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Tifereth Israel Synagogue Collection

Identifier: MS-0527

Scope and Contents

The contents of the collection contain synagogue newsletters, clippings, event announcements, songbooks, photographs; dedication, anniversary and tribute books, scrapbook contents and minute books.


  • 1939-2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

The earliest congregants first met at Temple Beth Israel, a reform congregation, at 2nd and Beech Streets in San Diego, continuing with orthodox services after the reform services. Tifereth Israel Congregation as it was then called, was founded in 1905 as an orthodox congregation at the home of Elias and Lena Jacobson. By 1917 they had built their own synagogue building at 18th and Market Streets. In 1948 the congregation, under the leadership of Rabbi Monroe Levens moved to a new synagogue building at 30th and Howard Streets in North Park and changed its affiliation to the Conservative Movement. After thirty years at that location, they built a new building in East San Diego, on Cowles Mountain Blvd, where Tifereth Israel Synagogue remains in 2015.


1.25 Linear Feet

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Custodial History

The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society by the following: Mollie Harris, the former librarian of the Astor Judaica Library at the 54th Street JCC donated materials in 2001 (2001.08). She and her family were members of Tifereth Israel; Audrey Jacobson Kapelus, who in 2002 (2002.02) donated photographs of the congregation, which her grandparents helped found in 1905 and whose father, Isadore Jacobson was president of the congregation; Lewis Fischbein who in 2003 (2003.01), donated materials from his family’s collection. Fischbein’s father was president of the congregation and his mother helped found the Daughters of Israel. Stan & Laurel Schwartz added various anniversary books and other materials as they became available. The collection was transferred to the Library and Information Access on July 21, 2015.

Source of Acquisition

Jewish Historical Society of San Diego

Accruals and Additions


Tifereth Israel Synagogue Collection
Processed by Bonnie M. Harris, Marilyn Tom, Laurel Schwartz
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US