Finding aid for the Arthur J. Lelyveld Photographs

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Lelyveld, Arthur J.
Title: Arthur J. Lelyveld Photographs
Dates: 1880-1995
Extent: 0.40 linear feet (1 container)
Abstract: Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld (1913-1997) served as senior rabbi of Anshe Chesed Congregation (Fairmount Temple) in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, from 1958-1986. Throughout his career he played key roles in national and local Jewish organizations and actively fought for civil rights. A native of New York City, Lelyveld received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1933, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1939. From 1939-1944, he served congregations in Hamilton, Ohio, and Omaha, Nebraska. From 1944-46 he was Executive Director of the Committee on Unity for Palestine, and from 1946-1956 served as Associate National Director, and then National Director, of B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations. He also played leadership roles in a number of other national Jewish organizations, including American Jewish Congress, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Synagogue Council of America. On the local Cleveland level, he served in various capacities on the Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fund, the Jewish Community Federation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Cleveland Chapter, and the Cleveland Board of Rabbis. Lelyveld was also the author of Atheism is Dead and of numerous monographs and articles. He was active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, participating with other Cleveland clergy in voter registration efforts in Mississippi and serving as a minister-counselor to the Council of Federated Organizations under the auspices of the Commission on Race and Religion of the National Council of Churches. While serving in this capacity, Lelyveld was severely beaten. He also delivered the eulogy at the funeral of slain civil rights worker Andrew Goodman in 1964. The collection consists of individual portraits of Rabbi Lelyveld, members of the Lelyveld family, and Anshe Chesed Congregation officers; group portraits of classes, families, dinners, tours, celebrations, conventions, and other groups at Anshe Chesed Congregation; and views of the Lelyveld home, tombstones in England, Congregation Bene Israel, Hamilton, Ohio, and events at Anshe Chesed Congregation.
PG Number PG 506
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English