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Records of the Curaçao Jewish Community Collection

 Collection
Identifier: I-112

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains Dutch and Portuguese documents pertaining to the Jewish community and dealing especially with Congregation Mikve Israel and Neve Salom, the David Aboab controversy, and the communal reorganizations of 1750-51. Of particular interest is a Misheberach prayer mentioning Aaron Lopez, Jacob Rodriguez Rivera, Daniel Gomez, Congregation Shearith Israel of N.Y., Shaar Hashamayim of Jamaica and Neve Salom of Surinam.

Also contains printed copies of the 1886 Mikve Israel regulations (in Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish); the 1879 and 1934 regulations of the "Alivio del Pobre," Mikve Israel's welfare fund; a brochure of the Montefiore centenary (1885); a translation of blessings used in the synagogue ritual; and printed publications and photographs relating to Curaçao Jewry.

Four rolls of microfilmed documentary and printed materials are present in the collection, including: lists of births (1723-1854; 1854-1891), deaths (1883-1912), community members and synagogue officials; copies of communal regulations; a pastoral letter of Chief Rabbi Chumaceiro (1864); miscellaneous correspondence relating to synagogue affairs; printed copies of sermons, discourses and occasional prayers (including one for the Moses Montefiore centenary); printed invitations and announcements; miscellaneous newspaper clippings; and copies of numerous publications dealing with communal affairs and Curaçao Jewish history.

A typed inventory of the microfilmed material is included in the collection.

Dates

  • undated, 1672-1982

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at mmeyers@ajhs.org.

For reference questions, please email: inquiries@cjh.org

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 half-manuscript box)

Language of Materials

Dutch; Flemish

Spanish; Castilian

Hebrew

English

German

Papiamento

Portuguese

Abstract

The collection contains Dutch and Portuguese documents pertaining to the Jewish community and dealing especially with Congregation Mikve Israel and Neve Salom, the David Aboab controversy, and the communal reorganizations of 1750-51. Four rolls of microfilmed documentary and printed materials are present in the collection

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Other Finding Aid

An inventory to the microfilm is available in the collection

Microfilm

The collection contains 4 reels of microfilm.

Digitization Note

Box 1 Folders 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 and 12 have been digitized as part of an ongoing digitization-on-demand program at the Center for Jewish History.

Processing Information

The collection was rehoused in an archival box and folders. Folder titles were retained from the original folders.
Title
Guide to the Curaçao Jewish Community Collection, undated, 1672-1982  
Status
Completed
Date
© 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2021: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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