Guide to Jewish Welfare Centre (South End, Boston, Mass.) Records
1918-1930

I-435

Processed by Lindsay Sprechman

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Lindsay Sprechman as MS Word document, October 5, 2017. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman on October 5, 2017. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Welfare Centre (South End, Boston, Mass.)
Title: Jewish Welfare Centre (South End, Boston, Mass.) Records
Dates:1918-1930
Abstract: This collection contains a ledger recording the the Jewish Welfare Centre of the South End's disbursement of funds to individuals and families in need, as well as individual and organizational donations it recieved.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box)
Identification: I-435
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

A page from the ledger showing donations to the centre from February 1918-January 1919.

The Jewish Welfare Centre in Boston, Massachusetts’s South End was one of five “district houses” or “district services” the Federated Jewish Charities of Boston organized under Executive Director Morris Waldman in the late 1910s. Other centres opened in other neighborhoods of Boston with significant Jewish populations, including Roxbury, Dorchester, the West End, and East Boston. The first of the five centres, the South End Jewish Welfare Centre, located at 15 Florence Street, provided recreational and public welfare services and was led by a professional social worker. The centre provided, among other things, Hebrew and Yiddish classes for both adults and children, art classes, and meeting space for outside organizations, such as the South End Ladies’ Society, the Young Women’s Hebrew Association, and the Jewish People’s Relief, as well as disbursements to individuals and families in need. After reorganizing as the Associated Jewish Philanthropies (now known as the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston) in 1930, the main organization found that the Jewish population had moved from the South End and other neighborhoods where the centres were located, and discontinued them, deciding to streamline and modernize their public and recreational welfare programming.

References

Ebert Susan. “Community and Philanthropy.” In The Jews of Boston, edited by Jonathan D. Sarna, Ellen Smith, and Scott-Martin Kosofsky, 236-238. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Pelonsky, Anna S. "Woman Her Interests: Why 15 Florence Street is Justly Named 'The Jewish Welfare Centre of the South End' Jewish Advocate, March 13, 1919.

Chronology

late 1910sThe Federated Jewish Charities organize five "district houses" or district "services."
1930The district houses close.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a ledger from the Jewish Welfare Centre of the South End documenting money disbursed to individuals and families in need, as well as individual and organizational donations to the centre.

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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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Related Material

Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston, Mass.) Records, I-220 and I-220A

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Welfare Centre (South End, Boston, Mass.) Records; I-435; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Acquistion information 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.

 

Series I: Jewish Welfare Centre (South End, Boston, Mass.) Records, 1918-1930

Box 1.
Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Ledger1918-1930request_box
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