Barack, Stephan F. Papers

Span Dates: 1970-2007
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 1.6 Linear Feet


This collection contains sermons, addresses, writings and correspondence documenting his activism for social justice.

Hist/Bio Note

Stephan F. Barack was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 30, 1943 to Mr. and Mrs. Sam and Marguerite Barack. He graduated from Washington University in 1965, receiving an A.B. degree in philosophy. He then enrolled at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio to study for the rabbinate. Following ordination, Barack served as Assistant Rabbi at Beth El Temple in Madison, Wisconsin and as Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1981, Barack moved to Pittsburgh to become the Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai. In 1985, he moved to Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska, where he served until 1989 when he moved to Honolulu, Hawai'i. He was the rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Honolulu and was a founder and leader of Temple Bet Shalom, also in Honolulu. During his time in Hawai'i - as well as in all his other positions - Barack was a leader in the communal and religious affairs of his community and was active in promoting issues pertaining to social justice and welfare. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and received numerous honors, including from state and local governments in Hawai'i for his numerous activities. Through his work in the Hawai'i Council of Churches, Barack was actively involved in the Council's efforts in promoting gay and lesbian rights. He signed the 1996 Statement on Same Gender Marriage that was part of an interfaith Perspective from the Hawai'i Council of Churches. Barack and his wife of 42 years, Renee, have two daughters: Jennifer and Deborah. Stephan F. Barack died on June 5, 2007 at the age of 64.

Finding Aid

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This location is housed at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives 3101 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220


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