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Manuscript Collection No. 57
Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Steven Leonard Jacobs was born in Baltimore, Maryland in January, 1947. He received his bachelor of arts degree in education from Pennsylvania State University in 1969. He then enrolled at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he first earned a Bachelor of Hebrew Letters in 1972 and then was ordained in 1974. He received a Doctor of Hebrew Letters from the same in 1990. In 1999, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) from the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Following his ordination in 1974, he took his first rabbinical job at Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama, where he stayed for two years. In 1976, he moved to Temple Shalom in Dallas, Texas for a short stint as associate rabbi and Director of Education. From 1977-1984, Jacobs served as the rabbi for Spring Hill Avenue Temple (Congregation Sha'ari Shomayim) in Mobile, Alabama. He returned to Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama in 1984, where he served as rabbi until 1990. Jacobs subsequently moved to Temple B'nai Sholom in Huntsville, Alabama and then in 2001, to Temple Emanu-El in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
In addition to rabbinical work, Jacobs has pursued an interest in scholarship and education. His research primarily covers Biblical Studies, translation and interpretation, including the Dead Sea Scrolls; as well as Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He has taught at several universities including: the University of Alabama, Martin Methodist College, Calhoun Community College, Samford University, Spring Hill College, Birmingham-Southern College, and most recently as the Aaron Aronov Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama since 2001.
Papers consisting of correspondence, reports, and newsclippings reflecting Jacobs' rabbinic career and interests in Jewish education in the communities of Cincinnati, Ohio; Birmingham, Alabama; and Dallas, Texas. Additionally, there are board minutes, correspondence, and services reflecting Jacobs’ rabbinic career at Temple B’nai Sholom in Huntsville, Alabama.
Terms of Access and Use
The Steven L. Jacobs Papers are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Steven L. Jacobs, by the act of donating this collection to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Steven L. Jacobs or his heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of some materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Jacobs, Steven L. 1947-. The Function and Role of B'nai B'rith on the International, National, and Local Level Since 1945. 1966. SC-1168.
Jacobs, Steven L. 1947-. Nearprint Biographies.
Jacobs, Steven L. 1914-. Photographs. PC-2019.
Temple Emanu-El Bulletins and Temple Sholom Bulletins were sent to the Klau Library.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Steven L. Jacobs Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-57. Steven L. Jacobs Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Steven L. Jacobs Papers were received from Steven L. Jacobs, Mobile, Ala., 1976, 1978 and in January, 1995.
Processed by AJA staff. Additional processing by Michelle Wirth Detroit, March, 2012.
This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Processing was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Jacobs, Steven L. (Steven Leonard), 1947-
Central Conference of American Rabbis. Southeast section.
Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim (Mobile, Ala.)
Temple B'nai Sholom (Huntsville, Ala.)
Temple Emanu-El (Birmingham, Ala.)
Temple Sholom (Dallas, Tex.)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Jewish religious education.
Jews -- Alabama -- Birmingham.
Jews -- Alabama -- Huntsville.
Jews -- Alabama -- Mobile.
Jews -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Jews -- Texas -- Dallas.
Genres and Forms
Rabbis -- Alabama -- Birmingham.
Rabbis -- Alabama -- Huntsville.
Rabbis -- Alabama -- Mobile.
Rabbis -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Rabbis -- Texas -- Dallas.