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About the collections



Digital collections are assembled by people who make decisions, who describe, who catalog, who scan, and who spend many hours organizing information so it may be used by a variety of interested users. The collected work on these pages is here because of the hard work of collaborating institutions, staff, students, volunteers, and interns.

 

Asheville Art Museum
Asheville Buncombe County Library System
Asheville City Schools System
Asheville Historic Resources Commission
Asheville YWCA
Beth Ha Tephila Congregation
Black Mt. College Museum + Arts Center
Blue Ridge Parkway
Carolina Mountain Club
Center for Diversity Education
Congregation Beth Israel
French Broad River Garden Club
Housing Authority - City of Asheville
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival & Shindig on the Green
Mt. Hermon Lodge
National Forests in North Carolina
Unitarian Universalist, Asheville
Western North Carolina Historical Association
WNC - American Association of University Women
YMI Cultural Center

 

Jewish Life in Western North Carolina Collections

 

The following collections describe aspects of Jewish life in Asheville and Western North Carolina, documenting how individuals and organizations have helped shape the cultural and economic landscape of the region. These collections include photographs, newspaper clippings, oral histories, synagogue records, family papers, and miscellaneous materials that were donated by various individuals, organizations and businesses. This aggregate of collections is intended to grow and attempts to represent Jewish life in Asheville and Western North Carolina from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. 

 

Ada and Lou Pollock Collection

Lou Pollock, an Asheville, N.C. resident, was well-known as a merchant in the community and President of Pollock, Inc. He is perhaps best remembered for the annual Christmas party for needy children which he prepared each year. During the party, Pollock gave away hundreds of pairs of shoes to children who had no means to purchase the shoes. In the words of his Masonic Brother and friend Thomas J. Harkins: "He was held in regard and esteem in the Asheville community. An expression of this, in 1949, the name of Mount Sinai Jewish Cemetery was changed to 'Lou Pollock Memorial Park.'" The cemetery was of special interest to Pollock, who served as president of the West Asheville Hebrew Cemetery Association, succeeding L.M. Cadison and H.L. Finklestein.

 

Agudas Israel Synagogue Collection

The Agudas Israel Synagogue was chartered in 1922 in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and purchased a building for their first synagogue in 1925. Agudas Israel is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judiasm. This digitized Agudas Israel Synagogue Collection includes representative materials from the larger Agudas Israel Collection housed in Special Collections at UNC Asheville, which contains synagogue records, photographs, documents, newspaper articles, and other materials that document the history of Agudas Israel Synagogue.

 

Ari Landau Collection 

The Ari Landau Collection contains documents and photographs chronicling the life of Ari Landau’s father, Fiszel Landau, a Polish Ashkenazi Jew who survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and the Mauthausen-Gusen slave labor camp.

 

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