The Rabbi Samuel Langer Database
Extracted and Compiled by his daughter
LIFE CYCLE EVENTS:
This database also includes people from the synagogues my father belonged to and the communities my father resided in after his retirement. Even a few relatives are included for there are "Jewish Notes" and "Jewish Paragraphs" clippings from The Peabody Times in his scrapbook that mention that his brother Hyman had passed away, or that his mother-in-law, Bertha Surnamer, was visiting her granddaughter, Judy, in Peabody...
In a way, the various box taxes, electors lists, and other supplemental lists LitvakSIG has obtained to create the "All Lithuania Database" (ALD) have been a partial inspiration or guideline in the creation of this rabbinic database. While I wanted to create a database from the weddings and bar mitzvahs and funerals my father had officiated at, since he did not seem to have maintained any official overall lists I did not at first see how I could really proceed. But thanks to my exposure to the ALD's admixture of Revision Lists, Rabbi's Electors Lists, Directories, Vital Records, and other records it dawned on me that a Mega Rabbi Langer Database could be created if I were to extract all the Births, Bar/Bas Mitzvahs, Confirmations, Graduations, Hebrew School Students, Weddings, Funerals, Unveilings, New Members, Rosh HaShonah Greetings, Passover Chometz Sellers, Cornerstone Layers and more that could be found on the pages of his scrapbook and inside the folders of his files in the archives of the memorabilia of his rabbinic career.
Fortunately, the vast majority of the newspaper clippings from his scrapbook are dated, either with a specific month, day, and year, or else a month and year, though there were some clippings that do not have a date, just a written in reference point in a heading at the top of the page alluding to a congregation and a year span. There is a similar situation with the eulogies he wrote for funerals and unveilings. Some eulogies had the name of the person for whom they were given along with the date, but some did not have a date. The ones that do not have a date were dated as "undated."
Two of the biggest, most unexpected finds came towards the end of the extraction process. Amongst the marriage files I had moved years ago to my Rabbi Langer genealogy file I found an unexpected manila envelope containing entries for over 50 different weddings, many of them with the Hebrew name for the bride and groom, plus the names of the parents, and sometimes even the names of the civil witnesses. Then, as I doubletracked through some files during the proofreading process, I realized that two of the papers in a slim second Passover file were the very forms my father had used for selling Chametz and that the back of these pages contained the names of some of the people he had once sold Chametz for.
The following are the fields included in the Rabbi Samuel Langer Database:
|SURNAME||Person's Family or Last Name|
|FIRST NAME||This field also includes any middle name or title, including Miss, Dr., Rabbi|
|EVENT or TITLE||This field is used to describe either the "event" such as a bar mitzvah or the installation of officers, or this field might give the role a person played in a synagogue or institution, such as Trustee or Sisterhood President.|
|SYNAGOGUE or ORGANIZATION||This field gives the name of the synagogue or other organization|
|DATE||Most of the items I worked with had a date connected to them, but where there was no date given or suggested, usually a time period corresponding to when Rabbi Langer served in that community was given, or else it was left as "undated". The date is set up as three separate fields for DAY, MONTH, and YEAR.|
|PLACE||There are three place or location fields:
* CITY or NEIGHBORHOOD
* GEOGRAPHIC DESIGNATION - any additional description that might occasionally be used, such as Long Island or Queens
|SOURCE||Ninety nine percent of the data comes from either Rabbi Langerís personal scrapbook or his various rabbinic files. The other one percent comes from my files, for over the years, as I have done genealogy, invariably some of what was once in my fatherís files migrated, with his permission, to my files.|
|COMMENT||This field might contain a Hebrew name, a date of death, a date of burial, how the person participated in a program, the name(s) of other family members -- any data that would not readily fit in the other fields|
One might say my father (and mother) are alive and well and living on in his scrapbook and filing cabinet drawers -- and making their unique contribution to genealogy, just as they made their unique contribution to the perpetuation of Judaism in America.
Rabbi Samuel Langer, a son of Jacob and Yetta Weber Langer, was the first member of his family to be born in the United States. He was born May 21, 1905, and he grew up in New York City, on Manhattan's Lower East Side. His love for Judaica was legendary, best exemplified by the family lore that he registered himself for Hebrew School when he was about five or six. He was a graduate of the Downtown Talmud Torah in 1919 and later the Hebrew High School of Manhattan and the High School of Commerce in 1923. He attended the College of the City of New York (CCNY) and the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary simultaneously. While in college, he was very active in the Menorah Society, and he was a President of the CCNY chapter. He graduated from the Teachers Institute in 1926, when it was then located in Stuyvesant Square, and Mordechai Kaplan was the principal. In 1928 he applied and was admitted to the Jewish Theological Seminary, from which he graduated with the degree of Rabbi, Teacher, and Preacher in 1933.
He served many various congregations along the Eastern Seaboard as a rabbi and an educational director, including Shenandoah, Penn; Morristown, New Jersey; Salisbury, Maryland; Caldwell, New Jersey; Temple Sons of Jacob, Ozone Park, New York; Congregation Sons of Israel, Peabody, Massachusetts; Congregation B'nai Abraham, Meriden, Connecticut; Beth Israel Center, St. Albans, Queens, New York; Westbury Hebrew Congregation, Westbury, Long Island, New York; Ahavath Achim Congregation, Atlanta, Georgia; the Rosedale Jewish Center, Rosedale, Queens, New York; and the Woodruff Avenue Temple ~ Congregation Ahavath Achim, Brooklyn, New York.
One of his sermons, entitled "From Slavery to Freedom -- A Jewish Formula" was included among the Best Sermons of the Year 5733-5734 (edited by Rabbi Saul Teplitz). In his later years Rabbi Langer worked on two talks on Jewish research projects of which he was very proud: "The Kittel" and "The Shalshelet."
Rabbi Samuel Langer passed away over Shabbes, on the first day of Chol HaMoed Pesach, on April 6, 1996.
The following is a table of the institutions and synagogues with which Rabbi Langer was connected during his active rabbinate, as well the shuls Rabbi Langer belonged to after he retired:
|President, Administrative Council||The League of Junior Congregations||Jewish Center Building, 128 Stanton Street||New York||New York||Circa late 1920's|
|Rabbi||Jewish Community Center-Kehillath Israel Synagogue||Shenandoah||Pennsylvania||1933|
|Rabbi||The Jewish Community Center and House of Israel||159 Mills Street||Morristown||New Jersey||9/1933||8/1935|
|Rabbi||Congregation Kehilath Israel||Salisbury||Maryland||9/1935||6/1936|
|Rabbi||Jewish League of Caldwell||6 Washburn Place||Caldwell||New Jersey||9/1936||1938|
|Rabbi||Northside Hebrew Congregation of Corona||100-05 34th Avenue||Corona (Queens)||New York||9/1938||1939|
|Rabbi||Temple Sons of Jacob||75th Street and 101st Avenue||Ozone Park (Queens)||New York||9/1941||11/1946|
|Rabbi||Congregation Sons of Israel & Peabody Hebrew Community Center||42 Washington Street||Peabody||Massachusetts||11/1946||6/1950|
|Rabbi||Congregation Bnai Abraham||38 Cedar Street||Meriden||Connecticut||9/1950||1951|
|Rabbi||Temple Sinai||Arlington Ave. & Bradford St.||Brooklyn||New York||9/1951||6/1952|
|Rabbi||The Beth Israel Center of St. Albans||115-62 Farmers Blvd||St. Albans||New York||9/1952||1954|
|Rabbi||Westbury Hebrew Congregation||275 Ellison Avenue and Whitney Street||Westbury||New York||9/1954||1957|
|Educational Director||Congregation Ahavath Achim||600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, N.W.||Atlanta||Georgia||11/1957||1959|
|Rabbi||Rosedale Jewish Center||247-11 Frances Lewis Blvd.||Rosedale (Queens)||New York||9/1959||7/1961|
|Rabbi||Woodruff Avenue Temple ~ Congregation Ahavath Achim||151-153 Woodruff Ave.||Brooklyn||New York||9/1962||7/1964|
|Educational Director||Temple Emanuel El||111 Washington Ave.||Westwood||New Jersey||9/1964||7/1965|
|Principal||Community Hebrew School of Port Chester and the Town of Rye, Congregation Kneses Tifereth Synagogue,||575 King Street||Port Chester||New York||9/1965||8/1966|
|Retired Rabbi Member||Congregation Shaare Torah of Flatbush||Albemarle Road & East 21st Street||Brooklyn||New York||1966||1975|
|Retired Rabbi Member||Judea Center||2059 Bedford Avenue||Brooklyn||New York||1966||1975|
|Retired Rabbi Member||Congregation Beth Jacob||1855 LaVista Road, Northeast||Atlanta||Georgia||1976||1984|
|Retired Rabbi Member||Temple Israel||305 Riverside Blvd.||Long Beach||New York||1984||1996|
The following are among the communities and places mentioned in this database:
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