Guide to the Irving J. Block (1923-2002) Papers,
1944-2008 (bulk 1953-2002)

P-867

Processed by Rachel Miller as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation. Additional support provided by the Brotherhood Synagogue.

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Machine-readable finding aid was created by Rachel Miller as MS Word and Excel 2000 documents in October 2009. Electronic finding aid was converted to EAD 2002 by Rachel Miller in October 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Irving J. Block (1923-2002)
Title: Irving J. Block Papers
Dates:1944-2008 (bulk 1953-2002)
Abstract: The Irving J. Block Papers are a blend of personal papers and organizational records, documenting the evolution of the Brotherhood Synagogue (Congregation Beth Achim) in Manhattan and Block’s role as rabbi and his involvement in efforts outside of the congregation. The collection is primarily comprised of correspondence, sermons, minutes, notes, clippings, photographs, audiocassettes, and drafts of Rabbi Block’s memoir.
Languages: The collection is in English, with a few items in Hebrew, German, Polish, Russian and Yiddish.
Quantity: 83 manuscript boxes, 4 oversized boxes (3 OS4 and 1 OS1) and 1 half manuscript box
Quantity:46.45 linear feet
Accession number: P-867
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical and Historical Note

Rabbi Irving J. Block was the founding rabbi of the Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Achim, which he led from 1954 through his retirement in 1994. Rabbi Block was born to Orthodox parents from Poland and Lithuania, Philip and Mae Lena (Slotnick) Block, on March 17, 1923 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After serving in Panama in the U.S. Army during WWII, he received his B.S. from the University of Connecticut in 1947, and then he studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and served in Haganah 1947-1948. Returning to the United States, he received a Master of Hebrew Letters and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 1953. In 1978, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion awarded him the Doctor of Divinity.

Reverend Dr. Jesse W. Stitt (1904-1971), leader of the Village Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, from 1939 to 1971, encouraged Rabbi Block to establish the Brotherhood Synagogue and share his Church’s sanctuary on 13th Street. Block founded the Brotherhood Synagogue on five principles: a free pulpit, free pews, social service, community service, and brotherhood with the Village Presbyterian Church. Dr. Stitt said, “There have been examples going back to Colonial times of churches and synagogues sharing buildings, but only on a temporary basis…We believe that our liaison represents the first time a church and synagogue have ever established a permanent relationship as brothers and partners.”1

Both the Church and the Synagogue worked to translate their ideals of brotherhood into reality and into their local community. For example, they jointly sponsored and housed the Greenwich Mews Theatre (formerly the Lemonade Opera). The theater, which Stella Holt directed beginning in 1952, had racially integrated casts and showcased the work of Latino and African-American playwrights, such as Langston Hughes. In his retirement sermon, Dr. Stitt said of the theater company, “These actors and actresses have sought to interpret the great social and religious truths which the Rabbi and I have tried to interpret to you from this Pulpit.”2

Dr. Stitt retired from the Village Presbyterian Church in June 1971. The Presbytery of New York City assigned Reverend William Glenesk to the Church in September 1971. With Glenesk’s entrance, considerable discord arose. The tension came to a head with Glenesk and Block’s differing politics on the Yom Kippur War, following which the members of the Brotherhood Synagogue voted to separate from the Village Presbyterian Church. The congregation, numbering 600, officially moved out of the sanctuary in April 1974, and in the summer found a new home in a former Friends Meeting House on Gramercy Park, moving in in spring 1975.

The Brotherhood Synagogue continued to be open to and provide access and outreach across denominations and social divides. They opened a homeless shelter in 1983, their religious school developed programs for children with special needs, and they provided space for support groups of many types, such as for people suffering from Alzheimer’s, alcoholism or depression.

As for which branch of Judaism Block identified himself and his congregation with, he wrote in a memoir draft, “I feel as though I am an Orthodox rabbi serving a Conservative congregation, most of whose members are Reform.”3 On a survey in 1992, he checked Conservative off as his affiliation.4 A 1975 letter from then President William Cohen defines the congregation as follows, “Ours is not a Reform congregation, but rather an amalgam of all three groupings in Jewish life, veering to the traditional or conservative.”5 On its website, the Brotherhood Synagogue currently defines itself as “a progressive congregation in the Conservative Jewish tradition.”6

Over time Rabbi Block participated on the boards of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews, New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR), Joint Passover Association, New York Association for New Americans, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Open Congregation and Religion in American Life. Block served as chaplain for the 369th Veterans Association, the New York State Masonic Order and Jewish War Veterans, and as a prison chaplain for NYBR for one year in 1974. Block was also concerned with the issue of substance abuse in the Jewish community and served as Co-Chairman of the UJA-Federation Commission on Synagogue Relations’ Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community. Other organizations in which Rabbi Block was active include American Veterans of Israel, Jewish War Veterans and Life Services for the Handicapped. He lectured widely, appeared on numerous radio and television programs and received numerous awards for his work. Following his 1994 retirement, he worked on his memoir, which was published in 1999 as A Rabbi and His Dream: Building the Brotherhood Synagogue.

In 1964, Rabbi Block married Phyllis Susan Robinove, whom he first met during an evening social at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Phyllis Block, an editor of foreign language textbooks, also edited the Synagogue Bulletin and the Memorial Book for thirty years, and she organized and expanded the Synagogue’s library after the move to the Gramercy location. They had one son, Herbert Block. Rabbi Block died on October 31, 2002 of complications due to Parkinson’s.

References

Block, Irving J. A Rabbi and His Dream: Building the Brotherhood Synagogue: a Memoir. Hoboken, NJ: KTAV, 1999.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection reflects the trajectory of the Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Achim, from its founding in 1954, when it shared a sanctuary and close relationship with the Village Presbyterian Church, to its move to the Friends Meeting House on Gramercy Park in 1974, and up to and beyond Rabbi Block’s 1994 retirement. Also documented in the collection are Rabbi Block’s relationships with congregation members, religious leaders and politicians, as well as his interests in interfaith and interracial relations, services for the disabled, addictions in the Jewish community, Ethiopian Jewry and African-American Jews.

Series I consists of Rabbi Block’s Synagogue files. The earliest years of the Brotherhood Synagogue are not strongly represented, aside from the minutes of Board of Trustees meetings in the late 1950s. Documentation of the synagogue starts to pick up in the 1960s and is strongest in the 1970s until Block’s retirement in 1994.

Series II through Series VI are comprised of materials that relate more to Block’s individual role as rabbi at the Synagogue and his activities outside the Synagogue.

Photographs, personal artifacts, audiovisual and oversized materials have been separated based on format and placed in Series VII-Series X.

Topics cut widely across the series. For example, researchers interested in Rabbi Block’s involvement with the African-American Jewish community or African-American and Jewish relations will need to look not only at relevant subject and organization files in Series IV, but also at the “Chapter 12, Black Jewish Communities” materials for his memoir in Series V, the photographs in Series VII, and the sermons in Series II, such as “Sermons -- On Brotherhood, 1964.”

Materials postdating Rabbi Block’s death were collected and added by Phyllis Block.

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Arrangement

The order of the series below progresses from most professional and synagogue-related to most personal. Phyllis Block organized her husband Rabbi Block’s papers prior to donating them to AJHS. Her arrangement, folder titles and the rabbi’s folder titles have been retained where possible. Phyllis Block left extensive explanatory notes with the materials, and a large portion of those notes have been kept with their relevant items.

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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.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at reference@ajhs.org 24 hours in advance of needing access.

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

E-mail: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Graenum Berger Papers; P-717; American Jewish Historical Society, Newton Centre, MA and New York, NY.

Stella Holt Papers, The New York Public Library Archives, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.

New York Association for New Americans Records [unprocessed as of October 2009]; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, NY.

New York Board of Rabbis Records [unprocessed as of October 2009]; American Jewish Historical Society, Newton Centre, MA and New York, NY.

Martin Warmbrand donated the Brotherhood Synagogue's papers on Black Jews in America and Ethiopian Jews to the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1988, but as of 1995, this collection seems to have been lost [Jerry Schwarzbard to Daniel Alder, October 3, 1995, Box 40, Folder 3].

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Irving J. Block Papers ; P-867; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Rabbi Irving J. Block's wife, Phyllis (Robinove) Block, donated the papers (accessions # 2007.11 and 2008.58) on March 1, 2007 and December 29, 2008.

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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: Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Achim, 1950-2008

15 linear feet. Boxes 1-28, 83.
Arrangement:

Arranged as seven subseries: Leadership, General, Anniversaries of Synagogue and Ordination, Individuals, Village Presbyterian Church Conflict, Printed Materials and Membership Lists.

Scope and Content:

Rabbi Block’s records of the Brotherhood Synagogue run from its inception through to his death, and include materials collected by Phyllis Block dating up to 2008. There is documentation of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, individual congregation members and leaders, services, programming, outreach, and the 1971-1974 conflict with the Village Presbyterian Church. Included are minutes, correspondence, bulletins, clippings, mailings, reports, interview transcripts, membership lists and memorial books.

Subseries 1: Leadership, 1953-2008

3 linear feet. Boxes 1-6.
Arrangement:

Divided into two sections, "Bound Volumes" and "General" (i.e. anything not bound), and arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Subseries 1 is comprised of materials generated by and/or for the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Brotherhood Council and Annual Congregational meetings. The Brotherhood Council was a joint body of the Village Presbyterian Church and Brotherhood Synagogue, made up of the Rabbi, the Reverend and five members of each congregation, and it functioned from 1954 to 1973. The Council managed the 13th Street building and developed joint congregational programming. The congregations had separate Boards. At the synagogue’s Annual Congregational meetings, officers, trustees and board advisors were elected, and by-laws and constitutions revised. The bound volumes’ contents include Board of Trustees minutes, as well as Executive Committee meeting minutes, Annual Congregational Meeting minutes, correspondence, budgets, financial statements, by-laws, the constitution, statistics for enrollment in the Religious School, reports and speeches.

Bound Volumes of Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meeting Materials

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1956-1959 request_box
1 2 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1959-1962 request_box
1 3 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1962-1967 request_box
1 4 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1967-1969 request_box
1 5 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1970-1974 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1975-1978 request_box
2 2 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1979-1981 request_box
2 3 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1982-1984 request_box
2 4 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1985-1990 request_box
2 5 Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Annual Congregational Meetings 1975-1981, 1990-1994 request_box

General

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1 Advisory Development Board 1993 request_box
3 2 Annual Congregational Meeting 1966-1974 request_box
3 3 Annual Congregational Meeting 1975-1979 request_box
3 4 Annual Congregational Meeting 1980 request_box
3 5 Annual Congregational Meeting 1981 request_box
3 6 Annual Congregational Meeting 1982 request_box
3 7 Annual Congregational Meeting 1983 request_box
3 8 Annual Congregational Meeting 1984 request_box
3 9 Annual Congregational Meeting 1985 request_box
3 10 Annual Congregational Meeting 1987-1988 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 1 Annual Congregational Meeting 1991-1998 request_box
4 2 Annual Congregational Meeting 2002-2008 request_box
4 3 Annual Congregational Meeting -- Constitutional Crisis 1979-1981 request_box
4 4 Annual Report 1990-1991 request_box
4 5 Board of Trustees -- Ballots 1980 request_box
4 6 Board of Trustees -- Conflicts 1975 request_box
4 7 Board of Trustees -- Information on Individual Leaders 1974-1991 request_box
4 8 Board of Trustees -- Minutes and Agenda Materials 1992 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 1 Board of Trustees -- Minutes and Agenda Materials 1993 request_box
5 2 Board of Trustees -- Reports, Minutes, Correspondence, Finances and Notes (1 of 2) 1958-1982 request_box
5 3 Board of Trustees -- Reports, Minutes, Correspondence, Finances and Notes (2 of 2) 1958-1982 request_box
5 4 Board of Trustees -- Westrich Plaque Controversy 1979-1982 request_box
5 5 Board of Trustees and Executive Committee -- Reports, Minutes, Correspondence, Finances and Notes 1969-2002 request_box
5 6 Brotherhood Council -- Announcements 1964-1971 request_box
5 7 Brotherhood Council -- Correspondence 1953-1973 request_box
5 8 Brotherhood Council -- Emergency Appeal Fund 1969 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 1 Brotherhood Council -- Minutes and Reports 1955-1972 request_box
6 2 Brotherhood Council -- Sanctuary Renovations 1958-1966 request_box
6 3 Constitution and By-Laws 1968, 1976, 1996-1997 request_box
6 4 Endowment Building Fund Committee 1966-1975 request_box
6 5 Presidents -- Chronology 1993 request_box
6 6 Religious Advisory Committee 1985-1989 request_box
6 7 Task Force on Crime (1 of 2) 1971-1978 request_box
6 8 Task Force on Crime (2 of 2) 1971-1978 request_box

Subseries 2: General, 1952-2008

4 linear feet. Boxes 6-14.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject, program, individual, and document type.

Scope and Content:

Subseries 2 reflects the programming, services, buildings and initiatives of the Brotherhood Synagogue. Documented here are the religious school with its SPEC and Tikvah programs for children and adults with mental disabilities; the Greenwich Mews Theatre which featured the work of African-American and Latino playwrights and actors (see also the Greenwich Mews Theatre folders in Subseries 5); Bet Kafe, a Jewish coffeehouse for young adults; a homeless shelter, the opening of which Mayor Ed Koch celebrated with the synagogue; the Biblical Garden and the Garden of Remembrance at their Gramercy Park building grounds. The synagogue’s move from 13th Street to Gramercy Park is documented in "Move" and "Dedication Ceremonies" folders. The clippings all include mentions (and often photographs) of the synagogue and/or Rabbi Block. For more clippings see Scrapbooks in Series X.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 9 13th Street Building Conversion 1979 request_box
6 10 Bequests undated, 1985 request_box
6 11 Bet Kafe 1968-1975 request_box
6 12 Biblical Garden 1983-1986, 2004 request_box
6 13 Bicentennial Programs 1975-1976 request_box
6 14 Bikur Cholim 1975-1994 request_box
6 15 Buber, Martin -- Memorial and Study Group 1962-1965, 1997-2000 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 1 Choir undated request_box
7 2 Clippings 1952-1965 request_box
7 3 Clippings 1966-1969 request_box
7 4 Clippings 1970-1973 request_box
7 5 Clippings 1974-1978 request_box
7 6 Clippings 1979-1988 request_box
7 7 Clippings 1989-2004 request_box
7 8 Clippings undated request_box
7 9 Collegiate Shabbat 1986 request_box
7 10 Con Edison Asbestos Explosions 1989 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 1 Dedication Ceremonies 1975 request_box
8 2 Dedication Ceremonies (1 of 2) 1974-1975 request_box
8 3 Dedication Ceremonies (2 of 2) 1974-1975 request_box
8 4 Dedication Ceremonies -- Clippings 1975 request_box
8 5 Dedication Ceremonies -- Glaser, Joseph 1975 request_box
8 6 Dedication Ceremonies -- Harrington, Donald 1975 request_box
8 7 Dedication Ceremonies -- Holocaust Day 1975 request_box
8 8 Dedication Ceremonies -- Procession 1975 request_box
8 9 Dedication Ceremonies -- "The Synagogue and the Community" 1975 request_box
8 10 Discussion Group undated request_box
8 11 Finances 1969-2000 request_box
8 12 Finances -- Reports 1978-1980 request_box
8 13 Fundraising -- Fund for the Future 1993-1994 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
9 1 Fundraising -- House Parties 1977-1983 request_box
9 2 Garden of Remembrance 1979-1983 request_box
9 3 Garden of Remembrance 1981-1992 request_box
9 4 Gift Cards undated request_box
9 5 Gramercy Park Building 1959-1970 request_box
9 6 Gramercy Park Building (1 of 2) 1974-1994 request_box
9 7 Gramercy Park Building (2 of 2) 1974-1994 request_box
9 8 Gramercy Park Building -- 125th Anniversary 1984 request_box
9 9 Gramercy Park Building -- Sanctuary Illustration undated request_box
9 10 Gramercy Park Neighborhood (1 of 2) 1974-2000 request_box
9 11 Gramercy Park Neighborhood (2 of 2) 1974-2000 request_box
9 12 Greenwich Mews Theatre undated, 1971 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
10 1 Guest Book 1974-1975 request_box
10 2 Guest Book 1985-1986 request_box
10 3 Guest Book -- Sukkah Registry 1964-1980 request_box
10 4 Guest Speakers 1990-1994 request_box
10 5 High Holy Day Cards 1980-1996 request_box
10 6 History of the Congregation -- Remarks and Notes 1975-2000 request_box
10 7 Holy Ark 1966, 1994-1996 request_box
10 8 Homeless 1978-2007 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11 1 Homeless 1983 request_box
11 2 Homeless 1986-1987 request_box
11 3 Membership Policies and Forms [1975-1995] request_box
11 4 Memorial Gifts 1965-1976 request_box
11 5 Men's Club 1967-1981 request_box
11 6 Mortgage Burning Ceremony 1986-1987 request_box
11 7 Move (1 of 2) 1974-1975 request_box
11 8 Move (2 of 2) 1974-1975 request_box
11 9 Move -- Clippings 1973-1974 request_box
11 10 Orin Lehman Awards Dinner 1981 request_box
11 11 Press Coverage [bound copy] 1970-1993 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12 1 Press Coverage [bound copy] 1970-1993 request_box
12 2 Press Coverage [original] 1970-1993 request_box
12 3 Press Releases 1974-1983 request_box
12 4 Printed Materials -- Administrative Correspondence and Notes undated, 1973-1992 request_box
12 5 Purim undated, 1941-1982 request_box
12 6 Rabbi Irving J. Block Memorial Lecture 2003-2008 request_box
12 7 Rabin, Yitzhak -- Memorial Service 1995 request_box
12 8 Recognition of Service Certificate 1963 request_box
12 9 Religious School 1958-1994 request_box
12 10 Religious School -- Adult Education 1958-2003 request_box
12 11 Religious School -- Grades 1-7 undated, 2005-2006 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
13 1 Religious School -- Nursery School [1998] request_box
13 2 Religious School -- Sunday Program for Exceptional Children (SPEC) [1969]-1979 request_box
13 3 Religious School -- Tikvah Program (Special Needs) 2002-2008 request_box
13 4 Religious School -- Yearbook 1995 request_box
13 5 Religious School -- Yearbook 1996 request_box
13 6 Religious School -- Yearbook 1997 request_box
13 7 Religious School -- Yearbook 1998 request_box
13 8 Sabbath Services Attendance Sheets 1960-1964 request_box
13 9 Seminarians -- Chronology 1994 request_box
13 10 Sermons and Talks by Others 1971-2000 request_box
13 11 Sisterhood 1958-1992 request_box
13 12 Stitt, Jesse -- Biographical Material undated, 1968-1973 request_box
13 13 Stitt, Jesse -- Death 1971-1973 request_box
13 14 Stitt, Jesse -- Remarks undated, 1961 request_box
13 15 Stitt, Jesse -- Retirement 1970-1971 request_box
13 16 Synagogue Art 1963-1966 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14 1 Torah Inscriptions 1955-1976 request_box
14 2 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Events at Brotherhood Synagogue 1990-1996 request_box
14 3 Village Presbyterian Church -- Bulletins 1968-1971 request_box
14 4 Village Presbyterian Church -- Announcements and Newsletters 1969-1971 request_box
14 5 Website 1999 request_box
14 6 Weddings 1961-1987 request_box

Subseries 3: Anniversaries of Synagogue and Ordination, 1958-2004

1.5 linear feet. Boxes 14-16.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically by anniversary celebration.

Scope and Content:

Even though Rabbi Block’s ordination in 1953 and the Brotherhood Synagogue’s founding in 1954 were one year apart, their anniversaries were often celebrated simultaneously. Included is correspondence with speakers, politicians, speeches, notes and Block’s reminisces. Rabbi Block retired during the 40th anniversary celebration. An exhibit was put on for the 50th anniversary of the synagogue, and both used and unused materials for that exhibit are here. Exhibited materials include photographs (separated to Series VII: Photographs), correspondence, clippings, bulletins, mailings and programs.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14 7 5th Anniversary 1958 request_box
14 8 10th Anniversary 1964 request_box
14 9 15th Anniversary 1968 request_box
14 10 18th Anniversary 1972 request_box
14 11 20th Anniversary 1973-1974 request_box
14 12 25th Anniversary 1977-1979 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
15 1 30th Anniversary (1 of 2) 1983-1984 request_box
15 2 30th Anniversary (2 of 2) 1983-1984 request_box
15 3 35th Anniversary 1988-1989 request_box
15 4 40th Anniversary -- Dedication of Holy Ark 1994 request_box
15 5 40th Anniversary and Retirement 1994 request_box
15 6 45th Anniversary 1999 request_box
15 7 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Unused 1960-1969 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
16 1 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Unused 1970-1979 request_box
16 2 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Unused 1980-1989 request_box
16 3 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Unused 1990-1999 request_box
16 4 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Unused -- Doctor of Divinity Certificate 1978 request_box
16 5 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Used 1960-1969 request_box
16 6 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Used 1970-1979 request_box
16 7 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Used 1980-1989 request_box
16 8 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Used 1990-1999 request_box
16 9 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit -- Used 2000-2004 request_box
16 10 50th Anniversary -- Exhibit Texts 2004 request_box
16 11 50th Anniversary -- List of Founders and Announcements 2004 request_box

Subseries 4: Individuals, 1955-2008

1 linear foot. Boxes 17-18.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by surname.

Scope and Content:

Subseries 4 contains materials generated by and about individuals who were members of, performers for, lay leaders of and/or speakers at the Brotherhood Synagogue. Included also are a few friends of Rabbi Block. Documentation includes eulogies, interview transcripts, correspondence, obituaries, clippings, announcements and letters of recommendation. The interviews, some conducted for the purposes of Rabbi Block’s memoir, include reminisces of the interviewee’s experiences of the Brotherhood Synagogue. Leib (Leo) Mirkovic was the Synagogue’s Cantor from 1954 to 1974. Actress Ida Kaminska made her last professional stage appearance in a play at the Brotherhood Synagogue.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
17 1 Albanesi, Mario 1963-1973 request_box
17 2 Block, Phyllis 1995 request_box
17 3 Bokma, Mrs. Simon 1966 request_box
17 4 Bronstein, Leonard 1986 request_box
17 5 Brown, Robert and Marion [1994-1995] request_box
17 6 Byrne, Harry 1977, 1991-1996 request_box
17 7 Cummins, Mae 1994 request_box
17 8 Gensel, John 1967-1969 request_box
17 9 Grosvogel, Samuel 1955-1958, 1973, 1990 request_box
17 10 Hammerstein, Franz von 1976 request_box
17 11 Harris, I. Joseph 1994-2000 request_box
17 12 Johns, S. Irene 1987-1988 request_box
17 13 Kaminska, Ida 1969, 1980, 1987 request_box
17 14 Kleban, Phyllis 1995 request_box
17 15 Levy, Marvin 1977-1978 request_box
17 16 Mirkovic, Leib (1 of 2) 1967-1999 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
18 1 Mirkovic, Leib (2 of 2) 1967-1999 request_box
18 2 Miscellaneous Members and Friends 1966-2008 request_box
18 3 Pearson, Vereda 1978 request_box
18 4 Pike, Thomas 1974-1975 request_box
18 5 Pinkney, Bill 1989 request_box
18 6 Rubel, Nomi 1975-1997 request_box
18 7 Rubel, Nomi -- "The Eternal Circle" Playscript 1978 request_box
18 8 Schultz, Ruth and Nathan [1994-1995] request_box
18 9 Shafer, Alan and Diane 1995 request_box
18 10 Slotnick, Jacob 1961 request_box
18 11 Voss, Carl Hermann 1972-1995 request_box
18 12 Ward, Laura [1995] request_box
18 13 Wolfe, Margo 1979-1997 request_box

Subseries 5: Village Presbyterian Church Conflict, 1958-1975

1.5 linear feet. Boxes 19-21.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by document type or organizational unit.

Scope and Content:

Following Reverend Jesse W. Stitt’s retirement, Reverend William Glenesk began at the Village Presbyterian Church in September 1971. During the next two years tensions and disagreements developed between Reverend Glenesk, Rabbi Block and their respective boards regarding charges of anti-Semitism against Glenesk, the usage of shared space, conflicting missions, Greenwich Mews Theatre productions and Glenesk’s welcoming of gay activist groups. The tensions peaked during the Yom Kippur War when Block placed the following statement on the building’s public sign: “May there be victory and peace for Israel.” Glenesk’s response in the Village Presbyterian Church’s weekly bulletin was an apology to “our friends, Arab, non-Zionist Jews and all who are offended by the arrogant, self-righteous sign posted outside our sanctuary by the synagogue.” The explosion of tensions set into motion local media fervor. The Brotherhood Synagogue moved out of the building in April 1974. This subseries consists of correspondence, minutes, clippings and notes related to the conflict and eventual break between the two congregations and their leaders.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
19 1 Board of Trustees -- Correspondence and Drafts 1972-1973 request_box
19 2 Board of Trustees and Congregational Meetings 1972-1973 request_box
19 3 Brotherhood Council 1972-1973 request_box
19 4 Brotherhood Council -- Selected Minutes [Binder] 1972-1973 request_box
19 5 Clippings 1971-1975 request_box
19 6 Clippings 1973-1974 request_box
19 7 Clippings 1973-1974 request_box
19 8 Clippings 1973-1975 request_box
19 9 Clippings 1974-1975 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
20 1 Correspondence 1971-1972 request_box
20 2 Correspondence 1973 request_box
20 3 Correspondence 1973 request_box
20 4 Correspondence 1974 request_box
20 5 Correspondence 1974 request_box
20 6 Correspondence undated, 1975 request_box
20 7 Correspondence and Clippings [Binder] 1971-1973 request_box
20 8 Correspondence, Notes and Clippings [Binder] 1970-1974 request_box
20 9 Greenwich Mews Theatre 1972-1973 request_box
20 10 Greenwich Mews Theatre [Binder] 1968-1973 request_box
20 11 Greenwich Mews Theatre -- Correspondence with Gilberto Zaldivar 1971-1972 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21 1 Notes undated, 1972-1974 request_box
21 2 Presbytery of New York 1958-1974 request_box
21 3 Presbytery of New York -- Investigation of Charges Against William Glenesk 1974 request_box
21 4 Press Releases 1971, 1974 request_box
21 5 Sanctuary Inventory 1973 request_box
21 6 Spencer Memorial Church -- Bulletins 1972 request_box
21 7 Statements and Drafts 1971-1973 request_box
21 8 Village Presbyterian Church -- Bulletins 1971-1973 request_box
21 9 Village Presbyterian Church -- Bulletins 1973-1974 request_box

Subseries 6: Printed Materials, 1954-2006

3.25 linear feet. Boxes 22-27, 83.
Arrangement:

Arranged first by type of printed material and next by year.

Scope and Content:

“Bulletins” begin as two-page pamphlets, and their format was expanded in December 1977 to a final product more along the lines of a 4-plus page newsletter. The early years are only inconsistently and partly represented; starting in 1964, the runs are most consistently represented. The bulletins include weekly Yahrzeits, event announcements, scriptures for services, member news and condolences.

“Mailings and General Printed Materials” includes service attendance cards, invitations to services and events, programs, brochures, prayers, reprinted articles, flyers, press releases, reprinted remarks of Rabbi Block’s, annual holiday greeting cards from the Block family to the congregation, and fundraising mailings. These materials were disseminated to members and nonmembers. The Covenant of Brotherhood developed by the Brotherhood Synagogue and the Village Presbyterian Church can be found in the early folders here.

“Memorial Books” were distributed annually by the Brotherhood Synagogue at Yizkor services on Yom Kippur. Rabbi Block wrote an introductory text for each book.

Bulletins

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
22 1 Bulletin 1955, 1960-1961, 1963-1969 request_box
22 2 Bulletin 1970-1974 request_box
22 3 Bulletin 1975-1977 request_box
22 4 Bulletin 1978-1982 request_box
22 5 Bulletin 1983-1986 request_box
22 6 Bulletin 1987-1990 request_box
22 7 Bulletin 1991-1994 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
23 1 Bulletin 1995-1996 request_box
23 2 Bulletin 1997-1999 request_box
23 3 Bulletin 2000-2001 request_box
23 4 Bulletin 2002-2003 request_box
23 5 Bulletin 2004-2005 request_box
23 6 Drafts undated, 1992 request_box
23 7 Index to Bulletins 1964-1974 request_box
23 8 Worship Services Bulletins 1964-1974 request_box

Mailings and General Printed Materials

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24 1 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1954-1969 request_box
24 2 Mailings and General Printed Materials (1 of 2) 1970-1979 request_box
24 3 Mailings and General Printed Materials (2 of 2) 1970-1979 request_box
24 4 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1980 request_box
24 5 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1981 request_box
24 6 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1982 request_box
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25 6 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1988 request_box
25 7 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1989 request_box
25 8 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1990 request_box
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26 3 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1993 request_box
26 4 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1994 request_box
26 5 Mailings and General Printed Materials 1995-1999 request_box
26 6 Mailings and General Printed Materials 2000-2006 request_box
26 7 Mailings and General Printed Materials undated request_box

Souvenir Journals

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271Souvenir Journals1958-1960, 1976-1983 request_box
272Souvenir Journals1985-1999 request_box

Memorial Books

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
83Memorial Books1957-1993 request_box

Subseries 7: Membership Lists, 1950-2000

0.75 linear feet. Boxes 27-28.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Contact and occupational information for members of the Brotherhood Synagogue from its earliest beginnings through 2000.

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27 3 Membership and Contact Lists 1974, 1994-1999 request_box
27 4 Membership Lists 1950-1969 request_box
27 5 Membership Lists 1980 request_box
27 6 Membership Lists 1983 request_box
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28 1 Membership Lists 1984 request_box
28 2 Membership Lists 1989 request_box
28 3 Membership Lists 1991 request_box
28 4 Membership Lists 1993 request_box
28 5 Membership Lists 1994 request_box
28 6 Membership Lists 1995 request_box
28 7 Membership Lists 1996 request_box
28 8 Membership Lists 1999 request_box
28 9 Membership Lists 2000 request_box
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Series II: Sermons, Remarks, Radio Broadcasts and Notes, 1951-2002

3.75 linear feet. Boxes 28-35, 81.
Arrangement:

This series is divided into two sections: “General” and “WHN Radio Broadcasts.” “General” is arranged alphabetically by type of speaking engagement or format. “WHN Radio Broadcasts” is arranged alphabetically by sermon title.

Scope and Content:

The “General” section of this series consists of sermons Rabbi Block gave to his congregation, as well as remarks and prayers given at dinners and events for various organizations, and notes (which seem to largely be for sermons or remarks) that are occasionally not entirely legible. His sermons touched on the full spectrum of his interests and causes and often returned to his congregation’s founding principle of brotherhood. His Rosh Hashanah morning sermons were often devoted to the subject of Israel. Many of Rabbi Block’s sermons and remarks are also filed by subject or organization in Series IV. In addition to “Eulogies” folders, more eulogies are mixed in with “Sermons, Prayers and Remarks” and are attached to correspondence in Series III. The “Radio Sermonettes” delivered between 1979 and 1980 were few-minute-long religious commentaries about select country songs for the former New York 1050 AM country radio station, WHN.

“WHN Radio Broadcasts” cover the period between 1982 and 1986 when Rabbi Block, as a regular representative of and through the New York Board of Rabbi’s Department of Broadcasting, gave a one-hour radio show on WHN that aired early Sunday mornings. These shows included discussions, songs and trivia, and they featured many guests: rabbis, Christian clergy, editors of Jewish Week, public officials, and leaders of organizations such as Hadassah, National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Sephardic House. Materials include Block’s notes for each broadcast, as well as reference materials, correspondence with guests and on-the-air announcements.

Sermons and remarks are also throughout Series IV, under their relevant subjects and organizations.

General

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28 10 Eulogies undated, 1981-1984 request_box
28 11 Eulogies 1995-2002 request_box
28 12 Joint Speaking Engagements with Jesse Stitt 1956-1962 request_box
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29 1 Notes (1 of 3) undated, 1952-1999 request_box
29 2 Notes (2 of 3) undated, 1952-1999 request_box
29 3 Notes (3 of 3) undated, 1952-1999 request_box
29 4 Radio Sermonettes 1951 request_box
29 5 Radio Sermonettes (1 of 2) 1978-1981 request_box
29 6 Radio Sermonettes (2 of 2) 1978-1981 request_box
29 7 Sermons 1953-1960 request_box
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30 1 Sermons -- High Holy Days 1958-1994 request_box
30 2 Sermons -- High Holy Days 1969-1993 request_box
30 3 Sermons -- High Holy Days 1986-1989 request_box
30 4 Sermons -- High Holy Days 1988-1992 request_box
30 5 Sermons -- High Holy Days 1993 request_box
30 6 Sermons -- On Brotherhood 1964 request_box
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31 1 Sermons -- "Who is a Jew?" 1987-1989 request_box
31 2 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1964-1976 request_box
31 3 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1980-1985 request_box
31 4 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1986 request_box
31 5 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1987 request_box
31 6 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1988 request_box
31 7 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1989 request_box
31 8 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1990 request_box
31 9 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1991 request_box
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32 1 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1992 request_box
32 2 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1993 request_box
32 3 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1994 request_box
32 4 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks 1995-2001 request_box
32 5 Sermons, Prayers and Remarks undated request_box
32 6 Source Materials (1 of 4) undated, 1955-1999 request_box
32 7 Source Materials (2 of 4) undated, 1955-1999 request_box
32 8 Source Materials (3 of 4) undated, 1955-1999 request_box
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81 2 Source Materials (4 of 4) undated, 1955-1999 request_box
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32 9 Television Appearances and Scripts 1956-1957 request_box

WHN Radio Broadcasts

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33 1 B'nai Brith 1983 request_box
33 2 Brotherhood of Israel 1985 request_box
33 3 Does God Ever Take a Vacation? 1984 request_box
33 4 Education: Survival of Our People 1984 request_box
33 5 Ethiopian Jewry 1984 request_box
33 6 Forward Look into the New Year 1985 request_box
33 7 From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine 1985 request_box
33 8 Frontier for New Americans 1985 request_box
33 9 Future of Jewish-Christian Relations 1984 request_box
33 10 High Holy Days 1984 request_box
33 11 Holocaust -- Remembered 1984 request_box
33 12 Holocaust -- Resisting Tyranny 1984 request_box
33 13 Honoring Our Defenders: Veteran's Day 1984 request_box
33 14 How to Cope with Bereavement 1983 request_box
33 15 How to Cope with the Tensions of Our Times 1983 request_box
33 16 Jerusalem 1982 request_box
33 17 Jewish Book Month 1983 request_box
33 18 Jewish Experience in the Art of the 20th Century 1985 request_box
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34 1 Jewish Life in America: Fulfilling the American Dream 1984 request_box
34 2 Jewish Music Month 1983 request_box
34 3 Jewish War Veterans 1982 request_box
34 4 Jews of China 1983 request_box
34 5 Josephus and Bar Kochba: the Lessons of History 1984 request_box
34 6 Judaism in the Armed Forces 1984 request_box
34 7 Klezmer 1984 request_box
34 8 Miscellaneous 1982 request_box
34 9 Miscellaneous 1985-1986 request_box
34 10 Miscellaneous 1985-1986 request_box
34 11 National Conference of Christians and Jews 1982 request_box
34 12 Nuclear Arms Race 1983 request_box
34 13 Passover Community Efforts 1984 request_box
34 14 Popularity of Chanukah 1984 request_box
34 15 Prayer in Public Schools 1983 request_box
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35 1 Putting God into Our Lives 1983 request_box
35 2 Rabbis' Talk 1984 request_box
35 3 Ramaz Students -- Jewish Music Season 1983 request_box
35 4 Raoul Wallenberg 1982 request_box
35 5 The Real Antisemitism in America 1982 request_box
35 6 Resolutions, Reconciliation and Redemption 1984 request_box
35 7 The Retarded and the Jewish Community 1983 request_box
35 8 South and Central European Jewry 1983 request_box
35 9 Soviet Jewry 1983 request_box
35 10 Substance Abuse 1984 request_box
35 11 Thanks to Scandinavia 1983 request_box
35 12 Today's Youth in Tomorrow's World 1985 request_box
35 13 Understanding the Bible 1983 request_box
35 14 What Price Reconciliation: 40 Years After 1985 request_box
35 15 Whither Religious Brotherhood 1982 request_box
35 16 Yiddish: The Folk Language of Love 1983 request_box
35 17 Yom Kippur 1982 request_box
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Series III: Correspondence, 1950-2004

3.5 linear feet. Boxes 36-42.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

The bulk of correspondence in this series was received by Rabbi Block and/or the Brotherhood Synagogue. Often letters are also addressed to his wife Phyllis Block. There is some outgoing correspondence as well, especially in the later years.

Correspondence is largely with congregation members (especially thank you notes for eulogies, marriages and bar/bat mitzvahs the rabbi performed), board members, religious leaders and politicians. Correspondence from the White House includes a 1998 happy birthday letter from President Bill Clinton, a 1978 invitation from the Carter administration to attend a reception with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and a 1984 invite from the Reagan administration to come and discuss issues of interest to Block. There is a photocopy of a 1969 thank you letter from Otto Frank to Rabbi Block in Box 36, Folder 19.

Following his retirement, he wrote a significantly increased number of condolence letters, to which he stapled eulogies, notes for eulogies, obituaries and memorial bulletins. On occasion, copies of the deceased’s will are also attached, when money was left to the synagogue.

Extensive and notable correspondence can also be found in Series I, Subseries 3, 4 and 5; Series IV; and Series V.

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36 3 Correspondence 1953 request_box
36 4 Correspondence 1954 request_box
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36 6 Correspondence 1956 request_box
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36 18 Correspondence 1968 request_box
36 19 Correspondence 1969 request_box
36 20 Correspondence 1970 request_box
36 21 Correspondence 1971 request_box
36 22 Correspondence 1972 request_box
36 23 Correspondence 1973 request_box
36 24 Correspondence 1974 request_box
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37 5 Correspondence 1979 request_box
37 6 Correspondence 1980 request_box
37 7 Correspondence 1981 request_box
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38 5 Correspondence 1986 request_box
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39 5 Correspondence 1991 request_box
39 6 Correspondence 1992 request_box
39 7 Correspondence 1993 request_box
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40 5 Correspondence 1996 request_box
40 6 Correspondence 1996 request_box
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41 4 Correspondence 1998 request_box
41 5 Correspondence 1999 request_box
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42 5 Correspondence 2002 request_box
42 6 Correspondence 2003-2004 request_box
42 7 Correspondence undated request_box
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Series IV: Subjects and Organizations, 1944-2008

13 linear feet. Boxes 43-68.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject or organization.

Scope and Content:

Series IV encompasses the breadth of Rabbi Block’s activities and interests, a portion of which were not directly connected to the Brotherhood Synagogue. Topics covered include interfaith and interracial relations, access and services for the physically and mentally disabled, substance abuse in the Jewish community, Ethiopian Jewry, African-American Jews and Israel. The series contains correspondence, clippings, sermons, remarks, notes, minutes, reports, mailings and newsletters. Many of the clippings and newsletters mention and/or feature photos of Block.

There are substantial overlaps between the subjects and organizations. For example, the researcher interested in Block’s work on interfaith relations should look to “Interfaith Marriage,” “Interfaith Relations” and “New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee.” Together the interfaith relations dealt with are mostly those between Jews and Catholics, Episcopalians and Protestants, but there is also a small amount of material on Muslim-Jewish relations. Materials in “Black-Jewish Relations” and “New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee” files frequently overlap. The Interfaith Committee, on which Block served, responded to the Crown Heights affair, the Rodney King case and the torching of Southern black churches in 1995-1996; the committee also worked in tandem with the New York African-American City-Wide Clergy Council and sponsored a pre-Thanksgiving luncheon with Jesse Jackson in 1992.

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43 2 369th Veterans Association (2 of 2) 1982-1998 request_box
43 3 Addictions 1986-1990 request_box
43 4 Addictions -- Clippings (1 of 4) 1970-1999 request_box
43 5 Addictions -- Clippings (2 of 4) 1970-1999 request_box
43 6 Addictions -- Clippings (3 of 4) 1970-1999 request_box
43 7 Addictions -- Clippings (4 of 4) 1970-1999 request_box
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44 1 Addictions -- Conferences 1986-1991 request_box
44 2 Addictions -- Educational Materials (1 of 4) 1969-1991 request_box
44 3 Addictions -- Educational Materials (2 of 4) 1969-1991 request_box
44 4 Addictions -- Educational Materials (3 of 4) 1969-1991 request_box
44 5 Addictions -- Educational Materials (4 of 4) 1969-1991 request_box
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45 1 Aging undated, 1975 request_box
45 2 AIDS 1986-1991 request_box
45 3 American Association for Ethiopian Jews 1976-1996 request_box
45 4 American Association for Ethiopian Jews -- Board of Directors 1977-1991 request_box
45 5 American Association for Ethiopian Jews -- Correspondence from Graenum Berger 1976-1985 request_box
45 6 American Veterans of Israel (1 of 6) 1978-2002 request_box
45 7 American Veterans of Israel (2 of 6) 1978-2002 request_box
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46 1 American Veterans of Israel (3 of 6) 1978-2002 request_box
46 2 American Veterans of Israel (4 of 6) 1978-2002 request_box
46 3 American Veterans of Israel (5 of 6) 1978-2002 request_box
46 4 American Veterans of Israel (6 of 6) 1978-2002 request_box
46 5 Anti-Defamation League undated, 1983-1999 request_box
46 6 Antisemitism 1973-1994 request_box
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47 1 Auschwitz and Carmelite Convent 1989 request_box
47 2 Bereavement Counseling 1984-1989 request_box
47 3 Black-Jewish Relations (1 of 5) 1964-1999 request_box
47 4 Black-Jewish Relations (2 of 5) 1964-1999 request_box
47 5 Black-Jewish Relations (3 of 5) 1964-1999 request_box
47 6 Black-Jewish Relations (4 of 5) 1964-1999 request_box
47 7 Black-Jewish Relations (5 of 5) 1964-1999 request_box
47 8 Black-Jewish Relations -- Childs Memorial Temple Sermon 1992 request_box
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48 1 Black-Jewish Relations -- Crown Heights 1991-1992 request_box
48 2 Black-Jewish Relations -- Louis Farrakhan 1985, 1994-1995 request_box
48 3 Black-Jewish Relations -- Martin Luther King, Jr. 1964, 1973-2001 request_box
48 4 Black Jews (1 of 5) 1952-2000 request_box
48 5 Black Jews (2 of 5) 1952-2000 request_box
48 6 Black Jews (3 of 5) 1952-2000 request_box
48 7 Black Jews (4 of 5) 1952-2000 request_box
48 8 Black Jews (5 of 5) 1952-2000 request_box
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49 1 Black Jews -- Rabbi A. Allen Block Correspondence 1957-1968 request_box
49 2 Black Jews -- Rabbi Eliezer Brooks 1962, 1973, 1992-2000 request_box
49 3 Central Conference of American Rabbis (1 of 3) 1965-2002 request_box
49 4 Central Conference of American Rabbis (2 of 3) 1965-2002 request_box
49 5 Central Conference of American Rabbis (3 of 3) 1965-2002 request_box
49 6 Community Board No. 6 1979, 1986 request_box
49 7 Concerned Citizens Speak 1990-1998 request_box
49 8 Cults and Missionaries undated, 1966-1984 request_box
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50 1 Ethiopian Jews (1 of 2) 1966-1995 request_box
50 2 Ethiopian Jews (2 of 2) 1966-1995 request_box
50 3 Ethiopian Jews -- Clippings 1952-1996 request_box
50 4 Ethiopian Jews -- Correspondence 1976-1995 request_box
50 5 Evangelical Organizations 1980-1981 request_box
50 6 Evolution and Creationism 1973-1986 request_box
50 7 Family Issues 1972-1983 request_box
50 8 Graham, Billy undated request_box
50 9 Hebrew Union College 1961-1996 request_box
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51 1 Hebrew University 1951, 1965 request_box
51 2 Holocaust 1964, 1978-1999 request_box
51 3 Home Advisory and Service Council 1947, 1971-1975 request_box
51 4 Homosexuality 1973-1994 request_box
51 5 Human Rights 1973-1975 request_box
51 6 Interfaith Marriage (1 of 2) 1972-1973, 1988-1990 request_box
51 7 Interfaith Marriage (2 of 2) 1972-1973, 1988-1990 request_box
51 8 Interfaith Relations (1 of 7) 1956-2005 request_box
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52 4 Interfaith Relations (5 of 7) 1956-2005 request_box
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53 2 Interfaith Relations (7 of 7) 1956-2005 request_box
53 3 Interfaith Religious Leadership Forum 1990 request_box
53 4 Islam 1978-1989 request_box
53 5 Israel (1 of 6) 1966-2002 request_box
53 6 Israel (2 of 6) 1966-2002 request_box
53 7 Israel (3 of 6) 1966-2002 request_box
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54 2 Israel (5 of 6) 1966-2002 request_box
54 3 Israel (6 of 6) 1966-2002 request_box
54 4 Israel -- Clippings 1948-1949 request_box
54 5 Israel -- Lebanon War 1982-1983 request_box
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55 1 Israel -- Palestinians 1974-1988 request_box
55 2 Israel -- Sermons 1967-1993 request_box
55 3 Israel -- United Nations 1974-1975 request_box
55 4 Israel -- Yom Kippur War 1973-1975 request_box
55 5 Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others Foundation (JACS) 1983-1990 request_box
55 6 Jewish Education 1975-2000 request_box
55 7 Jewish Life in America (1 of 2) 1954-2002 request_box
55 8 Jewish Life in America (2 of 2) 1954-2002 request_box
55 9 Jewish Life in America -- NYPL Exhibit 1983-1984 request_box
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56 1 Jewish War Veterans (1 of 7) 1971-1998 request_box
56 2 Jewish War Veterans (2 of 7) 1971-1998 request_box
56 3 Jewish War Veterans (3 of 7) 1971-1998 request_box
56 4 Jewish War Veterans (4 of 7) 1971-1998 request_box
56 5 Jewish War Veterans (5 of 7) 1971-1998 request_box
56 6 Jewish War Veterans (6 of 7) 1971-1998 request_box
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57 1 Jewish War Veterans (7 of 7) 1971-1998 request_box
57 2 Jewish War Veterans -- Certificates of Appointment 1971-1992 request_box
57 3 Joint Passover Association 1988-2002 request_box
57 4 Jonathan Pollard Case -- Correspondence from Jonathan Pollard 1987-1991 request_box
57 5 Judaism and Law 1958-1988 request_box
57 6 Keren Or 1978-1989 request_box
57 7 Kiwanis 1956-1980 request_box
57 8 Life Services for the Handicapped (1 of 4) 1989-2008 request_box
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58 1 Life Services for the Handicapped (2 of 4) 1989-2008 request_box
58 2 Life Services for the Handicapped (3 of 4) 1989-2008 request_box
58 3 Life Services for the Handicapped (4 of 4) 1989-2008 request_box
58 4 Masons (1 of 3) 1964-2001 request_box
58 5 Masons (2 of 3) 1964-2001 request_box
58 6 Masons (3 of 3) 1964-2001 request_box
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59 1 Medical Ethics 1972-1987 request_box
59 2 Medical Ethics -- Newspaper Clippings 1966-1990 request_box
59 3 Metropolitan Missions Training Institute 1969 request_box
59 4 Miscellaneous Topics -- Clippings (1 of 3) 1964-1999 request_box
59 5 Miscellaneous Topics -- Clippings (2 of 3) 1964-1999 request_box
59 6 Miscellaneous Topics -- Clippings (3 of 3) 1964-1999 request_box
59 7 Miscellaneous Topics -- Printed Materials (1 of 2) 1954-1994 request_box
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60 1 Miscellaneous Topics -- Printed Materials (2 of 2) 1954-1994 request_box
60 2 Music 1957-1982 request_box
60 3 New York Association for New Americans (1 of 3) 1985-2002 request_box
60 4 New York Association for New Americans (2 of 3) 1985-2002 request_box
60 5 New York Association for New Americans (3 of 3) 1985-2002 request_box
60 6 New York Association for New Americans -- Clippings about Rabbi Irving Block 1982-1991 request_box
60 7 New York Association for New Americans -- Remarks and Notes 1986-1995 request_box
60 8 New York Association for New Americans -- Tibetans 1991-1998 request_box
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61 1 New York Board of Rabbis 1975-1995 request_box
61 2 New York Board of Rabbis -- Correspondence 1976-2000 request_box
61 3 New York Board of Rabbis -- Department of Broadcasting 1977-1997 request_box
61 4 New York Board of Rabbis -- Events 1974-2002 request_box
61 5 New York Board of Rabbis -- Federal House of Detention Chaplaincy (1 of 2) 1971-1978 request_box
61 6 New York Board of Rabbis -- Federal House of Detention Chaplaincy (2 of 2) 1971-1978 request_box
61 7 New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee 1973-1995 request_box
61 8 New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee -- Clippings 1985-1995 request_box
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62 1 New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee -- Correspondence 1975, 1989-1996 request_box
62 2 New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee -- Jesse Jackson 1992 request_box
62 3 New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee -- Meeting Agendas and Reports 1986-1995 request_box
62 4 New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee -- Muslim-Jewish Relations 1991-1998 request_box
62 5 New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee -- Notes undated, 1992 request_box
62 6 New York Board of Rabbis -- Interfaith Committee and New York African-American City-Wide Clergy Council -- Meetings 1991-1995 request_box
62 7 New York Board of Rabbis -- Israel Committee 1977-1978 request_box
62 8 New York Board of Rabbis -- Newsletters 1975-1996 request_box
62 9 New York Board of Rabbis -- Officers and Board of Governors 1976-2000 request_box
62 10 New York Board of Rabbis -- Rabbi Israel and Libby Mowshowitz Community Service Award 1986 request_box
62 11 New York Board of Rabbis -- Remarks and Speeches 1982-1997 request_box
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63 1 New York Landmarks Conservancy 1986-2002 request_box
63 2 New York State Division of Human Rights 1973-1976 request_box
63 3 New York State Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and Institute for Nonviolence 1991-1993 request_box
63 4 North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry 1990-1997 request_box
63 5 Nuclear Arms 1981-1986 request_box
63 6 Open Congregation (1 of 3) 1986-1996 request_box
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64 1 Open Congregation (2 of 3) 1986-1996 request_box
64 2 Open Congregation (3 of 3) 1986-1996 request_box
64 3 Palestine Liberation Organization 1974-1993 request_box
64 4 People with Disabilities and Services for the Disabled (1 of 2) 1978-1993 request_box
64 5 People with Disabilities and Services for the Disabled (2 of 2) 1978-1993 request_box
64 6 Places of Worship -- Bulletins 1965-1997 request_box
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65 1 Rabbi Mark H. Tanenbaum Foundation 1997-1998 request_box
65 2 Race Relations 1969-2000 request_box
65 3 Religion in American Life 1973-2002 request_box
65 4 Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 1971-1972 request_box
65 5 Sholom Aleichem Memorial Foundation (1 of 2) 1991-2002 request_box
65 6 Sholom Aleichem Memorial Foundation (2 of 2) 1991-2002 request_box
65 7 South Africa 1985-1990 request_box
65 8 Soviet Jewry 1970-1988 request_box
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66 1 Stephen Wise Free Synagogue 1949-1968 request_box
66 2 Theodor Herzl Institute (1 of 2) 1977-1979 request_box
66 3 Theodor Herzl Institute (2 of 2) 1977-1979 request_box
66 4 United Israel World Union 1981-2001 request_box
66 5 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Ad Hoc Committee on Substance Abuse 1982-1985 request_box
66 6 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community (1 of 8) 1971-1993 request_box
66 7 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community (2 of 8) 1971-1993 request_box
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67 1 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community (3 of 8) 1971-1993 request_box
67 2 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community (4 of 8) 1971-1993 request_box
67 3 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community (5 of 8) 1971-1993 request_box
67 4 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community (6 of 8) 1971-1993 request_box
67 5 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community (7 of 8) 1971-1993 request_box
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68 1 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community (8 of 8) 1971-1993 request_box
68 2 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies -- Task Force on Addictions in the Jewish Community -- Correspondence with Rabbi Isaac Trainin 1974-1976 request_box
68 3 United States Christian Embassy 1982-1983 request_box
68 4 United States Government Issues 1974-1976 request_box
68 5 Vietnam -- Clippings 1968-1971 request_box
68 6 Wise, Stephen S. 1944-1963 request_box
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Series V: Memoir, 1948-2006

5 linear feet. Box 69-79.
Arrangement:

Arranged according to material type.

Scope and Content:

All materials in this series were generated or collected in connection with the writing and publication of Rabbi Block’s memoir, A Rabbi and His Dream: Building the Brotherhood Synagogue, published in 1998. There are full and partial drafts, source materials, correspondence and notes.

Subseries 1: Drafts, 1995-1998

1.5 linear feet. Boxes 69-72.
Arrangement:

Full drafts are arranged with the most final draft first, next to final draft last. Chapter drafts are earlier drafts than the full drafts, are in various stages of completion and arranged by chapter.

Scope and Content:

These full and partial memoir drafts touch on a wide variety of his life events and all issues of importance to Rabbi Block.

Full Drafts

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69 1 Final 1998 request_box
69 2 Final, Chapters 1-8 1998 request_box
69 3 Final, Chapters 9-16 1998 request_box
69 4 Next to Final 1998 request_box

Chapter Drafts

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70 1 Forward, Acknowledgements and Introduction 1998 request_box
70 2 Chapter 1, Jerusalem 1947-1948 1995 request_box
70 3 Chapter 3, Studying for the Rabbinate 1995 request_box
70 4 Chapter 4, Founding the Brotherhood Synagogue 1995 request_box
70 5 Chapter 5, Building a Congregation 1995 request_box
70 6 Chapter 6, Rabbi and Minister: Telling Our Story 1995-1998 request_box
70 7 Chapter 7, Dr. Stitt Retires, New Minister Spurns Covenant 1995 request_box
70 8 Chapter 7-9 1996-1997 request_box
70 9 Chapter 8, In Search of a New Home 1996-1997 request_box
70 10 Chapter 9, Conflict and Crisis 1996 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
71 1 Chapter 10, A Decade of Achievement 1998 request_box
71 2 Chapter 10-11 (1 of 2) 1997 request_box
71 3 Chapter 10-11 (2 of 2) 1997 request_box
71 4 Chapter 11, "The People's Synagogue" 1998 request_box
71 5 Chapter 12, Black Jewish Communities 1996-1998 request_box
71 6 Chapter 13, Christian-Jewish Relations: A Personal Perspective 1996-1998 request_box
71 7 Chapter 14, A Lifetime of Service 1997-1998 request_box
71 8 Chapter 15, Israel as I See It 1997-1998 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
72 1 Chapter 16, Summing Up 1997-1998 request_box

Subseries 2: Source Materials, 1948-1998

2.75 linear feet. Boxes 72-77.
Arrangement:

Arranged by chapter.

Scope and Content:

Rabbi Block collected and used extensive source materials for each chapter. They include transcripts of Block’s dictations and interviews, notes, clippings, correspondence, minutes, sermons, newsletters, speeches, publicity materials, interviews, mailings from organizations relevant to the chapters, and bulletins from church and synagogue services. The earliest letter written by Block in the entire collection is here, a 1948 letter to his parents from Jerusalem, in Box 72, Folder 2. There is correspondence from the religious community reacting to the split between Brotherhood Synagogue and the Village Presbyterian Church.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
72 2 Chapter 1-3 1948-1994 request_box
72 3 Chapter 4, Founding the Brotherhood Synagogue 1954-1995 request_box
72 4 Chapter 4, Founding the Brotherhood Synagogue 1958-1995 request_box
72 5 Chapter 5, Building a Congregation 1956-1995 request_box
72 6 Chapter 5, Building a Congregation 1968-1995 request_box
72 7 Chapter 5, Building a Congregation -- 1962 Trip 1961-1962 request_box
72 8 Chapter 5, Building a Congregation -- Bet Kafe 1972-1977 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
73 1 Chapter 6, Rabbi and Minister: Telling Our Story 1956-1995 request_box
73 2 Chapter 6, Rabbi and Minister: Telling Our Story -- NBC Quiz Show 1956, 1994-1995 request_box
73 3 Chapter 7, Dr. Stitt Retires, New Minister Spurns Covenant (1 of 2) 1965-1996 request_box
73 4 Chapter 7, Dr. Stitt Retires, New Minister Spurns Covenant (2 of 2) 1965-1996 request_box
73 5 Chapter 8, In Search of a New Home (1 of 2) 1973-1998 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
74 1 Chapter 8, In Search of a New Home (2 of 2) 1973-1998 request_box
74 2 Chapter 9, Conflict and Crisis 1968-1996 request_box
74 3 Chapter 9, Conflict and Crisis 1975-1996 request_box
74 4 Chapter 10, A Decade of Achievement 1974-1994 request_box
74 5 Chapter 10, A Decade of Achievement 1980-1991 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
75 1 Chapter 10, A Decade of Achievement (Binder, 1 of 3) 1980-1997 request_box
75 2 Chapter 10, A Decade of Achievement (Binder, 2 of 3) 1980-1997 request_box
75 3 Chapter 10, A Decade of Achievement (Binder, 3 of 3) 1980-1997 request_box
75 4 Chapter 11, "The People's Synagogue" 1957-1992 request_box
75 5 Chapter 12, Black Jewish Communities (1 of 2) 1952-1998 request_box
75 6 Chapter 12, Black Jewish Communities (2 of 2) 1952-1998 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
76 1 Chapter 13, Christian-Jewish Relations: A Personal Perspective (1 of 2) 1963-1998 request_box
76 2 Chapter 13, Christian-Jewish Relations: A Personal Perspective (2 of 2) 1963-1998 request_box
76 3 Chapter 14, A Lifetime of Service (1 of 2) 1974-1998 request_box
76 4 Chapter 14, A Lifetime of Service (2 of 2) 1974-1998 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
77 1 Chapter 15, Israel as I See It (1 of 2) 1975-1998 request_box
77 2 Chapter 15, Israel as I See It (2 of 2) 1975-1998 request_box
77 3 Chapter 16, Summing Up 1961-1998 request_box

Subseries 3: Correspondence and Notes, 1975-2006

0.75 linear feet. Boxes 77-79.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject or format.

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence received and sent by the Blocks related to the memoir and book party, as well as his miscellaneous notes.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
77 4 Book Party 1999 request_box
77 5 Correspondence 1994-1997 request_box
77 6 Correspondence 1994-1998, 2006 request_box
77 7 Correspondence 1999 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
78 1 Correspondence and Notes 1999-2000 request_box
78 2 Correspondence and Notes -- Editorial 1997-1999 request_box
78 3 Cover 1999 request_box
78 4 Expenses 1995-1999 request_box
78 5 Notes 1994 request_box
78 6 Notes undated request_box
78 7 Notes -- Anecdotes 1989-1998 request_box
78 8 Notes -- Editorial 1999 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
79 1 Notes and Transcripts 1975-1998 request_box
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Series VI: Personal, 1946-2007

2 linear feet. Box 79-81.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content:

This series contains awards received by Block, biographical sketches about Block, and materials related to his retirement, his marriage and death. “Retirement – Correspondence and Remarks,” Box 80, Folder 10 includes letters of congratulation from New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and President Bill Clinton and remarks by New York City Mayor David Dinkins.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
79 2 Awards and Certificates (1 of 2) 1967-2003 request_box
79 3 Awards and Certificates (2 of 2) 1967-2003 request_box
79 4 Awards and Certificates -- Bucknell University Award of Dedication 1968 request_box
79 5 Awards and Certificates -- General Theological Seminary Doctor of Divinity 1978, 1992-1993 request_box
79 6 Awards and Certificates -- Jewish War Veterans Brotherhood Award 1968-1971 request_box
79 7 Awards and Certificates -- National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors Card [pressed flower] 1993 request_box
79 8 Awards and Certificates -- New York Association for New Americans 1990-1992 request_box
79 9 Awards and Certificates -- New York State Employees Brotherhood Committee Award 1990-1993 request_box
79 10 Biographical Sketches [1954]-1985 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
81 1 Biographical Sketches 1975-1997 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
80 1 Ceremonies for Family Members 1983-2000 request_box
80 2 Death -- Condolence Letters 2002-2007 request_box
80 3 Death -- Tributes and Clippings 2002-2006 request_box
80 4 Haganah Service undated, 1978, 1988 request_box
80 5 Interviews 1992-1995 request_box
80 6 Marriage 1964 request_box
80 7 Membership Cards 1964-1975 request_box
80 8 Ordination 1953 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
82 [OS4] Pocket Calendars 1953-2001 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
80 9 Portrait -- Copies of a Watercolor 1992 request_box
80 10 Retirement -- Clippings 1992-1996 request_box
80 11 Retirement -- Correspondence and Remarks 1992-1995 request_box
80 12 Retirement -- Remarks 1992-1994 request_box
80 13 University of Connecticut 1968-1969, 1996-2001 request_box
80 14 University of Connecticut -- Hillel 1946, 1992-2000 request_box
80 15 Writings 1964-1998 request_box
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Series VII: Photographs, 1956-2004

1.5 linear feet. AJHS Photography Collection, P-867, Box 1-3.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The photographs have been pulled from across the series and moved to the AJHS Photography Collection. They mirror the full scope of the Block Papers, visually documenting a wide array of synagogue events and outreach, including professional photographs of a 1965 racially integrated service at the Brotherhood Synagogue.

Many photographs seem to have been taken by Rabbi or Phyllis Block, or given to the Blocks by Sol Rubin and David Levine. Some photographs were taken by professional photographers for media purposes. It has been noted in brackets when something beyond prints (negatives, slides or contact sheets) or instead of prints is in the folder.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 13th Street Building [negatives] [1960s] request_box
1 2 25th Anniversary Brunch and Presentation of the Mayor's Proclamation [negatives, prints and contact sheets] 1979 request_box
1 3 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Unused 1960-1969 request_box
1 4 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Unused [slides and prints] 1970-1979 request_box
1 5 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Unused [negatives and prints] 1980-1989 request_box
1 6 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Unused [negatives and prints] (1 of 2) 1990-1999 request_box
1 7 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Unused [negatives and prints] (2 of 2) 1990-1999 request_box
1 8 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Unused 2001-2002 request_box
1 9 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Used 1960-1969 request_box
1 10 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Used 1970-1979 request_box
1 11 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Used 1980-1989 request_box
1 12 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Used 1990-1999 request_box
1 13 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Used 2000-2004 request_box
1 14 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Used -- Gramercy Park Building [negatives, prints and contact sheet] undated request_box
1 15 369th Veterans Association undated request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 American Veterans for Israel 1987-1990 request_box
2 2 Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Seder 1994 request_box
2 3 Ark Covering undated request_box
2 4 Baruch College -- Brotherhood Synagogue Ark 1989 request_box
2 5 Bet Kafe undated request_box
2 6 Biblical Garden 1985 request_box
2 7 Black Jews [1960s] request_box
2 8 Black Jews -- Integrated Service at Brotherhood Synagogue 1965 request_box
2 9 Black Jews -- Rabbi Eleizer Brooks 1992 request_box
2 10 Black Jews -- Rabbi Small and Rabbi Wentworth Matthew [1960s] request_box
2 11 Bucknell University Award of Dedication 1968 request_box
2 12 Chanukah at Gramercy Park Salvation Army [negatives and prints] 1974 request_box
2 13 Chanukah-Christmas Program 1970 request_box
2 14 Con Edison Asbestos Explosions 1989 request_box
2 15 Dedication Ceremonies [contact sheet and prints] 1975 request_box
2 16 Dedication Ceremonies -- Speakers 1975 request_box
2 17 Elevator Dedication Ceremony [negatives and prints] 1988 request_box
2 18 [Friedman, Gerald] undated request_box
2 19 Garden of Remembrance 1981-1982 request_box
2 20 Garden of Remembrance -- Holocaust Memorial [negatives and prints] 1986 request_box
2 21 Giora Feidman Concert 1980 request_box
2 22 Gramercy Park Building 1974 request_box
2 23 Gramercy Park Building [negatives, slides and prints] undated, 1978-1989 request_box
2 24 Gramercy Park Building [large format negatives] 1988 request_box
2 25 Gramercy Park Building -- Renovations undated request_box
2 26 Gravesite of Irving J. Block 2002 request_box
2 27 Gravesite of Martin Luther King, Jr. 1983 request_box
2 28 Hadassah Meetings 1975-1976 request_box
2 29 Homeless Shelter 1988, 1998 request_box
2 30 Homeless Shelter with Mayor Ed Koch [negatives, contact sheets and prints] 1983 request_box
2 31 Israel Bonds Function 1956 request_box
2 32 Israel Bonds Function with Dosumu Johnson, Ambassador to Liberia 1971 request_box
2 33 Israel Visit [negatives and prints] 1988 request_box
2 34 Jewish Cemetery in Jeleniewo, Poland undated request_box
2 35 Jewish War Veterans Brotherhood Award 1971 request_box
2 36 Mirkovic, Leib undated request_box
2 37 Mokom Sholom Cemetery 1997 request_box
2 38 Mortgage Burning Ceremony [negatives and prints] 1978 request_box
2 39 Mortgage Burning Ceremony [negatives and prints] 1986 request_box
2 40 Move 1974 request_box
2 41 Move [large format negatives and prints] 1974 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1 Move [slides and prints] 1974 request_box
3 2 Move -- Mayor's Proclamation for Moving 1975 request_box
3 3 New York Association for New Americans Award with Mayor David Dinkins 1991 request_box
3 4 New York Board of Rabbis undated, 1986-1999 request_box
3 5 Partnership of Faith in New York City, Mohonk Retreat 1992 request_box
3 6 Passover [negatives and prints] 1988 request_box
3 7 Passover and Purim 1976 request_box
3 8 Pinkney, Bill [1989] request_box
3 9 Portraits of Irving J. Block undated, 1978 request_box
3 10 Portraits of Irving J. Block and Jesse Stitt undated request_box
3 11 Presentation of Honorary Synagogue Membership to Jesse Stitt 1971 request_box
3 12 Queens Salute to Israel Ceremony 1998 request_box
3 13 Religious School undated, 1981 request_box
3 14 Religious School -- Annie Production undated request_box
3 15 Religious School -- Chanukah [negatives and prints] 1983 request_box
3 16 Religious School -- Grades 1-7 undated request_box
3 17 Religious School -- Spring 1989 Class 1989 request_box
3 18 Religious School -- Sunday Program for Exceptional Children (SPEC) [large format negatives and prints] undated request_box
3 19 Religious School -- Tikvah Program 1998-2004 request_box
3 20 Sholom Aleichem Event 1997 request_box
3 21 Silverstrim, Elaine 1991 request_box
3 22 Solidarity Sunday 1979 request_box
3 23 Synagogue Officers at the Plauts' 1972 request_box
3 24 Synagogue Programming and Services undated request_box
3 25 Synagogue Programming and Services 1958 request_box
3 26 Synagogue Programming and Services [1970s] request_box
3 27 Synagogue Programming and Services 1983-1996 request_box
3 28 Synagogue Programming and Services 1986-1998 request_box
3 29 Unidentified undated request_box
3 30 Unidentified and Personal [large format negatives] [1950s-1960s] request_box
3 31 United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies Breakfast 1983 request_box
3 32 Women's League for Conservative Judaism Conference 2003 request_box
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Series VIII: Audiovisual Materials, 1971-1991

1 linear foot. Box 84.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Recordings of sermons, remarks and meetings. There are transcripts of some recordings, which is noted with respective items.

Box TitleDate
84   20th Anniversary Breakfast, May 20, 1973 [cassette tape] 1973
84   Annual Congregational Meeting, March 31, 1982 [cassette tape] 1982
84   Black-Jewish Com. -- Dispute, Jake [Dorman] [cassette tape] undated
84   Brotherhood Synagogue Presentation of Torah to Ethiopian Jews -- WPIX-TV Coverage, October 7, 1976 [16 mm film] 1976
84   Interview with Nahom Ben Yossef, December 1981 [cassette tape] 1981
84   Jewish War Veterans Brotherhood Award -- Testimonial -- Rabbi Block, February 24, 1971 [cassette tape] 1971
Box TitleDate
84   Religion in American Life Campaign, "Love thy family. Worship together." [33 rpm record] undated
Box TitleDate
84   Religion in American Life Campaign, "Worship Together. Grow Together" [33 rpm record] undated
Box TitleDate
84   Sermon in Jewish Music [recorded 1967] [2 cassette tapes] 1991
Box TitleDate
84   Sermon of the Brotherhood Synagogue, March 15, 1974 [cassette tape] 1974
84   Special Congregational Meeting, July 31, 1979 [cassette tape] 1979
84   [WHN Radio Broadcasts] [2 cassette tapes] 1982
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Series IX: Personal Artifacts, 1962-1993

1 envelope in Box 84.
Scope and Content:

Personal artifacts include “Save Ethiopian Jewry” pin, a Dinkins mayoral election pin in Hebrew, a Brotherhood Synagogue pen, 369 Veterans Association patch, and an “Ot Aleh Award,” a Decoration of State Warriors pin presented to Block by the State of Israel for his service in Haganah 1947-1948. Phyllis Block’s enclosed notes about the objects help to contextualize them.

Box TitleDate
84 Personal Artifactsundated, 1962-1993
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Series X: Oversized Materials, 1953-1986

1.7 linear feet. Box 85.
Scope and Content:

The scrapbooks and Synagogue posters will likely be of most interest to researchers.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
85 50th Anniversary Exhibit -- Used -- Large Mortgage Check Facsimile 1986 request_box
85 1 Brotherhood Synagogue Posters 1966-1976 request_box
85 2 Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Ordination Certificate and Master of Hebrew Letters Diploma 1953 request_box
85 3 Jewish National Fund -- Tree Fund Certificate 1954 request_box
85 4 Scrapbook -- 125th Anniversary of the Gramercy Park Building 1984 request_box
85 5 Scrapbook -- Burning of the Second Mortgage 1986 request_box
85 Scrapbook -- Newspaper Clippings 1954-1965 request_box
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