Guide to the Records of B'nai B'rith Women. Greater Lynn Chapter No. 367 (Lynn, Mass.), Undated, 1939-1989
 
I-588

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Kelsey Sawyer as MS Word document, November 29, 2016. Finding aid was encoded by Kelsey Sawyer on November 29, 2016. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: B'nai B'rith Women. Greater Lynn Chapter No. 367
Title: B'nai B'rith Women. Greater Lynn Chapter No. 367 Records
Dates:Undated, 1939-1989
Abstract: 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.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 OS box)
Identification: I-588
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

left to right, Bea, Evelyn Safran, Ruth Farber, Selma Siskind, Dorothy, Sally Cohen, Henritetta Sullaway, Connie Garber. 1965

B’nai B’rith Women is an international women’s group that promotes advocacy for women and the Jewish community through education, advocacy, and social services. It began as an auxiliary of B’nai B’rith, the oldest Jewish service organization in the world. B’nai B’rith was founded in 1843 in New York by German-Jewish immigrants. The first ladies auxiliary chapter, Ruth Lodge No. 1, Daughters of Judah, was founded in 1897 in San Francisco and only operated for a brief period of time. In 1909 the Columbia Auxiliary founded the first permanent chapter of B’nai B’rith Women in San Francisco, though the Grand Lodge refused to officially recognize them. Women’s chapters of B’nai B’rith changed their name to B’nai B’rith Women in 1957. Throughout the 1980’s the group fought attempts to be absorbed by B’nai B’rith International, finally reaching an agreement in 1989 which acknowledged them as a separate and independent, self-governing organization affiliated with B’nai B’rith. In 1995 they changed their name to Jewish Women International.

The Greater Lynn Lodge was established in 1942. On August 22, 1942 B’nai B’rith Lynn Lodge’s Women’s Auxiliary received its charter, with Frances Chaletzsky serving as its first president. During the 1940’s B’nai B’rith Women began calling their auxiliaries chapters. The Greater Lynn Chapter No. 367 participated in and organized numerous activities to further the group’s mission. This included hosting dinners and special events, fundraising, establishing youth education programs through their Hillel Foundation, focusing on citizenship and civic affairs programs, and offering services to veterans as well as participating in other veterans’ affairs programs. They were formed from a branch of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, an organization dedicated to the preservation of American ideals of democracy, and took part in B’nai B’rith Women’s “Dolls for Democracy” which aimed to teach children democracy and brotherhood.

References

Material from the collection.

Kuzmack, Linda Gordon. "B'nai B'rith Women." Jewish Women's Archive. Accessed on November 29, 2016. https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/bnai-brith-women

Chronology

1843 B'nai B'rith is founded in New York by German Jewish immigrants.
1897 A ladies auxiliary chapter, Ruth Lodge No. 1, Daughters of Judah, is founded in San Francisco and operates for a brief period of time.
1909 The Columbia Auxiliary founded the first permanent chapter of B'nai B'rith Women in San Francisco, despite the Grand Lodge refusing to give official recognition.
1940s The Women's Districts officially organizes the Women's Supreme Council as the national entity to coordinate the districts and chapters throughout the U.S.
1942 The Greater Lynn Lodge is established.
August 22, 1942 B'nai B'rith Lynn Lodge Women's Auxiliary receives its charter. Frances Chaletzsky serves as its first president.
1953 B'nai B'rith Women chapters gain recognition when women delegates vote for the first time at the B'nai B'rith Supreme Lodge Convention.
1957 Name for women's chapters is officially changed to B'nai B'rith Women.
1980s B'nai B'rith International attempts to absorb B'nai B'rith Women.
1988 B'nai B'rith Women passes a resolution affirming its status as a separate legal entity associated with B'nai B'rith.
1989 B'nai B'rith Women and B'nai B'rith International reach an agreement that acknowledges B'nai B'rith Women as an independent self-governing organization affiliated with B'nai B'rith.
1995 Name is changed to Jewish Women International.
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Scope and Content Note

The B'nai B'rith Women, Greater Lynn Chapter No. 367 records contains Auxiliary News from the 89th Convention of District One, awards, correspondence, news clippings, photgraphs, prayers, souvenir journals, and publications of B'nai B'rith Times Spotlight. Of note is a scrapbook of activities durig 1956-1957.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single 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 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); B'nai B'rith Women. Greater Lynn Chapter No. 367 Records; I-588; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Linda Tishler Burner, 2009.

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Access Points

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Container List

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

English.
Box 1, Folders 1-9 and one OS box.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Auxiliary News1941request_box
12Awards1953, 1957, 1960request_box
13B'nai B'rith Times Spotlight1946-1958, 1961request_box
14Correspondenceundated, 1939, 1941request_box
15News Clippingsundated, 1941, 1949, 1962, 1969, 1988-1989request_box
16Photographsundated, 1950-1955, 1965, 1979request_box
17Prayersundatedrequest_box
18Souvenir Journals1949-1952, 1960request_box
19Souvenir Journals1975-1977request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 OSScrapbook1956-1957request_box
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