Adat Ami Synagogue Collection
Scope and Contents
The contents of the collections consist of documents, records, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, special programs and events regarding the congregation, from the 1990’s with a few items from 2000-2002 from the merged congregation, Ohr Shalom Synagogue.
- Adat Ami Synagogue (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.
In 1976, a group of Spanish speaking Jews began holding services at Congregation Beth Israel’s synagogue building at Third and Laurel Streets in San Diego, as a second congregation at that location, under the name Or-El. The founding rabbi, Arnold Kopikis was born in Argentina and had had a large congregation in Mexico City. The founding president was Eddy Cohen. Though many of the congregants were from Latin and South America, the congregation grew into a truly international congregation. They eventually moved to a rented facility on Camino Del Rio South and then to one on Camino de la Reina and then to another rented space of Morena Blvd. In 1999 the congregation merged with Congregation Beth Tefilah to become Ohr Shalom Synagogue, and in 2001 they relocated to the former home of Congregation Beth Israel, at 3rd and Laurel Streets in San Diego.
1.25 Linear Feet
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This collection was donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2005 (JHSSD #2005.05) by Rocky Reid, president of Ohr Shalom Synagogue. Ohr Shalom Synagogue is the product of a merger between Congregation Beth Tefilah and Adat Ami Synagogue. The processed collection was donated to SDSU's Special Collections and University Archives in 2012.
Source of Acquisition
Other Descriptive Information
Since 2007, the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego has transferred numerous collections to Special Collections and University Archives.
- Adat Ami Synagogue Collection
- Mollie Harris and Laurel Schwartz
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