A Finding Aid to the
Bernard Kligfeld Papers
Manuscript Collection No. 136
1915-1981. 7.6 Linear ft.
The BERNARD KLIGFELD PAPERS were donated to the American Jewish Archives by Bernard Kligfeld of Sun City, Arizona, in 1982 and 1983. Property rights have been assigned to the American Jewish Archives. All literary rights to materials authored by Bernard Kligfeld are held by him. Literary rights to materials authored by others are held by the individual author or his/her heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Director of the American Jewish Archives. The BERNARD KLIGFELD PAPERS are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the reading room of the American Jewish Archives.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH top
Rabbi Kligfeld was born May 7, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Morris Kligfeld. Before entering the rabbinate, Kligfeld was active in Jewish youth movements. He was one of the founders, and for two years a director, of the Hebrew Arts Foundation. He was also student body president of both the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary as well as the Jewish Institute of Religion. In 1936-1937, he spent a year of work and study in Palestine as an Avukah Palestine Fellow. From 1942-1945, he was director of Jewish education at the Educational Alliance of New York. In 1945, he graduated from the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and was ordained a rabbi. For five years he served as associate rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom of Kansas City, Missouri. During this period, he co-founded the Kansas City Adult School of Jewish Studies; he also served on the board of the Kansas City Urban League. From 1950-1981, Rabbi Kligfeld was the rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach, New York. In addition to his rabbinic and Bachelor of Arts degrees, he holds the degree of Bachelor of Jewish Pedagogy from the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from the Teachers College of Columbia University. Rabbi Kligfeld also received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. Past President of the Rabbinical Council of Long Beach, and Past President of the Nassau-Suffolk Association of Rabbis, he was Chairman and advisor to various Jewish groups on experimental education, child welfare agencies, films, and family life. He is a co-founder of both the Jewish Expression of Marriage Encounter Movement, and the Long Island Interfaith Council. Kligfeld appeared on numerous television programs on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, and he was a staff member of ADL at Christian youth camps. He served as a board member of the Long Island Health and Hospital Planning Council of the United States. For many years he served as a member of the advisory committee for production of audio visual educational materials of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. He was a member of the National Council for Jewish Education; and he also served as chairman of the Committee on Child Guidance and Welfare of the Commission on Synagogue Relations. Rabbi Kligfeld contributed to numerous national publications, including the Journal of Religion and Mental Health and the C.C.A.R. Journal, and he was on various panels dealing with intermarriage, bereavement, sexuality, and rabbinical counseling. He was in the forefront of fostering an ongoing dialogue between the rabbi and the Jewish social worker. Rabbi Kligfeld married Julia Golshevsky on November 22, 1939. They had three children, Michael, Alisa L. (Blitz), and Adina Shlomit.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE top
The BERNARD KLIGFELD PAPERS (1915-1981) describe the career of Bernard Kligfeld, rabbi and co-founder of the Jewish Expression of Marriage Encounter and the Long Island Interfaith Council. Kligfeld was an active participant in the problems of intermarriage, bereavement, sexuality and rabbinical counseling. The collection consists primarily of correspondence and congregational material, but it also includes some personal items. The bulk of the material in the collection spans the years 1940-1981. The Papers are divided into two series: A. CORRESPONDENCE B. CONGREGATIONAL MATERIALS. The CORRESPONDENCE series (1915-1981) consists of six Hollinger boxes of correspondence with friends, individuals and organization, as well as newspaper clippings and photographs. The correspondence in this series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the person or organization. Letters are arranged chronologically within each folder. The majority of the correspondence is in English, but some letters are in Yiddish or Hebrew. The CONGREGATIONAL MATERIAL (1945-1981) consists of thirteen Hollinger boxes of correspondence with congregants and marriage records, bereavement cases, as well as miscellaneous items. The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by the name of the congregant or subject. Note: Access to some of the more important topics and persons in this collection may be made through the Subject Tracings at the end of this inventory.
BOX AND FOLDER LISTING top
SERIES A. CORRESPONDENCE Note: The CORRESPONDENCE SERIES is arranged alphabetically by the name of the person or organization. Selective access to additional topics and individuals in this series may be made through the Subject Tracings at the end of this inventory. Please be aware that a subject or individual's name may appear in the collection more often than indicated in the Subject Tracings. Box Folder Contents 1 1 A, General 2 American Council for Judaism 1963 3 American Jewish Congress 1968-1973 4 Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith 1956-1969 5 Association of Reform Rabbis 1950-1971 6 Ba-Bi, General 7 Bl-Bu, General 8 Baumgard, Herbert M. 1973-1974 9 Berman, Louis 1969-1970 10 Blumberg, Herman J. 1973 11 Brighton, Mass.-Temple B'nai Moshe 1944 12 Brill, Mordecai 1970 13 Brilliant, Nathan 1943-1945 14 C, General 15 Camp Seabreeze 1966-1967 16 Carey, Hugh 1977-1981 17 Cejwin Camps 1940-1943 18 Central Conference of American Rabbis 1950-1978 19 Central Jewish Institute 1938-1942 20 Columbia University 1950-1963 21 Columbia University (Reports Cards) 1941-1963 22 Commission on Jewish Education 1954-1976 23 Commission on Jewish Education (Goals of Education) 24 Commission on Jewish Education (Statement Goals Questionnaire) 25 Commission on Synagogue Relations 1970-1971 26 Connecticut Council of Churches 1964 27 Cutter, William 1974-1975 28 D, General 29 E, General 30 Educational Alliance 1940-1945 31 F, General 32 G, Generla 33 Gittelsohn, Roland B. 1940-1970 34 Glueck, Nelson 1950-1953 35 Granison, Abram M. 1948-1951 36 H, General 2 1 Hachen, David S. 1973-1974 2 Hadas, Gershon 1945-1946 3 Hebrew Union College 1950-1971 4 Hoch Psychiatric Hospital 1976-1977 5 I, General 6 Images Gallery 1978 7 J, General 8 Jacobson, Eddie 1950-1951 9 Jewish Chautauqua Society 1962-1980 10 Jewish Institute of Religion 1942-1950 11 Jewish Marriage Encounter (Articles) 12 Jewish Marriage Encounter (Board Meetings) 1974-1981 13 Jewish Marriage Encounter (Board Meetings) 1979-1981 14 Jewish Marriage Encounter (Enrollment Lists) 15 Jewish Marriage Encounter (Material) 16 Jewish Marriage Encounter (Photographs) 17 Ka-Ke, General 18 Ki-Ku, General 19 Kansas City, Mo.-School of Jewish Studies 1947- 1954 3 1 Kansas City, Mo.-Temple Sholom 1945-1948 2 Kansas City, Mo.-Temple Sholom (Correspondence) 3 Kremer, Arthur 1977-1981 4 La-Li, General 5 Lo, General 6 League of Jewish Youth n.d. 7 Lehrman, Nathaniel 1961-1962 8 Lent, Norman 1975-1976 9 Liturgy 10 Long Beach, N.Y. 1962-1976 11 Long Beach, N.Y.-Temple Emanu-El 1955-1980 12 Long Beach, N.Y.-Temple Emanu-El (Correspondence, A-L) 13 Long Beach, N.Y.-Temple Emanu-El (Correspondence, M-Z) 14 Long Beach, N.Y.-Temple Emanu-El (Services) 1950-1966, n.d. 15 Long Island Catholic 1971-1981 16 Long Island Interfaith Council 1968-1973 17 Long Island Interfaith Council (Meetings) January, 1968-March 1971 18 Long Island Interfaith Council (Meetings) April, 1971-February, 1977 19 Long Island Interfaith Council (Meeting Announcements) 20 Long Island Interfaith Council (Membership Lists) 21 Long Island Interfaith Council (Statements) 22 M, General 4 1 Marriage Encounter Letters, A-L 2 Marriage Encounter Letters, M-Z 3 Marriage Encounter Letters, Miscellaneous 4 Mobile Geriatric Outreach Team 1976-1978 5 Moynihan, Daniel P. 1978-1981 6 Na, General 7 Ne-Ny, General 8 Nassau-Suffolk Association of Rabbis 1962-1971 9 Nassau-Suffolk Comprehensive Health Planning Council 1975-1976 10 Nassau-Suffolk Health Systems Agency 1976-1981 11 Nassau-Suffolk Health Systems Agency (Meeting Summarys) 1976-1979 12 Nassau-Suffolk Health Systems Agency (Memorandums) 1976-1979 13 National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods 1951-1973 14 Newman, Louis 1950-1951 15 New York Adult Education Council (Sixth Adult Education Seminar in Israel) 1968 16 New York Federation of Reform Synagogues 1950-1974 5 1 New York Health Coordinating Council 1977-1981 2 Notes: Jewish Topics 3 Notes: Non-Jewish Topics 4 O, General 5 Otto, Herbert 1974-1975 6 P, General 7 Perlman, Samuel 1971-1972 8 Personal Data 1915-1976 9 Photographs 10 R, General 11 Rabbinical Placement Committee 1954-1981 12 Rubin, Gail 1978 6 1 Sa-Sh, General 2 Si-Sy, General 3 Saperstein, Harold I. 1950-1975 4 Segal, Abraham 1973-1977 5 SIECUS 1965-1978 6 Spiro, Jack 1969-1973 7 Syme, Daniel 1975 8 T, General 9 U, General 10 Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1957-1973 11 United Synagogue of America 1949 12 V, General 13 W, General 14 Williams, Clayton 1969-1973 15 Wise, Stephen S. 1946-1951 16 Woodside, N.Y.-Station WWRL 1951-1958 17 Y, General 18 Yeshiva University 1977 19 Z, General 20 Clippings SERIES B. CONGREGATIONAL MATERIAL Note: The CONGREGATIONAL MATERIAL is arranged alphabetically by the name of the congregants of Temple Emanu-El, Long Beach, New York. This material also consists of marriage records and bereavement cases. 7 1 A-Ama 2 Ame-Arn 3 Ass-Ax 4 B-Bee 5 Bei-Bern 8 1 Berr-Bol 2 Bou-Byk 3 C-Car 4 Ce-Ci 5 Cl-Cohen, N. 6 Cohen, P.-Coo 7 D-Dav 8 De-Do 9 1 E 2 Fa-Fe 3 Fi-Fu 4 G-Gol 10 1 Goo-Gra 2 Gre-Greene 3 Greenes-Gu 4 H-Hal 5 Han-Hel 6 Hels-Hir 7 Hit-Hou 11 1 Hu-Hy 2 I 3 J-Kah 4 Kam-Kav 5 Ke-Ki 6 Kla-Kli 12 1 Kn-Kos 2 Kow-Kri 3 Krol-Kros 4 Kru-La 5 Leb-Levin 13 1 Levit-Lew 2 Li-Lo 3 Lu-Mas 4 Mat-Mil 5 Min-Nac 14 1 Nad-Ox 2 Pa-Plat 3 Platz-Pr 4 Ra-Ri 15 1 Ro-Ros 2 Rosi-Rut 3 Sa-Schn 16 1 Scho-Schu 2 Schw-See 3 Seg-Sha 4 She-Sil 5 Sim-Sl 17 1 Sm-Sol 2 Som-Stei 3 Ster-Swe 4 T 5 U-Web 18 1 Wei-Weissb 2 Wel-Wyt 3 Yar-Zuc 19 1 Bereavement Cases 2 Marriage Records 3 Marriage Records 4 Marriage Records
SUBJECT TRACINGS top
Note: The following list of subjects is a selective index to the BERNARD KLIGFELD PAPERS. It is selective in that it only attempts to draw attention to the more significant items in the collection. It does not attempt to list every subject or individual nor does it try to list all places that a listed subject or individual appears in the collection. When used in conjunction with the Box and Folder List, the Subject Tracings should help the researcher locate topics. References are to boxes and folders: e.G., 3/20 means Box 3, Folder 20. Central Conference of American Rabbis 1/22; 5/11 Education 1/22, 30; 2/19; 4/15 Gottschalk, Alfred 1/32 Hebrew Union College 1/34; 2/3; 5/11 Jewish-Christian Relations 3/16 Jewish Institute of Religion 6/15 Lowenstein, Allard 13/2 Marriage Encounter 2/10, 11, 12; 4/1 Stern, Malcolm H. 5/11 Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1/22; 5/11 United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education 3/22 Zionism 1/2; 4/5