Hyman Reuven Rabinowitz (b.1893), Papers.

  • Dates: 1925-1965; 1975
  • Size: 1.25 linear ft.
  • Number of Boxes: 2 (box 2 fits inside box 1)
  • Languages:
    • English
    • Hebrew
    • Yiddish
  • Location: Special Collections Reading Room, Jewish Theological Seminary Library.
  • Restrictions: Reproduction of fragile items is not permitted; consult the archivist about literary rights.

TK, 4/30/92

Table of Contents:

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.

Biographical Note

Hyman (Chaim) Reuven Rabinowitz was born on January 30, 1893 in Srednick, Lithuania, and arrived in the United States in 1904. He received a BA from Columbia University in 1916 and was ordained at the Seminary in 1925. The Seminary awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1953.

In 1925 Rabinowitz became the first rabbi of the newly reorganized Shaare Zion Synagogue in Sioux City, Iowa, and remained there until his retirement in 1959.

Rabinowitz settled in Jerusalem after retiring from Shaare Zion, devoting himself to writing and the study of Jewish classical texts. During this period he wrote two studies of preachers, both in Hebrew - Deyoknaot shel Darshanim (1967) and Bene Binah (1972).

Collection Description

Rabinowitz's papers, 1925-1975 (the bulk dates from the mid twenties to the mid fifties) consist of sermon notes, letters, texts of talks given by Shaare Zion congregants at high school graduation and Mothers Day services, and a conference notebook, which document Rabbi Rabinowitz's career at Shaare Zion, his relationships with colleagues, and his attendence at conferences.

Shaare Zion material consists of sermon notes, which constitute the bulk of the collection, and documentation of two annual synagogue events - a baccalaureate service honoring congregants who had recently graduated from Central High School in Sioux City, and a Mother's Day service. The sermon notes cover a number of topics, the most prominent of which are the Jewish holidays and antisemitism. The baccalaureate material consists of texts of students' valedictory addresses, class pledges, prayers, and programs, 1933-1957. The Mother's Day material includes notes for sermons delivered on Mother's Day, programs for Mother's Day services, texts of addresses delivered by mothers and children at these services, and some clippings, 1920s-1950s.

Most of Rabinowitz's correspondence, 1927-1955, consists of letters from his brother, Rabbi Simcha Rabinowitz, rabbi at the Jewish Centre of Highbridge, Bronx, New York, and Rabbi Jacob J. Newman of the Kings Highway Jewish Center in Brooklyn. Both were graduates of The Jewish Theological Seminary, Simcha Rabinowitz in 1931, and Newman (who was also a lawyer) in Hyman Rabinowitz's class, 1925. Also included is a letter from Rabbi Morris S. Goodblatt, Philadelphia, who was ordained at the Seminary in 1927. These letters served these rabbis as a medium for exchanging ideas both on preaching and on the day-to-day running of a congregation.

Rabbi Rabinowitz's role as speaker at a number of conferences and other affairs is reflected in a collection of notes kept in a small notebook, 1959-1962. He spoke at United Synagogue conventions and at a number of meetings with women's groups, including Sisterhood conventions and branch meetings, and at gatherings of rabbis' wives at Rabbinical Assembly and other gatherings. Interspersed among the speech notes are relevant clippings and flyers. The notebook also contains reading notes and other writings not necessarily connected with conferences.

Box List

Box  Folder(s)  Description 
I. Baccalaureate Material, 1933-1957
 2 II. Conference Notebook, 1959-1962
 3 III. Correspondence, 1927-1955
 4-5 IV. Mother's Day Material, 1928-1955; n.d.
  V. Notes, 1925-1965; 1975
 6-19 General, Kol Nidre, and holiday notes.
2  General notes.