Guide to Jewish Culture Club (Boston, Mass.) Records
undated, 1924-1963


Processed by Amir Zelinger

Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Amir Zelinger, August 2, 2018. Finding aid was encoded by Amir Zelinger on August 10, 2018. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Culture Club (Boston, Mass.)
Title: Jewish Culture Club (Boston, Mass.) Records
Dates:undated, 1924-1963
Abstract: The Jewish Cultural Club (Boston) was established in 1924 upon the initiative of six young local Jews who wished to hold regular meetings to discuss cultural and social problems related to Jewish life. The club was founded as a branch of the Jewish National Workers’ Alliance. This collection contains meeting minutes and a few other materials that illustrate the goals the club members set for their organization and the different initiatives they took to achieve them.
Languages: The collection is in English and Yiddish.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)
Identification: I-179
Repository: Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Location: Located in Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Jewish Culture Club flyer

The Jewish Culture Club was founded in Boston in 1924. It consisted of 30-40 men who met semi-monthly at the Parker and American Houses. The club’s first president was Morris Katzeff, a lawyer and a leading personality in local Jewish and Zionist circles. Among the club’s members was Boris Morros, who later became a film producer at Paramount Pictures and a double agent for the FBI against the Soviet Union.


Materials from the collection

"Obituaries: Morris Katzeff Passes Away." Jewish Advocate. November 1, 1940.

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Scope and Content Note

The main part of the collection is a notebook containing the protocols of the club’s meetings during the first years of its existence (1924-1926). The protocols record the rich cultural program of the club that consisted of lectures about philosophical and ethical questions and topics like the history of Yiddish literature, Jews in the world of music, and the education of Jewish children. Of interest are mentions of talks given by famous Jewish intellectuals, among them the writers Peretz Hirschbein, Shmuel Niger, and Alexander Mukdoni, and the editor of the Jewish Advocate, Alexander Brin. The club also hosted music concerts and celebrations of Jewish holidays in which their importance for a modern Jewish community was discussed. For a later period (1942-1943), the collection contains copies of invitations for meetings held at the club against the backdrop of the Holocaust, including talks about "Different Races" or "The Purpose of Jewish Culture."

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This collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

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Access and Use

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Preferred Citation

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Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Culture Club (Boston, Mass.) Records; I-179; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Series I: Jewish Culture Club (Boston, Mass.) Records, undated, 1924-1963

Box 1.

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

11Concert program1925request_box
12Meeting invitations and programs1942-1943request_box
13Meeting minutes1924-1926request_box
14Miscellaneousundated, 1960, 1963request_box
15Poemsundated, 1943-1944request_box
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