Finding aid for the Jewish Secular Community of Cleveland Records, Series II


Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Jewish Secular Community of Cleveland
Title: Jewish Secular Community of Cleveland Records, Series II
Dates: 1967-2012
Extent: 1.80 linear feet (3 containers)
Abstract: The Jewish Secular Community of Cleveland, Ohio (f. 1967), is a group whose members share with other Jews a common history, literature, culture, and tradition without necessarily having a belief in God. The group's founding members were drawn together by their desire to offer their children a Jewish education outside of the existing religious institutions and their earliest efforts were focused upon the development of a school. By the mid-1970s, however, adult education, holiday observances, and life cycle ceremonies had been introduced and a social action committee had been formed. The collection consists of board meeting minutes, newsletters, membership rosters, curriculums, and programs from events the organization has hosted, as well as a collection of the papers of Mark Weber, one of the group's most active members. This collection is of value to researchers studying ethnic and religious groups and institutions in the United States in general, and in Cleveland, Ohio, in particular. Of interest are minutes from the Jewish Secular Community board meetings, and newsletters, all of which discuss the current status of the organization and express thoughts about the future of the organization as well as events the Community celebrated. Also included are curricula for the group's school, illustrating the principles of secular humanism. Those interested in secular Jewish culture in Cleveland and the formation and expression of Jewish identity during the twentieth century will find this collection of value.
MS Number MS 5138
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English