Moses Rosenthal (1887-1991), Papers.

  • Dates: 1910-1987
  • Size: .4 linear ft
  • Number of Boxes: 1
  • Languages: English
  • Location: Special Collections Reading Room, Jewish Theological Seminary Library.
  • Restrictions: Reproduction of fragile items is not permitted; consult the archivist about literary rights
  • Gift Of: Seymour Seigel
  • Date: March, 1991
  • Related Collections:

MCS, 6/30/94

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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

Rabbi Moses Rosenthal was born in 1887 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He earned a BA at City College in 1910, and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1914.

Rabbi Rosenthal was an organizer and the first president of Young Israel. His first rabbinical post was at Washington Heights Congregation in New York. He later served at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, and then as the Jewish Welfare Board Army-Navy chaplain for Southern California. Rabbi Rosenthal returned to New York in 1929, serving there as chaplain of Rockland State Hospital. He was the leader of Sons of Israel Congregation in Suffern, New York, until his retirement in 1955 at age 68. Rabbi Rosenthal received numerous awards and citations during his career, and lived to be over 100.

Collection Description

This small group of Rabbi Rosenthal's papers consists of correspondence (largely congratulatory, thank-you, and similar letters), 1935-1987; newspaper clippings, (originals and photocopies) 1923-1986, documenting Rosenthal's career; homiletic material consisting of manuscripts and typescripts of sermon notes, prayers, and invocations, 1914-1977; photographs; and some miscellaneous items. The miscellaneous items consist of notes on Rabbi Rosenthal's career, and Shulamith Berger's paper titled "The Early History of the Young Israel Movement" written for a course at YIVO, which includes discussion of Rabbi Rosenthal's role.

Box List

Box  Folder(s)  Description 
1 1 Clippings, 1923-1986
 2-3  Correspondence, 1935-1987
 4 Homiletic material, 1914-1986
 5 Miscellaneous, 1982; n.d.
 6 Photographs, 1910-1986