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Manuscript Collection No. 846
Robert Philip Tabak was born in 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in religion (1977) and a doctorate in history (1990) from Temple University, and was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1977.
Tabak has served numerous congregations including Congregation Adath Shalom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1977-1979), Beacon Hebrew Alliance in Beacon, New York (1979-1982), Temple Beth Am in Henrietta, New York (1982-1986), Kehillat Israel in Lansing, Michigan (1986-1987), Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane, Washington (1988-1990), Congregation B’nai Shalom in Piscataway, New Jersey (1990-1991), and Beth Israel Congregation in Woodbury, New Jersey (2000-2005). He is also a staff chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tabak has been active in the Northern Federation of Temple Youth (NoFTY president, 1967-1968), Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (editor of the RRA Connection since 2002), National Association of Jewish Chaplains, the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia (associate director, 1990-1998), and New Jewish Agenda as well as many other local organizations.
Robert Tabak and Ruth Loew married in 1983 and have three sons, Gabriel, Aaron, and Nathan.
The collection consists of correspondence, writings, and publications created while Tabak was a student, rabbi, chaplain, educator, and member of various Jewish organizations. Rabbinical files include newsletters and programs from the congregations he served. Tabak’s work on the code of ethics for the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, and Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia is also documented.
This collection is arranged in two (2) series:
Terms of Access and Use
This collection is open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Robert P. Tabak, by the act of donating the Robert P. Tabak Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Robert P. Tabak and his heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
National Association of Jewish Chaplains records have been processed as an accrual to MS-800.
Issues of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Newsletter were transferred to the HUC-JIR Klau Library.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Robert P. Tabak Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-846. Robert P. Tabak Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Robert P. Tabak Papers were received from Rabbi Robert P. Tabak, Melrose Park, Pennsylvania in multiple installments from 1986 to 2011.
Processed by Elisa Ho, January 2012.
This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA Online Catalog.
Persons and Families
Tabak, Robert P.
Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)
National Association of Jewish Chaplains
New Jewish Agenda (Organization)
Northern Federation of Temple Youth
Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (Oconomowoc, Wis.)
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Temple Beth Am (Henrietta, N.Y.)
Temple Beth Shalom (Spokane, Wash.)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Jews -- Iowa -- Dubuque
Jews -- New York (State) -- Rochester
Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jews -- Washington (State)