David Berent was born in New York City on February 28, 1907. He attended New York schools and studied at the City College of New York, Dropsie College, the Ets Chayim Seminary in Montreux, Switzerland, where he was ordained as a rabbi in 1933, and Tecahers College at Columbia University. He married Gertrude Weiner in August 1934 and the couple had one son, Jonathan. The Berents settled in Lewiston, Maine in 1940 where the Rabbi served the Congreation Beth Jacob until 1974. Rabbi Berent was president of the Rabbinical Association of Maine, and served for many years as chairman of the Maine Paenl of Mediators for Labor Disputes. After his retirement, he and his wife spent winters in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where he died on February 20, 1981 at the age of 73.
The collection contains published and unpublished sermons and writings written or collected by Rabbi David Berent of Congregation Beth Jacob in Lewiston, Maine. It also contains songbooks of music he arranged for his congregation, including several in volumes hand bound by Berent.
Berent's rabbinical library was also left to Bates College by Berent's wife and son following his death.
The collection is arranged into three series: I. Sermons, II. Other writings; and III. Songbooks.
The collection is open for research.
The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.
The Berent Collection of Judaica, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College
These records are indexed under the following headings in the Bates College Library catalog. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Congregation Beth Jacob (Lewiston, Me.)
Gift of Gertrude and Jonathan Berent, 1983. Accession No.: None.
Rabbi David Berent papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.
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