B'nai Israel, Toms River, New Jersey, Records

  • Dates: 1950–1985
  • Size: 4.0 linear ft.
  • Number of Boxes, Volumes: Three boxes; four volumes
  • Languages: English
  • Location: Special Collections Reading Room, The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary.
  • Restrictions: Reproduction of fragile items is not permitted; consult the archivist about literary rights.

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B'nai Israel, mid-1980s

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Photo digitization funds were generously provided by the Sambol Family Foundation and Rabbi Richard Hammerman.

A Note on Folder Headings

Individual folders are identified in the following way on the left side of each folder: Name of Collection, box #/folder#, as in Ben Zion Bokser Papers, 4/22. Please use this format in citations and when referring to files for any other reason.

Historical Note

Congregation B'nai Israel of Toms River, New Jersey, was founded in 1950. The congregation is located in what was once a rural community, and many of its early members were involved in farming and raising chickens. Its membership averaged about 240 throughout the years. Among its other functions, the congregation maintained a Talmud Torah, a youth group, and a ladies auxiliary.

Collection Description

From L to R: Dr. Solomon Soloff,
Simon Schwartz, and Zev Rosen

B'nai Israel's records, 1950-1985, which appear to be relatively complete for this time period, include by-laws, minutes of board meetings, financial and tax records, membership records, publications, and miscellaneous files containing clippings, correspondence, legal documents, weekly announcements, and other materials documenting adult education, annual banquets, and other synagogue activities.

Also included is a photocopy of a volume of reminiscences, History of Pioneers, Reminiscences and Personal Histories of the Jews of Toms River compiled in 1976 by the Council of Jewish Organizations, Toms River.

The synagogue continues to add contemporary material to the collection. If you would like to see the recent collection additions, please ask the archivist.

Series List

  • I. Constitutions and By-laws, 1972; 1978; n.d.
  • II. Minutes, 1950-1984; n.d.
  • III. Financial Records, 1950s-1980
  • IV. Membership Records, 1950s-1970s
  • V. Miscellaneous Files, 1925-1985
  • VI. Publications, 1950-1978

Box List

Box Folder(s) Description
1 1-2 I. Constitutions and By-Laws, 1972; 1978; n.d.
3-28 II. Minutes, 1950-1984, n.d.
III. Financial Records, 1950s-1980
Account books:
2 1 1953-1963
2 1979-1980
3 1970s-1980s
4 Audit reports, 1957-1977
5 Bank loan, 1973-1974
6 Budgets, 1961-1981
Volume Cash disbursement ledger, July 1956 - May 1959
7 Employment disbursement records, 1970s-1981
8 Miscellaneous financial records, 1958-1982
9 Monthly financial statements, Aug 1970 - July 1973
10 Pledge records, 1950s-1960s
11-12 Tax records, 1970s-1980s
IV. Membership Records, 1950s-1970s
13-16 A-Z, 1950s-1960s
17 Miscellaneous lists of members, 1976, 1979
18 Correspondence, 1979-1980
Volumes Membership books:
June 1956 - June 1958
September 1957 - March 1960
July 1958 - June 1959
V. Miscellaneous Files, 1925-1985
19 Adult education, 1984-1985; n.d.
20-21 Banquets and shows, 1960-1974
22 Calendars of events, 1960-1968; n.d.
23 Clergy Association of the Greater Tom's River Area, 1878-1979; n.d.
24 Clippings, 1980s
25 Congregational and religious school reports, 1960s
26 Correspondence, 1974; n.d.
27 History of Pioneers, Reminiscences...
28 Miscellaneous announcements, newsletters, other printed material, 1960-1984; n.d.
29 Passover material, n.d.
30 Photographs
31 Real estate - legal documents, 1925-1969
32 Real estate records, miscellaneous, 1950s-1970s
33 Religious school, 1984-85; n.d.
34 Sisterhood by-laws, n.d. and annual report, 1984
35 Weekly announcements, 1956-1964; n.d.
VI. Publications, 1950-1978
3 Bulletins, 1959-1961; 1964-1967; 1969-1985
Journals, 1950-1978