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Collection Number: 05241-z

Collection Title: Sidney M. Berkowitz Papers, 1931-2000 (bulk 1936-1944, 1983)

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Size 230 items
Abstract Rabbi Dr. Sidney M. Berkowitz, originally of Terre Haute, Ind., graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1933 and from Hebrew Union College in 1936, at which time he was ordained as a rabbi. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1939. Berkowitz became rabbi of Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim (the Gates of Heaven), Mobile, Ala., in 1940 and volunteered to be a chaplain in the United States Army in 1942, where he served 42 months and was discharged with the rank of Major. Berkowitz became rabbi of Congregation Rodef Sholom, Youngstown, Ohio, where he served until a month before his death. He was committed to interfaith cooperation and had a deep and longstanding friendship with Bishop James W. Malone, who gave the eulogy at Berkowitz's funeral. Berkowitz married Pauline Anderson of England; they had two sons, Roger and R. Laurence. The collection includes a scrapbook, personal papers, clippings, other papers, and photographs. The scrapbook, compiled by Pauline Berkowitz, contains clippings, photographs, letters, and event programs related to Berkowitz's education and professional career. It primarily documents Berkowitz's time in Mobile, Ala., until joining the United States Army as a chaplain in 1942. Personal papers include transcripts from the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College; tuition bills and receipts of payment from the University of Cambridge; programs of events from the Cambridge and Oxford Jewish societies; and other items. Other papers include inventories of Berkowitz material elsewhere and a partial oral history of Pauline Berkowitz. Also included is a Loeser family tree (Berkowitz's maternal family). Clippings are primarily from Berkowitz's service as Army chaplain and from around his death in 1983. Photographs document events during his time as Army chaplain, with most photographs from a 1943 Passover seder and 1944 Rosh Hashanah services at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. The Addition of 2007 contains a copy of the eulogy read by Bishop James A. Malone at Berkowitz's funeral, clippings, and a Christmas card.
Creator Berkowitz, Sidney M., d. 1983.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Sidney M. Berkowitz Papers #5241-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Roger Berkowitz of Pittsboro, N.C. in October 2005 (Acc. 100240), February 2006 (Acc. 100331), May 2006 (Acc. 100427), and December 2007 (Acc. 100828).
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Rabbi Dr. Sidney M. Berkowitz, originally of Terre Haute, Ind., graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1933 and from Hebrew Union College in 1936, at which time he was ordained as a rabbi. A fellowship eabled him to do graduate work at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and at the Sorbonne. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1939. Berkowitz became rabbi of Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim (the Gates of Heaven), Mobile, Ala., in 1940 and volunteered to be a chaplain in the United States Army in 1942, where he served 42 months and was discharged with the rank of Major. After World War II, Berkowitz became rabbi of Congregation Rodef Shalom, Youngstown, Ohio, where he served until a month before he died in 1983 at the age of 71. He was committed to interfaith cooperation and had a deep and longstanding friendship with Bishop James W. Malone, who later gave the eulogy at Berkowitz's funeral.

Berkowitz was married to Pauline Anderson of England. They had two sons, Roger and R. Laurence.

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The collection includes a scrapbook, personal papers, clippings, other papers, and photographs of Rabbi Dr. Sidney M. Berkowitz. The scrapbook, compiled by Pauline Berkowitz, contains clippings, photographs, letters, and event programs related to Berkowitz's education and professional career. It primarily documents Berkowitz's time as rabbi of Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim in Mobile, Ala., until joining the United States Army as a chaplain in 1942. Personal papers include transcripts from the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College; tuition bills and receipts of payment from the University of Cambridge; programs of events from the Cambridge Jewish Society and the Oxford Jewish Society; and other items. Other papers include inventories of Berkowitz material elsewhere and a partial oral history of Pauline Berkowitz. Also included is a Loeser family tree (Berkowitz's maternal family). Clippings are primarily from Berkowitz's World War II service as United States Army chaplain and from around his death in 1983. Photographs document events during his time as Army chaplain, with most photographs from a 1943 Passover seder and 1944 Rosh Hashanah services at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. The Addition of 2007 contains a copy of the eulogy read by Bishop James A. Malone at Berkowitz's funeral, clippings, and a Christmas card.

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About 230 items.
Scrapbook S-5241/1

Scrapbook, 1936-1945, and undated #05241-z, Series: "Papers, 1931-2000 (bulk 1936-1944, 1983)." S-5241/1

This scrapbook contains clippings, photographs, letters, and event programs related to the education and professional career of Rabbi Sidney M. Berkowitz and was created by his wife, Pauline. The opening pages consist of photographs of Sidney and Pauline Berkowitz and undated clippings regarding speaking engagements and services led by Sidney Berkowitz in Terre Haute, Ind. The scrapbook primarily documents Berkowitz's time as rabbi of Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim in Mobile, Ala., until joining the United States Army as a chaplain in 1942.

Folder 1

Personal papers, 1933-1939 #05241-z, Series: "Papers, 1931-2000 (bulk 1936-1944, 1983)." Folder 1

Materials in this file include transcripts from the University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College; tuition bills and receipts of payment from the University of Cambridge; programs of events from the Cambridge and Oxford Jewish societies; a letter stating that Berkowitz was eligible to receive his Ph.D.; and other items. Also included is a Loeser family tree (Berkowitz's maternal family).

Folder 2

Clippings, 1943-1944, 1983, 2000 #05241-z, Series: "Papers, 1931-2000 (bulk 1936-1944, 1983)." Folder 2

Clippings are primarily from two time periods: Berkowitz's service as chaplain in the United States Army and his death in 1983.

Folder 3

Other papers, 1991-2003 #05241-z, Series: "Papers, 1931-2000 (bulk 1936-1944, 1983)." Folder 3

Other papers are inventories of Berkowitz materials at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and a partial oral history of Pauline Berkowitz.

Image Folder P-5241/Folder 1

Photographs, 1943-1944 #05241-z, Series: "Papers, 1931-2000 (bulk 1936-1944, 1983)." P-5241/Folder 1

These photographs document events that took place during the time Berkowitz served as chaplain in the United States Army. Most photographs are from a Passover seder held in 1943 and Rosh Hashanah services held in 1944 at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.

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Folder 4

Addition of 2007 #05241-z, Series: "Addition of 2007 (Acc. 100828), 1943-1983." Folder 4

Contains a copy of the eulogy read by Bishop James A. Malone at Berkowitz's funeral, clippings, and a Christmas card.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jodi Berkowitz, 2006

Encoded by: Jodi Berkowitz, 2006

Finding aid updated in June 2008 by Kathryn Roth because of addition.

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