Indiana Jewish Historical Society

Indiana Jewish Historical Society The Indiana Jewish Historical Society collects, preserves, publishes and shares the history of the Jewish experience in Indiana. The Indiana Jewish Historical Society is a non-profit organization.

All dues and contributions are tax deductible.

All dues and contributions are tax deductible.

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Cincinnati Ohio The American Israelite Newspaper-Aug-15-1862Amid the Civil War.Notice the Towns of Fort Wayne, Madison, ...
10/08/2021

Cincinnati Ohio The American Israelite Newspaper-Aug-15-1862
Amid the Civil War.
Notice the Towns of Fort Wayne, Madison, Columbus, and Indianapolis, Indiana, were all seeking various types of Jewish Staff members. Religious teachers, Mohels, Kosher Butchers, and Cantors were often in demand. It was common to request that they had a working knowledge of English, German and Liturgical Hebrew.

Cincinnati Ohio The American Israelite Newspaper-Aug-15-1862
Amid the Civil War.
Notice the Towns of Fort Wayne, Madison, Columbus, and Indianapolis, Indiana, were all seeking various types of Jewish Staff members. Religious teachers, Mohels, Kosher Butchers, and Cantors were often in demand. It was common to request that they had a working knowledge of English, German and Liturgical Hebrew.

Dr. Jack Glazier discusses his book "Dispersing the Ghetto" About how a Group of Wealthy German Jewish American Philanth...
10/06/2021
Dispersing the Ghetto to Indiana by IN Jewish History

Dr. Jack Glazier discusses his book "Dispersing the Ghetto" About how a Group of Wealthy German Jewish American Philanthropists sent Eastern European Jewish Immigrants westward to destinations such as Indiana, including small towns without Jewish communities in an attempt to assimilate them into American society and to find the Jewish Immigrants work from the 1910s to the early 1920s, please listen to this fascinating little known social experiment called the "Industrial Removal Office" or IRO.
https://anchor.fm/injewishhistory/episodes/Dispersing-the-Ghetto-to-Indiana-e18de2e

Dr. Jack Glazier discusses his book "Dispersing the Ghetto" About how a Group of Wealthy German Jewish American Philanthropists sent Eastern. European Jewish Immigrants westward to destinations such as Indiana, including small towns without Jewish communities in an attempt to assimilate them into Am...

Happy birthday! David Lee Roth was born to a Jewish Family in Bloomington on October 10, 1954, Indiana, and raised in Ne...
10/06/2021

Happy birthday! David Lee Roth was born to a Jewish Family in Bloomington on October 10, 1954, Indiana, and raised in New Castle Indiana. David Lee Roth is officially retiring from his famed Rock Career going back decades.
" For the most part, Roth grew up in New Castle, Indiana. In a 2019 interview with Q95's "Stuck and Gunner" he explained: "My grandparents moved to New Castle in 1913. It's in the sense of humor, the 'get it done' and how we do get it done approach work ethic of Van Halen, frankly. It's a Midwest approach, not some flakey Hollywood horse manure"
Below is a photo from David Lee Roth's childhood in Indiana.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lee_Roth
The photo is from David Lee Roth's Official page:
https://www.facebook.com/DavidLeeRoth

Happy birthday! David Lee Roth was born to a Jewish Family in Bloomington on October 10, 1954, Indiana, and raised in New Castle Indiana. David Lee Roth is officially retiring from his famed Rock Career going back decades.
" For the most part, Roth grew up in New Castle, Indiana. In a 2019 interview with Q95's "Stuck and Gunner" he explained: "My grandparents moved to New Castle in 1913. It's in the sense of humor, the 'get it done' and how we do get it done approach work ethic of Van Halen, frankly. It's a Midwest approach, not some flakey Hollywood horse manure"
Below is a photo from David Lee Roth's childhood in Indiana.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lee_Roth
The photo is from David Lee Roth's Official page:
https://www.facebook.com/DavidLeeRoth

Nathan Morris had his life tragically cut short when he went back into his family's burning house to attempt to rescue h...
10/05/2021

Nathan Morris had his life tragically cut short when he went back into his family's burning house to attempt to rescue his beloved nephew. Nathan Morris led the Indianapolis Bar Association and was close friends with President Benjamin Harrison, who attended his funeral. Morris was a proud member of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and a charitable donor to causes around the city. After his untimely death, the Nathan Morris House was named after him that served newly arrived Jewish Immigrants to Indianapolis, and a Monument Fountain was built in Tribute to Morris on Mass Ave and Walnut Street. It's unknown what happened to the Monument. Morris was a lifelong bachelor and had no children.

Pictures of the Indiana History RoadShow Kick-off in Indianapolis!Four trained IJHS interns will collect and scan docume...
10/05/2021

Pictures of the Indiana History RoadShow Kick-off in Indianapolis!
Four trained IJHS interns will collect and scan documents and photos and record oral histories related to Indiana's Jewish History.
The grant is part of the Indiana Historical Society's statewide Heritage Support grant program. The funding is provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc.
Also, thank you to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis for providing a space for us to collect scans and documents.
If you have documents, photos, or recordings related to Indiana Jewish History, please email us at [email protected].

Could this be the Peddlers Shul on the South Side of Indianapolis?
10/04/2021

Could this be the Peddlers Shul on the South Side of Indianapolis?

Could this be the Peddlers Shul on the South Side of Indianapolis?

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation"Indianapolis Illustrated", 1893IHC Market Street Temple Built-in 1868 and used until 18...
10/01/2021

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
"Indianapolis Illustrated", 1893
IHC Market Street Temple
Built-in 1868 and used until 1899 when IHC moved to 10th Street.

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
"Indianapolis Illustrated", 1893
IHC Market Street Temple
Built-in 1868 and used until 1899 when IHC moved to 10th Street.

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 1 February 1963
09/30/2021

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 1 February 1963

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 1 February 1963

Come meet your Mispocha! With our friends at the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society!Mike Brown, the Indiana Jewi...
09/26/2021

Come meet your Mispocha! With our friends at the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society!
Mike Brown, the Indiana Jewish Historical Societies Executive Director, will be a guest speaker! Discussing the archives of the IJHS!
www.NEIndianaJGS.org/upcoming-events/.

Come meet your Mispocha! With our friends at the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society!
Mike Brown, the Indiana Jewish Historical Societies Executive Director, will be a guest speaker! Discussing the archives of the IJHS!
www.NEIndianaJGS.org/upcoming-events/.

The Indiana Jewish Chronicle, Volume 10, Issue 17, 20 August 1926 — Page 3 Advertisements Column 1
09/24/2021

The Indiana Jewish Chronicle, Volume 10, Issue 17, 20 August 1926 — Page 3 Advertisements Column 1

The Indiana Jewish Chronicle, Volume 10, Issue 17, 20 August 1926 — Page 3 Advertisements Column 1

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 30 September 1955
09/23/2021

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 30 September 1955

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 30 September 1955

Jewish Post,Indianapolis, Marion County, 26 July 1935
09/22/2021

Jewish Post,Indianapolis, Marion County, 26 July 1935

Jewish Post,Indianapolis, Marion County, 26 July 1935

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 24 March 1944
09/20/2021

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 24 March 1944

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 24 March 1944

"In 1924, Sarah married Jack Goodman and moved to Indianapolis. In 1926, she was named vice president in charge of arts ...
09/19/2021

"In 1924, Sarah married Jack Goodman and moved to Indianapolis. In 1926, she was named vice president in charge of arts for the Kirshbaum Community Center, later becoming the JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. She became active in the MATINEE MUSICALE and the Little Theater, known as the Booth Tarkington CIVIC THEATRE. The arts group hired a small orchestra for a program, the origin of the INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
Goodman was the third president (1946-1949) of the Woman’s Committee of the Indiana State Symphony Society and served on the Symphony Society Board. She later co-founded the ENSEMBLE MUSIC SOCIETY and the Aspen Scholarship Association.
In 1938, Goodman dedicated her energy and persuasiveness to rescue Jewish children in Austria from N**i persecution. She raised $750, which was enough to save two children. Her strategy of requesting donations in honor of graduations spread to other cities, raising enough funds to save 1,000 children.
As a member of the National Committee on Youth of the United Jewish Appeal, she traveled to support children and immigrants in Israel after WORLD WAR II. In 1956, the Indianapolis Community Chest (UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL INDIANA) and B’nai B’rith named her Woman of the Year. She served as the national chair of the Woman’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal (1957-1961) and later served on the group’s national cabinet. In 1966, the Jewish Welfare Federation campaign was dedicated to her as a tribute for her work to help in Israel after the war.
During her lifetime, she was the only woman to be president of the JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER INDIANAPOLIS (1953-1954) and the first woman to hold such a position in the United States. She also served as the national vice president of HADASSAH and remained on its national board for 18 years. At the time of her death, Goodman was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and a member and trustee of the INDIANAPOLIS HEBREW CONGREGATION."
https://beta.indyencyclopedia.org/sarah-wolf-goodman/

"In 1924, Sarah married Jack Goodman and moved to Indianapolis. In 1926, she was named vice president in charge of arts for the Kirshbaum Community Center, later becoming the JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. She became active in the MATINEE MUSICALE and the Little Theater, known as the Booth Tarkington CIVIC THEATRE. The arts group hired a small orchestra for a program, the origin of the INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
Goodman was the third president (1946-1949) of the Woman’s Committee of the Indiana State Symphony Society and served on the Symphony Society Board. She later co-founded the ENSEMBLE MUSIC SOCIETY and the Aspen Scholarship Association.
In 1938, Goodman dedicated her energy and persuasiveness to rescue Jewish children in Austria from N**i persecution. She raised $750, which was enough to save two children. Her strategy of requesting donations in honor of graduations spread to other cities, raising enough funds to save 1,000 children.
As a member of the National Committee on Youth of the United Jewish Appeal, she traveled to support children and immigrants in Israel after WORLD WAR II. In 1956, the Indianapolis Community Chest (UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL INDIANA) and B’nai B’rith named her Woman of the Year. She served as the national chair of the Woman’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal (1957-1961) and later served on the group’s national cabinet. In 1966, the Jewish Welfare Federation campaign was dedicated to her as a tribute for her work to help in Israel after the war.
During her lifetime, she was the only woman to be president of the JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER INDIANAPOLIS (1953-1954) and the first woman to hold such a position in the United States. She also served as the national vice president of HADASSAH and remained on its national board for 18 years. At the time of her death, Goodman was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and a member and trustee of the INDIANAPOLIS HEBREW CONGREGATION."
https://beta.indyencyclopedia.org/sarah-wolf-goodman/

Sinai Temple Religious School children below in Marion, Indiana, celebrating Sukkot! Have happy and warm sukkot this yea...
09/17/2021

Sinai Temple Religious School children below in Marion, Indiana, celebrating Sukkot! Have happy and warm sukkot this year! From the Indiana Jewish Historical Society to you!

Sinai Temple Religious School children below in Marion, Indiana, celebrating Sukkot! Have happy and warm sukkot this year! From the Indiana Jewish Historical Society to you!

Gmar Chatimah Tova! גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה May you be sealed in the book of life!
09/15/2021

Gmar Chatimah Tova! גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה May you be sealed in the book of life!

Gmar Chatimah Tova! גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה May you be sealed in the book of life!

Evansville Journal, Volume 17, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, 21 September 1866
09/15/2021

Evansville Journal, Volume 17, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, 21 September 1866

Evansville Journal, Volume 17, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, 21 September 1866

From the National Library of Israel Archives: "Postcard depicting Temple Israel in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1858 a group...
09/10/2021

From the National Library of Israel Archives:
"Postcard depicting Temple Israel in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1858 a group of Jewish people formalized a congregation. In 1882 due to outgrowth in the population the congregation organized under the name Hebrew Congregation. The congregation was a reform congregation. Their first synagogue was dedicated in 1891 under the name Temple Israel. The synagogue showing in this postcard is their current synagogue at 540 South Sixth Street. It was built in 1910 in a neo-classical style. In 1935 the Reforms and the Orthodox merged administratively and became the United Temple later changed to United Hebrew Congregation."

From the National Library of Israel Archives:
"Postcard depicting Temple Israel in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1858 a group of Jewish people formalized a congregation. In 1882 due to outgrowth in the population the congregation organized under the name Hebrew Congregation. The congregation was a reform congregation. Their first synagogue was dedicated in 1891 under the name Temple Israel. The synagogue showing in this postcard is their current synagogue at 540 South Sixth Street. It was built in 1910 in a neo-classical style. In 1935 the Reforms and the Orthodox merged administratively and became the United Temple later changed to United Hebrew Congregation."

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 10 December 1948Shabbat Shalom from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society! Ple...
09/10/2021

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 10 December 1948
Shabbat Shalom from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society!
Please share your break the fasts memories of post-Yom Kippur past in the comments down below!

Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County, 10 December 1948
Shabbat Shalom from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society!
Please share your break the fasts memories of post-Yom Kippur past in the comments down below!

Wishing everyone a sweet and meaningful Rosh HaShanah! (Jewish New Year) L'Shanah Tova! From The Indiana Jewish Historic...
09/03/2021

Wishing everyone a sweet and meaningful Rosh HaShanah! (Jewish New Year) L'Shanah Tova! From The Indiana Jewish Historical Society!

Wishing everyone a sweet and meaningful Rosh HaShanah! (Jewish New Year) L'Shanah Tova! From The Indiana Jewish Historical Society!

An exciting upcoming event in Indianapolis, please email michael.brown@ijhs.org for more details! Come meet us, and let ...
09/03/2021

An exciting upcoming event in Indianapolis, please email [email protected] for more details! Come meet us, and let us help you preserve Indiana Jewish History together!

An exciting upcoming event in Indianapolis, please email [email protected] for more details! Come meet us, and let us help you preserve Indiana Jewish History together!

Indianapolis Edition of the Indiana Jewish History RoadShow: Please Save the Date! Sunday, October 3,⋅3:00 – 5:00 pm at ...
08/29/2021

Indianapolis Edition of the Indiana Jewish History RoadShow: Please Save the Date! Sunday, October 3,⋅3:00 – 5:00 pm at CJEL (Formerly the BJE)Next to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.6705 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Would you please bring memories, documents, and photos related to Indiana Jewish History to be scanned and or collected to preserve Indiana's rich Jewish past for future generations! Oral Histories will also be recorded, and information related to the documents and photographs will be recorded by a group of Interns from Purdue University who are members of the first Indiana Jewish Preservation Corps. Please let your community members know about the upcoming Roadshow via E-Mail blasts and Social Media. Please bring photos and documents related to your own Jewish organization or Synagogue for Historic Preservation. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Indianapolis Edition of the Indiana Jewish History RoadShow: Please Save the Date! Sunday, October 3,⋅3:00 – 5:00 pm at CJEL (Formerly the BJE)Next to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.6705 Hoover Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Would you please bring memories, documents, and photos related to Indiana Jewish History to be scanned and or collected to preserve Indiana's rich Jewish past for future generations! Oral Histories will also be recorded, and information related to the documents and photographs will be recorded by a group of Interns from Purdue University who are members of the first Indiana Jewish Preservation Corps. Please let your community members know about the upcoming Roadshow via E-Mail blasts and Social Media. Please bring photos and documents related to your own Jewish organization or Synagogue for Historic Preservation. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Some more big news for the Indiana Jewish Historical Society! https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/44587913/india...
08/29/2021
Indiana Historical Society Issues Grants

Some more big news for the Indiana Jewish Historical Society!
https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/44587913/indiana-historical-society-issues-grants
"The Indiana Jewish Historical Society has received $25,000 to fund the Indiana Jewish Preservation Corps pilot program."

"The initiative is supported by a grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, with the current iteration set to award $2.5 million to local historical organizations until 2024. The grants are used to meet needs in collections stewardship, diversity, equity, access and inclusion, and sustainability and planning."

Eighteen local historical societies from across the state will benefit from grants from the Indiana Historical Society. The IHS issued more than $500,000 from its Heritage Support Grants program to th

Some exciting news! Congrats Ellie Lawson! We are very excited about this project!
08/23/2021

Some exciting news! Congrats Ellie Lawson! We are very excited about this project!

Some exciting news! Congrats Ellie Lawson! We are very excited about this project!

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6705 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN
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What does the IJHS do? 1. Publish an annual historical journal, INDIANA JEWISH HISTORY, which includes articles that describe the lives of Jewish Hoosiers, documents aspects of Jewish life,etc. We have published almost 40 editions. 2. Publish a quarterly newsletter, THE HISTORICAL NEWS, which chronicles historical as well as contemporary info about happenings in Jewish communities throughout Indiana. 3. Support communities seeking historic designations 4. Collect and archive items in the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis and made available to the public. 5. Sponsor programs that focus on the Indiana Jewish experience. 6. Maintain our website ijhs.org 7. Provide programming to other organizations looking to enlighten their groups about our rich, fascinating story.

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Sunday 9am - 5pm

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Since before Indiana even became a state, Jewish settlers were among the first on the frontier, trading and peddling clothing and housewares with Native Americans and settlers. As more Jews migrated west, they settled in Indiana and created the necessary religious institutions to function as a community, established businesses, and helped the community-at-large. For nearly 200 years, Jews living in Indiana have created vibrant communities that have contributed to the history of our state. In 1972, the IJHS was organized to collect, preserve and disseminate the story of this heritage.

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Following is a history of the founding of the Sons of Abraham in Lafayette, Indiana. You will see my g-grandfather, Oscar Winski, and his father, Nisen, as founding members. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them.
PLEASE PIN, SHARE, LIKE, EMAIL, REPOST TO YOUR NETWORKS. IF YOU STARTED A SURVEY, REMEMBER TO GO BACK TO COMPLETE & SUBMIT IT. Shalom! You are invited to participate in a research survey through Arizona State University about choices in Jewish ritual living may relate to attitudes and experiences with relationships, self-esteem, trauma, and ideas about the body, spirituality, and healthcare. Who can participate? • Jewish adults over the age of 18, • non-Jewish intimate partners of Jews, and • living in Canada or the United States This survey: • Should take 20--50 minutes to complete. • You can exit and return to complete it around your schedule. • Open from now until May 15, 2021. To participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/98RQZT2 Message or email questions about this survey via: [email protected], subject line: “Ritual Living Survey”. Thanks for sharing! Pin. Save. Share. Like. Comment. Post to other platforms. Shalom.
Shalom! You are invited to complete a survey about your current Jewish ritual life activities, attitudes and experiences with relationships, self-esteem, trauma, and ideas about the body, spirituality, and healthcare through Arizona State University. Who can participate? • Jewish adults over the age of 18 and their intimate partners • living in Canada and the United States This survey: • Should take 20--50 minutes to complete. • You can exit and return to complete it around your schedule. • Participation is voluntary. • open from now until March 20, 2021. Please follow this link to complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFDKNMW You are welcome to message or email me if you have questions about this survey via: [email protected], subject line: “Ritual Living Survey”. Please share this pin, share, repost, and if you feel comfortable, like and comment. Thank you and shalom. Isobel-Marie Johnston Arizona State University
Now is the time to kick your Hebrew up a notch (or time to start learning if you are a beginner!) Say it in Hebrew is an “ulpan” type program for adults. The instructional methods are guided by the Proficiency Approach - recognized to be the “industry standard” in foreign language instruction. The approach is learner centered and personalized to fit the interests and motivations of the students. All of the classes are now online. www.jccchicago.org/sayitinhebrew
It’s great to see a society preserve, publish, and share the history of the Jewish experience in Indiana. This is a great way to stay connected during this pandemic. While being in quarantine I’ve been struggling to feel connected to the outside world. One thing that I have really missed was going to the movies, so I’ve done some research and came across an article that lead me to a streaming platform called Film Festival Flix. They are hosting a few different virtual film festivals and one is the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. They actually extended the end date till June 4th, which nice because people get a second chance to check out what this festival is all about. It's really awesome that I am able to attend all these film festivals from my home that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend if they were in person.
If you happen to be in the Chicago area this coming Sunday, you are welcome to check out the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois: “Unique Aspects of Jewish Genealogy” will be the lecture topic of Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois president Debbie Kroopkin at the Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, JGSI meeting. Her presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. Registration, networking, and the JGSI genealogy help desk and research library will open at 12:30 p.m. For more information, see https://jgsi.org/event-3573919 or phone 312-666-0100. Free and open to the public.
This letter is written on behalf of Mr. Shavit Snir, the biological father of both Odelia and Nelle Bargeron (as proven via a DNA test, ordered by the family court in the state of New Jersey in 2016). As you already know, from the countless letters and phone calls he has made, his daughter, Odelia, attends your Hebrew Academy, and is now in the 6th grade and is required to do a Genealogy Project. To most this is not such a difficult task, the child can simply ask her parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts questions to which the child will get answers, often embellished further with family anecdotes, pictures, etc. It is a chance for the child to learn the history of her family and to better understand him/herself. But in the case of Odelia, her father (who as you know has been alienated from his two daughters) lives in Israel and his attempts at transferring any information on his family tree have been met with a brick wall by your school. So Odelia is essentially being robbed of her Jewish identify and an opportunity to better understand herself and her Jewish Family’s roots. Your institute, that seeks to in fact teach her about her Judaism, its values and the importance of her family history, is doing completely the opposite by denying her this basic information. It is essential that you understand that Mr. Snir is not requesting your intervention in his family dispute, he simply wants to transfer Odelia’s Jewish Family History to his daughter. He wants her to have the material, the history, the stories, the pictures. For her to feel part of this genealogy project and not alienated from her Jewish Family’s history. It is quite absurd that Odelia is being denied the information on her Jewish Family Tree at a Jewish Institute. If it were not for Mr. Snir, Odelia would not be able to attend your school (since her mother is not Jewish). Mr. Snir’s father, Odelia’s grandfather lost his entire family was in the Holocaust, making him an orphan from the age of 2 Fortunately he was adopted at age 3 and made Aliya together with his foster Mom in 1943 Also Mr. Snir’s mother lost many family members. So now Odelia’s grandparents are losing both of their granddaughters Odelia (and her older sister Nelle). Odelia’s mother is succeeding where the Holocaust failed, to erase all traces of the existence of her Jewish side of the family. This erasure of Odelia’s Jewish Family History is all being carried out, whether intentionally or not, with the cooperation of your Jewish school. By denying her this information you are essentially contributing to the family dispute. On August 29th of this year, shortly after Mr. Snir discovered that this Genealogy project was a part of the coming year’s program, he phoned Mrs. Miriam Gettinger, the School Principal and Toni Scott, School Administrator of the school and he offered to send via email (or however else they would like) all the material necessary for his daughter to put together her Jewish Family Tree. They outright refused. “Odelia doesn’t need nor does she want your help”. Naturally, Mr. Snir was totally shocked by this reply because a) they didn’t ask Odelia b) If it weren’t for Mr. Snir, she wouldn’t be attending your school.If your school truly seeks “to develop responsible, ethical and caring Jewish adults”, why do they operate in such an unethical and uncaring manner towards their students? The slogan of your Hebrew Academy as it appears on your website is: “inspiring Jewish Identity, Achieving Academic Excellence”. “The mission of the Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis is to create a learning environment that fosters the religious, social and academic growth of all students. Because the progress of each student is valued highly, great efforts are made to assure suitable learning goals for everyone. All students are encouraged to work toward producing at maximum potential. In pursuit of academic excellence, we emphasize basic skills, higher-order thinking and life long learning. Together as a community of learners, we promote growth in knowledge and identification with Jewish traditions. Through our programming and classroom instruction we instill in our students a spiritual bond and a strong sense of commitment to the State of Israel. By nurturing a love of learning, we seek to develop responsible, ethical and caring Jewish adults and American citizens of the future.” The above sections have been bolded to show the absurdity of this situation and to point out that these are merely words without meaning or value to the Hasten Hebrew Academy. Mr. Snir is merely requesting that you help his daughter receive the love she deserves by allowing her access to her family’s history. Details of the individuals Mr. Snir contacted on August 29th: Miriam Gettinger, School Principal: [email protected]: 1-317-251-1261, ext. 157 Toni Scott, School Administrator: [email protected] : 1-317-251-1261 (ext: unknown) Most Sincerely, On behalf of Mr. Shavit Snir
Dear miss hi This letter is written on behalf of Mr. Shavit Snir, the biological father of both Odelia and Nelle Bargeron (as proven via a DNA test, ordered by the family court in the state of New Jersey in 2016). As you already know, from the countless letters and phone calls he has made, his daughter, Odelia, attends your Hebrew Academy, and is now in the 6th grade and is required to do a Genealogy Project. To most this is not such a difficult task, the child can simply ask her parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts questions to which the child will get answers, often embellished further with family anecdotes, pictures, etc. It is a chance for the child to learn the history of her family and to better understand him/herself. But in the case of Odelia, her father (who as you know has been alienated from his two daughters) lives in Israel and his attempts at transferring any information on his family tree have been met with a brick wall by your school. So Odelia is essentially being robbed of her Jewish identify and an opportunity to better understand herself and her Jewish Family’s roots. Your institute, that seeks to in fact teach her about her Judaism, its values and the importance of her family history, is doing completely the opposite by denying her this basic information. It is essential that you understand that Mr. Snir is not requesting your intervention in his family dispute, he simply wants to transfer Odelia’s Jewish Family History to his daughter. He wants her to have the material, the history, the stories, the pictures. For her to feel part of this genealogy project and not alienated from her Jewish Family’s history. It is quite absurd that Odelia is being denied the information on her Jewish Family Tree at a Jewish Institute. If it were not for Mr. Snir, Odelia would not be able to attend your school (since her mother is not Jewish). Mr. Snir’s father, Odelia’s grandfather lost his entire family was in the Holocaust, making him an orphan from the age of 2 Fortunately he was adopted at age 3 and made Aliya together with his foster Mom in 1948 Also Mr. Snir’s mother lost many family members. So now Odelia’s grandparents are losing both of their granddaughters Odelia (and her older sister Nelle). Odelia’s mother is succeeding where the Holocaust failed, to erase all traces of the existence of her Jewish side of the family. This erasure of Odelia’s Jewish Family History is all being carried out, whether intentionally or not, with the cooperation of your Jewish school. By denying her this information you are essentially contributing to the family dispute. On August 29th of this year, shortly after Mr. Snir discovered that this Genealogy project was a part of the coming year’s program, he phoned Mrs. Miriam Gettinger, the School Principal and Toni Scott, School Administrator of the school and he offered to send via email (or however else they would like) all the material necessary for his daughter to put together her Jewish Family Tree. They outright refused. “Odelia doesn’t need nor does she want your help”. Naturally, Mr. Snir was totally shocked by this reply because a) they didn’t ask Odelia b) If it weren’t for Mr. Snir, she wouldn’t be attending your school.If your school truly seeks “to develop responsible, ethical and caring Jewish adults”, why do they operate in such an unethical and uncaring manner towards their students? The slogan of your Hebrew Academy as it appears on your website is: “inspiring Jewish Identity, Achieving Academic Excellence”. “The mission of the Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis is to create a learning environment that fosters the religious, social and academic growth of all students. Because the progress of each student is valued highly, great efforts are made to assure suitable learning goals for everyone. All students are encouraged to work toward producing at maximum potential. In pursuit of academic excellence, we emphasize basic skills, higher-order thinking and life long learning. Together as a community of learners, we promote growth in knowledge and identification with Jewish traditions. Through our programming and classroom instruction we instill in our students a spiritual bond and a strong sense of commitment to the State of Israel. By nurturing a love of learning, we seek to develop responsible, ethical and caring Jewish adults and American citizens of the future.” The above sections have been bolded to show the absurdity of this situation and to point out that these are merely words without meaning or value to the Hasten Hebrew Academy. Mr. Snir is merely requesting that you help his daughter receive the love she deserves by allowing her access to her family’s history. Details of the individuals Mr. Snir contacted on August 29th: Miriam Gettinger, School Principal: [email protected]: 1-317-251-1261, ext. 157 Toni Scott, School Administrator: [email protected] : 1-317-251-1261 (ext: unknown) Most Sincerely, On behalf of Mr. Shavit Snir