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1. Overview of the Collection

 

Repository

McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator

Temple B’Nai Israel

Collection Number

M485

Collection Title

Temple B’Nai Israel Records

Size

8.3 Cubic Feet

Language

English

Dates

1947-1997

Collection Status

Fully Reviewed

Abstract

The B’Nai Israel congregation has served the Hattiesburg, Mississippi area since 1890.  The Jewish community of Hattiesburg has a long history of prominent citizens and business owners.  This collection contains materials related to Temple B’Nai Israel in Hattiesburg.

 

2. Subjects

B’Nai Israel Sisterhood

Southern Federation of Temple Sisterhoods

Congregation B’Nai Israel

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The Interaction Factory

Hattiesburg Federation of Temple Youth

Southern Federation of Temple Youth

Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger

The Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary, Inc.

 

3. Biographical/Historical Note

The B’Nai Israel congregation in Hattiesburg, Mississippi started in 1890 when Maurice Dreyfus began religious services in his home.  The B’Nai Israel residence moved to the Odd Fellows Building in 1900 and remained there until 1920. The congregation received its first permanent home in 1920 when it purchased an old army barracks building at Camp Shelby and used the dismantled lumber to construct a new at the corner of Hardy Street and Pine Street (the present site of BancorpSouth).  The congregation’s current synagogue was constructed at the intersection of South 12th Avenue and Mamie Street in 1946.

 

4. Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, bulletins, news clippings and other materials related to Temple B’Nai Israel. The collection contains eleven photographs.

 

5. Arrangement

The materials in the collection were organized by subject, grouping items by organization when possible (B’Nai Israel Sisterhood, Congregation B’Nai Israel, etc.).  The photographs were kept in their original order.

 

 

6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

 

7. Administrative Information

 

Provenance

Donated by the congregation of Temple B’Nai Israel under the direction of Stephen A. Doblin in 1998 and by Judy Stribling in 2005.

Use Restrictions

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation Method

In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of

Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Brandon Ball, January 2014.

Sources

Contents of the collection.

Collection case file.

www.hattiesburgsynagogue.org

 

8. Container List

 

Box 1

Folder 1           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood 1963-1969

Folder 2           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood, Continued 1963-1969

Folder 3           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood, Continued 1963-1969

Folder 4           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood 1970-1972

Folder 5           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood 1973-1975

Folder 6           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood 1976-1978

Folder 7           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood 1979-1982

Folder 8           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood 1983-1986

Folder 9           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood 1993-1997

Folder 10         B’Nai Israel Sisterhood: Motions Made and Passed 1973-1980

Folder 11         B’Nai Israel Sisterhood: Newspaper Articles ca. 1960s-1970s

Folder 12         B’Nai Israel Sisterhood Constitution 1977

Folder 13         B’Nai Israel Temple Sisterhood Yearbook 1973-1974

Folder 14         B’Nai Israel Temple Sisterhood Members and Officers 1981-1982   

Folder 15         B’Nai Israel Sisterhood Handbook undated

Folder 16         B’Nai Israel Sisterhood 1990-1994

 

Box 2

Folder 1           Southern Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – Southern Accent 1985

Folder 2           Southern Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – Southern Accent 1990

Folder 3           Southern Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – Southern Accent 1991

Folder 4           Southern Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – Southern Accent 1992

Folder 5           Southern Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – Southern Accent 1993

Folder 6           Southern Federation of Temple Sisterhoods – Southern Accent 1994

Folder 7           B’Nai Israel Sisterhood Budget 1976-1984

Folder 8           Sisterhood Shabbat Service 1995

Folder 9           Board of Directors 1980-1994

Folder 10         Board of Directors, Continued 1980-1994

Folder 11         By-Laws 1967-1980

Folder 12         Yahrzeit List undated 

Folder 13         Minutes 1980-1983

Folder 14         World Jewry 1990-1994

Folder 15         Hebrew/Sunday School – Rabbi Judith Bluestein 1990-1994

Folder 16         Jewish Way of Death and Mourning 1977-1978

Folder 17         Officers Monthly Messenger 1973-1974

 

Box 3

Folder 1           Congregation B’Nai Israel 1966-1968

Folder 2           Congregation B’Nai Israel 1969-1971

Folder 3           Congregation B’Nai Israel 1973-1975

Folder 4           Congregation B’Nai Israel 1976-1979

Folder 5           A Manual for Your Congregation’s Israel Committee 1975

Folder 6           B’Nai Israel Congregation – Schedule of Receipts and Disbursements for the Fiscal Year Ended May 31, 1978

Folder 7           Board and Congregation Minutes 1962-1965

Folder 8           Board and Congregation Minutes 1967-1968

Folder 9           Board and Congregation Minutes 1977-1978

Folder 10         Board and Congregation Meetings 1968-1979

Folder 11         B’Nai Israel Congregation 1953-1954

Folder 12         Jewish Temple Bulletin 1952-1953

Folder 13         B’Nai Israel Congregation Directory 1983

Folder 14         B’Nai Israel Congregation 1998

Folder 15         Members of B’Nai Israel Congregation 1980

Folder 16         Congregational Programming  1990

Folder 17         Congregational Kaddish List ca. 1990s

Folder 18         Congregation Members’ Address Labels undated

Folder 19         Congregation B’Nai Israel: Costs and Procedure for Mailings 1969

 

Box 4

Folder 1           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1975

Folder 2           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1977

Folder 3           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1985

Folder 4           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1986

Folder 5           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1987

Folder 6           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1988

Folder 7           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1989

Folder 8           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1990

Folder 9           Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1991

Folder 10         Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1992

Folder 11         Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1993

Folder 12         Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1994

Folder 13         Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1995

Folder 14         Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1996

Folder 15         Temple B’Nai Israel Messenger 1997

 

Box 5

Folder 1           Forrest General Hospital – The Chaplain’s Newsletter 1992-1994

Folder 2           Red Ribbon Times 1994

Folder 3           Clergy Women and Women Religious 1990-1994

Folder 4           Student Printz Advertisements 1993

Folder 5           Dateline Dream Newsletter 1994

Folder 6           Dream of Hattiesburg, Inc. Newsletter 1994

Folder 7           American Red Cross: South Central Mississippi Chapter 1992

Folder 8           The Interaction Factory Newsletter 1992-1993

Folder 9           Hattiesburg Federation of Temple Youth 1995-1996

Folder 10         Reality Religion – Hattiesburg Federation of Temple Youth undated

Folder 11         Bread Basket 1995-1996

Folder 12         The Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary, Inc. 1985

Folder 13         Hattiesburg City Council Meeting Schedule 1990-1991

Folder 14         The Pine Belt Boys and Girls Club Express 1993

Folder 15         Trinity Episcopal Church Correspondence 1973

Folder 16         Thank You Cards from Jenny Panquerne’s Class in Oak Grove 1994

Folder 17         Thank You Notes from Max Miller’s Class 1995

Folder 18         National Day of Prayer 1993

Folder 19         Mississippi Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse 1994

Folder 20         Project Child Find 1994           

Folder 21         Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference 1993

Folder 22         Mississippi Sheriffs’ Association – Boys and Girls Ranches 1994

Folder 23         Transitions Newsletter 1994

Folder 24         Prison Fellowship 1992

Folder 25         Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry undated

Folder 26         SOFTY (Southern Federation of Temple Youth) – Hattiesburg 1995

Folder 27         SOFTY (Southern Federation of Temple Youth) Spring Conclave 1985

Folder 28         Union of American Hebrew Congregations – Future Planning Committee ca. 1970s

Folder 29         Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1971-1974

Folder 30         Union of American Hebrew Congregations – Southwest Council 1977

Folder 31         Marriage License 1994

Folder 32         Funeral Sheets undated

Folder 33         Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Michael Shemper 1986

Folder 34         Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Alan Shemper 1991

Folder 35         B’Nai Mitzvah – Adam Shemper and Michael Shemper 1988

Folder 36         Kabbalat Shabbat Service of Confirmation – Jessica Herzinger, Jessica Hirsch, Adam Shemper 1991

Folder 37         Israel Day undated

Folder 38         Jewish Worship: Praise, Petition and Memory undated

 

Box 6

Folder 1           School Management and Academic Content Design for Small Religious Schools undated

Folder 2           School Management and Academic Content Design for Small Religious Schools, Continued undated

Folder 3           School Management and Academic Content Design for Small Religious Schools, Continued undated

Folder 4           Tzedakah 1990-1993

Folder 5           Hebrew School Tzedakah 1996

Folder 6           First Annual Allentown Jewish Day School Slave and Trade Auction 1977

Folder 7           Statement of Policy for Temple B’Nai Israel Religions School undated

Folder 8           Temple B’Nai Israel Religious School, Hebrew School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training undated

Folder 9           Hebrew School Notes 1996

Folder 10         Service Pages 1996

Folder 11         Pulpit 1972-1974

Folder 12         Correspondence 1980-1985

Folder 13         Hillel 1973

Folder 14         Report of the Rabbi 1979

Folder 15         B’Nai Israel Songbook undated

Folder 16         “A Sabbath Service” Booklet 1983

 

Box 7

Folder 1           Address Book: Folder 1 1961-1972

Folder 2           Address Book: Folder 2 1961-1972

Folder 3           Address Book: Folder 3 1961-1972

Folder 4           Kabbalat Shabbat and Hannukah Family Service 1988

Folder 5           Confirmation Service Kabbalat Shabbat 1988

Folder 6           Shabbat Shalom 1987

Folder 7           “A Service for Shabbat” Booklet undated

Folder 8           Translation of Conversion Certificate 1984

Folder 9           “So You Want to Balance Your Synagogue’s Budget?” Booklet undated

Folder 10         Twenty Questions: Why Temple Membership? 1959

Folder 11         Democratizing Jewish Worship undated

Folder 12         Lay-Leader Services

Folder 13         Ritual Readings

Folder 14         Our Jewish Heritage 1986

Folder 15         Ledorotam Berit Olam – A Sabbath Service 1984

Folder 16         A Tu Bishvat Seder undated

Folder 17         The Reading of the Megilla – The Scroll of Ester undated

Folder 18         Selichot Service undated

Folder 19         Testimonial Service in Honor of Herman Katz 1952

Folder 20         Daniel Lott Letter 1975

Folder 21         Dr. Walter Jacob Letter to Rabbi Norman S. Lipson 1975

Folder 22         Lee Azarch Letter to Steve Doblin 1975

Folder 23         Motions Made 1986-1987

Folder 24         Saturday Morning Service –Spring Conclave 1985

Folder 25         General Israel Orphans Home for Girls Calendar 1985-1986

Folder 26         A Practical Manual for the Contemporary Synagogue undated

Folder 27         Hanukkah Carols undated

 

Box 8

Folder 1           Temple Property and Insurance 1973-1976

Folder 2           Cemetery/Miscellaneous 1973-1974

Folder 3           Budget 1983-1986

Folder 4           Temple Repairs and Finances 1977-1979

Folder 5           Rabbinical Pension Board Benefit Program 1981

Folder 6           Rabbinical Placement Commission undated

Folder 7           Finances 1973-1974

Folder 8           Finances 1975-1978

Folder 9           Rabbinic Selection Committee 1977-1978

Folder 10         Expenses 1973

Folder 11         Temple B’Nai Israel Bulletin 1972

Folder 12         B’Nai Israel Congregation Photo Album – Originals 1947

Folder 13         B’Nai Israel Congregation Photo Album – Copies 1947

Folder 14         Photographs ca. late 1940s; 1969

Folder 15         Our Jewish Heritage Scrapbook – Originals undated

Folder 16         Our Jewish Heritage Scrapbook – Copies undated

 

Box 9

Scrapbook Cover 

 

9.  Item List

 

Photograph Log

Box

Folder

Number

Description

Size

Type

Date

8

12

M485-1

Temple B’Nai Israel Synagogue in Hattiesburg.

4 x 5

B & W

1947

8

12

M485-2

Front door of the Temple B’Nai Israel Synagogue in Hattiesburg.

4 x 4

B & W

1947

8

12

M485-3

Sanctuary inside the Temple B’Nai Israel Synagogue in Hattiesburg.

4 x 5

B & W

1947

8

12

M485-4

Social hall inside the Temple B’Nai Israel Synagogue in Hattiesburg.

4 x 5

B & W

1947

8

12

M485-5

Kitchen inside the Temple B’Nai Israel Synagogue.

4 x 5

B & W

1947

8

12

M485-6

Group of people standing outside the Temple B’Nai Israel Synagogue in Hattiesburg.

3 x 5

B & W

1947

8

14

M485-7

Three young ladies standing next to the Temple B’Nai Israel Synagogue in Hattiesburg.

3 x 5

B &W

Ca. Late 1940s

8

14

M485-8

Young man and woman standing on a sidewalk near the Temple B’Nai Israel in Hattiesburg.

3 x 5

B & W

Ca. Late 1940s

8

14

M 485-9

Woman standing on a stage holding a sign.  The sign reads: “Menu from the 4 Seasons: Rosh Hoshana, Yom Kippur, Succos, and Passover.”

4 x 6

Color

1969

8

14

M485-10

Woman in green dress standing on a stage.

4 x 6

Color

1969

8

14

M485-11

Woman standing on stage.

4 x 6

Color

1969

 

Artifact Log

Location

Artifact

Date

Size

Access

Box 9

A hand made, sewn blue three ring binder with white trim and lace.  This held the scrapbook contents that are currently located in Box 8, Folders 15 and 16.

undated

11 x 12 x 3

open

 

 

10. Publication  Information

 

Publisher

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections

URL

[http://lib.usm.edu/spcol/index.php

Physical Address

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

Email Contact

To email, go to: [http://lib.usm.edu/askalibrarian/

Revision Date

Last revised: 2014 January

 


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