Guide to the Papers of Benjamin Rabalsky, undated, 1913-1932

*P-153

Reprocessed by Stephanie Call

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

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Boston, Massachusetts

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Email: reference@ajhsboston.org

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Stephanie Call as MS Word document, March 2, 2009. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on February 17, 2010. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Rabalsky, Benjamin
Title:Benjamin Rabalsky papers
Dates:undated, 1913-1932
Abstract:A Boston lawyer, Hebrew scholar and Yiddish orator, Benjamin Rabalsky was involved in the local Zionist movement. A member of the American Jewish Congress, American Zion Commonwealth, Boston West End Jewish Liberty Loan Committee, Zion Association of Greater Boston and New England Zionist Region, he dedicated much of his time to Zionist causes. This collection contains a small amount of business correspondence and family correspondence.
Languages:The collection is in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Quantity: .25 linear foot (1 half manuscript box and 1 OS2 folder)
Identification:P-153
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located at AJHS, Boston, MA.
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Biographical Note

Benjamin Rabalsky1

Benjamin Rabalsky was a Boston lawyer, Hebrew scholar and Yiddish orator involved in the local Zionist movement. As a member of the American Jewish Congress (Cambridge/Somerville local chapter), American Zion Commonwealth, Boston West End Jewish Liberty Loan Committee; secretary of the Zion Association of Greater Boston and treasurer of the New England Zionist Region, as well as a representative to the 1930 Zionist Convention, Rabalsky dedicated much of his time to Zionist causes. Although it is uncertain from documents in the collection, it appears that at one point Rabalsky may have purchased land in Jerusalem through the Boston Rabalsky Group. There were some miscommunications about this, however, and it is unclear as to whether or not he did purchase land.

He was also involved in the Palestine Emergency and General War Relief Funds, and was often called upon to speak at events.

Rabalsky was married, but it is unknown whether or not he and his wife had children.

1 Biographical information from the Benjamin Rabalsky papers.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a small amount of business correspondence in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, relating to Rabalsky's activities with multiple Zionist groups, including the American Jewish Congress, the American Zion Commonwealth, the Zion Association of Greater Boston and the New England Zionist region. It also contains family correspondence in Yiddish. Rabalsky did travel to Palestine and some notes from his trip are included (in Hebrew.) The collection highlights Rabalsky's dedication to Zionist causes as well as the regard he held in the Boston community. Also in an oversized folder located in a shared oversized box is a broadside from 1925, featuring a photograph of Benjamin Rabalsky, a participant in the program, “An All Palestinian Evening: New Palestinian Moving Pictures” at the Roger Wolcott School in Mattapan, Massachusetts. The broadside, which is in Yiddish and English, is restricted due to its fragility.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series.

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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 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
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Benjamin Rabalsky papers; P-153; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Accession information is unknown.

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Access Points

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Container List

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

 

Papers of Benjamin Rabalsky, undated, 1913-1932

English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Box 1 and Shared Oversize OS2 Box, 1 Folder.
Scope and Content:

See collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 American Jewish Congress/Boston Jewish Congress Correspondence 1915-1923
1 2 American Zion Commonwealth (Amzic Corporation) Correspondence 1925-1930
1 3 Correspondence with Rabbi M. Avineri, Yavniel, Palestine 1930-1931
1 4 Family Correspondence undated
1 5 General Correspondence 1913-1931
1 6 Jewish National Fund Correspondence 1915-1922
1 7 Kiriath Sefer Farm School (Israel Belkind) Correspondence 1916
1 8 People’s Relief Committee of Greater Boston Correspondence 1916
1 9 Zion Association of Greater Boston Correspondence 1915-1925
1 10 Zionist Bureau for New England Correspondence 1915-1930
1 11 Zionist Organization of America Correspondence 1915-1932
1 12 Broadsides for Speaking Engagements 1925-1930
1 13 Zion Association of Greater Boston, Minutes of Meetings 1916-1917
1 14 Notes from a Trip to Palestine 1927
BoxFolderTitleDate
Shared OS2 Box OS2 Broadside (restricted, fragile) 1925
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