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Hartford Yeshiva/Hebrew Academy

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Summary Information
Administrative Information
Collection Inventory
Series I: A-E
Series II: F-Fundraising, 1948-1970
Series III: Fundraising, 1975-2000s
Series IV: Fundraising/endowments -Z
Photographs:
Oral Histories:
Scrapbooks
Artifacts:
Oversized Materials
Hebrew Academy/ Yeshiva Yearbooks, 1948-2012

Summary Information

Repository
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Title
Hartford Yeshiva/Hebrew Academy
ID
Education.0007.002.004a
Date [inclusive]
1940-2012
Extent
3.0 Cubic feet
Language
English
Biographical/Historical
Biographical/Historical note The Hartford Yeshiva, founded in 1940, was the second Jewish day school established in New England. The Yeshiva was created by members of the Orthodox community who felt that only a day school could provide the quantity and quality of education needed to perpetuate traditional Judaism. At the time, the school was one of relatively few in the country that offered girls a Jewish education equal to that offered to boys. In addition to a half day of Judaic studies, the school also provided an equal amount of time on secular education and was supervised by the Hartford Board of Education. At its founding, the school immediately became a center of controversy, according to Making a Life, Building a Community, as some of the more liberal Jewish leaders in Hartford felt that such a school perpetuated the ghetto segregation left behind in Europe and was "un-American." These critics supported the use of public schools, supplemented with after school classes in Judaism, in order to promote the acculturation of the community and foster assimilation. As materials in the collection demonstrate, the Yeshiva's response to this attitude was to institute a program of patriotism to foster "Americanism." Today the school continues this practice with student charity to non-Jewish (as well as Jewish) community organizations, an annual Election Fair with local political candidates, and various patriotic programs during the year. Although most of these early critics eventually were convinced of the school's desire to fit into modern American life, some members of the community continued to feel that an Orthodox day school was a retrograde idea, even though most of the students attending the school were not "traditional" Jews. The Yeshiva, known after the early 1970s as Hebrew Academy, has responded by focusing on the quality of its secular education, establishing a computer lab, programs for the "gifted and talented" students, and active competition in statewide and national science and mathematics competitions.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents note A large portion of this collection consists of materials describing various volunteer and fundraising efforts by the school, reflecting the constant need to supplement tuition

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

333 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT, 06117
860-727-6171
ekafer@jewishhartford.org

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Collection Inventory

Series I: A-E
About this Collection
Anniversaries/13th Anniversary of school ("Bar Mitzvah Anniversary"), 1952
Anniversaries/25th Anniversary of school, 1964
Anniversaries/40th Anniversary of school, 1979
Anniversaries/50th Anniversary of school, 1989
Anniversaries/ 62nd Anniversary of school, 2002
Anniversaries/ 70th Anniversary of school, 2009
Annual Dinners
Auxiliary/Life Membership Programs, 1969-1976
Auxiliary/Miscellaneous
Awards and Honors Given/Annual Scholarship Dinner Tribute
Awards and Honors Received/U.S. Dept. of Education Award, 1990?1991
Awards and Honors/Miscellaneous
Board of Directors/Members
Board of Directors/Members/Gershman, Charles (founder)
Board of Directors/Planning
Buildings/45 Pleasant Street, Hartford, 1942-1951
Buildings/121 Cornwall Street, Hartford, 1951-1974
Buildings/53 Gabb Road, Bloomfield, 1974-present
Charitable Activities
Correspondence/Letters to parents and friends
Curriculum
Education/Adult Programs
Education/After'school Programs
Education/Pre'school Programs
Education/School Programs
Education/School Programs/Graduations
Education/Special Programs and Holiday Observances

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Series II: F-Fundraising, 1948-1970
Financial Information
Fundraising/Ad Journals
Fundraising/Ad Journals ("Yearbook"), 1948-1970

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Series III: Fundraising, 1975-2000s
Fundraising/Ad Journals ("Yearbook;" or “Scholarship Dinner”), 1971-2000s

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Series IV: Fundraising/endowments -Z
Fundraising/Endowments and Grants
Fundraising/Planning
Fundraising/Projects A-D
Fundraising/Projects E-Z
Fundraising/Student Fundraising Projects
Historical Highlights
Interfaith Activities
Letter Correspondence to Parents
Miscellaneous
Newsletters/"The Advocate"
Newsletters/"Chadashot"
Newsletters/"Hakesher"
Newsletters/"H.A. Link"
Newsletters/ "Highlights"
Newsletters/"Menu" (weekly news for parents)
Newsletters/ "Update"
Newspaper clippings
Open Houses and Recruitment
Parent Handbook
Publicity/Promotional Materials
Publicity/Promotional Materials/Calendars, 1997-
Scholarships
School Calendars
Social Events/Annual Purim Dinner, etc.
Social Events/Miscellaneous/ and Special
Staff Members
Volunteers/Fathers' Club
Volunteers/P.T.A.
Volunteers/Women’s Organization

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Photographs:
See: "Photographs/Education/Hartford Yeshiva?Hebrew Academy"

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Oral Histories:
Gershman Memorial Convocation, Tape #213 (1980)

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Scrapbooks

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Artifacts:
Hat and two badges from "Israel at 50" program, 1998
Trowel from cornerstone laying given to Herman Eisenberg, April 18, 1950

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Oversized Materials

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Hebrew Academy/ Yeshiva Yearbooks, 1948-2012

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