Guide to the Rabbi David Berent papers, 1934-1978, n.d. | MC080

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Berent, David
Title
Rabbi David Berent papers
ID
MC080
Date
1934-1978, undated
Extent
5.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains published and unpublished sermons and writings written or collected by Rabbi David Berent of Congregation Beth Jacob in Lewiston, Maine.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.

Preferred Citation

Rabbi David Berent papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains published and unpublished sermons and writings written or collected by Rabbi David Berent of Congregation Beth Jacob in Lewiston, Maine.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.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: I. Sermons, II. Other writings; and III. Songbooks.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Gift of Gertrude and Jonathan Berent, 1983. Accession No.: None.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The Berent Collection of Judaica, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Congregation Beth Jacob (Lewiston, Me.)

Subject(s)

  • Rabbinical literature

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Collection Inventory

 MC080/01 Sermons and addresses 1934-1978   1.0 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

Contains a few of Rabbi Berent's typed and handwritten sermons, as well as many published sermons by others. There is a large collection of sermons published by the United Jewish Layman's Committee in newsletter format.

Organization and Arrangement

Alphabetical by author.

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 MC080/02 Writings 1935-1969, n.d.   1.5 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Published and unpublished religious writings by numerous authors, including Berent. There is a large group of pamphlets dedicated to educating Jewish youth about the rituals of the faith. There are also numerous publications in Hebrew and Yiddish.

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 MC080/03 Songbooks Undated   2.5 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

The series contains vocal scores of liturgical music for Sabbath and holidays, for alto, bass, soprano and tenor. The scores are in David Berent's hands, with transliterated text. Many are in volumes the Rabbi bound himself.

Organization and Arrangement

Related parts of the same score are housed together.

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