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Manuscript Collection No. 82
Rhea Hirsch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1878. Hirsch came under the influence of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise and the Reform Judaism movement and was inspired to attend Hebrew Union College. She was one of the college's first students to receive a teacher's certificate.
After the loss of her husband in New York, she came to Los Angeles in 1940. When the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) founded its College of Jewish Studies at the Wilshire Temple in 1947 as the forerunner to the present Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Hirsch enrolled the first semester and continued to be a student each year for the remainder of her life.
In the ensuing years she attended classes regularly, taking over one hundred-twenty units of Jewish studies concerning every course offered by the school. Her zeal and scholarship brought her citations both from the UAHC College of Jewish Studies and the School of Education which was named in her honor in 1969.
Rhea Hirsch had two children, Kingdon Hirsch and Rebel Dunsay. She died in Los Angeles, California in 1970.
The Rhea Hirsch Papers (1948-1966) contain the notes taken by Rhea Hirsch while a student at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations School of Jewish Studies in Los Angeles, California. Also included is a curriculum guide written in 1951 by the Bureau of Jewish Education and the Los Angeles Jewish Community Center. This guide gives insight into the early years of the School of Jewish Studies, including the courses they would offer, the philosophies behind the classes, the exams, and coursework.
The papers are arranged in one (1) series.
Terms of Access and Use
The Rhea Hirsch Papers 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
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, by the act of donating the Rhea Hirsch Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Rhea Hirsch's heirs. 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.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Rhea Hirsch Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-82. Rhea Hirsch Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Rhea Hirsch Papers were received from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, California, in 1978.
Processed by Christine A. Crandall, May 2002.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Hirsch, Rhea -- Manuscripts
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Judaism -- Study and teaching -- California -- Los Angeles
Jewish college students -- California -- Los Angeles