Guide to the Records of Hebrew College (Brookline, MA), undated, 1928-1996
 
*I-451

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, March 2010. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on September 3, 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hebrew College (Brookline, MA)
Title: Hebrew College (Brookline, MA), records
Dates:undated, 1928-1996
Abstract: Louis Hurwich, then superintendent of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Boston, founded Hebrew Teacher’s College in 1921. Hurwich was concerned about Jewish teachers leaving the field of Jewish education for other professions and sought an educational system that promoted Hebrew literacy at all levels. Hebrew Teacher’s College was also responsible for maintaining Hebrew High School (Prozdor), located at 14 Crawford Street in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Those students who graduated from the high school could matriculate to Hebrew Teacher’s College without having to take an exam. In 1943, the high school offered Talmud classes in addition to its regular curriculum, with studies in the Bible, Hebrew, Jewish History, and codes and customs. In 2002, the College moved to its current location in Newton, Massachusetts. One year later, it opened its Rabbinical School. This collection contains brochures, catalogs, commencement addresses, event fliers, invitations, pamphlets and publications.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 manuscript boxes)
Identification: I-451
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location:Located in AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Historical Note1

Hebrew College (Brookline, MA)

Louis Hurwich, then superintendent of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Boston, founded Hebrew Teacher's College in 1921. Hurwich was concerned about Jewish teachers leaving the field of Jewish education for other professions and sought an educational system that promoted Hebrew literacy at all levels. At its inception, the College faculty taught only in Hebrew, a practice that changed in the later half of the 20th century. The school's first dean, Dr. Nissan Touroff, was the former director of the educational system in Palestine. Dr. Touroff and his faculty taught classes in the Bible, Talmud, and Hebrew Literature.

In the first year, the College had 23 students, a number that more than doubled to 50 by the end of its second year. In 1952, the College moved from its original address on Crawford Street in Roxbury to 43 Hawes Street in Brookline. The College was now under the auspices of Associated Jewish Philanthropies (now Combined Jewish Philanthropies) and achieved accreditation from the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1955. It later received accreditation from the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture in order to train elementary school teachers to work in Israeli classrooms.

Hebrew Teacher's College was also responsible for maintaining Hebrew High School (Prozdor), located at 14 Crawford Street in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Those students who graduated from the high school could matriculate to Hebrew Teacher's College without having to take an exam. In 1943, the high school offered Talmud classes in addition to its regular curriculum, with studies in the Bible, Hebrew, Jewish History, and codes and customs.

The Women's Association of Hebrew College was founded in 1931 and focused on providing lunch to students, implemented a book festival to assist with the development of the library, and provided scholarship funds for students.

In 2002, the College moved to its current location in Newton, Massachusetts. One year later, it opened its Rabbinical School.

Chronology

1921Hebrew Teacher's College founded in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
1922A total of 23 students are enrolled at the College.
1923A total of 50 students are enrolled at the College.
1923Hebrew High School founded.
1927Hebrew High School becomes a four-year institution.
1931The Women's Association of Hebrew College is founded.
1943Hebrew High School offers Talmud classes.
1952The College moves to 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, Massachusetts.
1955The College is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
2002Hebrew College moves to Newton, Massachusetts.
2003Hebrew College opens its Rabbinical School.


Footnote

1 Information for this administrative sketch is from the following resources:

"History of Hebrew College," Hebrew College. August 9, 2010
(http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/history)

Material from the collection.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of brochures, catalogs, commencement addresses, event fliers, invitations, pamphlets and publications. The documents describe various academic conferences, annual book festivals and adult education lectures and courses. Also included in this collection is general information concerning the Hebrew High School.

The collection also contains programmatic and course information from the years the College was located in Roxbury and Brookline. In 2002, the College moved to a new campus in Newton, Massachusetts, where they established a Rabbinical School in 2003. Records for the College following the year of this move are located at Hebrew College.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into twelve series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Bureau of Jewish Education of Boston, I-120, I-497
Combined Jewish Philanthropies, I-220
Papers of Dewey D. Stone, P-529

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Hebrew College (Brookline, MA), records; I-451; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Accession information unknown.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Academic Conferences, 1973-1987

English.
Box 1, Folder 1.
Scope and Content:

This series includes copies of papers presented at conferences by faculty at Hebrew Teacher's College.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Papers/Miscellaneous Materials 1973-1987
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Series II: Addresses, 1950-1960, 1974

English.
Box 1, Folders 2-3.
Scope and Content:

This series contains commencement addresses as well as a tribute to Professor Harry Austryn Wolfson.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 2 Commencement 1950-1960
1 3 Tribute/Wolfson, Harry Austryn (Professor) 1974
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Series III: Catalogs, 1958-1995

English.
Box 1, Folders 4-8.
Scope and Content:

This series contains several course catalogs for Hebrew High School, Hebrew Teacher's College and adult education offered through the auspices of the College.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 4 Adult Education/Curriculum and Class Schedules 1958-1995
1 5 Course Catalogs/General 1990-1992
1 6 Courses of Instruction/General 1969-1970, 1993-1994
1 7 General 1987-1989
1 8 Hebrew High School Department/General 1969-1988
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Series IV: Correspondence, 1973

English.
Box 1, Folder 9.
Scope and Content:

This series includes one letter from Associate Dean Herbert Roseblum regarding a conference on the Holocaust, which was held at the College.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 9 General/Rosenblum, Herbert (Associate Dean) 1973
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Series V: Governance, 1982

English.
Box 1, Folder 10.
Scope and Content:

This series contains the annual meeting program from 1982. This particular meeting was dedicated to Dewey and Anne Stone.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 10 Annual Meeting/Program 1982
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Series VI: Invitations and Programs Flyers, 1933-1934, 1960-1995

English.
Box 1, Folders 11-15.
Scope and Content:

This series includes invitations and program announcements for commencements and lectures at the College. Some items are in Hebrew.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 11 Commencement (4th and 5th) 1933-1934
1 12 Commencement 1960-1969
1 13-15 Miscellaneous Events 1970-1995
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Series VII: Newspaper Items, 1993

English.
Box 1, Folder 16.
Scope and Content:

This series contains a bound book of newspaper articles published in 1993 and focusing on the events and activities of the College.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 16 Hebrew College in the News/Spring Coverage 1993
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Series VIII: Photographs, undated, 1980s

English.
Box 2, Folder 1.
Scope and Content:

This series includes photographs of Eisig Silberschlug, former Dean of the College, who was a noted Greek scholar known for his translations of the Classics into Hebrew. Photographs are mainly of graduation ceremonies and dinners.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Silberschlug, Eisig (Dean)/General undated, 1980s
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Series IX: Programs, 1947, 1978-1991

English.
Box 2, Folders 2-3.
Scope and Content:

This series contains a program for the Twenty-fifth anniversary of the College, as well as miscellaneous flyers regarding seminars, events and trips sponsored by various departments.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 2 Event Flyers/Seminars and Special Events 1978-1991
2 3 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary/Hebrew Teachers College 1947
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Series X: Publications, 1947-1966, 1953, 1971-1996

English.
Box 2, Folder 4 -- Box 3, Folder 4.
Scope and Content:

This series includes the Hebrew College Bulletins, which primarily functioned as a combination of newsletter and annual report. In addition, the newsletter, Hebrew College Today is also included, as well as some material in Hebrew and a published self-study book for students.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 4-6 Bulletins 1947-1966, 1971-1979
2 7 Bulletin of General Information 1993-1996
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Bulletins 1980-1989
3 2 Hebrew College Today 1987-1994
3 3 Miscellaneous/Hebrew 1953
3 4 Miscellaneous/Self-Study 1977
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Series XI: Registers, 1946-1984

English.
Box 3, Folder 5.
Scope and Content:

This series contains registers for both Hebrew High School and Hebrew Teacher's College. Registers are comprised of information on tuition, academic calendars, courses and admission requirements.

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 5 General 1946-1984
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Series XII: Women's Association, 1959-1990

English.
Box 3, Folder 6.
Scope and Content:

This series contains one folder of event programs and flyers from the Women's Association at Hebrew College. Programs are from the annual scholarship ball sponsored by the Women's Association, and flyers are from the Annual Book Festival and fall meetings.

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 6 Program and Event Flyers/Miscellaneous Events 1959-1990
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