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

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Kora Welsh as MS Word document, January 30, 2013. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on April 11, 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School, Chelsea, Massachusetts
Title: Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School Records
Dates:undated, 1939 - 1981
Abstract: 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, photographs, memorial documents, and school function notices, as well as press materials in the form of newspaper clippings.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: 3 linear feet (3 Manuscript boxes and 1 oversized box)
Identification: I-313
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA.
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Historical Note1

The precursor to the Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School, a Talmud Torah school, was established in 1896 on Medford Street in Chelsea by Monas Berlin and his wife Gootie. At the time of its founding, Chelsea had a small Jewish community consisting of twenty-five families. The community continued to grow rapidly into the next century, reaching nearly a third of the city’s total population by 1910. The substantial population prompted the need for a dedicated building, and the ground was broken for the Chelsea Hebrew School in 1922.

Officially open for classes in 1925, the mission of the school was to generate the “tremendous progress that has been made toward the enrichment of Jewish culture” for the children of the community. In the early 1930s, Chelsea’s Jewish population reached 20,000 out of 46,000 total residents. However, this marked the beginning of the Jewish population’s steady migration to other suburban neighborhoods, such as Newton and Brookline. By the 1950s, the Jewish population in Chelsea had decreased in numbers to 8,000, and the school closed in 1979.


1896 Monas Berlin establishes Talmud Torah school in Chelsea.
1922 Construction commences for the Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School building on Washington Avenue.
1925 The newly constructed building officially opens for classes.
1955 60th Anniversary banquet celebration.
1979 School closes.
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Scope and Content Note

The Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School Records contains the records of the institution and its activities, as well as press materials in the form of newspaper clippings. Institutional records include meeting minutes, financial records and correspondence, personnel manifests, memos, publications, memorial documents and correspondence, and notices describing activities relating to school functions. Correspondence from the school's officers and faculty to community members and alumni highlights the characteristics of the roles and relationships generated by the school. There are also several class photographs featuring Rabbi Hershoff, Principal, and Ellen Kagen, one of the teachers.

Some folders contain restricted materials, including personnel evaluations and reports. These records cannot be accessed without permission from the archivist.

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The collection is arranged into 4 series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School Records; I-313; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Acquisition information unknown.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Series I: Governance, 1942-1972

Box 1, Folders 1-5.

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series documents the activities of the Board of Directors and various governing committees responsible for the administration of the Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School. Materials include meeting minutes, memos, lists of officers and members, and correspondence detailing the activities and duties the officers conducted. Membership lists include documents from related organizations such as the Chelsea YMHA, the Walnut Street Synagogue, the Elm Street Synagogue, and the United Brothers of Onikchty Society. The Principal’s annual reports profile student characteristics and activities, including assessments of registration, attendance, organization, weakness, special projects, changes in policies, and new teachers. These reports were compiled to be presented to the annual general meeting of the school members and board of directors. Correspondence document appointments to school committees dedicated to registration, publicity, membership, memorial tablets, holidays, and several other functions.

1 1 Board of Directors 1942-1980 request_box
1 2 Committees 1941-1971 request_box
1 3 Membership Lists 1943-1952 request_box
1 4-5 Principal’s Annual Reports 1948-1972 request_box
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Series II: Financial Records, 1949-1980

Box 2, Folders 6-7.

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains documents depicting the Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School’s financial activities. Maurice Band prepared the institution’s balance sheets, including the Statements of Income and Fund Deficiency. Finances are also described through memos correspondence, and statements noting individual and group donations, retirement funds, money willed to the school from community members, and scholarship allocations. Fundraising details for the 60th Anniversary Banquet held in 1955 feature prominently, including a small booklet detailing donation deposits.

1 6 Balance Sheets 1975-1980 request_box
1 7 Finances 1949-1973, 1977 request_box
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Series III: General, undated, 1939-1980

Box 1, Folders 8-10; Box 2, Folders 1-7; Box 3 Folders 1-5.

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains documents pertaining to the general activities conducted by the officers, faculty, and students of the Chelsea-Revere Hebrew School. The relationship between the school and the community is documented through correspondence, printed materials, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and statements, reports, photographs and legal documents. The memorial tablets were commissioned by the Memorial Tablet committee chiefly from Dimond-Union Bronze Works. Newspaper clippings are primarily features of the school and associated individuals in the Chelsea Record. These include officers, faculty, students, and alumni, as well as related organizations such as the auxiliary PTA. The articles mostly focus on notable achievements, awards, parties, graduations, scholarships, honor roll announcements, school openings, and registration. Note that some materials in box 3, folders 3 and 4, are restricted.

1 8 Condolences 1960-1967 request_box
1 9 Graduation 1951-1958 request_box
1 10 Graduation Booklets 1942-1980 request_box
2 1 Memorial Bookplates 1965 request_box
2 2-3 Memorial Tablets 1948-1970 request_box
2 4 Miscellaneous undated, 1939-1974 request_box
2 5-7 Newspaper Clippings 1951, 1957, 1958 -1967 request_box
3 1 Newspaper Clippings 1969-1974 request_box
3 2 Photographs undated, 1954-1971 request_box
3 3 Special Events 1969-1974 request_box
3 4 Students [Some material RESTRICTED] 1941-1980 request_box
3 5 Teachers [Some material RESTRICTED] 1950-1968 request_box
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Series IV: Oversized, 1951-1956

Box 4, Folders 1-4.

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains the collection’s oversized materials, which consists of large newspaper clippings from the Chelsea Record. Article topics include New England Zionist news and information regarding developments in Israel, as well as school and PTA activities and announcements concerning students and the community. This series is arranged chronologically.

4 1-4 Scrapbook 1951-1956 request_box
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