Aaron Gorovitz Papers
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains Aaron Gorovitz's sermons and marriage records, as well as a selection of photocopied newspaper clippings.
Note: The sermons are written in Hebrew. One manuscript volume has been noted as missing from this collection.
- undated, 1910-1956
- Gorovitz, Aaron (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and Hebrew.
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Aaron Gorovitz was born in Lithuania in 1870; he received rabbinical training and was ordained there. He immigrated to New York at the age of 22. Over the next fifteen years, he would assume rabbinical responsibilities in many U.S. cities. He was one of the founders of Brooklyn's Etz Chaim Yeshiva (later the Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Rabbinical College), as well as Manhattan's Yeshiva Jacob Joseph. He organized the St. John, New Brunswick branch of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and served as a rabbi in St. John, New Jersey, North Adams, Massachusetts and Woonsocket, Rhode Island . He settled in Boston with his family in 1907.
In Boston, Gorovitz was a member of the United Orthodox Congregations of Cambridge and Somerville, serving as a rabbi to Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Askenaz, Congregation Novay Zedeck and Congregation Atereth Israel; in 1924 he became rabbi of Roxbury's Congregation Sons of Abraham, a position he remained in until his death. In addition, he was a chaplain at Deer Island House of Correction in Billerica and at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, treasurer of the Boston branch of the Council of Orthodox Rabbis, and Vice President of the Assembly of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States. An ardent Zionist, Gorovitz acted as Vice President of the Federation of American Zionists, a delegate for the World Zionist Conference in Switzerland in 1903 (where he voted against the Uganda Scheme), attended the seventh Zionist Congress in 1905, as well as serving as a delegate for the eighth Zionist Congress in 1907, and as rabbi for the Zionist Yavne Congregation in the West End in 1910. Aaron Gorovitz died in 1956.
- Sarna, Jonathan, Ellen Smith, and Scott-Martin Kosofsky. The Jews of Boston. New Haven & London: Yale University, 2005. Print.
- Aaron Gorovitz born in Svir, Lithuania.
- Rabbi Gorovitz immigrates to America.
- Gorovitz serves as Rabbi to Congregation Bnai Israel in Woonsocket, R.I.
- Gorovitz serves as delegate for the World Zionist Conference in Switzerland.
- Aaron Gorovitz moves to Boston.
- Gorovitz serves as delegate for the Eighth Zionist Congress in The Hague, Holland.
- Aaron Gorovitz serves as rabbi for the Yavne Congregation in the West End.
- Gorovitz becomes rabbi of Congregation Sons of Abraham in Roxbury.
- Gorovitz makes his third trip to Israel.
- Aaron Gorovitz dies.
0.75 linear feet (3 manuscript boxes)
Rabbi Aaron Gorovitz was born in Lithuania in 1870. He immigrated to New York at the age of 22. Before moving to Boston, he was one of the founders of Etz Chaim Yeshiva (later the Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Rabbinical College) and Yeshiva Jacob Joseph, organized the St. John, New Brunswick branch of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and served as a rabbi in St. John, New Jersey, North Adams, Massachusetts and Woonsocket, Rhode Island before moving to Boston in 1907. Until the end of his life he was rabbi of Congregation Sons of Abraham in Roxbury. Aaron Gorovitz died in 1956.
Located in Boston, Mass.
Acquistion information is unknown.
Processed by Margaret Whiteside, 2010
- Gorovitz, Aaron (Person)
- Guide to the Aaron Gorovitz Papers, P-87
- Processed by Margaret Whiteside
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