Guide to Congregation Kether Torah, Pittsburgh, Pa. Historical Miscellanea, 1914-1958 AIS.1988.04

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Congregation Kether Torah, Pittsburgh, Pa. Historical Miscellanea
Creator
Congregation Kether Torah (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1988.04
Date
1914-1958
Extent
0.56 linear feet
Abstract
This collection contains miscellaneous records of Congregation Kether Torah (Pittsburgh, Pa.), including: history, charter, by-laws, membership lists from c. 1960, minutes of eight congregational meetings between 1927 and 1939, papers concerning the sale of the synagogue property in the Hill District, blueprint and legal documents concerning cemetery in Reserve Township, Pa., some general correspondence and a blueprint of synagogue from c. 1913.

Preferred Citation

Congregation Kether Torah, Pittsburgh, Pa. Historical Miscellanea, 1914-1958, AIS.1988.04, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh

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History

This synagogue, originally named Kaiser Torah, was founded at the corner of Webster Avenue and Erin Street in the Hill District, Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1922, it changed its name to Congregation Kether Torah, and later, in the 1950s, moved to Bartlett Street in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains miscellaneous records including: history, charter, by-laws, membership lists from c. 1960, minutes of eight congregational meetings between 1927 and 1939, papers concerning the sale of the synagogue property in the Hill District, blueprint and legal documents concerning cemetery in Reserve Township, Pa., some general correspondence and a blueprint of synagogue from c. 1913.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, September 13, 1989

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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

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 Mr. Richard Linder in May 1988.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Thompson in September 13, 1989.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Alesha Shumar in 2009. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Notis ID number: AKE5700.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Congregation Kaiser Torah (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Congregation Kether Torah (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

Congregation Kether Torah, Pittsburgh, Pa. Historical Miscellanea, 1914-1958, AIS.1988.04, Archives Services Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. History 

  BoxFolder
History material, 1910-1935, 1975 11

Includes: Congregation Keser Torah, Pittsburgh, PA: Silver Anniversary 1910-1935

Invitation to 68th Anniversary Celebration, June 8, 1975

"Kether Torah Observes 68th," Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, May 8, 1975

Photograph of "68 Years Old," Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, May 22, 1975

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Series  II. Charter 

  Folder
Orginal Charter and Amendments, 1914 and 1923 2

Includes: Orginal Charter, September 5, 1914

Amendments to Charter, July 1923

The name change from Congregation Kaiser Torah to Congregation Kether Torah.

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Series  III. By-laws 

  Folder
By-laws and copies 3

Includes: Copies in Hebrew

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Series  IV. Membership 

  Folder
Membership lists 4

Includes: Three lists giving names, addresses of synagogue members; two lists are undated and the third has "circa 1960" written across it.

  Folder
Minutes of Members Congregation Meetings 5

Includes: Minutes all written in Hebrew.

Meeting minutes, January 20, 1927

Meeting minutes, February 20, 1927

Meeting minutes, January 7, 1929

Meeting minutes, February 9, 1935

Meeting minutes, February 23, 1935

Meeting minutes, December 10, 1938

Meeting minutes, January 7, 1939

Meeting minutes, January 16, 1939

Notice of special meeting May 2, 1951 (in English)

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Series  V. Sale of Synagogue Property to Carter Chapel Colored Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, Pa., 1951-1952 

  Folder
Schedule of payments and Agreement of sale/indenture, with drafts 6
  Folder
Correspondence 7

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Series  VI. Legal Papers 

  Folder
Congregation Kether Torah v. Jacob Gordon, 1920 8

Includes: Leases, court documents, and correspondence dealing with the eviction of Jacob Gordon from congregation-owned property.

  Folder
Land claim, 1922 9

Includes: Court documents reasserting that the sale of land on Erin St. in Pittsburgh to the Congregation was legal and valid.

  Folder
Leases, 1926, 1946, 1948-1949 10

Includes: Leases and related correspondence for dwelling on cemetery property.

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Series  VII. Cemetery (Reserve Township) 

  Folder
Land purchase, 1916, 1943-1944, 1946, 1949, 1955 11

Includes: Correspondence and legal documents involving the purchase of the cemetery grounds from the estate of Joseph H. Heil.

  Folder
Cemetery Blueprints, Deeds, and Correspondence 1946 12

Includes: a Blueprint, 1946

Deeds, 1914, 1949

Copies of deeds and agreements for cemetery lots, 1914, 1949

Cemetery rules, undated

Cemetery related correspondence, 1949-1952

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Series  VIII. General Correspondence, 1920-1952 

  Folder
General Correspondence, 1920-1924, 1940, 1945-1952 13

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Series  IX. Finances 

  Folder
Building fund and contributions 14

Includes: Build fund material

Contributors list giving names and amounts of gift

"An Urgent Appeal to the Jewish Public," Jewish Criterion, undated

Two ads for contributions from Jewish Criterion, undated

Blank contribution form

  Folder
Gemilut Hesed (Free Loan Association) 15
  Folder
Taxes--Application for exemption, and correspondence, 1937, 1947-1950 1957-1958 16
  Folder

Section: Mortgages 

17

Includes: Legal documents of Congregation's mortgages

Documents mortgages to: Washington Trust Company, August Hoffman; Colonial Trust Company, South Side Trust Company of Pittsburg,; Carl and John Ehrlinger, Fifth Avenue Bank of Pittsburgh, and Merchants Savings and Trust Company

List of bond holders and their debts, 1921-1949

  Folder
Financial correspondence, 1922-1925, 1937, 1941, 1951 18

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Series  X. Blueprint of Synagogue, 1913 

  Folder
Blueprint of Synagogue, 1913 19

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