Access and Provenance

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder Listing

A Finding Aid to the

Joseph (Yosef) Gootman Papers 

Manuscript Collection No. 268

1919-1962, n.d. 1.67 Linear ft.


 The Joseph (Yosef) Gootman Papers were donated to the American Jewish Archives by Joseph Gootman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1963. Joseph Gootman, by the act of donating the Joseph Gootman 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.


Joseph (Yosef) Gootman was an important leader in the Cincinnati, Ohio, Jewish community. He moved to Cincinnati with his family in the early twentieth century, where he and his father originally worked in a cigar factory; eventually the family opened a store on Central Avenue. For his own profession, Gootman was an owner and partner in the Metropolitan Printing Company of Cincinnati for over 50 years. He was active in numerous Jewish organizations including the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Conference, the Jewish Welfare Fund, the Habonim Camps, Histadruth, Ivrith and Hechulutz.

Gootman was a founder of the Yevneh Day School, and took an active interest in Jewish education and the promotion of Hebrew and Yiddish culture through his work with the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Cincinnati Community Hebrew Schools and the Yevneh Day School Association. He and his wife, Bessie, were also Socialists and ardent Labor Zionists, members of Poale Zion, Farband Labor Zionist Order, and the Cincinnati Zionist Council. In 1962 Gootman and his wife moved to Israel and Hebraized their names to Yosef and Batya Gootman.

Yosef Gootman died in 1978, and his wife in 1983. The Gootmans had three daughters: Aviva, Sham, Peninah.

Related AJA Collections

Joseph Gootman Nearprint Biography File
PC-1570 -Joseph Gootman Photograph File
TR-890 -Joseph Gootman Interview, June 14, 1971, concerning Jewish education, especially in Cincinnati.


 The Joseph Gootman Papers consist of correspondence, pamphlets, and other printed materials concerning the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Conference, the Jewish Welfare Fund, the Habonim Camps, Israel, Histadruth, Ivrith, Hechulutz.  The collection also includes letters and printed material regarding organizations in Cincinnati, Ohio, including, the Labor Zionist Organization, Poale Zion, Zionist Council, the Zionist Emergency Council, the Labor Zionist Council, the Jewish Community Council, Talmud Torah, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Yavneh Foundation School, and Chofetz Chaim Day School.  Span dates for the collection are 1919-1962. The collection has been arranged alphabetically by subject.


Box Folder	Contents
1	1	American Jewish Conference.  1943-1947.
	2	American Jewish Congress.  1938.
	3	American Jewish Congress.  1939-1949.
	4	Bureau of Jewish Education.  Cincinnati, Ohio.  1936-1954, n.d.
	5	Chofetz Chaim Day School.  Cincinnati, Ohio.  1948-1953, n.d.
	6	Cincinnati Zionist Council 1937.  1945-1950.
	7	Federation of Cincinnati Labor Zionist Organizations.  1937-1950.
2	1	Habonim.  Histadruth.  1935-1951, 1947-1948.
	2	Hechalutz Organization of America.  1941-1943.
	3	Jewish Community Council of Cincinnati.  1934-1952.
	4	Jewish Community Organization.  1942-1957, n.d.
	5	Jewish Welfare Fund.  1937-1951.
	6	Labor Zionism, Cincinnati.  Miscellaneous  A-F.  n.d.
	7	Labor Zionism, Cincinnati.  Miscellaneous H.  n.d.
	8	Labor Zionism, Cincinnati.  Miscellaneous I-J.  n.d.
3	1	Labor Zionsim, Cincinnati.  Miscellaneous L-N.  n.d.
	2	Labor Zionism, Cincinnati.  Miscellaneous O-Z.  n.d.
	3	Palestinian Imports.  1928-1939.
	4	Poale Zion.  1934-1951.
	5	Talmud Torah.  1940-1950.
4	1	Talmud Torah.  1951-1956, n.d.
	2	Workers' Bank Limited & AMPAL.  1944-1955.
	3	Yavneh Foundation School 1938.  1957-1962.
	4	Yavneh Foundation Song Books, Prayers, etc.  n.d.
	5	Yavneh Foundation Song Books, Prayers, etc.  n.d.
	6	Zionist Emergency Council.  1939-1947.
	7	Miscellaneous.  1919-1947.

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