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Resources Annette Levy Ratkin Jewish Community Archives 801 Percy Warner Blvd. Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 354-1655 Fax: (615) 352-0056 resources/annette-levyratkin-archives Lynn Fleischer, archive associate archives@jewishnashville. org


ince 1979 the Annette Levy Ratkin Archives has collected the records of the families, businesses and institutions of the Jewish communities of Middle Tennessee, which began in the mid-19th century. Housed in the Gordon Jewish Community Center, the archives has the records of such local organizations as the Nashville section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Hadassah, B’nai B’rith, the Jewish Community Council (which later became the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee), the synagogues, Jewish Family Service, and book clubs such as Magazine Circle, organized in 1898, and their daughters, the “Junior Magazine Circle,� which soon became Tri Arts, organized in 1925. The archives also houses microfilm, hard and digital copies of The Jewish Observer of Nashville, which began publication in 1935, and its predecessor, The YMHA News, first published in 1915. An oral history audiotape collection, sponsored

by the NCJW, documents the memories of older adults who grew up in Nashville. It also has been transcribed, as has a collection of reminiscences by NCJW past presidents. A DVD oral history collection, sponsored by the Jewish Federation, records the experiences of Holocaust refugees, survivors and liberators. Tombstones dated before 1900 in the Jewish cemeteries of Nashville have been photographed, preserving their inscriptions. All documents and photographs are stored in acidfree folders and boxes, and are available to researchers from the Jewish and secular community under supervision of the archives staff. “A Caring Community, the History of the Jews of Nashville,â€? is a multimedia program produced by the archives. It traces the development of the Nashville Jewish community from 1851 to date through source material and photos from the archives. Available in DVD format, it can be purchased from the archives for $10 plus postage. The archives assisted in the production of “Bagels & Barbeque, the Jewish Experience in Tennessee,â€? an exhibit prepared with the Tennessee State Museum and other Tennessee Jewish Federations for the 2007 General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities. After the GA the exhibit toured the entire state of Tennessee for two years. The archives seek to preserve the records of all of the Jews of Nashville and Middle    Tennessee, whether here for six generations or six years. Please consider donating your family’s papers to the archives. •

Gordon Jewish Community Center Library 801 Percy Warner Blvd. Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 356-3242 ext. 1699 Fax: (615) 353-2659


hether you are looking for a recent book of Jewish interest, back issues or current issues of Jewish magazines, a book for your child or an audiotape of Jewish music, the Gordon Jewish Community Center Library is the place to start. There you can find children’s books, fiction, biographies, history and cookbooks, along with books about Jewish practice and holidays, the Holocaust, Israel, and many other topics related to Jewish life and religion. The

library has special collections of large-print books, and yizkor books compiled by survivors of East European shtetls. The fiction and nonfiction collections can be located by using the Internet station in the library or by accessing the catalog at www.jewishnashville. org, the website of Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The library also has audiotapes of Jewish music, Jewish short stories from Eastern Europe and lectures and commentaries by Dennis Prager, plus a selection of films on videotape. A limited amount of additional material is available on CD. Library materials may be borrowed for two weeks and renewed by phone. The library is usually open whenever the GJCC main building is open. Please call the library office if you have a reference question or want to know more about its holdings or operation. •

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