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Collection Inventory

Series I. Correspondence, 1965-1970

Scope and Content Notes:

This series predominantly consists of letters from the executive secretary to members of the congregation. There are also letters between Shaare Torah personnel and other agencies. Most letters to individual congregation members deal with matters such as condolences for deaths, donations, and tuition for the Hebrew school.

Box 1
Folder 1-17 1965-1971
Folder 18 Letters to Entire Congregation
Folder 19 Donations, 1967-1972
Folder 20 Miscellaneous

Series II. Membership Records

Scope and Content Notes:

Men's membership records contain the names of the men who belonged to the congregation, their addresses, and their dues owed and paid per year. The cards in Box 3 are organized in alphabetical order. They contain the names and addresses of both male and female members of the congregation.

Box 2
Folder 1-19 Men's Membership, A-Z
Box 3 Membership Cards, A-K

Series III. Programs and Publications

Scope and Content Notes:

Besides regular worship and holiday observances, Shaare Torah has hosted a Hebrew school, ongoing educational programs, an annual banquet, and other social events. This series contains programs of the annual banquets; graduation exercises and other school ceremonies; and fundraising events such as the annual donor luncheon of the Shaare Torah Sisterhood, which celebrated each years's fundraising campaign undertaken by the women of Shaare Torah. The series also contains annual reports of receipts, various writings of Rabbi Poupko and isolated issues of a few periodicals.

Box 4
Folder 1-8 Annual Banquets, Programs, 1955-1993
Folder 9 Kollel Bais Yitchok
Folder 10 Shaare Torah Religious School - Graduation Exercises, 1951-1966
Folder 11 Shaare Torah Hebrew School - Bas Mitzvah Ceremonies, 1964-1977
Folder 12 Yeshiva Achei Tmimim, 1977, 1980
Folder 13 Poale Zedck Congregation, 1978
Folder 14 Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh
Folder 15 American Zionist Fund Dinners
Folder 16-17 Shaare Torah Sisterhood Donor Luncheons, 1959-1981
Folder 18 Other Miscellaneous Events
Folder 19 Schedule of Upcoming Events, 1972-1988
Folder 20 Shaare Torah Adult Institute - Schedule of Lectures and Reviews by Dr. Poupko, 1969-1977
Folder 21 Photographs
Folder 22 Hillel Campaign Solicitation Prospects
Folder 23 Moat Chitim Fund Roster, 1971
Folder 24 Tickets to Holiday Services, 1959, 1969, 1973, 1976-1977
Folder 25-26 Writings of Rabbi Poupko, 1964, 1966
Folder 27 Miscellaneous Publications
Folder 28 American Jewish Outlook, Aug 26 and Nov 25, 1955
Folder 29 The Jewish Criterion - Shaare Torah 75th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2, 1955
Folder 30-34 Annual Reports: Receipts, 1967-1972
Folder 35 Anniversary Journal - Memorial Receipts
Folder 36 The 613 Commandments
Folder 37 Seating for a Banquet, c1961
Folder 38 Pages from a boy's Hebrew school notebook
Folder 39 Lists (Membership, Committees, etc.)
Folder 40 Men's Club
Folder 41-45 Miscellaneous
Box 5 (Oversize) Memorabilia

Series IV. Minutes and By-laws, 1949-1957

Scope and Content Notes:

Most of the minutes in this series are from the board of directors meetings, which occur approximately once a month, but some are from general membership or special meetings. All minutes are written in English except for a bound volume covering most of 1949, which is written in Yiddish. Bound preservation copies will be used by researchers for the minutes kept from late 1949 to 1954. Bound volumes and unbound pages of minutes are housed in oversized flat boxes.

Box 6 (Oversize)
Folder 1 Minutes of Board of Directors/Committee Meetings, 1956-1957
Folder 2 By-laws/Charter of Congregation
Volume 1 Minutes, 1954-1957
Folder 3 Minutes, 1949-1954
Volume 2 Minutes, (Bound Preservation Copies) 1949-1954
Volume 3 Minutes, 1949

Series V. Cemetery Records

Scope and Content Notes:

Shaare Torah maintains a cemetery at 861 Stewart Ave. near Overbrook in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. Records in this series consist of correspondence, reports, and receipts regarding the establishment and maintenance of burial plots and monuments; and two bound volumes listing the locations of burial plots.

Box 7
Folder 1-11 Correspondence, 1965-1970
Folder 12 Correspondence, undated
Folder 13-20 Cemetery Records, B-Z, 1948-1957
Folder 21 Cemetery Records, Miscellaneous, c1950-1954
Folder 22 Maintenance, 1963-1964
Box 8 Cemetery Maintenance Receipts, 1973-1976

Box 9
Volume 1 Cemetery Book: A-T, Upper and Lower Sections, undated
Volume 2 Cemetery Book: T-Z, AA-ZZ and AAA, undated

Series VI. Record Books

Scope and Content Notes:

Bound record books include records of seating and cash transactions. Several of them are written in Yiddish, and not all of their contents have been identified. A more detailed inventory of these books is available in a folder in Box 10.

Box 10 (Oversize) Record Books
Box 11 Record Books
Box 12 (Oversize) Record Books

Series VII. Scrapbooks, 1940-1993

Scope and Content Notes:

Eight scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings about the congregation and its activities from 1952 to 1996 are housed in flat boxes.

Box 13 (Oversize)
Volume 1-2 1952-1957

Box 14 (Oversize)
Volume 3-4 1958-1959

Box 15 (Oversize)
Volume 5-6 1959-1987

Box 16 (Oversize)
Volume 7-8 1987-1996