• Creator Names Congregation Rodfei Zedek (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Title Congregation Rodfei Zedek records [manuscript], 1933-1995.
  • Physical description
    • 122.5 linear ft. (98 boxes; 11 vol.; 1 wood file drawer)
    • sound recordings.
  • Access and usage restrictions
    • Researchers must secure the written permission of the Rabbi of the Congregation in order to consult these records.
    • Researchers must secure the written permission of Rabbi Gertel to access his papers in this collection.
  • Collection summary Records of Congregational Rodfei Zedek, a Conservative Jewish synagogue located since 1950 at 5200 South Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago (Ill.), consisting chiefly of papers of its longtime leader, Rabbi Ralph Simon (1906-1996), who served in that capacity from 1943 to 1988, when he became Rabbi Emeritus. Also present are papers of Rabbi Simon's successor, Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel. Rabbi Simon's papers include typewritten and handwritten sermons and funeral eulogies (1933-1980), sound recordings (reel-to-reel) of some from the 1950s; correspondence from and to Rabbi Simon about congregational matters (administrative, financial, and pastoral) and about his broader activities as a Jewish civic leader (e.g., as a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Federation, as a leader in citywide bond drives for the State of Israel), 1940s-1980s; and minutes of the Commission on Youth Welfare, 1958-1992. Also present are congregational files, such as lists of deceased members, 1946-1994, and religious school registration cards, 1950s-1960s. Finally, there are several boxes of congregational correspondence and sermons/eulogies generated by Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel, 1988-1995, and minutes of the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council, on which Rabbi Gertel served, 1989-1993.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Congregation Rodfei Zedek (1997.0095 and 2010.0016) and gift of Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel (1997.0165).
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Rabbi Elliott B. Gertel selected items; the Congregation Rodfei Zedek photograph collection (1997.0095); and publications and photographs cataloged separately.
  • Names
    • Congregation Rodfei Zedek (Chicago, Ill.) Archives.
    • Gertel, Elliott B. Archives.
    • Simon, Ralph, 1906-1996.
    • Chicago (Ill.). Commission on Youth Welfare.
    • Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
    • Gertel, Elliott B.
    • Simon, Ralph, 1906-1996.
    • Chicago (Ill.). Commission on Youth Welfare.
    • Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
  • Subjects
    • Civic leaders Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Jews Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Jews Illinois Chicago Clergy 20th century.
    • Synagogues Illinois Chicago 20th century.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Religious life and customs 20th century.
    • Hyde Park (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Israel Economic conditions.
  • Genre
    • Audiotapes. aat
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Membership lists. aat
    • Minutes. aat
    • Sermons. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.