|Title||Adat Shalom Synagogue Records|
|Collection||Adat Shalom Synagogue Records|
|Scope & Content||
*This collection is housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.
Series I, Boxes 1-26 - Synagogue Papers
Series I contains the papers of the Adat Shalom Synagogue from its inception in the mid 1940s until the mid 1970s. Major instructional and spiritual activities of the membership such as
the High Holy Day activities and the Adult Study course are included along with activities of the Men's Club and the Sisterhood group. Minutes and correspondence pertaining to Annual Meetings from 1958 - 1974 are included.
Series II, Boxes 27-50 - Rabbi Jacob Segal Papers
This series contains the papers of Rabbi Jacob Segal. Rabbi Segal served the Adat Shalom congregation from 1947 until his death in 1975. His dream as spiritual leader of the
young congregation lead to that congregation’s development and place of prominence in the community. This series contains much of his correspondence, personal as well as professional,
and an extensive collection of his vast writings used as public speeches, synagogue sermons, and published papers. He saved quantities of material as potential talk material which are also
Series III, Boxes 51 -55 - Executive Director Papers
The papers in this series came from the office of the Synagogue's Executive Director. They contain an assortment of materials pertaining to all aspects of the Synagogues operation
during its first fifty years of operation. In addition to correspondence, lists, and minutes this series contains an assortment of certificates, mortgages, and commemorative books pertaining to the synagogue and memorabilia such as the spectacles which belonged to Rabbi Jacob Segal.
The Adat Shalom papers were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in the spring of 1997 by the Synagogue and were opened for research in September 1997.
Established as the Northwest Hebrew Congregation and Center in 1944, Adat Shalom was created as a result of the need of the Jewish community in the Northwest section of the city of Detroit for a place of worship. From its humble founding in a vacant store on Yom Kippur night in 1943 the congregation grew. Temporary quarters were used throughout 1944. In 1945
High Holy Day Services were conducted at the Bagley School with 400 people joining in prayer and Rabbi A. Millgram of the Jewish Theological Seminary officiating.
With the great increase in membership during the 1944-45 year, and through the generosity of its congregants, the congregation began construction of the first section of its synagogue. The Northwest Hebrew Congregation and Center lower wing was dedicated on December 14, 1947. Rabbi Segal introduced Rabbi Henry Fisher who provided the dedication
address. The accomplishments of the synagogue and its members have been many.
These papers reflect the activities of the religious body, its member organizations, and its spiritual leader throughout the years. Papers include membership lists, cemetery records, data sheets on individuals who married, died, were confirmed and celebrated their Bar Mitzvah.
Educational information including curriculum and correspondence of the Rabbi and of those representing the congregation is also included. Synagogue memorabilia includes an assortment of commemorative books, dedication volumes and certificates.
Adat Shalom Synagogue
Northwest Hebrew Congregation and Center
Millgram, Rabbi A.
Fisher, Rabbi Henry
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