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Gloria Tetewsky papers

 Collection — Box: 1, 2
Identifier: MS-0200-0028

Scope and Contents

The papers of Gloria Tetewsky consist of her personal calligraphy work for several organizations over many decades. Organized into three series, the vast bulk of the material consists of materials relating to Kehilat Shalom, a conservative Havurah that was led by Dr. Mitchell Parker in the 1980s through to 2001.


  • 1980-2001


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Gloria Tetewsky papers, 1980-2001 are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Gloria Tetewsky, artist, poet and song writer is an active member of the Jewish community in Buffalo since relocating from the Midwest in the 1950s. Born in St Louis, Missouri in 1926, Gloria (nee Parnas) earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music at the Chicago Music College and also attended Washington University Art School. She moved to Buffalo in 1953 after meeting Hyman Tetewsky MD. They married, moved to Staten Island for a few years, and then returned to Buffalo and eventually settled in the Town of Tonawanda in 1959. They affiliated first with Temple Beth El (“House of God”), then Temple Shaarey Zedek (“Gates of the Righteous”), and eventually became early members of the lay led Havurah Kehilat Shalom (Community of Peace Fellowship”) in the late 1970s. After Kehilat Shalom stopped meeting in the early 2000s, the Tetewsky family affiliated with Temple Sinai, and then Sinai’s successor merger synagogue: Congregation Shir Shalom (“Song of Peace”).

Beginning in the late 1960s, Gloria Tetewsky started to become involved in various synagogue activities and in 1972 the Temple Beth El Sisterhood asked her to create a program for Music Month. She responded by writing a cantata to commemorate the Holocaust, entitled “Search for Six Million in the Valley of Silence.” She went on to compose two other cantalas: “You Can’t Study Torah on Just One Foot” for Temple Shaarey Zedek Sisterhood, and “The Eight Steps of Charity” for ORT (ORT was founded in Tsarist Russia in 1880. The 'ORT' acronym id from the Russian Obshestvo Remeslenofo zemledelcheskofo Truda [Society for Trades and Agricultural Labor]. ORT is now a vocational training and education organization active in Israel and elsewhere). She also composed several songs (“When Will Our People Have Peace,” “Herzl – Man with the Flame,” “HaShamayim,” “Entreat Me Not To Leave Me,” “The Yarmulke Song”), and original melodies for Adon Olam (which Temple Sinai used for the High Holidays) and more recently, Shemah (hear of Israel – a central Jewish prayer).

She joined Hadassah soon after settling in Buffalo, and went on to become a lifetime member of the Ada Miller group where she served as the chairperson of the Education Committee for many years. In addition to providing calligraphy and artwork for various Hadassah and Kehilat Shalom events (where she also served as recording secretary and editor of the newsletter), in the early 1990s she began to write poetry and over the years many of her poems have been printed in the Buffalo Jewish Review.


1.29 Linear Feet (1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize box)


Personal papers documenting volunteer activities of Gloria Tetewsky within three Jewish organizations in Buffalo. Includes newspaper clippings, newsletters, flyers and invitations relating to her volunteer service for Kehilat Shalom, Hadassah and Chabad House of Buffalo.


This collection is arranged in three series: Kehilat Shalom materials, II. Other organizations, and III. Personal materials.

Acquisition Information

Gloria Tetewsky donated both Hadassah and Kehilat Shalom materials in May 2010. Accruals of personal materials were received until January 2014. The collection was initially arranged in September 2013 and deposited at the University Archives, Special Collections by the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project in September 2013. The collection was expanded in January 2014. The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project was founded in late 2007 under the auspices of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo with a seed grant from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies. The Archives Project collects mainly twentieth century documentation relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions and cultures of Jewish communities within the Greater Buffalo area of Western New York, encompassing the geographic areas of Erie and Niagara Counties and partners with the University Archives at the University at Buffalo to make these records accessible.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

Processing Information

Processed by Chana Revell Kotzin, September 2013.


Finding Aid for the Gloria Tetewsky papers
Finding aid prepared by Chana Revell Kotzin, September 2013.
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The arrangement and description of the Gloria Tetewsky papers was made possible by funding obtained through the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies and the Bureau of Jewish Education.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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