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Manuscript Collection No. 851
Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Nachum Reigrod Eden was born in 1920 in Grodno, Poland and immigrated to the United States, settling in Cleveland, Ohio in 1938. He married Sham (Shulamith) Gootman on December 19, 1943 during a furlough before being sent to the European front with the United States Army. After the war, Nachum learned his entire immediate family had perished during the Holocaust. He then returned to Cincinnati, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1947.
In 1947, Nachum and his wife, Sham, travelled to Jerusalem, Palestine where he attended graduate school at Hebrew University. Their son Avi was born there in 1947. When Palestine was divided in late 1947 by the United Nations, Hebrew University was closed and the family soon found themselves caught up in the War of Independence. This prompted Nachum to join the Haganah, where he adopted the surname Eden to replace his original Polish surname, Reigrod. After the War of Independence, Eden worked in the office of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion as an assistant in economic research and in the political department of the Foreign Office.
The family returned to the United States in June, 1952. He attended the University of Cincinnati and received a master’s degree in economics in 1953. He spent his career working in the insurance industry in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nachum was also a board member of Yavneh Day School. He died in 2009.
Sham (Shulamith) Gootman Eden was born in 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph (Yosef) and Bessie (Batya) Gootman. Her father, Joseph Gootman was one of the founders of Yavneh Day School and Sham and Nachum continued to be involved with the school throughout their lives. Sham died in 2008.
--Adapted from "Edens: 50 years of commitment to each other, family, community", by Phyllis Singer, The American Israelite, February 24, 1994.
This collection consists mainly of correspondence and memorabilia contained in scrapbook-like files organized by subject. Some of these subjects include the Labor Zionist Alliance (Cincinnati, Ohio), Habonim (Labor Zionist Youth Movement), and the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the state of Israel. Also included are materials pertaining to Yavneh Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio, such as board minutes, legal documents, and news clippings.
This collection is arranged in one (1) series; material arranged alphabetically.
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
Avi Eden, by the act of donating this collection to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Eden family and their heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of some 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.
Nearprint materials were separated and filed in the Nearprint collection. Videocassettes were cataloged separately: VT-903 to VT-908.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Nachum and Sham Gootman Eden Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-851. Nachum and Sham Gootman Eden Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Nachum and Sham Gootman Eden Papers were received from Avi Eden, Cincinnati, Ohio in June, 2010.
Processed by Michelle Wirth Detroit, 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
Eden, Nachum, 1920-2009.
Eden, Sham Gootman, 1923-2008.
Cincinnati Community Hebrew Schools (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Habonim (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Labor Zionist Alliance (Cincinnati, Ohio)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Yavneh Day School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Jewish Day Schools -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Labor Zionism -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Cincinnati (Ohio) -- Jews.