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Machine-readable finding aid created by Kathleen Mackenzie in July 2017. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in January 2019. Description is in English.
|Creator:||Avraham Hirsch and Hannah Scaiman Freedman|
|Title:||Avraham Hirsch and Hannah Schaiman Freedman Papers|
|Languages:||The collection is in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew.|
|Quantity:||3.5 linear feet (7 manuscript boxes, 1 OS folder)|
|Repository:||Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS|
|Location:||Located in Boston, Mass.|
Avraham Hirsch and Hannah Schaiman Freedman in an undated photo.
Rabbi Avraham Hirsch Freedman was born in Minsk, Russia (present-day Belarus) on July 26, 1906 to parents Rabbi Elias Freedman and Leah Kaplan. His family emigrated to the United States when he was three years old, first living in Blue Hill, Maine, before permanently settling in Montreal, Canada.
After his bar mitzvah, Freedman was sent to Yizchak Elchanan Yeshiva in New York City for rabbinical studies. In 1932, he accepted his first position as a rabbi iat Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Ottawa, Canada. He met his wife, Hannah Schaiman, in 1934 and they were married the following year, on January 15, 1935. They had two children, Kadima (Michelson) and David.
In 1936, the couple moved to Durban, South Africa, where Freedman had served as rabbi at the Durban United Hebrew Congregation. He remained in Durban throughout World War II, and served as a chaplain for troops stationed in the community. In 1949, Freedman and his family moved to Bangor, Maine, where hserved as rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel. He remained at Beth Israel until he retired in 1969. After his retirement, he and Hannah lived in Israel for two years before finally settling in Brookline, Massachusetts. He died on June 15, 2000.
Hannah Schaiman Freedman was born on July 13, 1911 in Brooklyn, New York to parents Morris and Rebeecca Schaiman. She attended Maxwell Teacher's Training School in Brooklyn, and later earned a B.A. from the University of Maine. Throughout her life, Hannah studied, wrote, and gave talks and lectures about Judaism and Jewish History. During her time in Durban, South Africa, she served as president of the Durban Jewish Women’s Guild, as well as the head of the Durban Woman’s Zionist League. She died on February 17, 1998.
Material from the collection.
|July 26, 1906||Avraham Hirsch Freedman is born.|
|July 13, 1911||Hannah Schaiman Freedman is born.|
|1932-1936||Avraham Hirsch Freedman serves as rabbi at Congregation Adath Jeshurun.|
|January 15, 1935||The Freedmans marry.|
|1936-1949||Avraham Hirsch Freedman serves as rabbi at Durban United Hebrew Congregation.|
|1949-1969||Avraham Hirsch Freedman serves as rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel.|
|February 17, 1998||Hannah Schaiman Freedman dies.|
|June 15, 2000||Avraham Hirsch Freedman dies.|
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Rabbi Avraham Hirsch Freedman and his wife, Hannah Schaiman Freedman. Included in the collection are sermons, lectures, talks, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials relating to his tenure as rabbis at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Ottawa, Canada; Durban United Hebrew Congregation in Durban, South Africa; and Congregation Beth Israel in Bangor, Maine, as well as the couple's travels and social lives.
The collection is arranged into a three series as follows:
- Series I: General, undated, 1935-2017
- Series II: Avraham Hirsch Freedman, undated, 1932-1990
- Subseries A: Personal Papers, undated, 1934-1986
- Subseries B: Congregation Adath Jeshurun, undated, 1932-1936
- Subseries C: Durban United Hebrew Congregation, undated, 1939-1982
- Subseries D: Congregation Beth Israel, undated, 1949-1990
- Series III: Hannah Schaiman Freedman, undated, 1928-1998
Access and Use
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Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Avraham Hirsch and Hannah Schaiman Freedman Papers; JHCP-0002; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.
Donated by Kadimah Michelson, 2017.
This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
- Freedman, Avraham, 1906-2000
- Freedman, Hannah, 1911-1998
- Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Ottawa, Ont.)
- Congregation Beth Israel (Durban, Me.)
- Durban United Hebrew Congregation (Durban, South Africa)
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series I: General, undated, 1935-2017
Scope and Content:
This series contains notes, programs, photographs, travel documents, and correspondence related to the personal lives of Avraham Hirsch and Hannah Schaiman Freedman. Included are family history notes from their daughter Kadima, official programs about the British royal family's visit Durban and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, and brochures, tickets, and menus related to their intercontinental voyages on the RMS Pretoria Castle and the RMS Queen Mary.
|1||1||Family History Notes||2017|
|1||2||Official Souvenir Programme for the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II||1953|
|1||3||Official Souvenir Programme for the Royal Visit to Durban||1947|
|1||5||Travel—Embarkation and Landing Guide||undated, 1937-1949|
|1||6||Travel—RMS Pretoria Castle||1949|
|1||7||Travel—RMS Queen Mary||1949|
|OS||Travel—RMS Queen Mary—Ocean Times||1949|
Series II: Avraham Hirsch Freedman, undated, 1932-1990
Subseries B: Congregation Adath Jeshurun, undated, 1932-1936
Scope and Content:
This subseries contains semons and printed materials from Avraham Hirsch Freedman's rabbinate at Congregation Adath Jeshurun.
|1||16||Holiday Sermons||undated, 1936|
|1||18||Sermons and Lectures||undated, 1932-1935|
Subseries C: Durban Hebrew Congregation, undated, 1939-1982
Scope and Content:
This subseries includes life cycle events, correspondence, articles, news clippings, a scrapbook, and sermons documenting Avraham Hirsch Freedman's rabbinate at Durban United Hebrew Congregation.
|1||19||Bar and Bat Mitzvah||undated, 1947-1948|
|OS||Durban United Talmud Torah Hebrew School and Kindergarten||1941|
|1||24||The Fosa Link: Official Journal of the Friends of the Sick Association||1948|
|1||26||Hashalom Rosh Hashonah Annual and Jewish Year Book||1952|
|OS||Hashalom Rosh Hashonah Annual and Jewish Year Book—"The Hour Calls for Heroism"||undated|
|1||27||Lectures and Talks||undated|
|2||1||Lectures and Talks||1942-1949|
|2||2||Miscellaneous Holiday Sermons||1941-1949|
|2||3||Prayer and Service Booklets||undated, 1949|
|2||5||Report on Activities||1948|
|2||6||Rosh Hashanah Sermons||undated, 1940-1948|
|2||8||Visiting Hours Cards||undated|
|2||9||Yom Kippur Sermons||undated, 1940-1948|
Subseries D: Congregation Beth Israel, undated, 1949-1990
Scope and Content:
This subseries consists of life cycle events, articles, correspondence, sermons, and lectures chronicling Avraham Hirsch Freedman's rabbinate at Congregation Beth Israel.
|2||10||Anniversaries and Commemorations||undated, 1963|
|2||11||Bangor Community News||1962-1969|
|2||12||Bar and Bat Mitzvah||undated|
|3||1||Bar and Bat Mitzvah||1956-1969|
|3||2||Beth Israel Bulletin 1950-1968||1950-1968|
|3||3||Beth Jacob Bulletin 1966||1966|
|3||4||Certificate of Authorization to Solemnize Marriages||1950|
|3||5||Commencement and Installation Dinner||1949-1969|
|3||7||Crossing Lines: Histories of Jews and Gentiles in Three Communities Manuscript||1990-1991|
|3||11||Friday Night Lectures||undated, 1951-1959|
|4||1||Friday Night Lectures||1960-1963|
|4||2||Friday Night Lectures||1964-1968|
|4||3||Lectures on Prayer and Religion||undated, 1950, 1953|
|4||4||Miscellaneous Holiday Sermons||undated, 1951-1964|
|4||5||Miscellaneous Holiday Sermons||1965-1969|
|5||1||Prayer Books||undated, 1949|
|5||3||Reports to the Board of Directors||1965-1968|
|5||4||Rosh Hashanah||undated, 1950-1968|
|5||6||Stories Songs and Poems||undated, 1979-1982|
|5||7||Sunday Talks||undated, 1954-1959|
|6||7||Yom Kippur||undated, 1949-1982|
Series III: Hannah Schaiman Freedman, undated, 1926-1998
Scope and Content:
This subseries consists of correspondence, news clippings, lectures, and educational records related to Hannah Schaiman Freedman's personal and professional lives.
|7||3||Durban Jewish Women's Guild||1943-1946|
|7||4||Essays and writings||undated|
|7||5||News Clippings||undated, 1950-1962|
|7||8||South Africa Journal||undated|
|OS||South African Red Cross Society Certificates||1940-1942|
|7||11||Union of Jewish Women of South Africa||1949|
|7||12||University of Maine [restricted]||1957-1964|
|OS||University of the State of New York||1928|