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Manuscript Collection No. 315
Sidney E. Unger was born and educated in New York City. During his two years at the City College of New York, he re-established a football team. Following World War I service, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1925 he received his B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 1928. He later did graduate work in education and sociology.
His first pulpit was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Congregation Rodef Shalom where he served until 1940. During World War II Unger was a major in the Army's Corps of Chaplains in the West Indies. Following the war, Unger spent one year in Charleston, South Carolina before becoming the rabbi at Temple Beth Ha Tephila in Asheville, North Carolina. Unger retired from the pulpit in 1961, and remained rabbi emeritus until his death in 1971.
Unger had a strong interest in the chaplaincy. He was a member of the Military Chaplains Association of the United States and the Army Corps of Chaplains. He served as an auxiliary chaplain for the VA hospitals in Asheville. Additionally, Unger spent several years as the chaplain for Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, South Carolina.
Unger also had a weekly religious radio broadcast entitled "Hear, O Israel," on a local Asheville radio station. Professionally, he was an active member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He served on both the Religious Education and Synagogue Music committees.
Unger married Evelyn Simon. They had two children: Mrs. Michael Adelston and Edwin Unger.
The Sidney E. Unger Papers (1928-1971) describe the rabbinic and professional activities of Sidney Unger, who served in World War II as a chaplain and at Temple Beth Ha Tephila in Asheville, North Carolina from 1948-1961.
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Letter describing Unger's experiences as a chaplain in the West Indies during World War II and a list of legible gravestones on St. Eustacius. SC-12921.
Unger, Sidney. Nearprint Biographies File.
Unger, Sidney. Picture Collection.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Sidney E. Unger Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-315. Sidney E. Unger Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The papers were received from Mrs. Evelyn Simon Unger, Asheville, North Carolina in August 1972.
Processed by Kevin Proffitt.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Unger, Sidney E. -- (Sidney Emanuel), -- 1896-1972
Congregation Beth Ha-Tephila (Asheville, N.C.)
Jews -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Genres and Forms
Jewish sermons, American
Rabbis -- North Carolina -- Asheville