Fonds F2551 - Beth Israel Congregation fonds

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Beth Israel Congregation fonds

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  • [1908]-2012 (Creation)
    Beth Israel Congregation

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ca. 14 m of textual records, ca. 1,000 photographs, 3 DVDs, 4 CD-Rs

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Founded as a singular Jewish community in Kingston in 1908, Beth Israel Orthodox Congregation was so named on October 9, 1910, when Simon Oberndorffer laid the cornerstone for Kingston's first synagogue building. The shul was located at 148 Queen Street and adopted the name. Beth Israel Orthodox congregation members are served through a variety of programs and events, such as adult education, a Talmud Torah School, Jewish community events, and regular Friday evening and Saturday services. Most significantly, Beth Israel gives people the opportunity to share life cycle events and to feel part of a vibrant Kingston Jewish community. While established as an Orthodox congregation, in 2012, Beth Israel adopted the ritual of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in its egalitarian form allowing every member of the “Kehilla” (congregation) to participate fully and equally in all religious practices.
Its mission is as follows: "The Beth Israel Congregation is committed to meeting the religious, educational, social and cultural needs of our members in a warm, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere. Beth Israel is a house of worship and also a meeting place for the wider Jewish community in Southeast Ontario."

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The fonds consists of records that span the congregation's entire history and breadth of activities and governance. The material has been organized into the following series: Board activities; Board committees; Affliated groups; Publications and ephemera; and, Audiovisual material.

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Good to excellent

Immediate source of acquisition

Beth Israel Congregation; P. Gilmour; Dr. J. Simon.


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  • English
  • Hebrew

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1031.2 SE
V118.22 SE
MI 165
MI 183
MI 195
(302) Map 69

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Restrictions on access

All records, except those noted below, are open 10 years after creation. Those created within the 10 year embargo period are accessible with the permission of the University Archivist and/or the Board of Beth Israel. The following records are open 25 years after creation: Executive and Board (Minutes & Budgets), and Talmud Torah Committee Minutes. Please consult with an archivist.

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Copyright provisions may apply. Please consult with an archivist.

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  • Shelf: 1031.1
  • Shelf: 1031.2 SE
  • Shelf: 1031.7
  • Shelf: V118.22 SE
  • Shelf: MI 165
  • Shelf: MI 183
  • Shelf: MI 195
  • Map cabinet: (302) Map 69
  • Shelf: 2425
  • Shelf: 1031.8
  • Shelf: V162
  • Shelf: 1024.3
  • Shelf: 5013.13
  • Shelf: QART-61
  • Box: SR1258
  • Shelf: 2434
  • Shelf: 2435
  • Shelf: 2436
  • Shelf: MI 285
  • Shelf: MI 286