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Cantor Henri Goldberg Collection

Identifier: MS-0508

Scope and Contents

The Cantor Henri Goldberg Collection consists of the cantor's correspondence, writings, poems, and sermons, as well as autobiographical information regarding Cantor Goldberg's career and materials, The collection includes significant documentation regarding the Jewish Community Center choir such as scrapbook contents, copies of newspaper clippings, programs and photographs, copies of lectures and services, songbooks and musical plays. The collection also includes reel to reel tapes of services and concerts at the JCC and at the various congregations where Cantor Goldberg officiated. Fourteen of these tapes have been transferred onto CDs and are included with this collection.


  • 1969 - 1970


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.

Biographical Note

Born in 1892, Henri Goldberg received his music education at Stern’s Conservatory in Berlin, under the direction of Professor Gustav Hollaender. He was director of the Detroit Jewish Folk Chorus for 15 years, performing with guest artists such as Alexander Kipnis and Regina Resnik. Simultaneously, he was choir director for the largest Conservative Congregation in Detroit, Sharey Zedek, music teacher at various Jewish schools and choirmaster of several secular choirs in nearby cities. In 1959 he was appointed cantor and choir director for Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California. In 1963, in San Diego, he was cantor for the brief life of Temple Solel, a breakaway congregation from Congregation Beth Israel and cantor after its merger back into Beth Israel in 1968. He also held positions at Tifereth Israel Synagogue and Beth Tefilah Congregation in the 1970s. He directed the Jewish Community Center Choir at the 54th Street Jewish Community Center during the 1960s. Goldberg was also an avid fisherman.


2 Linear Feet (Two records cartons)

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Custodial History

Cantor Goldberg's papers and music were given to Maestro David Amos by the cantor's wife, Mollie Goldberg, in July 2003. Amos gave them to the new Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family JCC which gave Goldberg's personal papers to the JHSSD in 2004 (JHSSD #2004.01). The sheet music collection was kept by the Astor Judaica Library. Included in the collection are the Cantor’s personal papers and a scrapbook donated by Sylvia Arden in October 2004 regarding the 54th St. JCC Music Committee and Cantor Henri Goldberg. More materials were donated by the Library Committee in 2011.

Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in 2014.



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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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San Diego CA 92182-8050 US