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Finding Aid

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AJHS Finding Aids

P-36 Jacob Lazarus Snitzer Papers, 1909-1946

This collection contains handwritten and typed drafts of plays, a novel, and notes for plays and for a newspaper column by Yiddish writer Jacob Lazarus Snitzer (1874-1947). There is also correspondence and contracts relating to Snitzer's plays and five scrapbooks of newspaper articles.

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P-37 Jacob Fishman Theater Collection, 1898-1939

This collection contains the prompt-books for numerous plays, both those originally written in Yiddish as well as Yiddish translations of well-known authors. There is also an original play by Boaz Young and notes for a study on female Jewish writers.

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P-104 Alexander Hamilton Manuscript Fragment, undated

Contains fragment of a manuscript written by Alexander Hamilton commenting on the history of the Jews.

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P-340 Mark Schweid Papers, 1930-1936

This collection consists of typescripts and manuscripts of Yiddish radio plays written by Yiddish actor and director Mark Schweid (1891-1969). There are also four items of ephemera related to the Bronx Art Theatre.

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P-554 Solender Family Papers, 1890-2003

The Solender Family Papers document the professional achievements and to a lesser extent, the personal lives, of the members of the Solender family. The Solender family has been influential in the field of Jewish Communal Services since the 1930s. Family members that are most prominently represented in the collection include Samuel Solender (1890-1961), his son Sanford Solender (1914-2003), and his grandson Stephen Solender (1938- ).

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P-582 Leonard Fein Papers, undated, 1974-1987

Contains correspondence, press clippings, and photos relating to Fein's career and activities while editor-in-chief and publisher of Moment magazine. Correspondence includes reactions to a letter sent to Israeli members of PEACE NOW on the eve of the Begin-Sadat summit (1978); a statement criticizing Begin government policies (1980) and public reactions to that statement; a discussion of American Jewish support of Israel's West Bank settlement policy during Prime Minister Begin's tenure in office; Fein's views of aliyah to Israel, of intermarriage, of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and of the politics of M.K. Meir Kahane; and a letter from Hodding Carter III (Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Dept. Spokesman for White House) "concerning the U.S. role in negotiations for peace in the Middle East" (Jan. 19, 1979). Also contains Fein's personal correspondence (1977-1984). 

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P-588 Boris Smolar Papers, undated, 1913-1985

This collection contains materials pertaining to the life and career of Boris Smolar, a journalist and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and an author of children's books.

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P-607 Ben Gailing Papers, 1924-1975

This collection contains the records of Ben Gailing (1898-1999), a Yiddish theater actor and radio host in New York and Boston. There are two Yiddish playscripts, "Yo a Mame, Nit a Mame" by Ben Gailing, and "Oy iz dos a Yingel" by Hershel Glick; Gailing’s book, Git a Shmeykhl; Yiddish sheet music; Yiddish theater programs; and photographs of Ben and Frieda Gailing and other actors and actresses from the Yiddish theater.

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P-776 Shira Eve Epstein Papers, 1960-1999

This collection contains the files of Shira Eve Epstein, a Jewish educator and professor, most of which were used as research for her bachelor's thesis, "The Havurah Movement and Jewish Feminism: Preserving While Re-envisioning Judaism."

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P-838 Bloom Family Papers, undated, 1910-1960

Jennie Edelmuth married Aaron Bloom in 1932. Aaron was one of nine children of Dora and Moses Bloom. The bulk of this collection contains photographs of Aaron and his siblings Sara, Lena and Isadore and personal items of David and Aaron. Jennie and Aaron later divorced. The collection also encompasses photographs of the Edelmuth family and Jennie’s second husband William Gale and his extended family.

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P-841 Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers, 1978, 1984-1992

 This collection contains the papers of Ruth Abusch-Magder, mostly documenting her Jewish feminist and activist work as a high school and college student from 1984-1992.

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P-990 Leon Kronish Papers, 1932-1997

The Leon Kronish Papers incorporate the personal and professional papers of Rabbi Leon Kronish with the organizational records of Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach, Florida, where he served as spiritual leader for over fifty years. Included are sermons, correspondence, memorandums, newsletters, worship service manuals, programs, pamphlets, greeting cards, administrative records, financial records, notes, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and sound recordings.

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P-992 Meta Joy Jacoby Papers, 1983-1990

Personal collection of Soviet Jewry Movement activist Meta Joy Jacoby who chaired the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, PA. The Committee provided moral support to Soviet Jewish families through the mailing of letters and telegrams, placing phone calls, and sending Jewish cultural materials to the Soviet Union. Meta Joy Jacoby repeatedly traveled to the Soviet Union to meet with and deliver aid to the Refuseniks. The collection includes memos, correspondence, newsletters, brochures, and clippings.

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P-993 Barry Marks Papers, 1966, 1983-1987

Personal papers of the Soviet Jewry Movement activist Rabbi Barry Marks, a spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Springfield, IL and a founder of the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association. The collection reflects Rabbi Marks' and the Springfield, IL Jewish community's involvement in the Soviet Jewry movement. The materials include clippings, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, and speeches.

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P-996 Harold and Judith S. Einhorn Papers, 1964, 1973-1979

Personal papers of Soviet Jewry Movement activists Harold and Judith S. Einhorn. Residents of Laverock, PA, husband and wife Harold and Judith S. Einhorn were among the pioneers of the grassroots Soviet Jewry movement. Harold Einhorn chaired the Temple Beth Tikvah Community Relations Committee and Judith S. Einhorn chaired the Soviet Jewry Committee at Congregation Adath Jeshurun.

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P-997 Norman Patz Papers, 1970-2007 (bulk 1985-1989)

Correspondence, photographs and negatives of sites and trips taken, material concerning Soviet Jewry activism and Synagogue services, and trip reports of visits to Jews in the Soviet Union.

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P-1001 Laura Rubin Family Papers, undated, 1900-1984, 1910-1958

The Laura Rubin Family, New York, papers are comprised of three generations of family photographs and certificates of marriage, birth, and death for members of the Rubin-Simpson family of Brooklyn, New York and the Simpson-Bernstein family of Schenectady, New York. A portion of this collection relates to Laura Rubin, who is an American photographer known for her photographs documenting New York’s downtown scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s, including members of Andy Warhol’s Factory.

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P-1003 Ruth Sapin Hurwitz Photograph Album, 1906-1911

Ruth Sapin Hurwitz was a social worker, teacher, writer, and lecturer and proponent of Jewish Cultural heritage and ideas. The Ruth Sapin Hurwitz Photograph Album contains black and white photographs taken by Hurwitz during her time as a student at Wellesley College (1906-1910). The album includes undated handwritten captions and provides a look into women’s college life during the early part of the 20th century. Images capture campus activities such as studying, theatre performances, and social events. Also included are images from Hurwitz trips to Europe and across the United States.

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P-1004 Goldie Seiden Chirlin Photograph Collection, 1937-1943

The Goldie Seiden Chirlin Photograph Collection depicts American Jewish family life in mid-20th century Albany, New York. The collection encompasses black and white photographs, primarily taken by Goldie Seiden Chirlin, of her friends, family, and local Jewish Community during social gatherings, birthdays, and holidays in Albany, New York and surrounding areas.

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P-1009 Samuel Moshcovitz Papers, undated, circa 1905-1991

Samuel Moshcovitz was born in Russia in 1907 and immigrated to the United States, where he attended college and became an accountant. He was active in several Jewish organizations, including Brandeis University and Beth Israel Hospital, until his death in 1993. The collection contains a collection of sheet music from the early to mid-twentieth century, along with correspondence from lawmakers in response to letters from Moshcovitz regarding United States policy in the Middle East. Another folder relates to copies of a commencement address delivered by Senator Daniel Inouye and distributed by Moshcovitz to lawmakers and Jewish and news organizations.

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P-1010 Adolf Lorch (1883-1971) Papers, 1896-2013

This collection consists of materials related to Adolf Lorch’s efforts to support the emigration of family members and others from Germany between 1934 and the early 1950s. The bulk is made up of correspondence and affidavits. Also included are other family papers, business correspondence, a biographical sketch, and a photograph of Lorch.

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P-1011 Papers of Dorothy and Ralph LeVine, 1912-2015 (bulk 1920-1969)

The collection documents the personal and professional lives of the Dorothy and Ralph LeVine, owners of Airflow Mattress Company in Brooklyn, New York. The materials highlight their mattress and furniture business as well as their personal and social lives as residents of Brooklyn. The collection contains business records, legal documents, administrative records, financial records, trademarks, business cards, fliers, correspondence, stationary, blueprints, photographs, pedigree dog certificates, a diploma, a menu, a yahrzeit calendar, real estate records, an event program, and printing dies.

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P-1012 Nathan Perlmutter (1923-1987) Papers, 1934-1989

This collection consists of the papers of Nathan Perlmutter, a lawyer, lecturer, author, political activist, and a long-time leader of the American Jewish community. It contains certificates, newspaper clippings, correspondence—including numerous condolence cards and letters sent to his family after his death—manuscripts and drafts of Perlmutter’s writings, obituaries, printed materials, programs, and subject files relating to topics he was interested in and that he wrote about.

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P-1015 Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) Papers, undated, 1966, 1970-1972, 1982

Papers of Bayard Rustin, a prominent American civil rights leader, LGBT rights activist, and advocate for the Black-Jewish cooperation in the United States, that focus on his involvement in the American Soviet Jewry movement. The collection contains speeches and articles on Soviet Jewry by Bayard Rustin from 1960s-1980s. Also included are publications by the executive secretary of the Conference on the Status of Soviet Jews, Moshe Decter— Redemption! Jewish freedom letters from Russia with foreword by Rustin, and "Silence and Yearning: A Report and Analysis of the Status of Soviet Jewry" based on the findings of the Ad Hoc Commssion on the Rights of Soviet Jews, chaired by Rustin.

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P-1016 Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection, 1999-2002

The Larry Racioppo Synagogue Photograph Collection consists of photographs of numerous synagogues primarily within New Jersey and the five boroughs of New York. A majority of the photographs were taken for the Temples calendar which was published for the year 2000 calendar. The images were taken throughout 1999 and depict the synagogues as they stood in 1999.

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P-1020 Jack Jacobs Papers, 1971-1986

 This collection contains the papers of Jack Jacobs, a Jewish academic and former member of the New Jewish Agenda. The collection mostly contains Jewish leftist publications, materials from the founding of the New Jewish Agenda, and documents related to anti-Semitism in Argentina from the 1970s and 1980s.

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P-1022 Ralph Dalin Papers, 1976-1989

 Papers of an American Soviet Jewry movement activist Rabbi Ralph A. Dalin that contain correspondence with Refuseniks in the Soviet Union, sermons, and reports on trips to the USSR, publications and newspaper clippings related to his activism.

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P-1023 Gerald Serotta Papers, 1973-1987

This collection contains the papers of Rabbi Gerald Serotta, a founder of Breira and the New Jewish Agenda. The materials found in the collection date from the 1970s and 1980s and mostly document the founding of and controversy surrounding Breira and the founding of the New Jewish Agenda.

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P-1024 Jack Nusan Porter Papers, 1980-2003

This collection contains biographical materials and writings of Jack Nusan Porter, a rabbi and sociologist. His writings focus on modern genocide and the Holocaust. 

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P-1025 Gombossy Family Papers, undated, 1913-1915

The Gombossy family of Ohio consisted of Max Gombossy (1851/1853-1927) and his wife Fanny (1862-1948) both of whom emigrated from Hungary. Max emigrated in 1873 and Fanny in 1879. They had two children, Julius (1887-1971) and Morris (1885-1958). Julius married Gertrude and had three daughters Rosanne (1917), Celia later became Schenkel (1915) and Harriet (Taffy) later became Epstein (1921-2013). Morris married Clara and had one son, Raymond.

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P-1026 Mamie Levitt Family Papers, undated, 1918-1960

 The Mamie Levitt Family Papers reflect the professional and personal activities of Mamie Levitt and her active role in the Oklahoma City Jewish Community. She was a member of Young Judea and later became President of the Oklahoma City chapter of Hadassah, President of the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, and Vice President of the local PTA. She eventually went on to serve on the board of the regional Southwest chapter of Hadassah from 1948-1951.

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P-1028 Marks Family Papers, 1870-1920

Consists of thirty-six photographs matted and labeled. The photographs are mainly studio portraits of Arthur Marks’ mother, Edith Jacobi and her extended family. Edith Jacobi Nichtern (formerly Marks) was born to Harold Jacobi and Freda Moritz in 1913. They lived in Montgomery, Alabama, but eventually settled in New York City. Edith Jacobi married Arthur Marks Sr. (deceased 1997) and had four children, Andrew, Arthur III, Edith, and Alice. She later married Sol Nichtern in 1968.

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P-1029 Raphael Family Papers, undated, 1916-1950 (bulk 1920-1930)

This collection contains photographs and personal items of the Rafalowsky family as well as memorabilia and photographs of the Bialystoker Somech Noflim (Mutual Aid Society). Aaron Raphael was an active member in the Bialystoker Somech Noflim which operated in New York City in the early twentieth century. The Bialystoker groups were some of the most active Landmanshaftn or hometown organizations.

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P-1030 Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers, 1933-1950

This collection contains the papers of Arthur J. Lelyveld, a Reform rabbi and activist. The collection mostly covers Lelyveld's life from 1933-1950, focusing on his work to provide aid to Jewish conscientious objectors during World Guerra II. The papers also focus on his work as a rabbi in Ohio and Nebraska.

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P-1031 Garber Family Papers, undated, 1862-2010

This collection consists of twelve items, mainly card photographs from the late nineteenth century of Donald Garber’s grandparents Lena and Harris Singer, and Lena’s sisters Mamie and Rachel. The photographs include wedding portraits of Lena and Harris Singer, Rachel and her husband Sholom Schaefer and Mamie and Leopold Schwartz.

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P-1036 Robert Mednick Papers, 1980-1998, 2017

The collection contains personal papers of the American Soviet Jewry movement activist Robert Mednick. Serving as a worldwide managing partner in a prominent Chicago-based holding company Arthur Andersen LLP, Mednick used his professional connections in big business and in the United States and European governments to obtain exit visas for over twenty Soviet Jewish Refusenik families. The collection consists primarily of Mednick's correspondence with the Refuseniks, other Soviet Jewry movement activists, American and foreign government officials, and international business leaders, including American corporate moguls and philanthropists Armand Hammer and Guilford Glazer, and British historian Sir Martin Gilbert. Also included are reports on Mednick's trip to the Soviet Union, presentations on Soviet Jewry and his Congressional Testimony on Soviet interference with mail.

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I-159 Jews for Urban Justice (Washington, D.C.) Records, 1967-1971

Jews for Urban Justice was founded in Washington, D.C. to combat social problems directly connected with Jews. The collection includes organizational materials, minutes of meetings, newsletters, program materials, correspondence, and press clippings. Also included is material regarding a proposed history of the organization by Harold Goldberg.

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I-166 Hebrew Infant Asylum of the City of New York Records, 1895-1934

 Contains various bound records from the administrative activities of the Hebrew Infant Asylum including annual reports, board encuentro minutes, reports of the admitting physicians, and the admission and discharge records of children.

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I-189 Jewish Peace Fellowship Records, 1942-2010

The collection includes materials documenting the work of the Jewish Peace Fellowship in supporting Jewish resistance to conscription and subsequent draft, opposition to arms race, Israeli politics on the disputed territories, and American armed interventions and consists of by-laws, correspondence, financial statements, individual files of Jewish conscientious objectors, lists, membership information, manuscripts and other materials intended for publication in JFP’s publications, minutes, questionnaires, printed materials, such as mailings, leaflets, and magazines, and reports.

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I-312 Grand Street Boys' Association Records, 1921-2014

The Grand Street Boys' Association began in 1916 as a reunion of men who had grown up on or near Grand Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan and quickly grew into an active club, open to all men (and eventually women) regardless of religion, ethnicity, or social class. The Association promoted welfare projects, acts of fellowship and tolerance, scholarships, youth employment, war efforts, and the elimination of discrimination in sports, among other projects. The collection documents the activities of the Association, as well as the Grand Street Boys' Foundation, its financial arm established in 1945, and its Hobbycraft Program, a charitable program tasked with collecting and redistributing donated items to charitable and nonprofit organizations. Materials include administrative records, financial records, correspondence, minutes, membership records, newsletters, yearbooks, artifacts, and photographs.

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I-393 New Jewish Agenda Records, 1979-1990

This collection contains documents from the New Jewish Agenda, a progressive Jewish grassroots organization active in the 1980s. The collection contains newsletters, chapter materials, clippings, event flyers, correspondence, meeting minutes, and other membership materials.

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I-410 and I-410A Union of Councils for Soviet Jews Records, undated, 1948, 1954, 1963-1965, 1967-2000

The collection contains the records of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ), an umbrella institution for approximately 50 grassroots organizations active in the movement to free Soviert Jews. The records documenting the UCSJ's operations, programs, and campaigns relate primarily to the 1980's, when the rescue movement reached its pinnacle of success and international attention, and to the 1990's, reflecting UCSJ's work on behalf of human rights after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The records include materials of UCSJ individual councils; materials by the Soviet Jewry Legal Advocacy Center, an affiliate of UCSJ; and a large volume of case files of Prisoners of Conscience, Refuseniks, and Soviet Jews who were allowed to emigrate to the West.

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I-448 Pride of Judea Children's Home Records, undated, 1933-2008

The collection includes an annual report, brochures, photographs, issues of the resident newsletters Pride Survey and the Judea Journal, and the alumni newsletter The Voice. The photographs were donated by Stan Friedland who noted what and who was depicted. The collection also contains articles and a publisher's order form for the 1998 release of the book An Orphan Has Many Parents.

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I-449 The Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records, 1986-1991

 This collection contains materials from the Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda. The chapter focused on peace in the Middle East and equal rights for gays and lesbians. The records are made up of correspondence, newsletters, clippings, flyers, and other membership materials.

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I-504 Jewish Counter Culture Collection, 1954-2010

This collection includes materials documenting the activities and publications of independent and activist American Jewish organizations. Sample news publications from a variety of independent presses are included, as are a variety of home-published newsletters and flyers. The collection addresses anti-war protests and U.S. draft avoidance; American Jewish activism on Israel; feminist involvement in Judaism; socialism and radicalism; and international affairs. Materials include newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, news clippings, articles, limited correspondence, speech notes, reports, and flyers.

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I-520 Hebrew National Orphan Home Alumni Association Records, undated, 1925-2010, 2014 (bulk 1957-1997)

The Hebrew National Orphan Home Alumni Association Records document the activities from the establishment of the association in 1925 until its demise 2011. The records consist primarily of the Association's newsletter, The Alumnus, programs of reunion events, meeting minutes of both the general meetings and the association advisory board, newspaper and magazine clippings, oral histories on audiocassettes and videotapes, alumni writings, scrapbooks, correspondence, and a few photographs.

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I-527 National Foundation for Jewish Culture Records, 1942, 1952-2015

From its inception in 1961, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture (later known as the Foundation for Jewish Culture) supported Jewish scholarship, art, and community services. The collection primarily covers the period between 1959, when the original study proposing the creation of the NFJC was conducted by the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF) and 2015, when the Foundation ceased operations. The materials document organization’s support for Jewish scholarship, art, culture, and its work in strengthening the relationships between cultural institutions and local Jewish communities. The collection also documents the organization’s shift in the 1980s from scholarship to more involvement in Jewish arts and culture.

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I-570 Kadimah Group of Hadassah (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Gilbert and Sullivan in Yiddish Musicals Collection, 1948-1955 (bulk 1950-1952)

Photographs, mementos, and album recordings of the Kadimah Group of Hadassah, Central Chapter, Brooklyn Region, documenting their performances in Yiddish of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musicals, Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore.

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I-577 Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants Records, 1950-2005

The Harry R. Rosen Community Building Consultants Records consist of photographs, research, and administrative documentation by and for the dozens of Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in the United States, Canada, and Israel that Harry R. Rosen and his firm helped develop from the 1970s to the early 2000s.

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I-585 American-Israel Pavilion, New York World's Fair (1964-1965) Collection, 1961-1965

The records of the World’s Fair American-Israel Pavilion consists of materials relating to the American-Israel Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair. The collection contains numerous pictures of the Pavilion, both while it was under construction and while it was in use during the Fair, as well as newspaper articles. The collection also contains a souvenir guide and press releases from the opening. The collection also details the disagreement between the American-Israeli World’s Fair Corporation and the Jordanian Pavilion regarding an inflammatory mural through correspondence, press releases, and articles from various sources.

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I-587 Brit Tzedek v'Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace Records, 2002-2012

This collection contains the records of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, which was an American membership organization of American Jews committed to negotiating a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The materials in the collection consist of administrative documents; board member resources; resource guides for activists, clergy members, and chapter members; conference proceedings and recordings; campaign petitions; and other materials.

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I-593 Postcards Collection, Undated, 1898-1952

U.S. Synagogue Series The synagogue postcard series contains one hundred postcards of synagogues across the United States and U.S. Virgin Islands. Some postcards are of the same synagogue, but from different time periods. It includes one private mailing card, a few labeled souvenir cards and nineteen post cards from the Undivided Back Period (1901-1907).

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P-157 Rabbi Ber Boruchoff Papers, undated, 1906-1939

Rabbi Ber Boruchoff was the first and longest serving rabbi for Congregation Beth Israel in Malden, Massachusetts. This collection contains ledgers with records of marriages performed in the Greater Boston area during the years 1906-1938, as well as some photographs and biographical information.

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P-213 Taylor-Tatelbaum Family Papers, undated, 1908-1990

The Taylor-Tatelbaum Family resided in the Boston area. These papers include those of Barney and Jennie Tatelbaum, Harry and Fannie Cohen, and Alan Taylor (nee Abraham Tatelbaum.) The collection includes genealogical information, photographs, college papers, yearbooks, correspondence, plaques, naturalization certificates and vital records.

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P-590 Yiddish Phonograph Record Collection, undated, 1948

The Yiddish Phonograph Record Collection consists of 57 records, including three named compilation albums of cantorial and holiday music. The records contain a variety of types of music, including classical, instrumental, folk songs, opera, cantorial music, and Yiddish interpretations of popular songs of the day. A few records also contain Yiddish storytelling and monologues from theater performances, and some are in languages other than Yiddish, including Hebrew, English, and Russian.

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P-612 Jacob Beerman Papers, circa 1899, 1916

Jacob Beerman (1871-1926) immigrated to the United States in 1885 and married Rose Solomon in 1904. The couple had a daughter, Sadie. Jacob owned a stationary company in Boston. The collection contains a book titled The Nineteen Letters of Ben Uziel, inscribed to Beerman from Charles Fleischer, former rabbi of Temple Israel in Boston, and a scroll marking the 25th anniversary of the B’nai Zion Educational Society in 1916.

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P-643 Wolk Family Papers, 1902-1906, 1953

Consists of correspondence, in the form of postal cards, between family members in Vilna, London, New York City and Boston at the turn of the century. Corresponding members of the family include D. [David] Wolk in London and Boston, J. Wolk in London, S. [Sam or Salomon] Wolk in Boston, New York and Malden, Massachusetts and B. Wolk in Cambridge and Malden, Massachusetts, as well as P. Fine in Boston, with whom D. Wolk and S. Wolk temporarily resided.

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P-688 Joseph Family Photographs, 1916-1956

Collection consists of black-and-white prints depicting the Milwaukee (Wis.) Jewish community during the first half of the 20th century. Subjects include national, state and local Workmen's Circle groups, World War I soldiers, Americanization classes, Congregation Beth Hameorosh Hagodol, and the Liliner Society. Two of the Workmen's Circle photographs are tightly curled panoramas.

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P-817 Sylvia Rosner Rothchild Oral History Project Papers, undated, circa 1993-1996

Sylvia Rosner Rothchild (1923-2009) was an award-winning author and oral historian who focused on the relationships between American and Jewish identity and culture. She published five books and thousands of articles and book reviews during her lifetime, including two collections of oral histories based on testimonies gathered from Holocaust survivors and Soviet Jewish émigrés. This collection primarily consists of transcripts of interviews conducted by Rothchild with members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel Worship and Study Minyan from 1993 to 1996, along with her completed writings based on the interviews and related biographical and background materials. 

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P-995 Cantor Morton Shanok Papers, undated, circa 1943-2002

Morton Shanok was Cantor at Temple Beth El in Lynn (and later Swampscott) for thirty-two years and, after his retirement, High Holiday Cantor at Temple B’nai Abraham and Religious Cultural Coordinator at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center for Aged. He served in the U.S. Army as assistant army chaplain from 1942-1945. He was a founding member of the Cantors Assembly and helped write the curriculum at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The material in the collection consists of photographs, correspondence, and documents primarily related to music and Cantor Shanok’s position at Temple Beth El.

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P-999 Glick Family Papers, circa 1898-1993

Joseph Glick and Annie Cooperstein emigrated from Russia in the early 1900s and married in Boston in 1898. They had eleven children, and upon Joseph’s death, their son James became administrator of Joseph’s estate. The material in the collection primarily documents James’s disposal of his father’s estate, while also including a family tree and copy of Joseph and Annie’s wedding invitation.

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P-1000 Mildred Minnie Fishman Papers, undated, 1913-1996

Mildred Minnie Fishman was born Sarah Minnie Greenberg in Leeds, England in 1896 to Isaac and Ethel Greenberg. The family immigrated to Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1922, and in 1939, Mildred married Maurice Fishman and became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She died in 1995, and the bulk of this collection contains documents related to her end-of-life arrangements, including estate planning, burial arrangements, and will execution. The collection also contains vital and immigration records for Mildred, Maurice Fishman, and Isaac Greenberg.

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P-1006 Scheinfeldt Family Papers, undated, circa 1882-2000

The collection contains papers of the Scheinfeldt and Calish families with the bulk of the materials chronicling the achievements and nursing career of Jean Scheinfeldt, the daughter of Joseph Henry and Florence Calish Scheinfeldt. The materials in this collection include birth and death certificates, a marriage certificate, other certificates and awards, ephemera, photographs, and artifacts.

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P-1008 Marcus and Feldman Family Papers, undated, 1914-2015

The Shevitz and Feldman families were first-generation immigrants from Russia who settled in Worcester, Massachusetts in the early 20th century. Wolf Shevitz changed his name to William Marcus upon enlisting in the United States Army and married Minnie Feldman after his discharge. The collection contains William’s service and naturalization records, correspondence between William and Minnie while William was serving in World War I, photographs of the Feldman and Marcus families, and a series of family histories.

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P-1013 Ilan Fisher Papers, undated, circa 1964-2009

Author and photographer Ilan Fisher was born and lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, where he owned Great Impression, a company that provided event videography services. He also contributed columns to the Sharon Advocate and other local publications, and in 2002, his stories were collected in the book The Carnie Kid Tells All. Fisher’s papers primarily contain invitations from events Great Impression recorded, along with a small group of personal papers, much of which is from the 1960s and documents Fisher’s involvement with the Jewish Socialist-Zionist youth group Habonim.

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P-1018 George Clint Frank Papers, undated, circa 1943-1945, 1993

George Clint Frank (1917-2000) served in the 826th Bombardment Squadron, 484th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Corps from 1943 until he was discharged at the end of World War II. The collection consists of one folder containing photographs from Frank’s time in the Army, along with his War Department Identification Card and discharge papers.

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P-1019 Arthur S. Obermayer Papers, undated, 1897-2016

Arthur S. Obermayer was a scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He established his own research and development company, Moleculon Research Company, in the Boston area and was involved in numerous philanthropic and professional organizations, especially through his foundation, the Obermayer Foundation. Obermayer was also a political activist, and played a key role in establishing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. This collection contains correspondence, business records, news clippings, notes, photographs, reports, and sound and video recordings documenting Obermayer’s professional work, philanthropy, and political involvement, as well as those of his parents Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer, his wife Judith Hirschfield Obermayer, and his brother and sister-in-law, Herman J. “Obe” and Betty Nan Obermayer.

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P-1021 Kallin Family Papers, undated, 1922-1946

This collection contains the papers of the Kallin family, with the bulk of the materials chronicling Ralph Kallin’s involvement with Piaterer Feirhein and the Sons of Israel organizations. The materials in this collection include correspondence, photos, newspaper clippings, ephemera, meeting minutes, and flyers.

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P-1024 Robert Silverman Papers, undated, circa 1899-1965

Robert Silverman was an early leader in American Zionism, taking part in and establishing multiple Zionist organizations in his more than forty years in the movement. This collection consists primarily of documents and photographs related to Silverman’s Zionist work. Documents include correspondence and printed materials from various organizations with which Silverman was involved and pamphlets, maps, and newspaper clippings related to Israel and Palestine. The photographs mainly depict scenes from Israel and Palestine, with a few folders of images of Silverman himself and organizational events.

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P-1027 Schwartz Family Papers, 1938-1952

This collection contains the papers of the Schwartz family, with the bulk of materials being letters to and from family members in Austria and Hungary before and after World War II. It contains the original letters written in Yiddish, transcribed and translated versions of those letters, and two compilation books published in 2013 by Carroll Schwartz. These two books include extensive biographical information about the Schwartz and Newman families, photographs, maps, genealogical trees, and additional copies of the letters.

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P-1032 Lionel Spiro Papers, undated, 1909-2013 (bulk 1945-2013)

This collection contains business records, correspondence, news clippings, photographs, meeting minutes, memoranda, architectural plans, promotional materials, publications, and reports documenting the personal, professional, and charitable life of Lionel Spiro. It contains materials on the 1964 founding of Charrette, an art and architectural supply company he co-founded, and its subsequent growth into a national enterprise, as well as Spiro’s work with various organizations, including the Boston Athenæum, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Harvard Alumni Association, and the Harvard Club of Boston.

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I-115 Hebrew Free Loan Society (Boston, MA) Records, undated, 1912-1974

The Hebrew Free Loan Society was organized in 1912 to assist those in need of temporary financial relief. Formed in the wake of increasing immigration from Eastern Europe and the proliferation of urban poverty, the Society also became a constituent of the Federation of Jewish Charities. These records document the Society’s major operations and include administrative articles, in meeting minutes, and financial reports and statements.

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I-185 Chevra Kedusha of Boston, MA, Records, undated, 1856-1981

Chevra Kadusha of Boston is an independent, non-denominational organization of individuals, synagogues, universities and other Jewish institutions committed to making the full range of burial rituals accessible and available to the entire Jewish community. It was organized and instituted in 1856. The collection contains two versions of the constitution of Chevra Kedusha as well as the board minutes (1892-1904, 1911-1974), financial records (1933-1968), and a ledger recording payments of individual members (1894-1931). 

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I-231 Hebrew Educational Alliance and Congregation Toras Moshe (Boston, MA.) Records, circa 1949-1964

 The Hebrew Educational Alliance was formed in Roxbury, Massachusetts and built a community hall there in 1921, establishing an orthodox synagogue, Congregation Toras Moshe, soon after. The Congregation sold the land and merged with Congregation Kadimah of Brighton, MA in 1964 to form Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe. The collection contains administrative records, such as ledgers, insurance records, correspondence, and membership lists, as well as documents sent to members of the Congregation, including notices and souvenir booklets. There is also one small group of photographs.

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I-223 United Hebrew Benevolent Association (Mass.) Records, 1888-1898

In 1864, congregants of Adath Israel (Temple Israel of Boston) and Ohabei Shalom founded the United Hebrew Benevolent Association, a charitable organization serving Boston’s growing Jewish community. In 1895, the UHBA and four other Jewish philanthropic organizations formed the Federation of Jewish Charities, the forerunner of today’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies. The collection contains case histories, including listings of funds disbursed to families and individuals in need, and a receipt, dated 1888, for dues paid to the UHBA.

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I-267 Labor League (Brockton, Mass.) Records, undated, 1914-1922

In the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries, Brockton, Massachusetts was an industrial center that drew Jewish artisans and laborers to the city. They formed an organization known as the Labor League. This collection contains ledger books with member names and financial records.

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I-268 Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton Records, circa 1927-1983

The Labor Lyceum Association of Brockton was established in the mid-1920s as the governing body of the Labor Lyceum building in Brockton, Massachusetts. Labor lyceums were often centers for Yiddish culture and socialist values where members could gather for socializing, and they also acted as headquarters for labor unions and other political and social groups. The collection consists of two books containing minutes from the weekly meetings of the association’s Board of Directors, along with a small group of notes, receipts, and newspaper clippings.

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I-286 Zionist House (Boston, Mass.) Records, 1946-1989

Correspondence, memoranda, minutes of Trustees meetings, reports, clippings, newsletters, and programs for anniversary concerts, lectures, films, exhibitions and other programs sponsored by organization founded to provide recreational, educational and physical facilities for the activities of Zionist organizations in New England.

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I-306 Israel Numismatic Society of Massachusetts Records, undated, 1973-1992

The Israel Numismatic Society is an organization dedicated to the study of and collection of Israel's coinage, past and present, and all aspects of Judaic numismatics. This collection contains papers, certificates, and correspondence relating to meetings and events held by the Israel Numismatic Society of Massachusetts (INSM) in various locations throughout the state between 1973 and 1992. This collection also contains publications released by the INSM, as well as newsletters from the Los Angeles branch of the Israel Numismatic Society in 1990.

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I-313 Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School Records, undated, 1939 - 1981

The Chelsea-Revere School was established by Monas Berlin in 1896 and served the Chelsea, Massachusetts Jewish community until 1979. The collection contains the records of the institution and its activities including meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, personnel manifests, memos, publications, memorial documents, and school function notices, as well as press materials in the form of newspaper clippings.

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I-454 Synagogue Council of Massachusetts Records, undated, 1908-2014 (bulk dates 1941-2014)

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts was founded in 1941 as the Associated Synagogues of Greater Boston (and later the Associated Synagogues of Massachusetts). The documents in this collection describe the proceedings and activities of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, as well as those of its affiliated organizations, including the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, the Rabbinical Association of Greater Boston, the Kashruth Commission, the Beth Din, and the Jewish Chaplaincy Council. This collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, reports, financial documents, photographs, scrapbooks, news clippings, directories, and newsletters.

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I-477 Laymen’s Institute of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, New England Region Records, 1951-2005

The Laymen’s Institute (now known as The Retreat) is a summer weekend retreat started in 1946 and sponsored by the New England Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. The records include correspondence, speeches, short sermons, programs, ephemera, and cassette recordings of lectures. There is also a scrapbook and framed photo collage.

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I-551 Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation Records, undated, 1933-2013

The Max C. Rosenfeld Foundation is an organization that grants non-interest loans to young Jewish women in the Greater Boston Area who need financial help in receiving an education or vocation. This collection includes administrative records of the Foundation, including Board of Trustees meeting minutes and Max Rosenfeld's will, in which he detailed the purpose and establishment of the Foundation, as well as materials relating to the application process and recipients of loans. Many items are restricted.

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I-571 United Order of True Sisters, Heritage #53 Records, 1948, 1990-2005

Founded in 1846, the United Order of True Sisters originated in New York with the intent of increasing philanthropy and providing an outlet for women. In 1947, the United Order of True Sisters Cancer Services was founded to raise funds to support oncology centers. The material in this collection includes event programs, a certificate of life membership, and the correspondence of Sylvia Shapiro, vice-president of the UOTS.

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I-572 Jewish Federation of the North Shore Records, undated, circa 1926-2007

The Jewish Federation of the North Shore was founded in 1938 in Lynn, Massachusetts with the objective to support organizations that helped enrich the Jewish community on the North Shore and abroad. After a period of declining donations and to consolidate services, the JFNS Board of Directors voted to merge the organization with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in 2013. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings and publications from JFNS, as well as a large group of photographs and documents produced for the Board of Directors in the early 21st century.

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I-573 Temple B'nai Abraham Records, undated, circa 1925-2008

Temple B’nai Abraham is a Conservative congregation, originally founded in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1908 as the Sons of Abraham. The Hebrew Community Center was annexed to the synagogue in 1930 and incorporated social groups, such as the Sisterhood and the Beverly Lodge of B’nai B’rith. The congregation expanded to a new location in 1962 and officially changed their name to Temple B’nai Abraham. The collection was formed by a former president of the Sisterhood and contains Temple B’nai Abraham programs and announcements, Sisterhood newsletters, and photographs.

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I-574 Temple Beth El of Lynn and Swampscott, Mass. Records, undated, circa 1924-2006

Temple Beth El was founded in Lynn in 1924. In 1946, members of the congregation split off to form Temple Israel, and in 1968, Temple Beth El expanded from its Lynn location to Swampscott. The two temples reunited in 2005 to become Congregation Shirat Hiyam. This collection contains documents related to many areas of synagogue life, including general membership, the music program, the Religious School, temple governance, and the Sisterhood.

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I-575 Jewish Rehabilitation Center for Aged of the North Shore Records, undated, circa 1961-2004

The Jewish Rehabilitation Center for Aged of the North Shore (JRC) was founded in 1945 as a convalescent home for the elderly in the North Shore Jewish community. Over the years, the organization expanded and became a permanent residence for the elderly, and with the opening of its assisted living facility in Peabody, the JRC became the largest not-for-profit home for the elderly on the North Shore. The collection contains programs for meetings and events, as well as a small group of photographs and newspaper clippings.

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I-576 B’nai B’rith, Peabody Lodge No. 2765 (Peabody, Mass.) Records, undated, 1959-1985

The B’nai B’rith Peabody Lodge No. 2765 was founded in 1969 as a local chapter of the larger B’nai B’rith International, which advocates for the Jewish people and works to combat anti-Semitism. The Peabody Lodge engaged in a variety of service and charitable activities in the Peabody area. This collection contains awards, correspondence, photographs, a scrapbook, and other miscellaneous materials.

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I-579 B'nai B'rith, Swampscott-Marblehead Chapter No. 847 (Swampscott, Mass.) Records, 1954-1958

The B’nai B’rith Swampscott-Marblehead Chapter No. 847 is a local chapter of B’nai B’rith International, an organization founded in 1843 that advocates for the Jewish people and the State of Israel and works to combat anti-Semitism. This collection contains a program for an installation and dinner as well as the chapter’s newsletters.

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I-580 Jewish Community of Lynn (Mass.) Records, undated, 1855-2010

This collection contains a range of materials documenting the Jewish community of Lynn, Massachusetts. Included are materials from Jewish-owned businesses, Jewish individuals and families, and Jewish organizations in Lynn.

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I-581 Jewish Community of Peabody (Mass.) Records undated, 1906-2009

This collection contains a range of materials documenting the Jewish community of Peabody, Mass. Included are materials on Jewish-owned businesses, Jewish individuals and families, and Jewish organizations in Peabody. The collection was established by the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore through many separate donations of materials relating to Peabody’s Jewish community.

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I-582 Zionist Organization, New England Region Records, undated, circa 1921-1979

The New England Zionist Region is a regional branch of the Zionist Organization of America. The group was originally based in Boston and was associated with prominent leaders in the Zionist movement, including Louis Brandeis and Elihu Stone. The collection primarily consists of photographs taken at events hosted by the branch, including annual conventions and banquets honoring Drs. Chaim Weizmann and Albert Einstein, and Nahum Sokolow. The collection also contains a small group of documents and objects related to member events.

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I-583 National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Boston Evening Branch Records, undated, circa 1982-1994

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Greater Boston Evening Branch was established as a section of the larger national organization in 1981. Originally called the Moonlighters of Greater Boston, the group went through a period as the Young Women’s Branch, before becoming the Evening Branch. The collection contains an incomplete run of newsletters from the section’s beginnings through 1993, as well as member correspondence, such as announcements and invitations. The collection as includes notes and minutes from some of the Young Women’s and Evening Branch board meetings.

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I-584 Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore Records, undated, circa 1870-2008

 The Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore (JHCNS) collected the records of the North Shore Jewish community and developed exhibits, cultural events, and publications to preserve and disseminate the history of the community. JHCNS’s records contain administrative documents, such as by-laws, deeds of gift, loan agreements, and fundraising paperwork, as well as documents related to exhibits put on between 1991 and 2002.

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I-586 American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel Records, undated, 1920-2014 (bulk dates 1950-1999)

The American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF) is an organization of physicians and health care professionals whose aims are to advance the state of medical education, research and care in Israel and to advance relationships between the health care communities of North America and Israel. This collection contains materials relating to the organization’s activities and internal proceedings, including correspondence, scrapbooks, reports, meeting minutes, financial statements, publications, events, photographs, and audiovisual materials.

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I-588 B'nai B'rith Women, Greater Lynn Chapter No. 367 Records, undated, 1939-1989

B’nai B’rith Women (now known as Jewish Women International) is an international women’s group that promotes advocacy for women and the Jewish community through education, advocacy, and social services. The Greater Lynn Chapter No. 367 began in 1942 as a women’s auxiliary of B’nai B’rith Greater Lynn Lodge. This collection contains an annual report, journals, awards, correspondence, news articles, photographs, and scrapbook.

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I-591 Jewish Agency for Israel, Department for Renewal and Development Records, undated, circa 1987-1992

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) was established in 1929 to assist the Jewish population in Palestine. It is now the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world and seeks to connect the Jewish diaspora to Israel and vice versa, as well as running programs to support the Israeli population through education and economic development. This collection centers on the Department for Renewal and Development within JAFI, primarily between the years 1990 through 1992 and includes reports to and from the department, and administrative records, such as meeting minutes and budgets.

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I-592 Congregation Tifereth Israel and Community Center (Everett, Mass.) Records, undated, 1928-2015

Congregation Tifereth Israel was founded in Everett in 1910 and dedicated their first synagogue in 1912. After working in close partnership for nearly 30 years, Congregation Tifereth Israel merged with Everett Hebrew School and Community School to become Congregation Tifereth Israel and Community Center in 1955. In 2016, Congregation Tifereth Israel and Community Center merged with the North Shore Chabad Lubavitch. This collection contains meeting minutes, news clippings, photographs, newsletters, and programs documenting the activities and operations of the synagogue, community center, and Hebrew school.

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I-594 Hadassah Chapters of the North Shore (Mass.), 1959-1993

This collection contains materials related to the Lynn, Salem-Beverly-Danvers, and Swampscott-Marblehead chapters of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, including a history of the Lynn chapter produced in 1993, newsletters from the Salem-Beverly-Danvers chapter, and notes, pamphlets, and other information contained in the personal binder of Swampscott-Marblehead chapter president Irma Levenbach. 

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I-596 Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (Mass.) Records, undated, 1922-2004 (bulk 1960-1999)

The Jewish Community Center of the North Shore was established in 1911 as the Lynn Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA). In 1943, the YMHA was renamed the Lynn Jewish Community Center, and in 1972, the organization moved to their current location in Marblehead, Massachusetts, at which time they changed their name to reflect their dedication to the entire North Shore community. The collection mostly consists of group and event photographs and various publications produced by the Center, primarily between 1960 and 1999.

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I-597 Temple Israel of Swampscott and Marblehead (Mass.) Records, undated, 1941-1997

Temple Israel of Swampscott and Marblehead was founded in 1946 by former members of Temple Beth El in Lynn. The new congregation purchased land at 837 Humphrey Street in Swampscott in 1947, and the synagogue and school stood at this location until the unification of Temple Israel and Temple Beth El in 2005. The collection contains administrative documents, records from the Brotherhood and Sisterhood organizations and the Hebrew School, publications, photographs of the synagogue and its membership, and documents related to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new temple building in 1955.

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