Guide to the Records of Meretz Relief Association, undated, 1893-2003
 
*I-217

Processed by Mary Chen

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

99-101 Newbury St.

Boston, Massachusetts

Phone: (617) 226-1245

Email: reference@ajhsboston.org

URL: http://www.ajhsboston.org

© 2014, American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY. All Rights Reserved.
Machine-readable finding aid created by Mary Chen as MS Word document, January 2012. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on January 18, 2012. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Meretz Relief Association (Boston, Mass.)
Title: Meretz Relief Association (Boston, Mass.), records
Dates:undated, 1893-2003
Abstract: The Boston Meretz Relief Association (Boston MRA) was founded by the Jewish immigrants of the town of Meretz, Lithuania, Russia. Officially incorporated in 1893, the Boston MRA was an association that celebrated their Meretz identity and heritage, as well as a humanitarian association dedicated to assist all Meretzers in need, whether in Boston or in Israel. This collection contains constitutions, meeting minutes, financial reports, correspondence, photographs (including photos of the Lithuanian town of Meretz and its inhabitants between the two World Wars), and miscellaneous historical information.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Identification: I-217
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
Return to the Top of Page

Historical Note1

The Boston Meretz Relief Association (Boston MRA) was founded by the Jewish immigrants of the town of Meretz, Lithuania, Russia. During World War II, the Jewish community of Meretz was destroyed by the Nazis.

Officially incorporated in 1893, the Boston MRA was an association that celebrated their Meretz identity and heritage, as well as a humanitarian association dedicated to assist all Meretzers in need, whether in Boston or in Israel. Among its projects were the Free Loan Association (1915/1916-1978) and the Meretz Cemetery Association (1914-1984). Some survivors from Meretz managed to escape to Israel, which prompted the creation of the Meretz Free Loan Fund in Israel. Collections were taken up to aid their fellow Meretzers in Israel.

In 1992/1993 the Boston MRA discontinued operations.

Chronology

1883Boston Meretz Relief Association was founded.
1893Boston Meretz Relief Association (Boston MRA) was incorporated on November 15, 1893.
1914Meretz Cemetery Association was founded.
1914The Ladies Auxiliary was founded.
1915/1916Meretz Free Loan Association was founded.
1944Meretz Free Loan Association Inc. was incorporated on February 23, 1944.
1951Grandiose Banquet celebrated and raised funds for the Meretz Free Loan in Israel on January 14, 1951.
1962Monument to the Martyrs of Meretz was dedicated at MRA cemetery in Woburn, MA on September 16, 1962.
1966Death of Sarah Levitan, president of Ladies Auxiliary. Ladies Auxiliary discontinued operations.
1978Meretz Free Loan Association discontinued operations.
1983MRA celebrated its 100th birthday on June 5, 1983.
1984Meretz Cemetery Association joined the Jewish Cemetery Association.
1992/1993Boston MRA discontinued operations.

Footnote

1 Historical Note based on documents found in the Boston MRA collection.

Return to the Top of Page

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials from the Boston Meretz Relief Association (Boston MRA), including constitutions, meeting minutes and financial reports (1893-1991), correspondence, announcements of meetings, bulletins and programs of special events (1908-1992), newspaper clippings, photographs (including photos of the Lithuanian town of Meretz and its inhabitants between the two World Wars), and miscellaneous historical information.

Return to the Top of Page

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into six series as follows:

Return to the Top of Page

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives 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 Executive Director 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
email: reference@ajhs.org

Return to the Top of Page

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Meretz Relief Association (Boston, Mass.), records; I-217; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

Return to the Top of Page

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to AJHS by Elihu H. Bell in 1985 with later accretions from Morton Rubin, 2003.

Return to the Top of Page

Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Container List

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

 

Series I: Morton Rubin, undated, 1983-2003

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folders 1-3.
Arrangement:

Scope and Content:

This series contains the cover letter from Morton Rubin to the American Historic Jewish Society regarding his donation, Rubin's history of the Boston Meretz Relief Association (Boston MRA), and copies of correspondence with various magazines publicizing the now extinct Lithuanian town of Meretz and its famous descendants living in Boston. Also included in this series are two original undated documents, "Meretz and its Contributions to Hebrew Literature and Zionism" by Menaham G. Glenn and personal testimonies of Meretzers (fragile).

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Cover letter 2000, 2003
1 2 Synopsis of Boston MRA 1987
1 3 Correspondence and documents regarding Meretz 1983-2003
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series II: Activities, 1908-1992

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folders 4-6.
Arrangement:

Scope and Content:

This series contains announcements of meetings, bulletins and programs, a report of Jessie Sampter's visit to Palestine, dated January 26, 1925 (1 original and 1 copy), and documents regarding the Meretz Cemetery Association and the Meretz Free Loan Association.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 4 Announcements of meetings, bulletins and programs 1908-1992
1 5 Jessie Sampter’s Report on Palestine 1925
1 6 Meretz Cemetery Association 1947-1993
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series III: Meretz Free Loan Association in Israel, 1949-1951

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folders 7-10.
Arrangement:

Scope and Content:

This series contains correspondence with Yehudah Harry Levin (Counselor to the Embassy of Israel in Washington DC), various media for the publicizing of the Grandiose Ball, and donors to raise funds for the Meretz Free Loan in Israel. Also included in this series is correspondence with the New York MRA.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 7 Announcements and fund raising correspondence 1951
1 8 Correspondence with Israel 1949-1951
1 9 Grandiose Banquet 1951
1 10 Correspondence with NY MRA 1950-1951
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series IV: Governance, 1893-1991

The Series is in English.
Box 2, Folders 1-9.
Arrangement:

Scope and Content:

This series contains the Constitution of the Boston MRA, a copy of the certificate of the Meretz Free Loan Association, MRA membership list, meeting minutes and financial reports.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Constitution of the Boston MRA 1893
2 2 Certificate of the Meretz Free Loan Association 1944
2 3 MRA membership list undated, 1975-1979
2 4-5 Minute Book and financial report [fragile] 1810-1914
2 6-9 Meeting Minutes 1965-1991
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series V: Photographs, undated

The Series is in English.
Box 3, Folders 1-4 and 1 oversized folder.
Arrangement:

Scope and Content:

This series contains photos of the Lithuanian town of Meretz and its inhabitants between the two World Wars. Among this series are: A photo of the Breakfast Meeting, a rolled photograph of the Installation Banquet of 1935 (fragile), and an oversized folder containing photos of banquets and picnics. The oversized folder is located in the mixed institutional collections oversized box.

BoxFolderTitleDate
31Elihu Stone’s trip to Meretz and misc.undated, 1931-1932
32-3Meretzundated, 1893-1930s
34Breakfast Meeting1969
3Installation Banquet [fragile]1935
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS FolderBanquets and picnics1920-1930
Return to the Top of Page
 

Series VI: Miscellaneous, undated

The Series is in English.
Box 3, Folders 5-6.
Arrangement:

Scope and Content:

This series contains various documents in Yiddish.

BoxFolderTitleDate
35Documents in Yiddishundated
36Morton Rubin’s death2011
  

This folder contains an article on the passing of Morton Rubin (August 24, 2011).
Reference material not included in original collection

 
Return to the Top of Page