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Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Records (MS-434)

Identifier: MS-434

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Records can gain insight into Jewish life in the Greater Dayton area. The collection is organized into ten series and twenty-nine subseries:

Series I, Organization, contains records relevant to the history and operation of the organization. The series is divided into nine subseries. Among these are Constitution, Mission Statement, and Meeting Minutes, as well as many of the organizations the federation oversees.

Subseries IA, Bylaws, Constitution, and Meeting Minutes, contains documents related to the administrative function of the organization. Meeting minutes are organized by board and arranged chronologically by year. Proposed budgets and financial reports often appear within this series because they were discussed during the meetings and located with the official minutes.

Subseries IB, Jewish Community Council, contains the constitution of the organization along with records relevant to the annual meetings convened by the JCC. It also contains annual reports to the community issued by the JCC and lists of its board members and affiliated organizations.

Subseries IC, Dayton Jewish Center (DJC) or Jewish Community Center (JCC), contains records related to the Jewish Community Center, also known as the Dayton Jewish Center, and Jewish Community Center Complex. This material includes the JCC's Bylaws, membership cards, and building plans and groundbreaking information.

Subseries ID, Jewish Family Services (JFS), contains records related the Jewish Family Services branch of the JFGD. This organization focused on helping Jewish families, particularly immigrants, settle into the community by providing English classes, citizenship classes, and services for orphans and the handicapped.

Subseries IE, Jewish Home for the Aged and Covenant House, contains documents to the Jewish retirement homes that have existed under the JFGD. This material includes their Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws, and property tax exemption.

Subseries IF, Women's Guild, contains records related to the Women's Guild that operated out of Covenant House. These records include financial statements, invitations to events, and meeting minutes.

Subseries IG, Dayton Hebrew Institute (DHI) and Jewish Education, contains records related to the education of Jewish youths in Dayton. Meeting minutes for this branch of the JFGD are located in Subseries IA.

Subseries H, Youth Groups and Playguild, contains records related to the numerous youth groups affiliated with the Federation and also the Playguild, which was a group that put on an annual play for the community.

Subseries I/I, Center for Jewish Culture and Education (CJCE), contains all records relevant to the CJCE. Much of the material in this subseries relates to the planning, construction, and dedication of the building that took place between 1999 and 2003. Meeting minutes for this branch of the JFGD are located in Subseries IA.

Subseries IJ, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), contains documents related to the JCRC, which is the central public affairs arm of the JFGD. The organizations Bylaws are located in this series. Meeting minutes for this branch of the JFGD are located in Subseries IA.

Series II, Subjects, contains files related to two subjects: Israel and Civil Rights. Jews in Dayton were heavily involved in supporting both Israel and the Civil Rights movement during the second half of the 20th century.

Subseries IIA, Israel, contains documents and publications related to Israel. Much of this material is focused on Israel's various anniversaries and the Yom Kippur War.

Subseries IIB, Civil Rights, contains documents and publications related to the Civil Rights Movement. This includes material on the Civil Rights Bill of 1968 and even an original program to the March on Washington where Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Series III, Temple Israel, contains records relevant to the local Reform Synagogue, Temple Israel. This material includes the synagogue's constitution and bylaws, correspondence, and invitations to events and services.

Series IV, Financial Records, contains much of the fiscal related material the collection houses. This includes records related to stocks and bonds, year-end statements, and ledgers.

Subseries IVA, Stocks & Bonds, contains records related to the buying, selling, and transfer of stocks and bonds by the JFGD.

Subseries IVB, Year-End and Misc. Financial Statement, contains consolidated year-end financial statements and various other financial statements of the JFGD.

Subseries IVC, Ledgers, contains the oversized ledgers located in the collection. These ledgers relate to various divisions of the JFGD and general funds.

Series V, United Jewish Campaign, contains documents, ledgers, and donation cards related to the annual campaign to raise money by the JFGD under the umbrella organization of the United Jewish Appeal.

Subseries VA, Budget, contains records related to the request and allocation of funding for the United Jewish Campaigns. The material is arranged chronologically and includes many of the budget committee manuals and summaries of allocations for the various campaigns.

Subseries VB, Public Relations, contains all of the records related to promoting the United Jewish Campaigns to the public. This includes mailings, brochures, speakers, and information on various fundraising events.

Subseries VC, Contributions (restricted), contains documents and pledge cards related to contribution raised during United Jewish Campaigns. This material is restricted to the public until 2086.

Series VI, Objects, contains all of the material of the collection that is not in document or audio/visual format. The series is divided into three subseries and includes objects of Jewish interest and various awards. Subseries VIA, Judaica, contains objects of Jewish interest such as tzedekah boxes, mezuzahs, and glasswork from ancient Judea.

Subseries VIB, Time Capsule, contains a time capsule put together in 1978 by the Federation and its affiliated organizations. It is to be opened in 2028.

Subseries VIC, Medals, contains medals from the Israeli mint and commemorative coins. Included are “The Medallic History of the Jewish People” medals, and the Pidyon Haben coin set.

Subseries VID, Phoenician Glass, contains ancient glasswork found by archeologists in Judea. This glasswork was donated by Moshe Dayan, a prominent Israeli military leader and politician, to the Federation in 1969.

Subseries VIE, Awards, contains awards granted to local community members for various achievements. Among these awards are plaques, certificates, and even a Silver Olympic Medal.

Subseries VIF, Misc. Objects, contains objects pins, medallions, stamps, and other various objects related to the JFGD.

Series VII, Literature, contains many of the journals, magazines, and books found in the collection. This series also contains Siddurim, or Jewish prayer books.

Series VIII, Multimedia, contains the audio/visual material of the collection. These include photographs, sound files, and VHS.

Subseries VIIIA, Photographs, contains photographs of various events and people. Pictures of events are arranged chronologically and pictures of people are arranged alphabetically by last name.

Subseries VIIIB, VHS, contains all of the Video Home System cartridges included in the collection.

Subseries VIIIC, Audio, contains sound files of oral histories and reports. These sound files are formatted on cassette tapes, CD, LPs, and magnetic tapes.

Series IX, Scrapbooks, contains all the scrapbooks the collections houses. Most of the scrapbooks of the collection focus on the United Jewish Campaign and the Jewish Community Council. They are arranged chronologically.

Series X, Newspapers, contains editions of the JCC News, the Dayton Jewish Chronicle, and the Dayton Jewish Observer.

Subseries XA: JCC News and Dayton Jewish Chronicles, contains editions of both the JCC News and the Dayton Jewish Chronicles. These two newspapers were published through much of the second half of the 20th century.

Subseries XB: Dayton Jewish Observer, contains editions of the Dayton Jewish Observer. This newspaper began publication in April 1996 and continues until the present.


  • Creation: 1910-2010


Language of Materials

The records are in English, Russian, and Hebrew.

Restrictions on Access

Please note that these records are stored in an off-site facility. Please notify Special Collections and Archives at least 48 hours prior to your visit so that we may arrange to have the records you wish to access available. Access to donor records is restricted for 75 years from the accession date (to be lifted in 2086). Subseries VC: Contributions (boxes 82-143) is restricted until 2086.

Due to preservation concerns, original audio and video formats cannot be played in the reading room. Patrons may have access to reference copies. Items without reference copies can be digitized at the request of a patron for the cost of creating a digital copy. Please provide us at least two weeks advance notice if you would like to request an audio or video reference copy. Call (937) 775-2092 or e-mail us at Use of digitized content is subject to conditions governing use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Over the past century, the Federation has continued to fulfill this purpose and has provided many services to the Jewish community. It has helped European Jews learn the ways of America, raised countless funds for displaced Jews and the State of Israel, and taken children from playing in the streets to structured activities at the Jewish Community Center. As its mission statement states, "The objectives of the organization are: to coordinate and enrich the religious, educational, cultural, and social life of the Jewish community of Greater Dayton; to maintain involvement with Jews of Israel and in every other part of the world; to raise funds for the support of local, national and international Jewish philanthropic purposes; to provide for central planning, coordination and administration of local Jewish communal services; to promote and protect the civic, economic, religious, and other human rights of the Jewish people; to represent the Jewish community in interfaith and intergroup activities; and to stimulate increased participation and interest in all meritorious community activities."


150 linear feet

11.96 Gigabytes


Founded in 1910, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton (JFGD) is a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization that furthers the welfare of the Jewish Community. Some activities of the organization include coordinating fundraising activities on a local and national level, fostering cooperation among Jewish organizations, and facilitating cultural, social, and educational programs. The records contain meeting minutes, correspondence, financial and membership records, photographs, scrapbooks, newspapers, and multimedia.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in ten series and twenty-nine subseries:

  1. Series I: Organization
  2. Subseries IA: Constitution, Mission Statement, and Meeting Minutes
  3. Subseries IB: Jewish Community Council
  4. Subseries IC: Jewish Community Center
  5. Subseries ID: Jewish Family Services (JFS)
  6. Subseries IE: Jewish Home for the Aged and Covenant House
  7. Subseries IF: Women's Guild
  8. Subseries IG: Dayton Hebrew Institute (DHI) and Jewish Education
  9. Subseries IH: Youth Groups and Playguild
  10. Subseries I/I: Center for Jewish Culture and Education (CJCE)
  11. Subseries IJ: Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
  12. Series II: Subjects
  13. Subseries IIA: Civil Rights
  14. Subseries IIB: Israel
  15. Series III: Temple Israel
  16. Series IV: Financial Records
  17. Subseries IVA: Stocks & Bonds
  18. Subseries IVB: Year-End and Misc. Statements
  19. Subseries IVC: Ledgers
  20. Series V: United Jewish Campaign
  21. Subseries VA: Budget
  22. Subseries VB: Public Relations
  23. Subseries VC: Contributions (Restricted)
  24. Series VI: Objects
  25. Subseries VIA: Judaica
  26. Subseries VIB: Time Capsule
  27. Subseries VIC: Medals
  28. Subseries VID: Phoenician Glass
  29. Subseries VIE: Awards
  30. Subseries VIF: Misc. Objects
  31. Series VII: Literature
  32. Series VIII: Multimedia
  33. Subseries VIIIA: Photographs
  34. Subseries VIIIB: VHS
  35. Subseries VIIIC: Audio

Acquisition Information

Wright State University Special Collections and Archives accessioned the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Records in February 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Wright State University Special Collections and Archives accessioned the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Records in February 2011.


Marshall Weiss, Editor of the Dayton Jewish Observer, will be depositing issues of the newspaper in the future.

Separated Materials

Bound volumes of the JCC News and Dayton Jewish Chronicles are located at JFGD Headquarters.

Guide to the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Records (MS-434)
Finding aid prepared by Jeremy Katz
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Finding aid written in English
The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

Revision Statements

  • 2019 April: Digital files processed, VHS descriptions and access restrictions revised.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA