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Manuscript Collection No. 682
Sanford E. Rosen was born on May 13, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Melba Mells on March 19, 1944, with whom he has two children, Ronald and Louise. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1947 he was ordained and received the degree of Master of Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to his ordination he served as the full-time rabbi of Temple B'nai Zion in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Following his ordination, Rabbi Rosen founded the liberal Temple Beth El congregation in Bakersfield, California. There he served also as chaplain and counselor to Jewish inmates at the California State Institution for Women at Tehachapi. In August 1951, Rabbi Rosen moved to San Mateo County, California where he became the founding rabbi of Peninsula Temple Beth El. He remained at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, serving as the congregation's rabbi for the next thirty-one years. Following his retirement in 1982, he was named Rabbi Emeritus and continues to reside in San Mateo, California.
The Sanford E. Rosen Papers consist of sermons and prayers written by Rabbi Rosen, the founding rabbi for two California synagogues. Many of the sermons were used for holiday services; the rest concern the balance of living a religious life in a secular world and include discussions of the commandments and the Pentateuch. Materials are arranged chronologically if a date for the sermon was indicated on the document and alphabetically for those undated documents that had a title. The span dates for the collection are 1945-1981.
The papers are divided into one series.
Terms of Access
The collection is open for use; no restrictions apply.
Terms of Reproduction and Use
Copyright restrictions may apply. Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce, with exceptions for fair use, may be obtained through the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio. Please address queries to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information, see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Sanford E. Rosen Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-682. Sanford E. Rosen Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Received from Melanie Aron of the Shir Hadash Congregation in Los Gatos, California, in August 2001.
Processed by Cathy Nye, May 2002
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Rosen, Sanford E. -- 1920-
Temple Beth El (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Temple Beth El (San Mateo, Ca.)
Genres and Forms
Jewish sermons, American
Rabbis -- California