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Guide to the Israel Gerber Papers, 1920-2009 and undated

Summary

Rabbi Israel Gerber was a Reform Rabbi and led congregations in Dothan, Alabama, North Carolina, and in Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army and held a PhD from Boston University in the Psychology of Religion. He authored six books and wrote numerous newspaper and magazine articles, including book reviews for the Charlotte Observer. Gerber was a sought-after lecturer because of his extensive biblical knowledge. The Israel Gerber Papers span the years 1920 to 2009 and primarily document public Gerber’s life, with the bulk of the materials related to his sermons, writings, and teachings. Also included is a small amount of correspondence, including letters to and from Harry Golden and letters to the editors of various newspapers, and two scrapbooks that document Gerber’s personal and professional life.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10184
Title
Israel Gerber papers
Date
1920-2009 and undated
Extent
13.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Israel Gerber Papers span the years 1920 to 2009 and primarily document public Gerber’s life, with the bulk of the materials related to his sermons, writings, and teachings. Items in this collection include sermons on a variety of topics including Purim, Passover, World War II, and Genesis; various handwritten notes, typed speeches, lectures, eulogies, and talks given by Gerber at Temple Beth El and other temples, conferences, and academic institutions; and clippings, both loose and glued into scrapbooks related to Gerber’s books, and quotations, poems, articles, editorials written by Gerber and others on a variety of religious, spiritual, and inspirational topics, including Gerber’s monthly column “The Good Within Us” for Senior Directions.

Also included are teaching materials such as handwritten notes, lessons, quizzes and exams, a small amount of correspondence, including letters to and from Harry Golden and letters to the editors of various newspapers, and two scrapbooks that document Gerber’s personal and professional life. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, articles written by Gerber, letters, programs for various services and events, and invitations.

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Arrangement

The materials in this collection are arranged chronologically.

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Contents of the Collection

[Sermons - Genesis], 1920, 1943-2002
(1 of 4)
Box 1
Folder 1
[Sermons - Genesis], 1920, 1943-2002
(2 of 4)
Box 1
Folder 2
[Sermons - Genesis], 1920, 1943-2002
(3 of 4)
Box 1
Folder 3
[Sermons - Genesis], 1920, 1943-2002
(4 of 4)
Box 1
Folder 4
Scrapbook, 1938-1959
Box 2
Chanukah, 1940-1994
(1 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 5
Chanukah, 1940-1994
(2 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 6
Chanukah, 1940-1994
(3 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 7
Memorial Day, 1941-1965, 1997
Box 1
Folder 8
Passover, 1941-1990
(1 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 9
Passover, 1941-1990
(2 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 10
Passover, 1941-1990
(3 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 11
War Sermons, 1943-1945
Box 1
Folder 12
Sermons - How To, 1943-1971
Box 1
Folder 13
Interfaith Sermons & Talks, 1943-1993
(1 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 14
Interfaith Sermons & Talks, 1943-1993
(2 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 15
Interfaith Sermons & Talks, 1943-1993
(3 of 3)
Box 1
Folder 16
Eulogies, 1943-2004
(1 of 6)
Box 3
Folder 1
Eulogies, 1943-2004
(2 of 6)
Box 3
Folder 2
Eulogies, 1943-2004
(3 of 6)
Box 3
Folder 3
Eulogies, 1943-2004
(4 of 6)
Box 3
Folder 4
Eulogies, 1943-2004
(5 of 6)
Box 3
Folder 5
Eulogies, 1943-2004
(6 of 6)
Box 3
Folder 6
Exodus, 1943-2004
(1 of 3)
Box 3
Folder 7
Exodus, 1943-2004
(2 of 3)
Box 3
Folder 8
Exodus, 1943-2004
(3 of 3)
Box 3
Folder 9
Sermons - Passover, 1943-2004
(1 of 3)
Box 3
Folder 10
Sermons - Passover, 1943-2004
(2 of 3)
Box 3
Folder 11
Sermons - Passover, 1943-2004
(3 of 3)
Box 3
Folder 12
Sermons - [Purim], 1943-2004
(1 of 4)
Box 3
Folder 13
Sermons - [Purim], 1943-2004
(2 of 4)
Box 3
Folder 14
Sermons - [Purim], 1943-2004
(3 of 4)
Box 3
Folder 15
Sermons - [Purim], 1943-2004
(4 of 4)
Box 3
Folder 16
[Miscellaneous writings], 1944-1994
Box 4
Folder 1
Sermons - Chanukah, 1944-2003
(1 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 2
Sermons - Chanukah, 1944-2003
(2 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 3
Sermons - Chanukah, 1944-2003
(3 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 4
Jewish War Veterans, 1945, 1963-1977
Box 4
Folder 5
Mother's Day, 1945-1966, 1995-1996
Box 4
Folder 6
Love, 1945-1993
Box 4
Folder 7
Sermons - Bar Mitzvah, 1945-2001
(1 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 8
Sermons - Bar Mitzvah, 1945-2001
(2 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 9
Sermons - Bar Mitzvah, 1945-2001
(3 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 10
Sermons - Israel, 1946-2003
(1 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 11
Sermons - Israel, 1946-2003
(2 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 12
Sermons - Israel, 1946-2003
(3 of 3)
Box 4
Folder 13
Genesis, 1947-1991
Box 4
Folder 14
[Reader's responses to Gerber's articles in The Reconstructionist], 1948
Box 4
Folder 15
The Reconstructionist contains "Pastoral Clinical Training in Operation", 1948 March
Box 4
Folder 16
The Reconstructionist contains "A Rabbi 'in White'", 1948 March
Box 4
Folder 17
Confirmation Sermons, 1948, 1965-1982
Box 4
Folder 18
Confirmation Programs, 1948-1981, 2000
Box 4
Folder 19
Israel, 1948-1986
(1 of 2)
Box 4
Folder 20
Israel, 1948-1986
(2 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 1
Grief, 1949, 1962-1982
Box 5
Folder 2
Passover & Easter, 1949, 1965-1969
Box 5
Folder 3
The Reconstructionist contains "Religious Literature for the Physically Ill", 1950 January
Box 5
Folder 4
Sermons - Labor, 1950-1968
Box 5
Folder 5
[Scrapbook - book reviews], 1950-1967 and undated
(1 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 6
[Scrapbook - book reviews], 1950-1967 and undated
(2 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 7
Sermons - Design for Living, 1952-1954, 1960
Box 5
Folder 8
Palestinians, 1952, 1970-1985
Box 5
Folder 9
Humor, 1952, 1975-1979, 1985
Box 5
Folder 10
American Judaism contains "Artie Shaw Finally Comes Home", 1953 January
Box 5
Folder 11
Jerusalem, 1953-1984
(1 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 12
Jerusalem, 1953-1984
(2 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 13
[Letter - Hebrew Union College], 1954
Box 5
Folder 14
[Gerber Editorials, Articles and Letters to the Editors], 1954-1999
(1 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 15
[Gerber Editorials, Articles and Letters to the Editors], 1954-1999
(2 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 16
Offprint: A Rabbi Asks Concerning the Advisability of Informing Patients of the Seriousness of His Illness, 1955
Box 5
Folder 17
[Record - Yeshiva University], 1955
Box 5
Folder 18
[Miscellaneous], 1955, 1960-1961 and undated
(1 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 19
[Miscellaneous], 1955, 1960-1961 and undated
(2 of 2)
Box 5
Folder 20
Lag B'omer, 1955-1957, 1977
Box 5
Folder 21
Book Reviews, 1956-1978
Box 5
Folder 22
The Reconstructionist contains "Comprehensive but Not Convincing", 1957 March
Box 5
Folder 23
Message of Israel, 1957-1969
Box 5
Folder 24
Sermons - Charlotte, 1957-1979
(1 of 2)
Box 6
Folder 1
Sermons - Charlotte, 1957-1979
(2 of 2)
Box 6
Folder 2
Israel & Christianity, 1957-1984
Box 6
Folder 3
Benedictions, Invocations, Prayers, 1958-1985
Box 6
Folder 4
Golden, Harry, 1959-1972
(1 of 3)
Box 6
Folder 5
Golden, Harry, 1959-1972
(2 of 3)
Box 6
Folder 6
Golden, Harry, 1959-1972
(3 of 3)
Box 6
Folder 7
Scrapbook, 1959-1973
Box 7
Jewish Heritage contains "Do Jews Commit Suicide?", 1960-1961
Box 6
Folder 8
[Miscellaneous], 1960-1961, 1972 and undated
(1 of 2)
Box 6
Folder 9
[Miscellaneous], 1960-1961, 1972 and undated
(2 of 2)
Box 6
Folder 10
Quotations, 1960-1983
(1 of 4)
Box 6
Folder 11
Quotations, 1960-1983
(2 of 4)
Box 6
Folder 12
Quotations, 1960-1983
(3 of 4)
Box 6
Folder 13
Quotations, 1960-1983
(4 of 4)
Box 6
Folder 14
"Meditation on the High Holy Days" removed from The American Jewish Times-Outlook, 1961 September
Box 6
Folder 15
The American Rabbi contains "Drawing Sermons from Experience", 1961 September
Box 6
Folder 16
Sermons - Leviticus, 1961-2003
(1 of 2)
Box 6
Folder 17
Sermons - Leviticus, 1961-2003
(2 of 2)
Box 6
Folder 18
The American Rabbi contains "The Rabbi and the Counseling Field", 1962 February
Box 6
Folder 19
[Miscellaneous writings], 1962-1967
(1 of 2)
Box 6
Folder 20
[Miscellaneous writings], 1962-1967
(2 of 2)
Box 6
Folder 21
Sermons - Deuteronomy, 1962-2001
Box 6
Folder 22
Jewish Heritage contains "The Meaning of Freedom/Some Biblical Antecedents", 1964
Box 8
Folder 1
Archetype, 1965 and undated
(1 of 2)
Box 8
Folder 2
Archetype, 1965 and undated
(2 of 2)
Box 8
Folder 3
The Christian Century contains "Pluralism and Public Prayer, Reiteration, and Reply to Replies", 1967
Box 8
Folder 4
The Christian Century contains "God is Not Enough?", 1967 May
Box 8
Folder 5
Conversion, 1967-1994
(1 of 2)
Box 8
Folder 6
Conversion, 1967-1994
(2 of 2)
Box 8
Folder 7
Herencia Judia contains "El Significado de la Libertad", 1968
Box 8
Folder 8
General, 1968, 1980-2003
Box 8
Folder 9
Holocaust, 1969-1996
Box 8
Folder 10
[The Prophets], 1970, 1973 and undated
(1 of 4)
Box 8
Folder 11
[The Prophets], 1970, 1973 and undated
(1 of 4)
Box 8
Folder 12
[The Prophets], 1970, 1973 and undated
(3 of 4)
Box 8
Folder 13
[The Prophets], 1970, 1973 and undated
(4 of 4)
Box 8
Folder 14
Sermons - Ethics of Fathers, 1970, 1982 and undated
Box 8
Folder 15
[Talks and Lectures], 1970-1979 and undated
Box 8
Folder 16
North Carolina Association of Jewish Woman Golden Anniversary contains "The Circuit Riding Rabbi Project", 1971
Box 8
Folder 17
[Black Jews in Israel], 1971-1987
Box 8
Folder 18
Early Hebrew Religion, 1972
Box 8
Folder 19
Jewish Heritage contains "Circuit-Riding Rabbi", 1974
Box 8
Folder 20
Reconstructionist contains "The Jews of Rhodesia", 1977 March
Box 8
Folder 21
The American Jewish Times Outlook contains "A Chanukah Message", 1981 December
Box 8
Folder 22
Sermons - Numbers, 1985-2003
Box 8
Folder 23
[Miscellaneous], 1994-1995 and undated
(1 of 2)
Box 9
Folder 1
[Miscellaneous], 1994-1995 and undated
(2 of 2)
Box 9
Folder 2
[Letter - Department of Navy Chaplain Corps], 1999
Box 9
Folder 3
[Handwritten notes], undated
Box 9
Folder 4
[Handwritten notes - Mishnah], undated
Box 9
Folder 5
[Handwritten notes - the Prophets], undated
Box 9
Folder 6
[Lessons - The Torah and Bible Study], undated
Box 9
Folder 7
O.T. [Old Testament], undated
(1 of 2)
Box 9
Folder 8
O.T. [Old Testament], undated
(2 of 2)
Box 9
Folder 9
[Scrapbook - clippings], undated
(1 of 3)
Box 9
Folder 10
[Scrapbook - clippings], undated
(2 of 3)
Box 9
Folder 11
[Scrapbook - clippings], undated
(3 of 3)
Box 9
Folder 12
[Scrapbook - Quotations], undated
Box 9
Folder 13
[The Good Within Us], 1989-2009
Box 9
Folder 14
 

Historical Note

Rabbi Israel Gerber (1918-2011) was a Reform Rabbi and led congregations in Dothan, Alabama, North Carolina (Temple Beth El, Charlotte [1959-1972] and then Temple Israel, Charlotte [1972-1974]), and in Virginia. Gerber served in the U.S. Army and held a PhD from Boston University in the Psychology of Religion. He authored six books, including The Psychology of the Suffering Mind and Man on a Pendulum, and wrote numerous newspaper and magazine articles, including book reviews for the Charlotte Observer. Gerber was a sought-after lecturer because of his extensive biblical knowledge.


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Provenance

The Israel Gerber Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina in June 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by: Mary Samouelian, December 2014

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0138