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Manuscript Collection No. 822
Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Erwin Herman was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in 1949. He began his rabbinical life in congregations in Winston-Salem, NC and Scranton, PA. In 1957, he joined the staff of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, serving as Director of New Congregations. He had a special passion for young people in congregations and in the growing network of Reform camps. In 1965, he became the director of the Union's Pacific Southwest region centered in Los Angeles. He and his wife Agnes spearheaded a campaign to advance equal justice and gay rights within the Reform movement and beyond. Rabbi Herman was a strong supporter in establishing the first Jewish gay congregation in America, Beth Chayim Chadashim, in Los Angeles.
The Erwin Herman papers consist of sermons dating back to his student days at Hebrew Union College. Also included are correspondence files pertaining to his rabbinic work, his work in gay rights as an AIDS activist, plus exchanges with colleagues and congregants, together with personal and miscellaneous items.
This collection is arranged in a single 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
Agnes Herman, 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 Herman 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.
Related material may be found in the AJA Online Catalog under Herman, Erwin.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Erwin Herman Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-822. Erwin Herman Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Erwin Herman Papers were received from Agnes Herman, Lake San Marcos, Calif., in May, 2009.
Processed by Kevin Proffitt, September 2011.
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
Herman, Erwin, 1923-2008.
Beth Chayim Chadashim (Los Angeles, Calif.)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.
Genres and Forms
Jewish sermons, American.
Rabbis -- California -- Los Angeles.