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Bruce and Stacey Goldring Collection

Identifier: MSS 0382

Scope and Content

The materials in this collection relay Jewish life in Jacksonville throughout the twentieth century. Some families, such as the Wolfsons have been long-time residents. Their photographs and a photograph album are included in the collection. Postcards and newspaper clippings tell about Jewish entrepreneurs and entertainment in the city and in the River Garden Hebrew Home for retirees. A separate folder holds program brochures of the regularly organized shows there along with photocopied pictures and other items related to the home. A separate folder holds items about the different Jewish organizations active in the city along with the newsletters and other documents of two congregations, Congregation Ahavath Chesed - The Temple and Beth Shalom Congregation, separated into different folders. Recipe collections, family event-related items, social event flyers and invitations are also included. The Miscellaneous folder contains a shopping list, a three-year calendar, and a historical narrative of the Cohen Brothers' Building - depicted on postcards enclosed in the collection. The book The Miracle Years: A biography of Alexander Brest as related to Deborah Simpson and a list of items showcased at the exhibition "Jewish Jacksonville" at the University of Florida are also enclosed. Box 2 contains a vinyl disc by the cantor Berele Chagy as well as two additional folders. The scores and plays in folder 1 were published in the USA, while materials in folder 2, related to Lithuanian Jewish history and a Jewish artist born in Poland, were probably printed outside of the USA. A separate oversize folder contains a Cardui Calendar of 1950.


  • 1923-2014
  • Majority of material found in 1970s-1990s



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Stacey and Bruce Goldring live in Jacksonville Florida and are active in the Jacksonville Jewish community. Stacey Goldring worked as a journalist and she is the author of On Wooden Wheels: the Memoir of Carla Nathans Schipper, an account of Schipper's survival during the Holocaust based on Goldring's research and interview with Schipper. Goldring facilitates book clubs, creative writing workshops, and hosts an NPR WJCT 89.9 FM literary discussion. She was also involved in the creation of the Rev. Benjamin Safer Collection. Bruce Goldring is a commercial pilot; the materials in the collection include items from both of their extended families and acquaintances. Folders 1 and 2, in box 2, include materials Stacey Goldring received from David Stroops, as an accompanying note from David Stroops attests.


.71 Linear feet (2 Boxes and an Oversize Folder)

Language of Materials



This collection reflects Jewish life in Jacksonville during the twentieth century. Included in the collection are postcards, newsletters, photographs, flyers, and vinyl disks highlighting institutions and individuals who contributed to the lives of the Jewish residents of Jacksonville.


This collection is arranged topically and in chronological order.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bruce and Stacey Goldring.

A Guide to the Bruce and Stacey Goldring Collection
Finding aid created by Katalin Franciska Rac
March 2017
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America