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Alsace and Lorraine; Jewish Communities Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 2863 / MF 509 / MF 438 / MF 220 / MF 356

Scope and Content Note

Records of the Consistoire Central des Israélites de France, as well as of the local consistories for the departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin (Alsace) and Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle (Lorraine), in Strasbourg, Colmar, Metz and Nancy, including minutes, tax-lists, lists of rabbis, cantors, and notables, censuses of Jewish communities, and correspondence.

Records of 139 Jewish communities in Alsace and Lorraine, predominantly from the nineteenth century, including: correspondence of these communities, their rabbis, and consistories, with the state authorities and the departmental consistories; decrees and legislation of the state authorities; financial documents and records; material relating to the religious activities of the communities, including liturgy and kashrut; legal and financial documents of the communities; material on yeshivoth, seminaries, and other Jewish education, communal and general elections, synagogue construction, welfare institutions and activities, and other communal organizations.

Personal papers of Jews from these communities, including marriage and engagement contracts; wills and testaments; genealogies, family histories, and genealogical documents; educational documents and papers; legal and financial documents; business papers of the banker Jacob Moch of Hagenau.

Dates

  • 1809-2000

Language of Materials

This collection is in French, German, Yiddish, Judeo-German and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Folios 1-3490 have been microfilmed (MF 509).

Use Restrictions

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

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Records of the Consistoire Central des Israélites de France, as well as of the local consistories for the departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin (Alsace) and Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle (Lorraine), in Strasbourg, Colmar, Metz and Nancy, including minutes, tax-lists, lists of rabbis, cantors, and notables, censuses of Jewish communities, and correspondence.

Other Finding Aid

16-page inventory.

Microfilm

Folios 1-3490 of the collection are available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 509). Material is also available on MF 220.
  1. MF 509 Reel 1: Folios 1-997
  2. MF 509 Reel 2: Folios 998-2013
  3. MF 509 Reel 3: Folios 2014-3490

Bibliography

Other resource material of the Jewish Community of Alsace and Lorraine is located at Yeshiva University, New York, and at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York [see also: "Kohn, Roger Samuel, 1953-: An inventory to the French Jewish communities record group (1648-1946)]. Other documents related to the Jewish communities of Alsace- Lorraine are found in the West European Collection AR 4099.
Title
Guide to the Alsace and Lorraine; Jewish Communities Collection, 1809-2000 AR 2863 / MF 509 / MF 438 / MF 220 / MF 356
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • October 17, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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