Norman Salit (1896-1960) Papers
Scope and Content Note
The Papers of Norman Salit consist primarily of materials relating to Salit's activities with the Synagogue Council of America, the Rabbinical Assembly of America, the Wartime Emergency Commission for Conservative Judaism, the Boy Scouts of America, the Jewish Education Committee, the American Child Guidance Foundation, Religion in American Life, the Valley Forge Foundation, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the National Community Relations Advisory Council. The materials include correspondence, reports, addresses, minutes, and memoranda. There are also items documenting a legal case related to the Gideon Society's providing Bibles to the Detroit public school system, reports of a 1953 tour of Germany that was concerned with the status and future of German Jewry, and material relating to the ceremony held at the issuing of the postage stamp "In G-d We Trust" in 1954. There are also school composition books, manuscripts and printed essays, sermons and speeches in Hebrew and English, material relating to Salit's legal work and Zionist activities, and some letters from Mordecai Kaplan.
- undated, 1916-1965
- undated, 1916-1965
- Salit, Norman, 1896-1960 (Person)
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The collection is in English with some Hebrew.
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U.S. lawyer, rabbi, and communal leader Norman Salit was born on June 8, 1896 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Michael and Rachel Ethel (Altschul) Salit. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from City College in 1916, his law degree from New York University in 1919, rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1920, and a Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1922. He later received a Master of Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1949, an honorary Doctor of Letters in 1956, also from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Philathea College in Canada in 1957. Salit served as the rabbi at Temple Adath Israel in the Bronx from 1919-1924 and at the same time was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1920. He was admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Treasury Department in 1938. He served as the rabbi of Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Far Rockaway, Queens, from 1924-1929, when he decided to focus more closely on his legal career. He headed the Queens County Bar Association Committee on Legislation and Law Reform from 1933-1937, and was involved with numerous other legal, religious, and aid organizations. During World War II he was the executive director of the Wartime Emergency Commission for Conservative Judaism, which aided congregations whose rabbis had entered military service. Salit was an active member of many Jewish and Zionist organizations, including serving as the president of the Synagogue Council of America from 1953-1955, the board of overseers of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, a past president of the Long Island Council of the American Jewish Congress, the executive council of the New York Board of Rabbis from 1951-1958, counsel for the Rabbinical Assembly of America, and was on the executive committee of the Zionist Organization of America, among many others.
Salit married Ruth Levy on July 1, 1928. Together, they had two daughters, Naomi and Miriam. Norman Salit died on July 21, 1960 in New York City.
7 Manuscript Boxes
3.75 Linear Feet
7 Manuscript Boxes
3.75 Linear Feet
This collection contains material relating to Norman Salit's activities with various organizations, including the Synagogue Council of America, the Rabbinical Assembly of America, the Wartime Emergency Commission for Conservative Judaism, the Boy Scouts of America, the Jewish Education Committee, the American Child Guidance Foundation, Religion in American Life, the Valley Forge Foundation, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the National Community Relations Advisory Council. There are also speeches, writings, sermons, items related to Sharit's legal work and Zionist activities, as well as some letters from Mordecai Kaplan.
Located in AJHS New York, NY
- American Child Guidance Foundation
- Boy Scouts of America
- Church and education -- United States
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Conservative Judaism
- Jewish Education Committee of New York
- Jewish Theological Seminary of America
- Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881-1983
- Manuscripts (documents)
- Minutes (administrative records)
- National Community Relations Advisory Council (U.S.)
- New York (N.Y.)
- Publications (documents)
- Rabbinical Assembly of America
- Religion in American Life, Inc
- Religion in the public schools
- Salit, Norman, 1896-1960
- Scouting (Youth activity)
- Speeches (documents)
- Synagogue Council of America
- Valley Forge Foundation
- Guide to the Norman Salit (1896-1960) Papers, undated, 1916-1965 P-35
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