TABLE OF CONTENTS


Introduction

Institutional Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement Note

Conditions of Access and Use

Related Material

Administrative Information

Search Terms

Box and Folder Listing

Series A. Proceedings of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, 1913-1955.

Series B. Biennial Assembly Records,1913-1997.

Series C. Administrative Records,1931-1992.

Series D. State and District President's Council,1948-1951.

Series E. Circular File,1914-1963.

Series F. Monthly Folios,1940-1952.

Series G. Board Folios,1953-1970.

Series H. President's Packets,1956-1970.

Series I. District President's Packets,1956-1970.

Series J. Local Sisterhood Reports,1958-1961.

Series K. Publications,1930-2013.

Series L. Audio/Visual Materials,1983-2011; Undated.

Series M. Miscellaneous,1918-1999.

A Finding Aid to the Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.) Records. 1913-2013.

Manuscript Collection No. 73


Introduction

Repository: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Creator: Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.)
Title: Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.) Records
Dates: 1913-2013
Quantity: 43.2 linear feet (90 Hollinger boxes, 7 Record cartons, 1 small nonstandard box)
Abstract: The Women of Reform Judaism records (formerly National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods) document the activities and interests of the organization from its founding in 1913 until 1999. The collection consists of the Proceedings of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, vols. 1-5, transcripts and supporting materials from the biennial assemblies, transcripts of executive board and executive committee meetings, resolutions, financial records, correspondence, memos, committee records, publications, and nearprint.
Collection Number: MS-73
Language: Collection material in English.

Institutional Sketch

Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1913 as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS), Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is a national organization representing 100,000 women in 600 local Sisterhoods throughout the United States, Canada, and thirteen other countries. It is affilated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the central body of Reform Judaism in North America.

Largely at the instigation of Mrs. Abram (Carrie) Simon of Washington D.C. and Rabbi George Zepin, the director of Synagogue and School Extension of the UAHC, the sisterhoods of the Reform congregations of America were federated in 1913. The first meeting of the NFTS brought together 156 delegates from 49 sisterhoods. Mrs. Simon was elected temporary chair and later served as the NFTS's first president. Rabbi Zepin was elected executive secretary of the new organization.

Initially, the NFTS emphasized its religious role as an auxiliary and support to the synagogue and various institutions of Reform Jewry. Committees were set up on religious education, museums and Jewish ceremonial objects, scholarships for the Hebrew Union College (HUC), cooperation, and public relations. Within a few years, however, the NFTS set the pattern for taking stands on issues of national and international importance by passing a resolution protesting the passage of an immigration bill stipulating literacy tests for all immigrants entering the U.S.

By the end of World War I, NFTS membership reached 36,000, representing 258 Sisterhood groups. In 1921, a committee was organized to raise funds to build the Sisterhood Dormitory at the Hebrew Union College. NFTS raised $345,000 and the project was completed in 1925. The aftermath of the war also stimulated work for peace. At the 6th Biennial Assembly in St. Louis (1925) a National Committee of Peace was established, and resolutions passed at the time reflect the growing concern of Sisterhood women for peace, justice, and the amelioration of suffering throughout the world.

Rapid growth throughout the 1920's saw the membership climb to 55,000, representing 342 temples by 1930. The format of the NFTS reflected many of the religious and secular organizations of the period. With the growth of cities, the middle class, and improved communications, businesses as well as civic and religious groups were increasingly forming national networks.

Delegates from each member Sisterhood met every two years in a national Biennial Assembly. At the Biennial Assembly, an Executive Board and Executive Committee were elected, and the work of the organization was carried out through national standing committees such as: Scholarships and Religious Education, Child Study and Parent Education, Committee on Hebrew Union College, Uniongrams, Youth Activities, Aid to Refugees, and Peace and World Relations.

In the 1930's, NFTS was instrumental in helping form the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and the Jewish Braille Institute of America, Inc. Efforts for world peace intensified and resolutions were passed on humanitarian aims in the fields of health, child labor, and work with immigrants and refugees. In 1933, Dr. Jane Evans was appointed executive secretary of NFTS, a post she held for over 50 years.

The post World War II period was marked by an era of rapid expansion in both membership and activities. In the mid-1990's, the NFTS changed its name to Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). With a membership nearing 100,000, it has become a major arm of the Reform movement, on the cutting edge of many important social and religious causes such as improving relations between Christians and Jews, efforts for world peace, and the struggle against poverty and racism in America.

Women of Reform Judaism is represented on the Board of Trustees of the UAHC, the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Executive Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Commission on Social Action for Reform Judaism and other committees and commissions of Reform Judaism.

WRJ maintains a website: wrj.org, publishes a newsletter, program guides, and materials relating to Jewish women's role in facing vital issues of the day in the home, congregation, and community. Other services include religious education aids, leadership training, and family education. WRJ's national office is in New York City.

Presidents

1913–1919 Carrie O. Simon
1919–1923 Hattie Wiesenfeld
1923–1929 Stella Freiberg
1929–1934 Martha L. Steinfeld
1934–1941 Gertrude W. Watters
1941–1946 Reina Hartmann
1946–1953 Frieda Rosett
1953–1957 Helen M. Dalsheimer
1957–1961 Daisy Monsky
1961–1965 Beatrice Hollobow
1965–1967 Marjorie Rukeyser
1967–1973 Norma U. Levitt
1973–1977 Betty Benjamin
1977–1981 Lillian Maltzer
1981–1985 Constance Kreshtool
1985–1989 Dolores Wilkenfeld
1989–1993 Judith M. Hertz
1993–1997 Judith O. Rosenkranz
1997–2001 Judith Silverman
2001–2005 Helene H. Waranch
2005–2009 Rosanne M. Selfon
2009– Lynn Magid Lazar

Executive Directors

1933–1976 Jane Evans
1976–1992 Eleanor R. Schwartz
1992–2003 Ellen Y. Rosenberg
2004–2011 Shelley Lindauer
2012- Marla J. Feldman

Scope and Content Note

The Women of Reform Judaism is a major organization in American Jewry. Though affiliated with the Reform movement of Judaism, its influence reaches many areas of the Jewish and non-Jewish world through their programs, publications, and social welfare activities. The records of the WRJ document mostly the affairs of the national and upper administrative councils of the organization, being minutes, proceedings, and publications of the major boards and committees.

The bulk of the material covers the years 1930-1970 and does include scattered records of local committees and sisterhoods, as well as a few files of individual members, particularly Jane Evans.


Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in thirteen (13) series:

  • Series A. Proceedings of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. 1913-1955.
  • Series B. Biennial Assembly Records. 1913-1997.
  • Series C. Administrative Records. 1931-1992.
  • Series D. State and District Presidents' Council. 1948-1951.
  • Series E. Circular Files. 1914-1963.
  • Series F. Monthly Folios. 1940-1952.
  • Series G. Board Folios. 1953-1970.
  • Series H. President's Packets. 1956-1970.
  • Series I. District President's Packets. 1956-1970.
  • Series J. Local Sisterhood Reports. 1958-1961.
  • Series K. Publications. 1930-2013.
  • Series L. Audio-Visual Materials. 1983-2011.
  • Series M. Miscellaneous. 1918-1999.

Conditions of Access and Use

Terms of Access and Use

The Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.) Records are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Property and Literary Rights

The National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (Women of Reform Judaism), by the act of donating the Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.) Records to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.). Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.

Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.


Related Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.) Records and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:

[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-73. Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.) Records. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Provenance

The first segment of the Women of Reform Judaism records, consisting of monthly folios, board folios, president's packets, and some miscellaneous materials, was donated by the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods in 1977 and 1986. The larger portion of records in this collection were donated by the national office of Women of Reform Judaism, New York, N.Y., in September, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Dorothy Smith, May 1999. Additional processing by Michelle Wirth Detroit, November 2012.


Box and Folder Listing

Series A. Proceedings of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, 1913-1955. [1 Hollinger box (0.4 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Consists of five published volumes that include annual reports, extensive committee reports, membership records, full-text addresses to biennial assemblies, minutes of the executive board and assemblies, revised constitutions and by-laws, and financial records. The Proceedings are an accessible and concise record of the activities and involvements of NFTS from its inception in 1913 until 1955.
Arrangement Note: The volumes of the Proceedings are arranged chronologically and each two-year segment contains an index.
Box Folder
A-1 1 Volume I,1913-1923.[Digital Archival Object]
A-1 2-3 Volume II,1925-1930.[Digital Archival Object]
A-1 4-5 Volume III,1931-1939.[Digital Archival Object]
Box Folder
A-2 1 Volume III [continued],1931-1939.
A-2 2-3 Volume IV,1942-1947.[Digital Archival Object]
A-2 4-6 Volume V,1947-1955.[Digital Archival Object]
Series B. Biennial Assembly Records,1913-1997. [11 Hollinger boxes (4.4 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Contains primarily full-text transcripts of the NFTS's national biennial assembly meetings. The transcripts, starting in 1921 and running through 1983, are a verbatim record of the reports, addresses, and discussions that occured at the biennials. From 1957-1983 there are ancillary materials including memos, correspondence, working papers, and nearprint to accompany the transcripts. For the years 1985-1995 there are only biennial assembly programs which list speakers and sessions. Also included in Series B. are resolutions generated by the assemblies from the years 1913-1997.
Arrangement Note: The transcripts are arranged chronologically, followed by the resolutions which are also arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
B-1 1 Transcript of proceedings, 4th biennial assembly,1921.
B-1 2 Transcript of proceedings, 6th biennial assembly,1925.
B-1 3 Transcript of proceedings, 8th biennial assembly,1929.
B-1 4 Transcript of proceedings, 9th biennial assembly,1931.
B-1 5 Transcript of proceedings, 11th biennial assembly,1935.
Box Folder
B-2 1 Transcript of proceedings, 12th biennial assembly,1937.
B-2 2 Transcript of proceedings, 13th biennial assembly,1939.
B-2 3 Transcript of proceedings, 14th biennial assembly,1941.
B-2 4 Transcript of proceedings, 15th biennial assembly,1943.
Box Folder
B-3 1 Transcript of proceedings, 16th biennial assembly,1946.
B-3 2 Transcript of proceedings, 17th biennial assembly,1948.
B-3 3 Transcript of proceedings, 18th biennial assembly,1950.
Box Folder
B-4 1 Transcript of proceedings, 19th biennial assembly,1953.
B-4 2 Highlights of 40th anniversary biennial assembly,1953.
B-4 3 Transcript of proceedings, 20th biennial assembly,1955.
B-4 4 Transcript of proceedings, 21st biennial assembly,1957.
B-4 5 Highlights of 21st biennial assembly,1957.
Box Folder
B-5 1 Transcript of proceedings, 22nd biennial assembly,1959.
B-5 2 Post-convention advanced leadership training,1959.
B-5 3 Transcript of proceedings, 23rd biennial assembly,1961.
Box Folder
B-6 1 Correspondence, programs, memos, circulars, working papers, 23rd biennial assembly,1961.
B-6 2 Correspondence, programs, memos, circulars, working papers, 23rd biennial assembly,1961.
B-6 3 Transcript of proceedings, 24th biennial assembly,1963.
B-6 4 Transcript of proceedings, 25th biennial assembly,1965.
Box Folder
B-7 1 Correspondence, programs, memos, circulars, working papers, 26th biennial assembly,1967.
B-7 2 Transcript of proceedings, 27th biennial assembly,1969.
B-7 3 Correspondence, programs, memos, circulars, working papers, 27th biennial assembly,1969.
B-7 4 Transcript of proceedings, 28th biennial assembly,1971.
Box Folder
B-8 1 Transcript of proceedings, 29th biennial assembly,1973.
B-8 2 Correspondence, programs, memos, circulars, working papers, 29th biennial assembly,1973.
B-8 3 Transcript of proceedings, 30th biennial assembly,1975.
B-8 4 Correspondence, programs, memos, circulars, working papers, 30th biennial assembly,1975.
Box Folder
B-9 1 Transcript of proceedings, 31st biennial assembly,1977.
B-9 2 Correspondence, programs, memos, circulars, working papers, 31st biennial assembly,1977.
B-9 3 Transcript of proceedings, 32nd biennial assembly,1979.
B-9 4 Transcript of proceedings, 33rd biennial assembly,1981.
Box Folder
B-10 1-2 Transcript of proceedings, 34th biennial assembly,1983.[2 folders]
B-10 3-5 Correspondence, programs, memos, circulars, working papers, 34th biennial assembly,1983.[3 folders]
B-10 6 Programs, 35th, 37th, 38th, 39th, 40th biennial assemblies,1985-1995.
Box Folder
B-11 1 Biennial assembly resolutions,1913-1939.
B-11 2 Biennial assembly resolutions,1940-1959.
B-11 3 Biennial assembly resolutions,1963-1970.
B-11 4 Biennial assembly resolutions and policy statements,1921-1997.
Series C. Administrative Records,1931-1992. [10 Hollinger boxes (4 linear feet)]
Arrangement Note: Arranged into three subseries:
Subseries 1. Executive Board and Executive Committee Meetings,1939-1981. [8 Hollinger boxes]
Scope and Content Note: Consists largely of full-text transcripts of NFTS executive board meetings spanning the years 1939-1969 and 1977. There are scattered minutes from the executive board from 1962-1981. Transcripts for the executive committee exist for the years 1953 and 1955, and there are scattered minutes for 1962-1981. These transcripts are a verbatim record of the meetings, recording exactly what was said and by whom. A table of contents at the front of each transcript lists the meetings and agenda items. The executive board consisted of approximately 75 elected representatives from sisterhoods around the country while the executive committee was made up of NFTS elected officers.
Arrangement Note: Arranged in chronological order.
Box Folder
C1-1 1 Transcript of executive board meeting,1939.
C1-1 2 Transcript of executive board meeting,1940.
C1-1 3 Transcript of executive board meeting,1941.
C1-1 4 Transcript of executive board meeting,1942.
Box Folder
C1-2 1 Transcript of executive board meeting,1943.
C1-2 2 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 1-219),1944.
C1-2 3 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 220-end),1944.
C1-2 4 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 1-229),1945.
C1-2 5 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 230-end),1945.
C1-2 6 Transcript of executive board meeting,1946.
Box Folder
C1-3 1 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 1-200),1947.
C1-3 2 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 201-400),1947.
C1-3 3 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 401-end),1947.
C1-3 4 Transcript of executive board meeting,1948.
C1-3 5 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 1-200),1949.
Box Folder
C1-4 1 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 201-400),1949.
C1-4 2 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 401-end),1949.
C1-4 3 Transcript of executive board meeting,1950.
C1-4 4 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 1-199),1951.
C1-4 5 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 200-end),1951.
Box Folder
C1-5 1 Transcript of executive board meeting,April, 1953.
C1-5 2 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 1-169),December,1953.
C1-5 3 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 170-end),December, 1953.
C1-5 4 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 1-200),1954.
C1-5 5 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 200-end),1954.
Box Folder
C1-6 1 Transcript of executive board meeting,1955.
C1-6 2 Transcript of executive board meeting,1955.
C1-6 3 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 1-179),1956.
C1-6 4 Transcript of executive board meeting (p. 180-end),1956.
C1-6 5 Transcript of executive board meeting,1957.
Box Folder
C1-7 1 Transcript of executive board meeting,1959.
C1-7 2 Transcript of executive board meeting,1961.
C1-7 3 Transcript of executive board meeting,1963.
C1-7 4 Executive board and executive committee minutes,1962-1970.
C1-7 5 Transcript of executive board meeting,1969.
Box Folder
C1-8 1 Executive board and executive committee minutes,1971-1972.
C1-8 2 Executive board and executive committee minutes,1973.
C1-8 3 Transcript of executive board meeting,1977.
C1-8 4 Executive board and executive committee minutes,1975-1981.
Subseries 2. Institutes and Committees,1940-1947. [1 Hollinger box]
Scope and Content Note: Consists of the records of several institutes (training sessions) run by the administration of the NFTS for its members on such subjects as leadership, reuniting the war-time family, and post-war planning. There are also records of the Institute on Judaism, an interfaith program, and records of the steering committee meeting for the House of Living Judaism. The records in Subseries 2. are full-text transcripts.
Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
C2-1 1 Speakers and Leaders Training Institute,1940.
C2-1 2 Re-uniting the War-time family: An Institute to Prepare the Home for the Returning Veteran and War Worker,1945.
C2-1 3 Post-war planning committee,1945.
C2-1 4 Institute on Judaism,1946.
C2-1 5 Steering committee: House of Living Judaism ,1947.
Subseries 3. Reports and Financial Statements,1931-1992. [1 Hollinger box]
Scope and Content Note: Consists of financial statements from 1931-1975 and annual reports (scattered) from 1954-1975.
Box Folder
C3-1 1 Annual report (part 1),1954-1955.
C3-1 2 Annual report (part 2),1954-1955.
C3-1 3 Annual reports (scattered),1955-1975.
C3-1 4 President's reports,1989-1992.
C3-1 5 Financial statements,1931-1936.
C3-1 6 Financial statements,1943-1964.
C3-1 7 Financial statements,1965-1975.
Series D. State and District President's Council,1948-1951. [1 Hollinger box (0.4 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Contains transcripts of meetings of the NFTS State and District President's Council for the years 1948, 1949, and 1951. These are verbatim accounts of the meetings and include a table of contents that lists agenda items at the front.
Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
D-1 1 Transcript of District President's Council meeting (p. 1-200),1948.
D-1 2 Transcript of District President's Council meeting (p. 200-end),1948.
D-1 3 Transcript of District President's Council meeting (p. 1-199),1949.
D-1 4 Transcript of District President's Council meeting (p. 200-end),1949.
D-1 5 Transcript of District President's Council meeting (p. 1-194),1951.
D-1 6 Transcript of District President's Council meeting (p. 195-end),1951.
Series E. Circular File,1914-1963. [25 Hollinger boxes (10 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Consists of 50 bound volumes of the files of NFTS's various committees, departments, and projects. The volumes contain a great variety of materials including correspondence, nearprint, memos, circulars, and reports. At the beginning of each volume is a brief typed index listing its contents, and the volumes are titled by the department, program, or project that the papers reflect. This series is a rich resource documenting the daily work and interests of the NFTS over nearly 50 years.
Box Folder
E-1 1-2 Scholarships,1914-1932.[2 folders]
E-1 3 Isaac Mayer Wise Memorial Fund,1927-1932.
Box Folder
E-2 1 Hebrew Union College. Sisterhood dormitory,1920-1925.
E-2 2 Comm. Co-operative,1914-1932.
[Also includes, Programs, 1915-1932 and Extension, 1914-1932.]
Box Folder
E-3 1 Religion,1914-1932.
E-3 2 Union Museum,1916-1932.
E-3 3 Religious schools,1914-1932.
[Also includes, Child study, 1923-1932.]
Box Folder
E-4 1 Uniongrams,1915-1932.
E-4 2 Student activities,1916-1932.
[Also includes, State federations, 1921-1932.]
E-4 3 Young folks,1927-1932.
[Also includes, Peace, 1923-1932 and Braille, 1917-1932.]
Box Folder
E-5 1 Executive board,1914-1932.
E-5 2 Convention,1914-1931.
Box Folder
E-6 1 Miscellaneous A,1914-1932.
E-6 2 Miscellaneous B,1914-1932.
Box Folder
E-7 1 Peace, 1933-1941.
[Also includes, Braille, 1933-1941 and Religious education, 1933-1941.]
E-7 2 Miscellaneous,1932-1937.
Box Folder
E-8 1 Uniongrams,1933-1941.
[Also includes, Aid to refugees, 1933-1941 and Revision of by-laws, 1933-1941.]
E-8 2 Hebrew Union College Scholarship and religious education fund, 1933-1941.
E-8 3 Religious schools,1933-1941.
Box Folder
E-9 1 Child study and parent education, 1933-1941.
E-9 2 Convention,1932-1941.
E-9 3 Monthly folders,1937-1938.
E-9 4 Monthly folders,1939.
Box Folder
E-10 1 Youth activities, 1933-1941.
[Also includes, State federations, 1933-1941 and Jewish ceremonials and art, 1933-1941.]
E-10 2 Programs,1933-1941.
E-10 3 Miscellaneous,1938-1941.
Box Folder
E-11 1 Braille, 1942-1952.
[Also includes, Emergency services, 1942-1952.]
E-11 2 Executive board,1942-1952.
E-11 3 Family education, 1942-1952.
Box Folder
E-12 1 Interfaith, 1942-1952.
[Also includes, Jewish ceremonials and art, 1942-1952.]
E-12 2 Peace and world relations, 1942-1952.
Box Folder
E-13 1 Programs,1942-1952.
E-13 2 Youth activities,1941-1952.
[Also includes, Revision of by-laws, 1942-1952; Religions extension, 1942-1952; and Religious schools, 1942-1952.]
E-13 3 Hebrew Union College Scholarship and religious education fund, 1935-1945.
Box Folder
E-14 1 News releases, 1942-1952.
[Also includes, Uniongrams, 1942-1952 and World Union, 1951-1952.]
E-14 2 Hebrew Union College Scholarships and religious education fund, 1942-1952.
Box Folder
E-15 1 Miscellaneous,1942-1948.
E-15 2 Membership and administrative services,1953-1955.
Box Folder
E-16 1 Executive board,1953-1955.
[Also includes, Executive committee, 1953-1955 and Micellaneous, 1953-1955.]
E-16 2 Department of Religious Education,1952-1955.
E-16 3 Department on Advancement of Judaism,1953-1955.
Box Folder
E-17 1 Department on Human Relations,1953-1955.
E-17 2 Board of Directors,1956-1961.
Box Folder
E-18 1 House of Living Judaism, 1946-1952.
E-18 2 Miscellaneous,1949-1952.
Box Folder
E-19 1 Department of Membership and Administrative Services,1956-1961.
E-19 2 Departments on Religion and Education, Human Relations, and District Federation,1956-1961.
E-19 3 President's packet,1963.
Box Folder
E-20 1 Department on Advancement of Judaism,1956-1961.
E-20 2 Board folio,1963.
Box Folder
E-21 1 Biennial,1946-1950.
E-21 2 Biennial,1953-1955.
Box Folder
E-22 1 Biennial,1957.
E-22 2 Biennial,1959.
Box Folder
E-23 1 Biennial,1959.
E-23 2 Biennial,1961.
Box Folder
E-24 1 Biennial,1961.
E-24 2 Biennial,1963.
Box Folder
E-25 1 Biennial,1965.
Series F. Monthly Folios,1940-1952. [9 Hollinger boxes (3.6 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Series F through I consist of bound volumes of material sent from the NFTS headquarters to local sisterhoods. The volumes contain news of upcoming events, memos from committee chairs, copies of annual reports from other Reform organizations, information and suggestions for discussion of national and international affairs, departmental and committee reports, committee memos, fund raising materials, highlights of biennial assemblies, financial reports, and miscellaneous nearprint. The series document the frequent and close communication between the national office and its affiliated sisterhoods in local Reform congregations.
Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
F-1 1 Monthly folios,1940.
F-1 2 Monthly folios,1941.
F-1 3 Monthly folios,1942.
Box Folder
F-2 1-2 Monthly folios,1943.[2 folders]
Box Folder
F-3 1-2 Monthly folios,1944.[2 folders]
Box Folder
F-4 1 Monthly folios,1945.
F-4 2 Monthly folios,1946.
F-4 3 Monthly folios,1947.
Box Folder
F-5 1-2 Monthly folios,1948.[2 folders]
F-5 3 Monthly folios,1949.
Box Folder
F-6 1 Monthly folios,1949.
F-6 2 Monthly folios,1950.
Box Folder
F-7 1 Monthly folios,1950.
F-7 2 Monthly folios,1951.
Box Folder
F-8 1 Monthly folios,1951.
F-8 2 Monthly folios,1952.
Box Folder
F-9 1 Monthly folios,1952.
Series G. Board Folios,1953-1970. [4 Hollinger boxes (1.6 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Series F through I consist of bound volumes of material sent from the NFTS headquarters to local sisterhoods. The volumes contain news of upcoming events, memos from committee chairs, copies of annual reports from other Reform organizations, information and suggestions for discussion of national and international affairs, departmental and committee reports, committee memos, fund raising materials, highlights of biennial assemblies, financial reports, and miscellaneous nearprint. The series document the frequent and close communication between the national office and its affiliated sisterhoods in local Reform congregations.
Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
G-1 1 Board folios,1953.
G-1 2 Board folios,1954.
G-1 3 Board folios,1955.
Box Folder
G-2 1 Board folios,1956.
G-2 2 Board folios,1957.
G-2 3 Board folios,1958.
G-2 4 Board folios,1959.
Box Folder
G-3 1 Board folios,1960.
G-3 2 Board folios,1961.
G-3 3 Board folios,1962.
Box Folder
G-4 1 Board folios,1964.
G-4 2 Board folios,1965.
G-4 3 Board folios,1966-1969.
G-4 4 Board folios,1970.
Series H. President's Packets,1956-1970. [3 Hollinger boxes (1.2 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Series F through I consist of bound volumes of material sent from the NFTS headquarters to local sisterhoods. The volumes contain news of upcoming events, memos from committee chairs, copies of annual reports from other Reform organizations, information and suggestions for discussion of national and international affairs, departmental and committee reports, committee memos, fund raising materials, highlights of biennial assemblies, financial reports, and miscellaneous nearprint. The series document the frequent and close communication between the national office and its affiliated sisterhoods in local Reform congregations.
Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
H-1 1 President's packets,1956.
H-1 2 President's packets,1957.
H-1 3 President's packets,1958.
Box Folder
H-2 1 President's packets,1959.
H-2 2 President's packets,1960.
H-2 3 President's packets,1961.
H-2 4 President's packets,1962.
Box Folder
H-3 1 President's packets,1963.
H-3 2 President's packets,1964.
H-3 3 President's packets,1965.
H-3 4 President's packets,1966-1969.
H-3 5 President's packets,1970.
Series I. District President's Packets,1956-1970. [4 Hollinger boxes (1.6 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Series F through I consist of bound volumes of material sent from the NFTS headquarters to local sisterhoods. The volumes contain news of upcoming events, memos from committee chairs, copies of annual reports from other Reform organizations, information and suggestions for discussion of national and international affairs, departmental and committee reports, committee memos, fund raising materials, highlights of biennial assemblies, financial reports, and miscellaneous nearprint. The series document the frequent and close communication between the national office and its affiliated sisterhoods in local Reform congregations.
Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
I-1 1 District President's packets,1956.
I-1 2 District President's packets,1957.
I-1 3 District President's packets,1958.
Box Folder
I-2 1 District President's packets,1959.
I-2 2 District President's packets,1960.
I-2 3 District President's packets,1961.
Box Folder
I-3 1 District President's packets,1962.
I-3 2 District President's packets,1963.
I-3 3 District President's packets,1964.
Box Folder
I-4 1 District President's packets,1965.
I-4 2 District President's packets,1966-1969.
I-4 3 District President's packets,1970.
Series J. Local Sisterhood Reports,1958-1961. [4 Hollinger boxes (1.6 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Consist of listings of officers and committee chairs in the local and district sisterhoods.
Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically, then by state and city within each year.
Box Folder
J-1 1 District sisterhood reports,1959.
J-1 2 District sisterhood reports,1960.
Box Folder
J-2 1 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), N-O,1958.
J-2 2 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), O-Z,1958.
J-2 3 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), A-NH,1959.
Box Folder
J-3 1 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), NJ-W,1959.
J-3 2 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), A-In,1960.
J-3 3 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), Iowa-NJ,1960.
Box Folder
J-4 1 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), NY-O,1960.
J-4 2 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), P-Canada,1960.
J-4 3 Congregational sisterhood reports (by state), I-NJ,1961.
Series K. Publications,1930-2013. [12 Hollinger boxes (4.8 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Publications in Series K. include runs of the newsletter, Topic and Trends (1934-1951), Notes for Now (1970-1997), Leadership Line (1983-1988), and Windows on Women of Reform Judaism (1988-1999). Also included is a complete set of art calendars (1943-2013) as well as miscellaneous pamphlets and nearprint published by the NFTS (1930-1981) and president's messages (1961-1995).
Box Folder
K-1 -- Art calendars,1934-1961.
Box Folder
K-2 -- Art calendars,1943-2013.
Box Folder
K-3 1 Silver jubilee, Golden jubilee, 75th anniversary, 1938; 1963, 1988.
K-3 2 Topics and Trends, 1934-1951.
K-3 3 Leadership Line, 1983-1988.
K-3 4-6 Notes for Now, 1970-2000.[3 folders]
K-3 7 Windows on Women of Reform Judaism, 1998-2000.
Box
K-4 Notes for Now, 1991-2002.[3 folders]
Box Folder
K-5 1-5 Miscellaneous pamphlets and nearprint,1930-1981, Undated.[5 folders]
Box Folder
K-6 -- Miscellaneous pamphlets and nearprint, 1970-2002.
Box Folder
K-7 -- Miscellaneous pamphlets and nearprint, 1970-2002.
Box Folder
K-8 -- Miscellaneous pamphlets and nearprint, 1970-2002.
Box Folder
K-9 -- Miscellaneous pamphlets and nearprint, 1970-2002.
Box Folder
K-10 -- Miscellaneous pamphlets and nearprint, 1970-2002.
Box Folder
K-11 -- Miscellaneous pamphlets and nearprint, 1970-2002.
Box Folder
K-12 1 Adjusting the Jewish Child to His World, by Markowitz, Samuel, Undated.
K-12 2-3 Or Ami awards,1973-1997.[2 folders]
K-12 4 President's message,1961-1975.
K-12 5 President's message,1990-1995.
Series L. Audio/Visual Materials,1983-2011; Undated. [2 Hollinger boxes, 7 Record cartons (7.8 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Consists of video and audio recordings of WRJ Assemblies, biennials, plenary sessions, and board meetings. Also included are videos produced by WRJ.
Box Folder
L-1 1 1985 Biennial Convention,1985.[audio cassettes]
L-1 2 "Link to Living Judaism",Undated.[slide show]
L-1 3 "Women of Reform Judaism: Determination, Vision, Idealism",1998.[videocassette]
Box
L-2 Ellie Schwartz.[8 audiocassettes, 2 reels]
L-2 Torat Nashim.[1 videocassette]
L-2 Slides.
Box
L-3 Parliamentary Proceedings, Undated.[17 videocassettes]
Box
L-4 Biennials, Board meetings, Television programs, educational videos, 1983-2001.[43 videocassettes]
Box
L-5 Assemblies, 2007-2009.[23 video discs]
L-5 Assemblies and meetings, 1991-2003.[10 videocassettes]
L-5 Biennial convention, 2003.[34 audiocassettes]
Box
L-6 Plenary sessions, 1995.[9 videocassettes]
L-6 Plenary sessions, 1999.[2 videocassettes]
Box
L-7 Plenary sessions, 1999.[11 videocassettes]
Box
L-8 Plenary sessions, 1995-2005.[20 videocassettes]
Box
L-9 Biennials, assemblies, and educational videos, 1983-1997.[21 videocassettes]
L-9 Biennials, assemblies, and photographs 1987-2011.[64 compact discs]
L-9 "Covenant of the Generations: Keeping the promise," (2 sets) Undated.[306 slides]
L-9 Miscellaneous slides (numbered 45 to 132), Undated.[88 slides]
Series M. Miscellaneous,1918-1999. [4 Hollinger boxes, 1 small nonstandard box (1.8 linear feet)]
Scope and Content Note: Includes some early files from NFTS's War Emergency Committee and other miscellaneous items from the early 1920s and 1930s that were given to the American Jewish Archives in the late 1950s by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
Arrangement Note: Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
M-1 1-2 War Emergency Committee [alphabetically by city],1918.[2 folders]
M-1 3-4 Committee campaigns,1922-1923.[2 folders]
M-1 5-7 Sisterhood activities,1921; 1924-1927.[3 folders]
M-1 8-9 Committee form letters,1930-1932.[2 folders]
Box Folder
M-2 1 Radio project,1937.
M-2 2 Photographs,Undated.
M-2 3 Evans, Jane1942.
[correspondence]
M-2 4 Hebrew Union College scholarships,1929-1940.
M-2 5 NFTS directories,1981-1985.
M-2 6 Installation services,1983-1999.
M-2 7 Local sisterhood histories,1983-1985.
[Includes Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Temple Beth Zion (Buffalo, N.Y.).]
Box Folder
M-3 -- Uniongrams,ca. 1950.
Box Folder
M-4 -- Scrapbooks, prayer book, 1938-1965.
Box Folder
M-5 -- Pins, 1999; Undated.
[Set of ten assembly pins created by the Temple Israel (Miami, Fla.) Sisterhood, 1999, along with a set of five sample Goldengram pins, undated.]

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.

Persons and Families

Simon, Carrie O. -- (Carrie Oberdorfer), -- 1872-1961 -- Correspondence

Institutions

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods -- Photographs
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.) -- Photographs

Subjects

Jewish women -- Photographs
Jews -- Societies, etc. -- Photographs
Reform Judaism

Genres and Forms

Photographs