Guide to the Records of Congregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.)
1765-1975

I-26

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in June 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:American Jewish Historical Society
Title:Congregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.), Records
Dates:1765-1976
Abstract:The collection contains materials related to various activities of the Congregation Mikveh Israel, one of the oldest synagogues in the United States. There is a variety of documents, including correspondence, annual reports, addresses, programs, printed materials, reports, and materials pertaining to the synagogue's burial ground.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity:0.5 linear feet + 1 oversized folder
Identification:I-26
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

Congregation Mikveh Israel, officially called Kahal Kadosh Mikveh Israel was founded in the 1740s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Spanish and Portuguese Jews. The synagogue’s cemetery is one the oldest surviving Jewish cemeteries in the United States.

At different points in history some of the most prominent members of the Philadelphia Jewish community were active members of the Congregation Mikveh Israel. Amongst them are prominent revolutionary patriots, such as Jonas Phillips, the Gratz family, and Haym Solomon.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains material related to various activities of the Congregation, including the hand-drawn map of the Jewish burial ground on Spruce Street in Philadelphia, prepared by John Lukens, Surveyor General (1765); a manuscript copy of the dedication services for the new synagogue, which includes a prayer for "His Excellency" George Washington (1782); the hazan's manuscript copy of the same service indicating where he was supposed to take part; and an honor card for the seventh circuit for Jacob Mordecai during this service; the letter of resignation of Simon Nathan as parnass (1784); a plea for financial aid in which mention is made of the "year 1776 when the disturbances in the country [sic] began," addressed to the Jewish community in Surinam (1970); a manuscript copy of an act of the Pennsylvania legislature authorizing changes in a previous act which allowed the congregation to run a lottery (1810); an insurance policy (1822); a printed report of the committee of arrangements for the laying of the cornerstone and the address of the Rev. Sabato Morais, minister of the congregation (1859); a manuscript copy of the dedication services (1860); a printed copy of the constitution and by-laws (1884); a volume published for the dedication of the new synagogue (1909); extracts from the minutes, 1790-1791; printed copies of annual reports for 1906-1907, 1920-1923; and miscellaneous materials and bulletins.

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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 Collections and Engagement 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: inquiries@cjh.org

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Related Material

Samuel Oppenheim Papers, P-255, AJHS

National Museum of American Jewish History Collection, I-392, AJHS

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Congregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.), Records; I-26; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Note

Part of the collection was donated by the Elsie O. & Philip D. Sang Foundation in 1979.

Part of the collection was donated by Yosef Yerushalmi.

Part of the collection was donated by Yosef Goldman in 1985.

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Container List

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Congregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1765-1976

The collection is in English and Hebrew.
0.5 linear feet + 1 oversized folder
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Contains material related to various activities of the Congregation, including the hand-drawn map of the Jewish burial ground on Spruce Street in Philadelphia, prepared by John Lukens, Surveyor General (1765); a manuscript copy of the dedication services for the new synagogue, which includes a prayer for "His Excellency" George Washington (1782); the hazan's manuscript copy of the same service indicating where he was supposed to take part; and an honor card for the seventh circuit for Jacob Mordecai during this service; the letter of resignation of Simon Nathan as parnass (1784); a plea for financial aid in which mention is made of the "year 1776 when the disturbances in the country [sic] began," addressed to the Jewish community in Surinam (1970); a manuscript copy of an act of the Pennsylvania legislature authorizing changes in a previous act which allowed the congregation to run a lottery (1810); an insurance policy (1822); a printed report of the committee of arrangements for the laying of the cornerstone and the address of the Rev. Sabato Morais, minister of the congregation (1859); a manuscript copy of the dedication services (1860); a printed copy of the constitution and by-laws (1884); a volume published for the dedication of the new synagogue (1909); extracts from the minutes, 1790-1791; printed copies of annual reports for 1906-1907, 1920-1923; and miscellaneous materials and bulletins.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Announcements1928-1934request_box
12Annual Dinner1953request_box
  

Congregation Mikveh Israel and Christ Church
Addresses

 
13Annual Meeting1928request_box
  

Address by Abraham Neuman

 
14Annual Reports1907-1923request_box
15Appeal to help poor in Israelundated, 1880request_box
16Bicentennial Celebration1940request_box
  

Program and articles

 
17Bulletins1910-1959, 1963request_box
  

The Record

 
18Burial grounds1765, 1960s
  Map of the Jewish burial ground on Spruce Street 
19Cantor, R.1814request_box
  

Letter to B. I. Phillips

 
110 AConstitution and by-laws1884request_box
110 BDedication of new Synagogue1782request_box
  

Manuscript copy of prayer services; instructions for prayer services
RESTRICTED

 
111Dedication of new Synagogue1782
  Honor card for the seventh circuit for Jacob Mordecai 
  Manuscript copy of prayer service 
112Dedication of new Synagogue1909request_box
113Dedication of new Synagogue1909request_box
Box TitleDate
OSF1 Consolidated Box Fire insurance1822
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
114Inscriptionundatedrequest_box
  

copy

 
115Installation of Officers1927-1943request_box
116Laying of Corner Stone1859request_box
  

Committee's Report

 
117Moses, E.A.1859request_box
  

notes addressed to E. A. Moses

 
118Nathan, Simon1784request_box
  

Letter of Resignation
addressed to Barnard Gratz

 
119Printed materials1944-1976request_box
120Programs, booklets1907-1958request_box
Box TitleDate
OSF2 Consolidated Box Manuscript copy of an act of the Pennsylvania Legislature authorizing changes in a previous act which allowed the Congregation to run a lotterys1810
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