Seymour and Kathy Brotman Finding Aid
- Biographical Sketch
- Scope and Content Note
- Series Lists
- Series 1 Seymour Brotman's Scrapbooks
- Series 2 Kathy Brotman's Photo Albums
The Brotmans moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1970 from Plainfield, New Jersey where Seymour Brotman had served as assistant executive director of the Plainfield Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) from 1968 to 1970. Together, the Brotmans have served the Jewish and Scranton communities for nearly three decades. They were instrumental in the relocation of Ethiopian and Soviet Jews to the U.S., Israel, and Canada and in creating a thriving Jewish community within the Scranton area.
Seymour Brotman, a former social worker, helped to launch the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and establish it as a haven for children who had no where else to go. He served as the executive director of the JCC from 1970 to 1991 as well as the executive director of the Jewish Federation from 1978 to 1991. During his tenure as executive director of the JCC and the Jewish Federation, Mr. Brotman oversaw the development of the Holocaust Museum and Resource Center, the Leadership Development programs, endowment funds, and other projects. Mr. Brotman also dedicated several hours a week to Pastoral Companionship at Mercy Hospital, where he trained to be a companion to patients who were seriously ill or dying. He also spent time each week at the Lackawanna County Prison, meeting with inmates as a Public Defender's Office Liaison; he also sat on the boards of several community organizations including St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and the Diversity Coalition of Lackawanna County. He was also involved with the Judaic Chair of the University of Scranton, Jewish Home, Jewish Family Services, Lackawanna County CETA Planning Board, Interfaith Foundation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Task Force to "Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful," and the Ethics Institute of Northeast Pennsylvania. In 1991, Amos Lodge 136 of the B'nai B'rith named Mr. Brotman their Man of the Year.
From September 1970 until August 1999, Kathy Brotman served the Scranton community in a variety of ways. For 13 years, she was the Campaign associate of the Scranton-Lackawanna Jewish Federation. She was also a speaker for the United Way Campaign, the American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mrs. Brotman also served as program director at the Day Nursery Association; her leadership resulted in board appointments, officerships, and the receipt of a number of awards from the Jewish Community Center, Officers Association Special Service, Shalom Young Leadership and 1982 Woman of the Year. She also instituted the Northeast Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children while earning her master's degree at Marywood College (now University), where she later taught early education classes. For many years, she was a volunteer for the annual United Jewish Appeal Campaign. She served three years as women's division chairwoman and two years as Super Sunday chairwoman, leading the women's division campaign to contributions exceeding $400,000.
The Seymour and Kathy Brotman Collection documents the Brotman's careers as leaders within the Jewish community and the Scranton area. Documents include newspaper articles by Seymour Brotman from his tenure as executive director of the Jewish Community Center as well as from his time as executive director of the Scranton-Lackawanna Jewish Federation. There are also documents detailing Mrs. Brotman's activities in both civic and Jewish organizations.
The collection mostly documents the Brotman's activities within the Jewish community although there are a few newspaper clippings that reflect Mr. Brotman's interest in Israeli politics. Included in the collection is a wide variety of letters, newspaper clippings, pictures, and social invitations. Everything has been retained in its original photo album/scrapbook format.
The majority of the collection contains information relevant to the Scranton Jewish Community during the period 1970 to 2003.
There are two scrapbooks labeled "Property of Seymour Brotman." The first scrapbook has a date range of 1969 to 1991 and contains newspaper clippings and flyers from various Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation activities. The second scrapbook has a date range of 1979 to 2003 and contains newspaper clippings and flyers from various Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation activities. There are also clippings of letters to the editors written by Seymour Brotman as well as copies of his articles "From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director" from The Scranton Federation Reporter and "As I See It..." from King's Point News.
Series 2 Kathy Brotman's Photo Albums
There are two photo albums labeled "Property of Kathy Brotman." The first photo album has a date range of 1981 to 1982 and contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and flyers from various United Jewish Campaign Women's Division functions. The second photo album has a date range of 1981 to 1983 and also includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and flyers from various United Jewish Campaign Women's Division functions.
Photo Album 1
Photo Album 2
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