Congregation Rodef Sholom receives grant for archival project

The temple is about to begin phase 2 of its archival project.

YOUNGSTOWN – The Rodef Sholom congregation will begin phase 2 of its preservation of historical documents this month after receiving a grant for its archival project.

The grant was made by the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration.

Phase 1 of the project was launched through a partnership between Congregation Rodef Sholom, 1119 Elm St., and the Youngstown State University History Program, the Ohio History Service Corps, the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, and consisted of inventorying and organizing the collections under the direction of Sarah Wilschek, Executive Director of Rodef Sholom. This phase served as a hands-on experience for YSU students in preparation for their masters in history and allowed volunteers in the congregation to learn archiving practices in preparation for the next phases of the project, a statement from hurry.

Phase 2 will allow Congregation Rodef Sholom to hire Hannah Klacik, an YSU graduate student intern, and purchase archival supplies to organize and preserve its collections. The expected results of phase 2 include the organization and permanent storage of the majority of the current archival collections of the Rodef Sholom congregation, the digitization of important and vulnerable documents, the creation of a finding aid and the improvement preservation and accessibility of the history of the Jewish community of Youngstown. , the output states.

For more information about the project, send an email to Wilschek at [email protected]

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