• Collection ID 1997.0095
  • Creator Names Congregation Rodfei Zedek (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Title Congregation Rodfei Zedek photograph collection [graphic].
  • Dates [ca. 1950-1995]
  • Physical description
    • 356 photographic prints : b&w ; 11 x 14 in. and smaller.
    • 106 photographic prints : col. ; 8 x 10 in. and smaller.
    • 17 negatives : b&w ; 9 x 12 in. and smaller.
    • 1 folder of non-graphic material (including a business card, greeting card, and notes)
  • Access and usage restrictions Advance appointment required to view color materials in cold storage.
  • Collection summary Photographs related to Congregation Rodfei Zedek, a Conservative Jewish synagogue located in the Hyde Park community of Chicago (Ill.) and its longtime leader, Rabbi Ralph Simon. Includes portraits of Rabbi Simon, weddings, travel, and other events, such as banquets, luncheons, conventions, conferences, anniversaries, interviews, and award ceremonies. Also included is a photograph of Camp Ramah, a Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin that Rabbi Simon helped establish in 1947. Other photographs show Rabbi Simon with Levi Eshkol, the third Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, a Prime Minister and later President of Israel, and James R. Thompson, Governor of Illinois from 1977 to 1991. A large group of photographs depict various activities of the Rodfei Zedek Men's Club, and one photograph taken by the Hedrich-Blessing architectural photography firm shows the Congregation building, located at 5200 South Hyde Park Boulevard.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Congregation Rodfei Zedek and Rabbi Elliott B. Gertel (1997.0095).
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Credit photographer.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Rabbi Elliott B. Gertel selected items [manuscript]; the Congregation Rodfei Zedek records [manuscript]; and publications and photographs cataloged separately.
  • Names
    • Simon, Ralph, 1906-1996 Portraits.
    • Eshkol, Levi, 1895-1969 Portraits.
    • Peres, Shimon, 1923- Portraits.
    • Thompson, James R., 1936- Portraits.
    • Congregation Rodfei Zedek (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Congregation Rodfei Zedek (Chicago, Ill.) Rites & ceremonies.
    • 5200 South Hyde Park Boulevard (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Hedrich-Blessing (Firm), photographer. pht
    • A. Epstein and Sons International, architect.
  • Subjects
    • Banquets Illinois Chicago 1950-1999. lctgm
    • Civic leaders Illinois Chicago 1950-1999. lctgm
    • Jews Illinois Chicago 1950-1999.
    • Jews Illinois Chicago Clergy 1950-1999.
    • Men Illinois Chicago 1950-1999.
    • Synagogues Illinois Chicago 1950-1999. lctgm
    • Travel United States 1950-1999. lctgm
    • Weddings Illinois Chicago 1950-1999. lctgm
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Religious life and customs 1950-1999.
    • Hyde Park (Chicago, Ill.) 1950-1999.
    • Israel Description and travel 1950-1999.
  • Genre
    • Exterior views. aat
    • Interior views. aat
    • Film negatives. gmgpc
    • Gelatin silver prints. gmgpc
    • Group portraits. gmgpc
    • Photographic prints Color. gmgpc
    • Portrait prints. gmgpc