Oral history interview with Ellis Corets, 2015  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Corets, Ellis
Oral history interview with Ellis Corets
2015 (inclusive)
Originals as received: 1 digital audio file (WAV format) and 1 digital file (PDF format transcript)
Collection Number
6053 (Accession No. 6053-001)
Oral history with a Seattle-area Jewish American.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
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Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ellis Corets, was born in the Bronx (NY) and grew up there. In 1962, he moved his family to Bellevue to work for Boeing. They joined Herzl Conservative Congregation, then located in the Central District of Seattle. In June 1964, primarily because of the challenges of driving to Herzl, he and three other members began to form a new congregation to be named Ner Tamid; it was officially established in May 30, 1965.

Ner Tamid offered a large number of programs and activities and eventually owned a former church in Lake Hills for its services and other activities. In 1970, as a result of financial problems, Ner Tamid merged with Herzl to form Herzl-Ner Tamid which built a new school and synagogue on Mercer Island. On May 9, 2015, Herzl-Ner Tamid gave a well-attended 50th Anniversary celebration of Ner Tamid, chaired by Marilyn Corets, Ellis Corets' daughter. Much of the celebration was based on using the huge amount of information Ellis Corets had collected.

Ellis Corets has also been involved in the collection of information on Jewish men and women who fought in WWII. He laboriously compiled information using volumes published by the National Jewish Welfare Board of Jewish men and women who fought in WW II plus the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). The result is a database of approximately 3,000 Killed in Action and Missing in Action primarily in World War II with a small number from World War I.

Mr. Corets, 83 years old at the time of the interview, continues to work hard compiling data on Jewish service members in WWI.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

In his interview, Ellis Corets relates his history as a founder of Ner Tamid Congregation. Mr. Corets then describes his work compiling information about Jewish military buried overseas or listed on a monument or memorial so that Mourner's Kaddish for them could be given at the time of their Yahrzeits.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jewish soldiers--United States
  • Jewish veterans--United States
  • Jews--Washington (State)
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Interviews
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Synagogues--Washington (State)
  • World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish
  • Personal Names :
  • Corets, Ellis--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation (Mercer Island, Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Blase, Nancy (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (host institution)