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Agudas Achim Sisterhood records

Identifier: IWA1020

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Scope and Contents

The Agudas Achim Sisterhood records date from 1952 to 2015 and measure 20 linear inches. The records are arranged into six series: Administrative, Financial,Correspondence, Publications, Programming and events, and Resources: Judaism.

The Administrative series (1952-2006) contains bylaws, meeting minutes, descriptions of board responsibilities, and materials about committees.

The Financial series (1966-2007) contains a variety of different kinds of financial records from 1966 to 2004 including budgets, fundraising, book and gift store records, and certificates awarded to the Sisterhood for Torah Fund fundraising.

The Correspondence series (1983-2007) contains cards and letters both internal and external, and includes handwritten templates for notes of congratulation or condolence.

The Publications series (1964-2008) holds materials printed by the Agudas Achim Sisterhood for distribution among its members or in the larger congregation. The series includes copies of “Sisterhood News”, a column in the synagogue bulletin, from the 1980s until about 2000, as well as news from the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, the Midwest Branch of the same, and other Jewish organizations. It also contains membership directories and Agudas Achim yearbooks.

The Events and programming series (1981-2014) contains planning notes from social events, event calendars, resources and guidelines for programming, flyers for a number of holiday and social events, and a small number of unidentified photographs. This series also includes information on the Sisterhood’s service and fundraising activities such as Lox Box, College Connection, and the Mitzvah Connection.

The Resources: Judaism series (1995-2000) contains informational and instructional materials, ranging from coffeepot operation to official directives for nominating committees from the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.


  • Creation: 1952-2015


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Biographical/Historical Note: Iowa City’s Jewish community hired a rabbi in 1915 and in 1916 established the Agudas Achim Congregration. The Agudas Achim Sisterhood was founded in 1932 to be a social and service organization for the women of the congregation. It absorbed the local Jewish Ladies’ Relieft Organization, which had existed in Iowa City since 1916. The group was later affiliated with the Midwest branch of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. The members of the Agudas Achim Sisterhood, drawn from the congregation, sponsored social events, organized refreshments for events and holidays, ran the congregation’s gift shop, and supported many other activities that benefitted Agudas Achim as a whole.


20.00 linear inches

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Records of the women’s organization activities associated with an Iowa City synagogue.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated by Beverly Jones (donor no. 1494) in 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)