Guide to the Jakob Hoffmann Collection, 1904-1985 

AR 2017

Processed by Julie Dawson

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 744-6400

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2012-03-15. Finding aid written in English.
July 20, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Hoffmann, Jakob, 1881-1956
Title:Jakob Hoffmann Collection
Abstract:The collection contains a variety of documents by and about Jakob Hoffmann, including many articles, speeches, and responsa.
Languages:This collection is in German, English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Hungarian.
Quantity:0.25 linear feet : 6 folders
Identification:AR 2017
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Jakob Hoffmann (later Jacob Hoffman) was born in 1881 in Pápa, Hungary. He studied at the Pressburg Yeshiva (today Bratislava) and received his rabbinical ordination in 1905/1906. From 1906 to 1908 he served as rabbi of the Montefiore congregation in Vienna, then became rabbi in Kostel, Moravia (today Podivín, Czech Republic) until 1912, when he accepted the position as chief rabbi in the Bukovina town of Radautz. During WWI he served as chief field rabbi in the southern region. Following the war he continued to serve in Radautz (now Rădăuţi ) which had now become part of Romania. In 1923 he was offered the position of Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community in Frankfurt am Main. Here he held the rabbinical office from 1923 to 1937 and was elected to serve on the Reichsvertretung der deutschen Juden. In 1937 he was arrested by the Gestapo. As a Hungarian national, his release was negotiated and he was expelled from Germany, whereupon he left for the United States hoping to raise money for the Jews in Germany. In New York he was elected rabbi of Ohab Zedek where he served until 1953. In 1954 he moved to Israel together with his wife, Recha Hoffmann nee Schlesinger. In addition to his rabbinical studies in Bratislava, he completed a PhD at the University of Vienna in 1919. He was also awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Yeshiva University in 1951. Hoffmann was a founding member of the Mizrachi organization in the Bukovina and active in the movement throughout his life. He died in 1956 in Tel Aviv.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a variety of documents by and about Jakob Hoffmann, including many articles, speeches, and responsa. The speech given in 1904 on the occasion of Theodor Herzl's death may be found in folder 2. The material in folder 6 includes the program for the 1953 Testimonial Dinner of the World Federation of Jews of Hungarian Descent. Most documents are photocopies.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Jakob Hoffmann Collection; AR 2017; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

A partial inventory of the collection's contents may be found in folder 1.

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Container List

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

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Container list:

11Biographical material, certificates, photographs1908-circa 1985
12Writings: articles and speeches, Europe1904-1936
13Writings: articles and speeches, United States1941-1952
14Writings: responsa1926-1947
15Correspondence to and regarding Hoffmann1906-1953
16Articles and clippings about Hoffmann1922-1982
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