Adas Israel is an orthodox congregation that was founded in the 1920s. The original building was on Cannon Street in downtown Hamilton. After the arrival of Rabbi Morton Green in 1958, a decision was made to move the synagogue to the western suburbs of Hamilton. The new building was built in 1961 and also included the Hamilton Hebrew Academy Day School. Since its move, synagogue membership has increased from 75 families to 350 families. Sol Edell became a member in 1966 after he married Celia Hoffman who was a member of the congregation. He did not attend the synagogue and had no regular involvement but did supervise a number synagogue renovation projects.
The material in this series was originally collected by the Hoffman family who were members of the congregation in the 1960s. Sol Edell became a member of the congregation after his marriage to Celia Hoffman in 1966. After her death in 1973, he inherited the material that she had collected and he continued to receive material from the congregation since he maintained his membership until his death in 2000.
Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence, blueprints, photographs, audiotapes and films relating to the establishment and construction of the new synagogue in 1961. It also includes correspondence and anniversary books documenting a variety of synagogue activities such as the dedication of the synagogue and a tribute dinner honouring Rabbi Mordechai Green. Also included are synagogue bulletins from 1958 to 2000. The series is made up of 6 sub series: Building, Clergy, Religious, Programmes, Administration and Finance, and Publications.
Physical description note: includes 27 photographs, 3 audio reels, 1 film reel, 15 architectural drawings, and 1 key.
Sub-series consists of textual records documenting various programs and events of the Adas Israel Synagogue. Included are program notices, correspondence, brochures, flyers, invitations and calendars. Also included is a pass book from the Adas Israel Society of Hamilton and a testimonial dinner book.
Sub-series consists of financial statements, and notices and correspondence sent to the Adas Israel membership outlining the synagogue's annual expenses and setting the membership dues for the upcoming year.
File consists of correspondence, notices, and publicity brochures advertising fundraising events and programs sponsored by the synagogue, including; antiques shows, the sale of yartzeit plaques, and a Brotherhood Social.
File consists of notices sent to the synagogue membership relating to the agenda of the annual general meeting. Topics include High Holiday regulations, increases in dues and building maintenance expenses. Also included is a meeting notice sent to Max Hoffman regarding a meeting of the House Committee.