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Israel C. Carmel Archive Committee

The Israel C. Carmel (ICC) Archive at Congregation Albert collects, maintains and preserves those materials deemed to be of historical value to the Congregation and its members. The purpose of the ICC Archive is to provide a permanent repository which will be available to congregants, researchers, students, and the general public.

The ICC Archives Committee is always looking for new members. Anyone in the Congregation is welcome. All that is required is that you be interested in the history of this Congregation and that of the wider New Mexico Jewish community. Our methods and procedures have been vetted by a professional archivist and are relatively easy to learn and implement. We meet every Tuesday from 9:30 AM to Noon, COVID restrictions permitting. Contact the Congregation Albert office via email or by calling (505)883-1818 for more information.

The ICC Archives Committee began 2022 with the retirement of our long-serving Chairperson, Judy B. Weinreb. The Committee members very much appreciate the knowledge and dedication that Judy brought to this effort. Through her leadership, the Committee built a solid foundation and a sturdy structure for preserving and expanding the story of Congregation Albert.

As the Congregation began to reopen, the remaining members, John Rivers, Ron Segel and Peter Tannen, elected to continue this important work.

The major tasks we completed over the past year included:

1. Brought the Confirmation Book up to date. This is located in the Lounge and is available to all visitors.

2. Redoing the Lobby Display Cabinet. First for the High Holy Days, then to welcome Rabbi Surget. For the latter, we decided to display the pictures of all the previous Rabbis. We did not have a photo of two Rabbis: Schwab and Nathan. But a careful search on the Internet netted a useable picture of Rabbi Schwab. Unfortunately, we are still unable to find a photo of Rabbi Nathan.

3. External requests: Rebecca Diamond, a fifth year Rabbinical Student at HUC, requested information on Rabbi Jacob H Kaplan. Rabbi Kaplan resigned from his post here in 1907 as a result of public outrage over his strong condemnation of a lynching. We were unable to find the specific document in the Archives, but provided her with considerable supporting material.

4. Documented the display in the Social Hall commemorating Rabbi Surget’s participation in the New York City Marathon.



Fri, February 3 2023 12 Sh'vat 5783