Caption from 1981 publication: "Destruction of the First Temple, 586 B.C.E."
This collection consists of two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, letters, receipts, family photographs, and the written memories of A. Michael Barker (1886-1943) of Wilson, North Carolina. Additional items not contained in the scrapbooks include family photographs, a letter, and a ketubah. The scrapbooks were named for World War I and World War II according to the approximate time of the creation of their contents and the subject matter of the newspaper clippings. Topics represented in the scrapbooks include family life, relief efforts for Jewish victims of World War I in Europe, the Zionist movement, Nazi atrocities against Jews in Europe, and the speeches of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Barker’s approximately 49 pages of memories (circa 1942-1943) detail his financial troubles, family updates, and feelings on the treatment of Jews in Germany. Most of the correspondence is between Michael Barker or Anna Harris Barker and immediate and extended family members.
Barker created the scrapbooks from financial ledgers of his businesses in New Jersey and Wilson, North Carolina, and the financial entries are largely obscured by scrapbook inserts. While he created a majority of the content of the scrapbooks, some items were added after his death, presumably by another family member.
Bloom Store daybooks and ledger, 1909-1910, 1922-1923 1.3 Linear Feet
This collection consists of two daybooks and one ledger kept at the general store that Max Bloom operated from 1919 to 1924 in Whitakers, Edgecombe County and Nash County, North Carolina. The daybooks were used to record day-to-day transactions from 1909-1910 and from 1922-1923. Entries include customer name, amount billed, and merchandise purchased and are arranged chronologically. The ledger details individual and business accounts with the store from March 1911 to December 1913 and includes an alphabetical index. Entries appear under customer name and include a chronological list of transactions for that individual or business. Materials dating before 1919 may detail customer transactions that Bloom made through a different business venture or transactions that occurred at the store under prior ownership.
Israel Gerber papers, 1920-2009 and undated 13.5 Linear Feet
The Israel Gerber Papers span the years 1920 to 2009 and primarily document public Gerber’s life, with the bulk of the materials related to his sermons, writings, and teachings. Items in this collection include sermons on a variety of topics including Purim, Passover, World War II, and Genesis; various handwritten notes, typed speeches, lectures, eulogies, and talks given by Gerber at Temple Beth El and other temples, conferences, and academic institutions; and clippings, both loose and glued into scrapbooks related to Gerber’s books, and quotations, poems, articles, editorials written by Gerber and others on a variety of religious, spiritual, and inspirational topics, including Gerber’s monthly column “The Good Within Us” for Senior Directions.
Also included are teaching materials such as handwritten notes, lessons, quizzes and exams, a small amount of correspondence, including letters to and from Harry Golden and letters to the editors of various newspapers, and two scrapbooks that document Gerber’s personal and professional life. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, articles written by Gerber, letters, programs for various services and events, and invitations.
The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina (JHFNC) Collection of Jewish Historical Materials contains historical materials collected by the JHFNC from various sources as part of its mission to document and preserve the history of Jewish people in North Carolina. The collection includes artifacts, certificates, publications, and other manuscript materials on a variety of topics, including but not limited to religious education, Jewish history, Jewish social and religious organizations in the United States and North Carolina, and Jewish participation in World War II. Types of material include individual, family, and organizational/business scrapbooks, medals, certificates, pamphlets, catalogs, correspondence, and a small amount of photographs. World War II artifacts in the collection include a Nazi officer hat, sword, and daggers.
The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina (JHFNC) graphic arts collection is an artificial collection of engravings, etchings, lithographs, screen prints, drawings, and sketches with themes related to Jewish religion, history, and culture. Plates removed from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century encyclopedias, Bibles, travel literature, atlases, and other illustrated volumes make up approximately two-thirds of the collection. The remainder of the collection contains twentieth-century prints and drawings, including original prints by Jewish and Israeli artists.
Artists represented in the collection include William Henry Bartlett, Paul Bourguignon, Gustave Doré, Joseph Margulies, Cécile Reims-Deux, and Yehudit Yelin-Ginat.
The oral history video recordings, audio recordings, and transcripts in this collection were created or collected by the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina (JHFNC) and historian Leonard Rogoff as source material for various projects related to the history of Jews in North Carolina. The collection consists of individual and group interviews of Jewish residents of urban and rural North Carolina, including rabbis and elected public officials. Families represented include the Brenner, Cone, Evans, Kittner, and Samet families. Topics discussed by interviewees include family and community history, religious education, participation in Jewish congregations, anti-Semitism and race relations in North Carolina, World War II military service and the Holocaust, family businesses, and philanthropy.
The JHFNC projects for which the oral histories were created include the museum exhibit “Migrations: Jewish settlers of eastern North Carolina” (2000-2002), the book “A history of Temple Emanu-El: an extended family, Weldon, North Carolina” (2007), and the museum exhibit, documentary film, and book “Down Home: Jewish life in North Carolina” (2007-2012). Unaffiliated projects from which the JHFNC collected oral histories include the Duke University undergraduate honors thesis “From Pine Street to Watts Street: an oral history of the Jews of Durham, North Carolina” by Robin Gruber (1986), the oral history project of the 1986 Beth El Synagogue (Durham) Confirmation class, Rogoff’s book “Homelands: southern Jewish identity in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina” (2001), and the Steven Channing documentary film “Durham: a self-portrait,” which shares video interview footage with “Down Home.” Some of the media on which the oral histories were recorded contain additional video footage used for "Down Home" or "Durham: a self-portrait."
The majority of the interviews were performed by Leonard Rogoff and volunteers from the profiled Jewish communities. Other interviewers include Robin Gruber, Steven Sager, Steven Channing, Sharon Fahrer, and Jan Schochet.
Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina records, 1750-2014 and undated 34.1 Linear Feet — 42.6 Gigabytes
The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina (JHFNC) records span the years 1750 to 2014 and document the origins and daily operations of the organization. The collection includes documents and digital material related to the planning, funding, and carrying out of various exhibits, events and projects, especially the multimedia program "Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina." Also present are primary and secondary research materials collected by JHFNC historian Leonard Rogoff related to the history and culture of Jews in North Carolina and southern Jewish identity.
Types of materials in the collection include financial statements, meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, typescripts, newsletters, marketing materials, photographs, research notes, and audiovisual material. Digital materials include photographs, administrative and promotional materials, and project design materials.
Joseph L. Blumenstein papers, 1930-1975 and undated 1.3 Linear Feet
The materials in this collection document Joseph L. Blumenstein's emigration from Nazi Germany and immigration to Czechoslovakia (1937) and the United States (1938) and his efforts to rescue parents Solomon and Fanny Blumenstein from Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. The collection also contains documents related to Blumenstein's military service during World War II and his postwar family life in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Types of material include German school reports and references from employers, a Czech passport, affidavits of support, correspondence, and other immigration documents; military orders, rosters, and documents related to veterans' benefits; a photograph album with pictures of family members and soldiers; and a yearbook.
North Carolina Temple and Synagogue historical records collection, 1926-2010 and undated 6.8 Linear Feet — 9 boxes; 1 oversize folder
The North Carolina Temple and Synagogue Historical Collection is an artificial collection created from materials donated to the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina that are from or related to Jewish congregations across North Carolina. There are administrative records for some of the temples and synagogues represented, including Temple Beth El (Weldon, Halifax Co., NC), Temple Israel (Kinston, Lenoir Co., NC), Temple Beth El (Lumberton, Robeson Co., NC), and Temple Oheb Sholom (Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC), of which Gertrude Weil was a member. Also present are materials related to Rabbi Jerome G. Tolochko's service as chaplain to Marine Corps bases in North Carolina during and after World War II.
Major topics of the collection include congregational and community events, building dedications, anniversaries, religious services, membership, adult and youth religious education, and Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and Hadassah activities. Types of material include bulletins, pamphlets, event programs, organizational scrapbooks, directories, teaching materials, financial ledgers, correspondence, clippings, and photographs.