Access and Provenance

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder Listing

A Finding Aid to the

James G. Heller Papers 

Manuscript Collection No. 147

1905-1952 . 0.4 Linear ft.


The James G. Heller Papers were donated to the American Jewish Archives by James G. Heller, Cincinnati, Ohio. James G. Heller, by the act of donating the James G. Heller Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned the property rights to the American Jewish Archives. All literary rights to material in the collection are retained by the individual authors or their heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. The papers are available to researchers in the reading room of the Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.


James Gutheim Heller was born in New Orleans on January 4, 1892, to the famous Reform rabbi Maximilian H. Heller. He received an undergraduate degree from Tulane University, a graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and was ordained a rabbi at Hebrew Union College. Heller was rabbi of Congregation Bene Yeshurun (Isaac M. Wise Temple) in Cincinnati from 1920-1952, and was involved with several organizations including the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Labor Zionist Organization of America, and the State of Israel Bonds Organization. He was an active Zionist, and introduced Youth Temple, which was designed to bring young individuals together for religious education. Heller was also a composer and musician who wrote program notes for the Cincinnati Symphony. He died in Cincinnati on December 19, 1971.

Related AJA Collections

James G. Heller Nearprint Biography File
PC-1815 - James G. Heller Photo File
SC-1133 - Ephraim Michael Bluestone Letter, April 28, 1971, regarding James G. Heller
MS-33 – Maximilian H. Heller Papers
MS-62 - Cincinnati, Ohio -- Congregation Bene Yeshurun (Isaac M. Wise Temple) Records


 The James G. Heller Papers consist of correspondence, pamphlets, magazine and newspaper articles written by him or concerning his professional activities and personal interests as well as programs of various organizations and congregations in which he participated. The collection has been divided into three series, Correspondence, Compositions, and Personal.


Box Folder	Contents
Series A.  Correspondence.  1907-1952.  
1	1	A-E, General.  1910-1952.  
	2	Cincinnati, Ohio - Congregaton.  KK Bene Yeshurun.  [Isaac M. Wise Temple].  1920-1952, n.d.
	3	F-K, General. (Includes German Reports).  1907-1938.  
	4	Jacobson, Marjorie M.  1935-1951, n.d.
	5	L-R, General.  1919-1947.  
	6	Little Rock, Arkansas - Congregation.  B'nai Israel.  1919-1920.
	7	Nathan, Robert.  1950-1952.
	8	S-Z, General.  (Includes Marriage Certificates and Report by Heller on Army and Military
		 Government Activities in Europe, 1947).  1922-1952.  
	9	Society for the Publication of American Music.  1929, 1931.
	10	Zionist Organization of America.  1937, 1930, n.d.
	11	Unidentified correspondence.  1926-1932, n.d.

Series B. Compositions.  1914-1951.  
	12	Sermons and writings.  A-Z.  1922-1951, n.d.  
	13	"The Burden of the West."  Oratorio.  1937.
	14	"The Quest of the Holy Dagesh."  HUC Student Production.  1914.
	15	Music Compositions.  n.d.

Series C.  Personal.  1905-1948.  
	16	Testimonials on Heller.  1948.  
	17	Personal Miscellaneous.  1905-1933, n.d.

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