Guide to the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1858-1996 AIS.1975.02

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records
Creator
Congregation Tree of Life (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1975.02
Date
1858-1996
Extent
11.25 linear feet
Abstract
The Tree of Life Synagogue was officially founded in 1864 at Fourth Avenue and Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA. A new synagogue at Shady and Wilkins Avenues was completed in October of 1952. The records of the Tree of Life Synagogue consist of material that spans the years 1858 to 1996 including by-laws, minute books, cemetery lists, account books, daybooks, membership lists, contributors list, synagogue publications, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

Tree of Life Synagogue Records, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1858-1996, AIS.1975.02, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

Although its membership has been meeting and paying dues at least since April of 1858, the Tree of Life Synagogue was officially founded in 1864 at Fourth Avenue and Ross Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1906 the congregation removed to Craft Avenue in the Oakland section of the city where it remained until 1952 when it sold its property to the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Services were held in Rodef Shalom Temple, B'Nai Israel and Beth Shalom Synagogues for less than a year until the new synagogue at Shady and Wilkins Avenues was completed in October of 1952.

A more detailed description of the history of the Tree of Life Synagogue can be found in the anniversary booklets contained in the collection.

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Scope and Content Notes

The records of the Tree of Life Synagogue consist of two sets of materials. The first set contains records that span the years 1858 to 1974 and are housed in boxes 1 through 3. The second set of records covers the years 1911 to 1996 and are housed in boxes 4 through 9. The collection emphasizes the history of the Tree of Life Synagogue through the documentation of celebrated events and influential people of the congregation, in particular, Rabbi Hermann Hailperin. The collection also contains administrative records that reveal the activities of a synagogue in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The collection includes by-laws, minute books, cemetary lists, account books, daybooks, membership lists, contributors list, school records, synagogue publications, and photographs. Card files from 1870 to 1952 contain lists of members, deaths, and cemetery lots. Publications include many anniversary booklets, which contain a full historical record of the synagogue, along with newsletters, programs, and dedication books. Also included in the collection are scrapbooks from 1961 to 1964 that contain photographs and newspaper clippings. In addition, some of the papers of Rabbi Hermann Hailperin have been included in the collection and can be found in box 7.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 1975

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Revision Description

 Description of oversize material added to the finding aid. December 2010

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Tree of Life Synagogue. The materials came in two accessions; one on March 18, 1975 and the other in June 1998.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Frank Zabrosky in 1975.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jamie Shriver in September 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1405659

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Congregation Tree of Life (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Hailperin, Herman

Subject(s)

  • Churches and Synagogues
  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Judaism -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Synagogues -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Tree of Life Synagogue Records, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1858-1996, AIS.1975.02, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1858-1974,ais 75:2 ais 81:10 ADD 98:28, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh.

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Membership Address List, November 1970 11

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  Folder
Prayer Book Fund Ledger, 1945-1956 2

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  Folder
Congregational Board Names and Addresses, 1971 3

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  Folder
List of Contributors, 1912-1916 4

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  Folder
Minute Book, March 1, 1917 - May 5, 1925 5

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  Folder
Minute Book, May 24, 1925 - January 6, 1946 6

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  Folder
Minute Book, January 7, 1947 - December 11, 1951 7

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  Folder
Tree of Life Cemetery List, 1865-1936 8

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  Folder
Day Book, March 1951-July 1952 9

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  Folder
Secretary's Minute Book (Jewish Roumanian Society), 1904-1909 10

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  BoxFolder
Minute Book (photocopies), Part I, 1858-1899 21

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  Folder
Minute Book (photocopies), Part II, 1900-1917 2

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  Folder
Individual Ledger, May 1, 1917 - March 31, 1930 3

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  BoxFolder
Card Files-Alphabetical List of Deaths, 1870-1952 31

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  Folder
Card Files-List of Deaths, 1922-1967 2

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  Folder
Card Files-Reserved Graves, Tree of Life Cemetery 3

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  Folder
Card Files-Membership File, Yahrzeits Alphabetical File, 1943-1952 4

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  Folder
By-laws of Tree of Life Congregation, February 13, 1955 5

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Pamphlets, Prayers for Holy Days, 1957, 1974 6

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  Folder
Memorial Services and Announcements, 1959 7

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  Folder
Book of Rememberance, Yom Kippur Memorial Service, 1964, 1974 8

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  Folder
Confirmation class photograph, 1947 9

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  Folder
Photograph of Tree of Life Synagogue and Rabbi Herman Hailperin, Gazette Times, January 1923 10

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  Folder
Pupils Activity Book: The Jewish People, Book One, by Deborah Pessin, (New York, United Synagogue of America), 1951 11

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  Folder
The Voice of the Prophets, by Mamie G. Gamoran, (Cincinnati, Union of American Hebrew Congregations), 1929 12

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  Folder
With Singer and Sage, by Mamie G. Gamoran, (New York, Union of American Hebrew Congregations), 1930 13

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  Folder
Dr. Herman Hailperin (Golden) Jubilee, (Commemorative Volume), April 28, 1972 14

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  Folder
Tree of Life: Commemorative Volume, 1864-1952, 2 copies 15

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  BoxFolder
Correspondence between A.A. Goldstein and President F.D. Roosevelt's Secretary, 1932-1933 41

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  Folder
Plan for Cooperation of Nations for World Peace, n.d. 2

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  Folder
Tree of Life Synagogue: Miscellaneous, 1927-1980 3

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  Folder
Sisterhood Room Dedication: "Mildred G. Reichman Sisterhood Room", April 4, 1980 4

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  Folder
Rabbi Herman Hailperin's 10th Anniversary at Tree of Life Congregation, 1932 5

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  Folder
Letter from Zionist Organization of America to Tree of Life Congregation regarding Adoption of Orphans in Israel, January 4, 1921 6

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  Folder
125th Anniversary, 1989-1990 7

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  Folder
70th Anniversary, 1963 8

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  Folder
Mrs. Goldstein's 65th birthday, 1948 9

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  Folder
Mr. A.A. Goldstein: Sexton and teacher: 55 years: Tree of Life, 1931-1953 10

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  Folder
Bill for furniture sold to S.H. Reichman, February 12, 1921 11

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  Folder
120th Anniversary, 1984 12

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  Folder
Various Death Notices, 1938-1979 13

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  Folder
Samuel H. Reichman Dedication: Tree of Life, 1952 14

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  Folder
70th Anniversary Book, 1934 15

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  Folder
Early History and Anniversary Books, 1907-1934 16

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  BoxFolder
Account Books, 1951-1952 51

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  Folder
Pledge Book, ca. 1946 2

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  Folder
Anniversary Programs 3

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  Folder
Loose Minutes, 1969-1978 4

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  BoxFolder
Scrapbook, 1961-1962 61

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  Folder
Scrapbook, 1963 2

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  Folder
Scrapbook, 1964 3

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  Folder
Scrapbook of Jan Peerce Concert, December 17, 1967 4

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  Folder
Membership List, 1956 5

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Photographs, Newsletters, Clippings, and Magazines, 1942-1976 6

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  Box
Rabbi Herman Hailperin, personal papers, 1911-1965 7

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  Box
School Records, 1951-1961 8

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  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous Correspondence (originals), 1956-1958 91

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Correspondence (access photocopies), 1956-1958 2

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Records and Minutes (originals), 1954-1955 3

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  Folder
Miscellaneous Records and Minutes (access photocopies), 1954-1955 4

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  Folder
Correspondence and Minutes (originals), 1963-1967 5

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  Folder
Correspondence and Minutes (access photocopies), 1963-1967 6

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Section: Oversize Material 

  Map-caseDrawer
 1. Positive of the 70th anniversary celebration 73
 2. Negative of the 70th anniversary celebration 

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