated a new religious school named for Rabbi Herman, constructed on land adjacent to the synagogue. From 1974 through the congregation's merger with B'nai Jeshurun in 1999, there were financial deficits that made it difficult for the congregation to sustain itself. The Jewish community was moving farther east, and membership decreased. A congregant offered land at the intersection of Cedar and Lander Roads in Mayfield Heights, provided that the membership could raise the monies necessary for a new building. In spite of a positive feasibility study, and plans unveiled by the architectural firm Finegold Alexander and Associates, the fundraising goals were not met and Beth Am sold its Washington Boulevard Building to the New Bible Fellowship Church and merged with B'nai Jeshurun Congregation in 1999. The collection consists of 142 black-and-white and 96 color prints, 17 thirty-five millimeter slides, 24 transparencies, and one rendering. 
 Call #:  PG 525 
 Extent:  0.22 linear feet (1 container and 2 oversize folders) 
 Subjects:  Beth Am Congregation (Cleveland Heights, Ohio). | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History. | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History -- Sources. | Jews -- United States -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Social life and customs -- 20th century. | Jews -- United States -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Religious life -- 20th century. | Jews -- United States -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Photographs. | Conservative Judaism -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century. | Synagogues -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- History -- Sources. | Administrative Information
 
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3Title:  Jack Herman Papers     
 Creator:  Herman, Jack 
 Dates:  1941-1969 
 Abstract:  Jack Herman was a rabbi who served Anshe Emeth Synagogue, Youngstown, Ohio; Beth Israel Syngogue, Warren, Ohio; and Beth Am Congregation, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (1947-1969). He was an officer of the American Jewish Congress, chairman of the Cleveland Zionist Youth Commission, and president of the Cleveland Board of Rabbis. He compiled research materials on Cleveland Jewish history for the American Jewish History Project. The collection consists of sermons, lectures, notes, Jewish educational materials, programs, research documents, correspondence and photographs. 
 Call #:  MS 4990 
 Extent:  1.00 linear feet (1 container) 
 Subjects:  Herman, Jack J., 1922-1969. | Beth Am Congregation (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) | Temple Anshe Emeth (Youngstown, Ohio) | Temple Beth Israel (Warren, Ohio) | Rabbis -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Rabbis -- Ohio -- Youngstown. | Rabbis -- Ohio -- Warren. | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Jews -- Ohio -- Youngstown. | Jews -- Ohio -- Warren. | Conservative Judaism. | Conservative Judaism -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Jewish sermons. | Jews -- History -- Research -- Ohio -- Cleveland | Jewish religious education.
 
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4Title:  Jack Herman Papers, Series II     
 Creator:  Herman, Jack 
 Dates:  undated 
 Abstract:  Jack Herman (1922-1969) was a rabbi who served Anshe Emeth Synagogue, Youngstown, Ohio; Beth Israel Synagogue, Warren, Ohio; and Beth Am Congregation, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (1947-1969). He was a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and later served on its Rabbinic Assembly. At Beth Am, a conservative congregation, Herman helped to grow the congregation from 300 to over 800 families. Following his death, Beth Am erected a new religious school in his memory. In addition to his work as a rabbi, Herman was also heavily involved in several Jewish organizations. He was an officer of the American Jewish Congress, chairman of the Cleveland Zionist Youth Commission, and president of the Cleveland Board of Rabbis (1967-death). He was also past president of the Northern Ohio Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, and a member of the board of the Jewish Community Federation, the Jewish Family Service, and the Jewish Community Center. Herman was also involved in compiling research materials on Cleveland Jewish history for the American Jewish History Project. The collection consists of several hundred note cards containing Rabbi Herman's notes for sermons, marriages, funerals, holidays, and other occasions. 
 Call #:  MS 5109 
 Extent:  1.50 linear feet (3 containers) 
 Subjects:  Herman, Jack J., 1922-1969. | Beth Am Congregation (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) | Temple Anshe Emeth (Youngstown, Ohio) | Temple Beth Israel (Warren, Ohio) | Rabbis -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Rabbis -- Ohio -- Youngstown. | Rabbis -- Ohio -- Warren. | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Jews -- Ohio -- Youngstown. | Jews -- Ohio -- Warren. | Conservative Judaism. | Conservative Judaism -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Jewish sermons.
 
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