Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection
Scope and Contents
The Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection consists of the congregation's official business records and documents about the congregation including its newsletters, minutes, amd financial records, as well as newspaper clippings and photographs. The materials date from 1962 to 1998 with the majority being from the 1970s to the 1990s.
- 1962 - 1998
- Congregation Beth Tefilah (San Diego, Calif.) (Organization)
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.
Congregation Beth Tefilah was founded in 1962. It was the first permanent East County conservative congregation. Its founding directors were Aaron Kolkey, Robert Kolkey, Arthur Bressman, Eugene Janoff, Dr. Earl Richmond, William Wayne, Irving Coleman, Robert Kipnis, Irving Krantz, Morris Cahan, Abraham Sandler, Louis Sander, Marilyn Frankel, Rose Fischbein, Abe Wilks, Isaak Abramowitz. Bert Schloss was the first president and Marilyn Frankel was the secretary. The first rabbi was Rabbi Lawton and the first permanent rabbi was Sidney Rappaport who came in 1963. In 1971 their synagogue building was dedicated at 69th St, just off El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. In 1999 their building was sold and the congregation merged with Adat Ami Synagogue to become Ohr Shalom Synagogue, now located in the former home of Congregation Beth Israel, at 3rd and Laurel Streets in San Diego.
6 Linear Feet (Six records cartons)
Language of Materials
The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2005 by Rocky Reid, president of Ohr Shalom Synagogue (JHSSD #2005.02). Ohr Shalom Synagogue is the product of a merger between Congregation Beth Tefilah and Adat Ami Synagogue.
Source of Acquisition
The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in 2012.
- Congregation Beth Tefilah Collection
- Bonnie M. Harris and Laurel Schwartz
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