Scope and Content
The Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection documents the life of a rabbi, educator, Zionist, noted speaker and philanthropist. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, student papers, World War II records, transcripts of speeches, news clippings, personal notes, organizational documents, and audio-visual recordings. The materials in this collection, spanning the years 1930 to 2003, reflect Friedman's life-long commitment to the safety and welfare of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Rabbi Friedman preached this philosophy and also put these principles into practice throughout his long and storied career. This is evidenced by his work as a World War II chaplain charged with relieving the plight of Jewish refugees in Europe; his early Zionist activities; his service as Executive Vice Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal; his life in Israel; and his work to preserve Jewish identity through the Wexner Heritage Foundation, all of which are documented in this collection.
The arrangement of the Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection reflects the original order of the material as compiled and organized by Rabbi Friedman. This includes the broader organization of the series and files in the collection as well as the arrangement of the papers within each file.
As a result, materials of similar genre or topics appear throughout the collection. For example, some of Rabbi Friedman’s sermons and speeches are kept together in a sermons file (Series E). Other of his sermons and addresses pertaining to his work at the United Jewish Appeal are filed with other UJA materials in Series H. The same is true for Rabbi Friedman’s correspondence. Series B is a general correspondence file, but users should be aware there is overlapping correspondence on specific topics located in other series in the collection.
In another example, photographs are distributed throughout the collection. During processing, photographs were kept in their original location. However, to facilitate access, all photographs were digitally re-assembled together into Series J., Media.
Subject and Genre Terms
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA Online Catalog.
Persons and Families
- Ben-Gurion, David -- 1886-1973.
- Friedman, Herbert A. -- 1918-2008.
- Wexner, Leslie -- 1937-
- United Jewish Appeal.
- Wexner Heritage Foundation.
- Military chaplains.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees.
Genres and Forms
- Jewish sermons, American.