Albert Einstein Material-Library for Nazi Burned Books, undated
Scope and Contents
The Brooklyn Jewish Center Records, 1921-1985, comprehensively document the history of this important congregation. Included are correspondence (including that of Rabbi Israel Levinthal); annual reports; minutes of the board of trustees and various committees; issues of the Brooklyn Jewish Center Bulletin (1922-1985, with gaps) and the Brooklyn Jewish Center Review (1933-1985, with gaps); cemetery records; dinner dance journals and records; financial records; Hebrew school records; lecture series records; membership information; photographs; and audio tapes (reel to reel format).
The selection of the Brooklyn Jewish Center Reviews is particularly valuable because it is nearly complete and represents a significant aspect of Center and communal activities. The collection as a whole gives a thorough picture of the model synagogue center, including documentation for the health club facilities, the restaurant, and the adult and youth education programs.
Noteworthy are the records of several testimonial dinners. One, honoring the first transatlantic air passenger, includes letters from Justice Louis Brandeis, Adolph Ochs, Justice Benjamin Cardozo, and Stephen Wise. Another dinner, commemorating the establishment of the Library of Nazi Banned Books, contains a handwritten draft of a speech by Albert Einstein and a copy of his paper on the Theory of Relativity, in German.
- Creation: undated
- From the Collection: Brooklyn Jewish Center (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.) (Organization)
Languages or Scripts Used
English, German, and Hebrew.
Materials are available by appointment only. To make an appointment and request materials in advance, contact email@example.com. Digital surrogates of some of the earliest items in this collection can be found on the JTS Digital Collections site, digitalcollections.jtsa.edu, in the "Archival Documents Collection." Digital recordings can be found in the "Audio Collections" folder.
From the Collection: 23.3 Linear Feet (in 2 record center cartons; 44 document boxes; 2 photo boxes; 1 package; 19 volumes; 3 oversized boxes.)