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Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation records,

Title
Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation records, 1923-1991.
Author
Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation (Harlem, New York, N.Y.)
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box 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 574 box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Description
.4 linear ft.
Subjects
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
  • Related collection: W.A. Matthew collection, 1929-1979 (Sc MG 609).
  • Zakor: Israelite History and Archives Project.
Source (note)
  • Rabbi Chaim White
Biography (note)
  • The Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, one of the oldest and largest communities of black Hebrews in the United States, was founded in Harlem in 1919 by Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew (1892-1973). Though this congregation traces its origin to the activities of those who came to New York during the first waves of black migration and immigration, it was in the post World War II years that the community took root. Rabbi Matthew created a number of auxiliary organizations, and today there are seven black synagogues in the downstate New York area that trace their origins directly to Rabbi Matthew and his congregation. The synagogue is located in Harlem.
Call Number
Sc MG 574
Author
Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation (Harlem, New York, N.Y.)
Title
Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation records, 1923-1991.
Summary
The Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation records consist of several ledgers including a photocopy of a record book listing members' names and addresses, births and deaths (1923-1959); and other membership ledgers providing individual financial records, worship, and Hebrew school attendance (1927-1959). The collection ledger lists amounts donated from 1974 to 1991. The collection includes correspondence of Rabbi Matthew regarding dedication of the new synagogue in Harlem (1962) and speaking engagements in the Northeast (1968-1970). There is also a notebook listing members of various committees along with notes about several services held at the synagogue (1948), a golden anniversary program (1966), and news clippings.
Biography
The Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, one of the oldest and largest communities of black Hebrews in the United States, was founded in Harlem in 1919 by Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew (1892-1973). Though this congregation traces its origin to the activities of those who came to New York during the first waves of black migration and immigration, it was in the post World War II years that the community took root. Rabbi Matthew created a number of auxiliary organizations, and today there are seven black synagogues in the downstate New York area that trace their origins directly to Rabbi Matthew and his congregation. The synagogue is located in Harlem.
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Sc MG 574
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