Guide to the Records of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (Mass.)
undated, 1922-2004
(bulk 1960-1999)
 
I-596

Processed by Xingyan (Jessie) Xu and Shannon Struble

Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Xingyan (Jessie) Xu and Shannon Struble as MS Word document, May 13, 2017. Finding aid was encoded by Shannon Struble on May 31, 2017. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (Mass.)
Title: Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (Mass.) Records
Dates:undated, 1922-2004 (bulk 1960-1999)
Abstract: The Jewish Community Center of the North Shore was established in 1911 as the Lynn Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA). In 1943, the YMHA was renamed the Lynn Jewish Community Center, and in 1972, the organization moved to their current location in Marblehead, Massachusetts, at which time they changed their name to reflect their dedication to the entire North Shore community. The collection mostly consists of group and event photographs and various publications produced by the Center, primarily between 1960 and 1999.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Identification: I-596
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new building in Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1969.

The Jewish Community Center of the North Shore was established in 1911 as the Lynn Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) by David Haskell, Abraham Haskell, Israel Margolskee, Benjamin Musinsky, and Charles J. Goldman. It was founded as a place where young Jewish men and the Lynn community at large could come together through athletic competition and organized activities with the goal of fostering a better understanding between Jewish and non-Jewish neighbors. The Lynn YMHA’s charter was accepted by the national YMHA in 1912, and a mass meeting was held to elect permanent officers to the Board of Directors.

Initially, the Lynn YMHA met in the vestry of Congregation Ahabat Shalom in Lynn, but in 1913 they moved to their first location at 120 Market Street. As the organization grew, they moved three more times before settling in their current location in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1972.

In 1913, the Lynn Young Women’s Hebrew Association (YWHA) was established and joined with the YMHA. This women's group reorganized in 1932 as the Women’s League and sponsored social and cultural programs through the organization.

In 1943, the YMHA was renamed the Lynn Jewish Community Center (JCC). Programs at the center continued to expand through the years, adding services such as English and citizenship classes for new Americans, meeting facilities for public lectures and Zionist group discussions, guidance counselling, an employment service, Sunday School classes, a nursery school and a day care, New England’s first Jewish day camp called Camp Simchah, and a choral society, in addition to the athletic facilities and teams present from its inception. After moving to a new building in 1946, the Simon Cohen Library and the Scout Cabin were added to the facility, and clubs for the blind and senior citizens were founded to further include members of the community.

As the population gradually started to shift away from Lynn to the surrounding suburban areas in the 1950s, the JCC began to envision their mission as serving the larger North Shore community. The JCC purchased eleven acres of land in Marblehead to offer extension services in 1958, and when an urban renewal project threatened the Lynn building, they decided to move their headquarters to Marblehead. The new building was dedicated in 1972.

Since that time, the JCC has reorganized and streamlined, serving as a wellness center that offers early-childhood education, fitness facilities, and day camp services for children.

References

Material from the collection.

Rosenberg, Steven A. “Celebrating 100 Years of JCC North Shore,” The Boston Globe, July 15, 2012, <https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2012/07/14/celebrating-years-second-home-jcc-north-shore/GGOAjyEXh1ZjowtjC6o3DJ/story.html>.

Chronology

1911The Lynn YMHA is established.
1912A permanent charter is issued by national YMHA.
1913The YMHA moves to its first home in Lynn.
1913The YWHA is established.
1916The YMHA moves to 10 City Hall Square.
1926The YMHA moves to the Prescott Building.
1933A day camp is established.
1943The Knights of Pythias Building is purchased and dedicated as the Lynn JCC.
1947The nursery school opens.
1952The Golden Age Club is founded.
1953The Center C-Sharp Club (for the blind) is established.
1958Land in Marblehead is purchased for extension services.
1961The JCC celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
1969A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the site of the new Marblehead building.
1972The JCC moves to the new Marblehead building and hosts a dedication ceremony.
1978The infant-toddler day care program begins.
2010The JCC sells its campground in Middleton.
2010The JCC reorganizes and creates a new business plan.
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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore primarily consist of group and event photographs and various publications produced by the organization. The photographs depict group shots of the Boards of Directors, as well as youth activities, annual dinners, meetings, and events such as the Marblehead building's groundbreaking ceremony in 1969 and dedication in 1972. The publications include newsletters, program guides, yearbooks, and commemorative books, as well as programs and invitations to a variety of events.

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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 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
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Jewish Community of Peabody (Mass.) Records, I-581

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Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore Records, I-584

Jewish Rehabilitation Center for Aged of the North Shore Records, I-575

Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Post 31 (Lynn, Mass.) Records, I-567

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (Mass.) Records; I-596; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore, 2013.

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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.

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Series I: Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, undated, 1922-2004

English.
Boxes 1-2, OS folder 1.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Collection Informationundatedrequest_box
12Events—Annual Meetings1960, 1991-1999request_box
13Events—Miscellaneousundated, 1960, 1998, 2004request_box
14Photographs—Activities1922-1980request_box
15Photographs—Board of Directorsundated, 1952, 1960-1961request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1Photographs—Board of Directorsundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
16Photographs—Groundbreaking Ceremony1969request_box
17Photographs—Groundbreaking Ceremony Album1969request_box
18Photographs—Youth Activitiesundated, 1957-1960request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Publications—Building Plans and Dedicationundated, 1970-1972request_box
22Publications—Newsletters1998-1999request_box
23Publications—Newspaper Clippingsundated, 1971-1998request_box
24Publications—Program Guides1998-1999request_box
25Publications—Senior Adult Departmentundated, 1978-1982request_box
26Publications—Show Houses1984-1995request_box
27Publications—Year Books1975-1980request_box
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