Creator: Lande, Bernard Zion, 1927-1978
Abstract: Bernard Zion Lande, the grandson of early Denver Jewish pioneer Zion Wolf Karsh, was born in Denver, Colorado, on July 11, 1927. Lande grew up on Denver's west side and attended the Hebrew Educational Alliance. While still in his teens, he helped to found the Jewish Youth Council, and in 1947 he attended the Brandeis Camp in California, where he gained his first exposure to the philosophies of the Jewish Reconstructionist movement. Lande received a master's degree in social psychology from the University of Denver in 1950, and he served in the army for two years as a research psychologist in Beckly, West Virginia. He was instrumental in the establishment, organization, and evaluation of havurot--groups of people who gather together to read, study, and worship at each other's homes--and these fellowships ultimately evolved into the Colorado Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. Lande died at the age of 51 on July 24, 1978. The collection consists of papers belonging to Lande, including personal papers about psychology, papers related to his travels, papers about Shalom Bardin Institute, papers about the Brandeis Camp Institute, notes, journals, correspondence, a framed certificate, and publications.
Creator: Laverty, Bernice Cooke
Abstract: Bernice Cooke Laverty was born in Calfornia in 1904. She served as the University of Denver Lamont School of Music's speech teacher for a number of years. This collection contains programs and photographs from various plays and musicals directed by Laverty as well as correspondence, musical scores, songbooks, scripts and teacher's guides.
Abstract: Collection contains photographs, business records and, a Masonic Apron related to the Bernstein and Stiker families from 1889 through 1914.
Abstract: Collection contains photographs related to the Bernstein family.
Abstract: Ellis and Bessie Ruttman Wedgle were married in Denver in 1914 after a brief courtship.The two arrived in the United States around 1912, Ellis emigrating from Poland and Bessie from Russia. In Denver, Ellis worked as a pawnbroker, and Bessie was a seamstress. They lived in Denver's west-side immigrant community and raised four children there. The collection consists of one item, the wedding dress worn by Bessie Wedgle in 1914.
Creator: Colorado. Department of State
Abstract: In 1926, Beth David Sisterhood was founded in an effort to create a new Hebrew school and Jewish social center for the West Colfax area of Denver, Colorado. The Beth David Hebrew School and Center met at the home of the Reverend and Mrs. Jacob Gordon at 1490 Julian Street. In November 1928, Beth David Sisterhood formed an alliance with Beth David Brotherhood and the Denver Hebrew Institute, and this group became known as the Hebrew Educational Alliance in 1929. The collection consists of the State of Colorado Articles of Incorporation (June 12, 1930) certificate for Beth David Sisterhood.
Abstract: Congregaton Beth HaMedrosh Hagodol Congregation (BMH-the Great House of Study) was establsihed in 1892 in a group of rented rooms above co-founder Henry Plonsky's shoe and boot store on Larimer Street in Denver, Colorado. It officially incorporated in 1897 and grew to become Denver's largest modern Orthodox Jewish congregation. The congregation was first housed at 24th and Curtis Streets and then erected a new building at 16th and Gaylord. In 1969 BMH moved to its present location at 560 S. Monaco Pkwy. Rabbi Charles Eliezar Hillel Kauvar became the first rabbi of BMH in 1901 and served in that position for more than 50 years. In 1972, Stanley Wagner became Rabbi. He and Rabbi Kauvar created the Center for Judaic Studies. Oheb Zedek (Those Who Love Justice) left BMH in 1911, but merged back in the 1930s. Beth Joseph became part of BMH-BJ in 1996.
The collections includes ledgers, material culture, cash receipt books, and a BMH Women's League Minute Book.
Abstract: Most of Greeley's early Jews were Orthodox and services were held in private homes until 1925 when Beth Israel Congregation was formed in Greeley, Colorado and houses were rented for services. In 1952 Beth Israel had it's first synagogue when it purchased a former church in 1952 and incorporated in June 1953. Among the leaders of the Congregation were members of the Winograd family. Abe Winograd was Collection contains financial records, correspondence, administrative records, programs, newsclippings and newsletters from the Beth Israel Congregation.
Abstract: Collection contains administrative records, photographs, scrapbooks, publications, clippings and minutes from the Beth Israel Hospital and Geriatric Center from 1927-1995.