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Fellman Taranto Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: ASF AR-70

Scope and Content Note

This collection was compiled by Rosalind Berenice Fellman. It contains vital records such as birth certificates, marriage documents and ketubot, and death and burial records. There is also a yearbook, several diplomas and other certificates, programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photographs of family and congregational members. Other materials pertaining to the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation include meeting minutes, constitution and by-laws, burial society records, dues registers, a stamp pad, and an embossing seal. There are also some records related to Sidney Fellman’s dental career. Many of the materials, including some of the family photos, are a good source of information about the Sephardic community of Washington, D.C., in the 1930s-1990s.

Dates

  • 1899-2014

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English with a few items in Greek, French, Aramaic, and Ladino.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: ASFinquiries@cjh.org

Biographical Note

Rosalind Fellmann (1944- ) was born to Sidney Fellman and Suzanne Taranto, who were married on March 19, 1939, in Washington, D.C. She attended Peacham Academy in Peacham, Vermont, graduating in 1962, and then went on to American University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1966. She was an art teacher at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, for many years before retiring in 2006. She continues to teach art classes in and around Washington, D.C. Rosalind's family includes her maternal grandparents, Alegra (Sidy) Taranto and Isaac Taranto; her paternal grandparents, Pauline (Eingold) Fellman and Harry Fellman; her uncles, Maurice (Morris) Taranto and Milton Fellman; and various other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Alegra Sidy was born in Greece in 1892 and immigrated to the United States in 1914. Isaac Taranto was born in Turkey in 1881 and immigrated in 1904. They were married on September 27, 1914, in Washington, D.C., and had two children, Suzanne, born in 1917, and Maurice (Morris), born in 1922. In 1914, Isaac and Alegra Taranto and their families were part of the small group of Greek and Turkish Jews who founded the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation, the first Sephardic prayer and burial society in Washington, D.C. By the 1970s, the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation had merged with the Magen David Sephardic Congregation.

Harry Fellman was born in Russia in 1886 and immigrated to the United States in 1903. Pauline Eingold was born in 1893, also in Russia, and immigrated in 1908. They were married on January 14, 1911, in New York. Their two children were Sidney, born in 1912, and Milton, born in 1917. Sidney Fellman graduated from high school in Long Beach, NY in 1930 and was the class of 1937 at the Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fellman was the president of the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation from 1961 until his death in 2003, by which point it had long functioned solely as a burial society.

Extent

1 Manuscript Boxes

1 Oversize Boxes

Multiple Digital Files

Abstract

The collection documents the lives of the Fellman and Taranto families of Long Beach, New York, and Washington, D.C., particularly Rosalind Fellman; her father, Sidney Fellman, who was a dentist and the longtime president of the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation; her mother, Suzanne Taranto Fellman; her grandparents, Harry and Pauline Fellman and Isaac and Alegra Taranto; and her uncles, Milton Fellman and Maurice Taranto. There is also information about the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation, with which the Taranto family in particular was closely involved.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series, although there is some overlap between the series as the Taranto family helped to found the Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation and Sidney Fellman was the long-time president. In addition, many of the extended Taranto family members and friends were also members of the Congregation.
  1. Series I: Fellman and Taranto Family Records, 1899-2014
  2. Series II: Yom Tov Hebrew Congregation, undated, circa 1930-1996

Acquisition Information

Rosalind Fellman gave the records to the American Sephardi Federation in May and June 2014.

Other Finding Aid

Several short movie files, sound files, and JPEGs of notes about the collection and Rosalind Fellman’s genealogy can be found in the American Sephardi Federation’s digital storage. These files can only be accessed at the Center for Jewish History.

Related Material

The American Sephardi Federation holds the Records of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America (AR-11), Records of the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America (AR-33) and the Records of the Source of Life Benevolent Society (AR-69), all of which include information about Sephardic fraternal organizations and burial societies.

Separated Material

An embossing seal, stamp, and two pairs of castanets have been removed to the ASF Museum Collection.

Processing information

Photographs and many of the documents were taken out of non-archival folders and photo albums and were refoldered and rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Sticky notes have been photocopied onto acid-free paper and placed in front of the photograph or document described.
Title
Guide to the Fellman Taranto Family Collection 1899-2014 ASF AR-70
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.
Date
©2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Additional processing and finding aid updates by Sarah Glover.

Repository Details

Part of the American Sephardi Federation Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States