Guide to the Papers of Leo Shubow (1904-1981), undated, 1933-1961


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Descriptive Summary

Creator:Shubow, Leo
Title:Leo Shubow papers
Dates:undated, 1933-1961
Abstract:Leo Shubow was a Boston Rabbi who founded Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts. Prior to becoming a Rabbi he served as a Yeoman with the International Ice Patrol and wrote frequently about his experiences as well as what happened on the Titanic. This collection contains articles, speeches, and correspondence with Stephen Wise, as well as news clippings and broadsides.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear foot (1 half manuscript box)
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Biographical Note1

Leo Shubow (1904-1981)

Rabbi Leo Shubow was born in 1904 and graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1920. After graduating from Harvard University in 1924 and New York University in 1927, he attended Boston Hebrew College and was ordained at the Jewish Institute of Religion. He received his Master of Hebrew Literature in 1932.

In addition to serving for 32 years as Rabbi of B'nai B'rith in Somerville, Massachusetts, Shubow founded Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts. He also served as chaplain for the Norfolk State Prison, as well as on the service board of the Boston Police Department and the Henry Price Lodge of Masons in Boston.

Shubow was the author of two books, "Israel Lives Again" and "Iceberg Dead Ahead." Shubow had a personal interest in the Titanic disaster and was also a Yeoman in the International Ice Patrol in 1925. He wrote often for the Boston Globe on the Titanic and about his experiences on the Ice Patrol.

He was a supporter of the State of Israel and a member of the National Executive Board of the Zionist Organization of America.

He married Pauline Kniznick of Waltham, Massachusetts, and they had three children, Dorothy (Nelson), Morris and Charles. His brother, Joseph Shubow, was also a Rabbi.

1 Biographical information from materials in the collection as well as "rabbi Leo Shubow, Served Somerville; 77; from the Boston Globe, Boston, Mass.: February 21, 1981. pg. 1.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains articles and speeches about Theodore Herzl and Stephen Wise, as well as correspondence from the latter. Wise was with the Jewish Institute of Religion and his correspondence often reflected the dire financial problems of the organization. He was also quite supportive of Shubow's endeavors, including the founding of the synagogue in Newton. However, the two were good friends, and Wise's letters offer tidbits about Shubow's life, including his marriage and the birth of his children.

In addition to the small amount of correspondence, various clippings from newspapers are included in the collection. Written by Shubow, these articles are about the Titanic disaster as well as Shubow's experiences as a Yeoman with the International Ice Patrol in 1925. Some photographs of a younger Shubow are included in the article. Shubow also wrote about Palestine in a recurring column called, "Palestine Today." Broadsides and fliers from speaking engagements identify Shubow as a frequent speaker on Israel.

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The collection is arranged into a single series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement 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

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Related Material

Stephen S. Wise Collection, American Jewish Archives (No. 49- microfilm only)
Stephen S. Wise Collection, Brandeis University (MWalB00018)
Stephen S. Wise Family Papers, Brandeis University (MWalB00003)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Leo Shubow papers; P-395; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Note

Gift of Mrs. Shubow, 1981.

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Leo Shubow, rabbi at Temple Emanuel, Newton and Temple B'nai B'rith, Somerville.

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Container List

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

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Papers of Leo Shubow, undated, 1933-1961

Box 1.

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See collection Scope and Content Note.

1 1 Articles and Speeches undated, 1944, 1954, 1961 request_box
1 2 Broadsides and Fliers 1945-1958 request_box
1 3 Clippings on Activities and Career 1932-1963 request_box
1 4 Clippings on American Zionist Leaders and Local History 1957-1965 request_box
1 5 Clippings on Ice Patrol 1926-1958 request_box
1 6 Clippings on Palestine/State of Israel 1938-1967 request_box
1 7 Correspondence with Stephen S. Wise 1933-1948 request_box
1 8 Miscellaneous Correspondence 1946-1961 request_box
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