Havurat Shalom records Edit


11 MWalB02734


  • 1968-1984, bulk 1968-1976 (Creation)


  • 1.25 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 manuscript boxes, 2 half manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder

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  • Historical Note

    Havurat Shalom was established in 1968 in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a combined Jewish seminary and experiment in communal living, an attempt to reinvigorate Jewish spiritual life by more intensely connecting it with values of the counterculture. Havurat Shalom physically moved to neighboring Somerville, and institutionally moved away from a mission as a formal educational institution towards one centered around an experience of Jewish spirituality based in social community and the concerns of the contemporary world. It rapidly gained prominence, and inspired other similar Havurah around the country, both serving younger Jews’ desire for a more open and contemporary religious experience, while also influencing Jewish religious practices on a wider scale. Many of its early members and founders were Brandeis University graduates who went on to prominent roles in both theology and Jewish studies.

    Sources: Sarna, Jonathan. American Judaism: A History. New Haven: Yale, 2004.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of one linear feet of records relating to the first years Havurat Shalom. The majority of the materials are administrative records and correspondence created between 1968 and 1976. The administrative documents include minutes, reports, planning materials, and proposals for the structure of the community. There are also financial and real estate papers, tax documents, and insurance materials. The correspondence, principally to and from Rabbi Art Green, includes fundraising and sponsorship requests, as well as communications with prospective students, including decisions and selective service information for students. A small number of records relate to religious services and study.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for form information.

    The collection contains applications to the Havurat Shalom seminary, circa 1968. Some of these folders contained grade transcripts, which were separated and restricted until 2038.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Acquisitions Note

    The collection was donated by Havurat Shalom in January 2019.

  • Preferred Citation

    Havurat Shalom records, 1968-1984, bulk 1968-1976

  • Processing information

    This collection was processed to a basic level. The archivist put the materials in new folders and boxes and the order in which the material was received was retained. A small group of materials, including business cards, an expired credit card, blank tax and selective service forms, and an envelope of cancelled checks and bills, were weeded and returned to Havurat Shalom.

  • Related Materials

    Materials related to Havurat Shalom can be found in the Arthur Green papers at Brandeis University. The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), Boston also houses a collection of Arthur Green papers that contains Havurat Shalom materials.

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