Guide to the Records of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, Women's Division,
1941-2000

ASF AR-2

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Descriptive Summary

Creator:Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, Women's Division
Title: Records of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, Women's Division
Dates:1941-2000
Abstract: The records in this subgroup belong to the Records of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, and document activities of the Community's Women's Division. The materials include correspondence, minutes of meetings, annual reports, budgets, records related to planning of annual events, publications and clippings, membership lists, financial papers, and photographs. See Guide to the Records of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America.
Languages:This collection is in English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Quantity: 5.4 linear feet
Accession number: ASF AR-2
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
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Historical Note

The Women's Division of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America was organized in 1943, two years after the Men's Division organized under the leadership of Rabbi Dr. Nissim J. Ovadia. His wife Mrs. Mazal Ovadia was the Founder and the 1st President of the Women's Division (1943-1945). The Women's Division devoted its efforts to charity and Jewish and patriotic causes. During the war the Women's Division was engaged in Red Cross work and the sale of war bonds. It aided the Hebrew education of Sephardi youth with scholarships and prizes, and assisted Israel by participating in the rescue work of Youth Aliyah, and with the sale of Israeli bonds. The Women's Division assisted Sephardi communities abroad with food, clothes, and drug packages, and made contributions to the Rabbinical College of the World Sephardi Federation.

Women's Division activities focused primarily on charities and raising money for the Community and for various Jewish causes. The Women's Division organized yearly benefit luncheons honoring a well-deserved member of the Board of Directors, and issued a yearly journal. The woman of the Community raised large sums of money towards establishing the Sephardic Home for the Aged, which the Men's Division sponsored. In 1985-1988 the Women's Division raised money for the new Misgav Ladach Hospital in Jerusalem.

One of the priorities of the Women's Division activities was always education in Israel. The Committee for Scholarship for Secondary Education established many scholarships for institutions and individual students, first under the chairmanship of Mrs. Rosalie Hendricks, and since 1983 under the leadership of Mrs. Irma Cardozo. During the presidential term of Mrs. Lucy Touriel and Mrs. Rachel el-Hassid a scholarship of rabbinical students was established at Lady Judith Montefiore College in London, England, in memory of Dr. Nissim J. Ovadia. Under Mrs. Emily Levy's tenure many scholarships were awarded to qualified students in Israel in memory of Simon Nessim, past President of the Community. A scholarship at Yeshiva University for Sephardic Studies Program was established in tribute to Dr. Isaac Alcalay, Chief Rabbi of the Community. Under the tenure of Mrs. Ruth Schulson scholarships were awarded at Stern College for Woman, at the school for Blind (Kerem Or), and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University in the Negev in honor of Haham Dr. Solomon Gaon.

Another endeavor of the Women's Division was the cookbook Sephardic Cooking written by Emilie Levy with the help of Mrs. Fortuna Roth, Mrs. Gloria Kirchheimer (Levy's daughter) and Mrs. Irma Cardozo. In 1988, after the Women's Division made substantial profit on Sephardic Cooking, the project was turned over to Levy so that she could handle the sales on her own and benefit from the proceeds.

In 1989 the Women's Division merged with the men under the name"Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, Inc.” under the presidency of Cardozo. She served for more than 10 years in this capacity. At the end of 1996, after the Community could not continue to function properly anymore, it was decided to liquidate the organization and to divide the money amongst the schools, institutions and synagogues that the CSJCA supported for many years.

Succession of Presidents of the Women's Division:

1943-1946 Mrs. Mazal Ovadia
1947-1951 Mrs. Lucy Touriel
1951-1953 Mrs. Rachel El-Hassid
1953-1955 Mrs. Lucy Touriel
1955-1957 Mrs. Julia Politi
1957-1959 Mrs. Lucy Touriel, Mrs. Rachel El-Hassid, Mrs. Lydia Emmanuel
1959-1961 Mrs. Fanny Angel
1961-1963 Mrs. Flora Behar
1963-1969 Mrs. Emilie Levy
1969-1971 Mrs. Mathilde Emmanuel
1971-1973 Mrs. Mathilde Emmanuel, Mrs. Shirley Elias and Mrs. Blanche Altchek
1973-1977 Mrs. Emilie Levy
1977-1981 Mrs. Ruth Schulson
1981-1983 Mrs. Emilie Levy
1983-1989 Mrs. Irma Cardozo
1989-1996Mrs. Irma Cardozo (President of CSJCA, Inc.)
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Scope and Content Note

The records in this subgroup belong to the Records of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, and document the creation, functioning, and demise of the Community's Women's Division. The materials of the entire collection span 1941-2000, with the bulk of the Women's Division's papers spanning from the 1960s through the 1980s. The majority of documents are in English, with some correspondence in French and Spanish, as well as a few papers in Hebrew.

Each series contains correspondence and other materials associated with the activities of each of the Presidents. This includes minutes of meetings, annual reports, budgets, papers related to planning of annual events, publications and clippings, membership lists, and financial papers. The majority of correspondence in all series constitute acknowledgements for donations or requests of donations and announcements and invitations to events. The rest of the correspondence documents various projects undertaken by Women's Division over the years, such as raising money for the Community, for the Sephardic Home for the Aged, and Misgav Ladach Hospital, establishing scholarships for students in Israel, and providing financial assistance to individuals and organizations.

The largest portion of documents is from the tenures of Emilie Levy and Irma Cardozo, who served several presidential terms. Of special interest in Series 6: Emilie Levy are papers related to the Sephardic Cookbook, written by Levy and published under the auspices of the Community. A large amount of correspondence in Series X: Irma Cardozo is devoted to the activities of the Committee for the Scholarship for Secondary Education in Israel, which Cardozo chaired for many years. Additional materials pertaining to Women's Division activities in the field of Sephardic Education can be found in Series VI: Mrs. Emilie Levy, Series IX: Mrs. Ruth Schulson, and in Series XI: Committee for Scholarship in Israel under the Chairmanship of Mrs. Henry Hendricks. Cardozo's records also include the largest amount of financial papers of the Women's Division.

For detailed information on each of the President see description of individual series. For information about the Men's Division of the Community see Guide to the Records of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America.

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Arrangement

This subgroup is organized in 12 Series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact
American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: ASFinquiries@cjh.org

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Related Material

This collection is a subgroup of the Records of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America.

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Provenance

The American Sephardi Federation aquired the records by gift from Congregation Shearith Israel, Ruth Hendricks Schulson, and Irma Cardozo.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); the Records of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, Women's Division; collection number; box number; folder title; American Sephardi Federation.

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Access points

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Container List

 

Series I: Mrs. Mazal Ovadia, 1942-1945

8 folders
Arrangement:

Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Mrs. Mazal Ovidia was the founder of the Women's Division. The materials in this series start with correspondence with the Chairman of the Board of the CJSCA Simon S. Nessim from 1942 regarding the idea of organizing the Women's division of the community. The Women's Division was founded in 1943. Correspondence from this period of time includes letters to congregations regarding membership, invitations to events, announcements of meetings, thank you notes for contributions, and correspondence with the IRS regarding financial matters. 1943-1945 correspondence concerns the Sephardic Old Age Home project, the American Jewish Peace Conference, the summer camp for youth project, and the activities of Women's Division during the war.

The series includes correspondence in French and Spanish.

Box TitleDate
24 Correspondence1942
24 Correspondence1943
24 Correspondence1944
24 Correspondence1945 January- 1945 May
24 Correspondence1945 June - 1945 December
24 Correspondence1946
24 Hanukah Dinner and Dance Journal1945
24 Soldier's Addressesundated
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Series II: Mrs. Lucy Touriel, 1947-1955

9 folders
Arrangement:

Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains records of Mrs. Lucy Touriel, the Second President of the Women's Division. Touriel served two presidential terms: 1947-1951 and 1953-1955. The majority of material in this series is correspondence. Most of it pertains to contributions and donations to the community. The rest of the correspondence includes invitations to events, such as Annual Anniversary Luncheons, annual Raffle, annual Hanukkah dinner dance, Purim luncheons etc.; announcements of meetings; letters of condolences; financial correspondence; correspondence related to various activities of the Women's Division under Touriel's tenure with the assistance of Irma Cardozo, such as shipments of clothing to Israel, scholarships for needy students, support of new expansion of the Sephardic Home for the Aged, and financial support of Community. The series also contains annual reports, list of board of directors and membership list. Some correspondence is in French.

Box TitleDate
24 Annual Report1949
24 Correspondence1947
24 Correspondence1948
24 Correspondence1949
24 Correspondence1950
24 Correspondence1951
24 Correspondence1952-1953
24 Correspondence1954-1955
24 Hanukah Dinner-Dance Journals1948-1955
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Series III: Mrs. Julia Politi, 1956-1957

3 folders
Arrangement:

Correspondence is arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content:

Mrs. Julia Politi served as a President of Women's Division from 1955 to 1957. This series contains correspondence pertaining to Politi's tenure. It includes acknowledgements of contributions; correspondence with Novel Press – the publisher of the Journal of the Women's Division of the CSJCA, and correspondence with individuals regarding placing ads in the Journal; invitation cards and letters; correspondence with bank; congratulations and condolences; list of delegates and alternates, list of board of directors; correspondence with Mr. David Politi, President of the Community.

Box TitleDate
24 Annual Dinner-Dance Journal1957
24 Correspondence1956
24 Correspondence1957
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Series IV: Mrs. Lucy Touriel, Mrs. Rachel El-Hassid, Mrs. Lydia Emmanuel, 1958

2 folders
Scope and Content:

Mrs. Lucy Touriel, Mrs. Rachel El-Hassid and Mrs. Lydia Emmanuel co-chaired the Women's Division from 1957 to 1959. The folder contains materials mostly pertaining to the arrangements for the Annual Luncheon and Annual Dinner Dance: correspondence with congregations and individuals regarding space for the events, dates, and requests for contributions. Included is also correspondence with Chase Manhattan Bank and corporate resolutions.

Box TitleDate
24 Annual Dinner-Dance Journal1958
24 Correspondence1958
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Series V: Mrs. Fannie Angel,  1959-1960

2 folders
Scope and Content:

Mrs. Fannie Angel was President of the Women's Division from 1959-1961. The series consists of the Dinner-Dance Journal from 1960, in which Mrs. Angel addresses the Community in the President's Message, as well as a small amount of her correspondence.

Box TitleDate
24 Annual Dinner-Dance Journal1960
24 Correspondenceundated, 1959-1960
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Series VI: Mrs. Flora Behar, 1961-1963

3 folders
Scope and Content:

Mrs. Flora Behar held the office from 1961 to 1963. The materials in this series include the Guest book of the reception in honor of Chief Rabbi Dr. Alcalay, January 13, 1963, and correspondence. Correspondence consists mainly of invitations to events. Included are also correspondence with Barr Press – the printer of raffle books, tickets, invitation and thank you cards; contract of advertising forms for the Journal of the Women's Division; and letters from Mr. Simon Nessim, the President of the Community.

Box TitleDate
24 Annual Dinner-Dance Journals1961-1963
24 Correspondence1961-1963
24 Guest Book, Reception in honor of Dr. Alcalay1963
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Series VII: Mrs. Emilie Levy, 1963-1998

1 foot
Arrangement:

General Subject Files are arranged alphabetically. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Mrs. Emilie Levy served three terms as the President of the Women's Division: 1963-1969, 1973-1977, and 1981-1983. The bulk of the materials in this series falls into 1963-1983 period, with some personal correspondence from the late 1990s. The series is organized in 2 Subseries: General Subject Files and Correspondence. The series contains correspondence in French and Spanish.

General Subject Files include annual reports for the years of Levy's presidency, lists of Board of Directors and membership lists, announcements of events and invitation cards, minutes of meetings, the constitution of the Women's Division amended under Levy's tenure, publications collected by Levy such as the Bulletin of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, the Newsletter of the American Sephardic Federation, and clippings from various newspapers related to Sephardic issues or activities of the Women's Division and its individual members.

A large amount of materials is devoted to the Sephardic Cookbook. Sephardic Cookery was written by Levy in 1983 and published under the auspices of the Women's Division Cookbook Committee. The book is a compendium of the dishes traditional to Sephardic Jews. The recipes are preceded by an introduction where Levy reviews the history of Sephardic Jews, intertwined with memories from her childhood in Egypt. Among the materials on the Cookbook project are clippings from newspapers, agreements with the publisher, correspondence and minutes of the Cookbook Committee, and financial statements on the expenses and profit of the project. The original book is included in the series as well.

The Correspondence Subseries encompasses all three Levy's presidential terms. The bulk of the correspondence pertains to the planning activities for various benefits organized by the Women's Division. This includes correspondence regarding space arrangements, invitations, responses to invitations, and correspondence with caterers. A large portion of this subseries constitute thank you notes from institutions, which received donations from the Women's Division. Other topics of the correspondence (form the 1960s) include: activities of the Scholarship Committee; drafts of speeches held during the events; correspondence with Sephardic Home for the Aged, Yeshiva University; letters from the President of the Community, Joseph Katalan, acknowledging WD's donations to the Community. Topics from the 1970s correspondence include: efforts to raise money for building a new wing for the Sephardic Home for the Aged; raising money for the Israel Emergency Fund of the United Jewish Appeal (1973); Misgab Ladach Hospital Project; Vacation Project for the Jewish Aged; organizing exhibit of Sephardic artifacts at the Jewish Museum. Of interest among 1980s correspondence are materials regarding memorial for Rabbi Alcalay; correspondence with Joseph Papo, former Executive Director of the Community, regarding Community and Women's Division affairs; personal correspondence – best wishes and thank you letters from friends for Levy's contribution to the work of the Women's Division.

Subseries 1: General Subject Files, 1963-1994

Box TitleDate
24 About Women's Divisionundated, 1967-1972
24 Addresses1964
24 Annual Journals1965-1967
24 Annual Journals1968-1969
24 Annual Journals1974-1976
24 Annual Journal, Anniversary Journals1982-1983
24 Annual Reports1963-1969
24 Annual Reports1974-1975
24 Annual Reports1976-1977
24 Annual Reports1982-1983
24 Board of directors1963-1967
24 Board of directors1973-1977
24 Board of directors1981-1983
24 Board of directors: cards and letters1975
24 Calendar of events1963-1983
24 Committees1973-1976
24 Committee for Scholarship for Education in Israel1978, 1982
24 Constitution, revised1977
24 Constitution: Amendment, Article V1983
24  Events1963-1966
24  Events1966-1967
24  Events1968
24 Events1969
24 Events1974-1977
24 Events1981-1983
24 Events: Annual Spring and summer Luncheons1965-1977
24  Financial: Estimated Budgets1973-1982
24 Financial: Expenses1963-1970
24 Financial: Treasurers Reports1973-1982
24 Important Lists1963-1964
Box TitleDate
25 Membership Letterundated
25 Membership Lists1963
25 Membership Lists1975-1976
25 Membership Lists1977-1978
25 Minutes1964-1977
25 Minutes1981-1983
25  Nominating Committee1975
25  Publications, Clippings1965-1994
25 Raffle Books1964, 1966, 1977
25 Sephardi Cookbook1983
25 Sephardi Cookbook: Advance Book Information1983
25 Sephardi Cookbook: Agreement1982-1983
25 Sephardi Cookbook: Clippings1982-1985
25 Sephardi Cookbook: Correspondence1982-1983
25  Sephardi Cookbook Cover1983
25  Sephardi Cookbook: Financial Statements1983-1986
25 Sephardi Cookbook: Layout1983
25 Sephardi Cookbook: Minutes of Cookbook Committee1983
25 Sephardi Cookbook: Notesundated, 1983
25 Sephardi Cookbook: Publications1983
25  Sephardi Cookbook: Sephardic Cuisine, by Sephardi Ladies Zimbabweundated
25 Speeches by and about Emily Levy1970-1990
25  Weddings Lists and Letters1977-1978

Subseries 2: Correspondence, 1963-1998

Box TitleDate
25 Correspondence1963 April - 1964 May
25 Correspondence1964 June – 1965 May
25 Correspondence1965 June - 1966 May
25 Correspondence1966 June – 1967 May
25 Correspondence1967 June - 1968 May
25 Correspondence1968 June – 1968 December
25 Correspondence1969 January – 1969 May
25 Correspondence1973 May – 1973 December
25 Correspondence1974
25 Correspondence1975 January – 1975 May
25 Correspondence1975 June – 1975 December
25 Correspondence1976 January – 1976 May
25 Correspondence1976 May – 1977
25 Correspondence1981 June – 1981 December
25 Correspondence1982 January – 1982 May
25 Correspondence1982 June – 1982 December
25 Correspondence1983 January – 1983 May
25 Correspondence with Alliance Isrealite Universelle1968
25 Correspondence with Joseph M. Papo1972-1985
25 Personal correspondence1978-1998
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Series VIII: Mrs. Mathilde Emmanuel, 1969-1971

15 folders
Arrangement:

Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title, then chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Mrs. Mathilde Emmanuel served as President of the Women's Division from 1969 to 1971. Documents include annual reports, correspondence, material on a planned Ovadia memorial, and financial papers. Items of interest may be found in the correspondence, which includes information on Women's Division functions and events, projects, and fund-raising efforts. Letters from Mrs. Irma Cardozo and Mrs. Mazal Ovadia to the Women's Division give some information on the needs of Sephardic Jews in Israel at the time, and Ovadia's frequent letters also contain some notes on the history of the Women's Division. Ovadia appeared to be facilitating the delivery of the Women's Division's contributions to educational institutions in Israel. Material on annual Women's Division events also contain handwritten notes of grocery items needed for luncheons and drafts of invitations to events.

Box TitleDate
25 Annual Journals1970-1971
25 Annual Reports1969-1971
25 Calendar of Events1969-1970
25 Correspondence1969
25 Correspondence1970
25 Correspondence1971
25 Events: Announcements, Invitations1969-1971
25  Financial: Bills, Receipts1970-1971
25 Financial: Reports, Budgets1969-1970
25 Nominating Committee1971
25 Ovadia Memorial: Contribution Cardsundated
25  Ovadia Memorial: Correspondence1970-1971
25 Ovadia Memorial: Donors Listundated
25 Publications, clippings1970-1971
25 Speeches and Releases1969-1970
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Series IX: Mrs. Mathilde Emmanuel, co-president with Mrs. Shirley Elias and Mrs. Blanche Altchek, 1971-1973

0.2 linear foot
Arrangement:

Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title, then chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series centers on the shared Presidency of Mrs. Mathilde Emmanuel, Mrs. Shirley Elias, and Mrs. Blanche Altchek, which lasted from 1971 to 1973. It contains routine papers of the Women's Division during this time, which include annual reports, material on events, and minutes of meetings. Correspondence includes donation letters, invitations, letters concerning social assistance and letters of appreciations from Mazal Ovadia in Israel to the Women's Division, and from Tamar de Sola Pool.

Box TitleDate
26 Annual Journals1972
26 Annual Reports1972-1973
26 Calendar of Events1971-1973
26 Correspondence1971
26 Correspondence1972
26 Correspondence1973
26 Events: Announcements, Invitations1971-1973
26  Minutes1971-1972
26 Nominating Committee1973
26 Presidents of Organizations, Listundated
26 Rabbi David de Sola Poolundated, 1972
26 Receipt1973
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Series X: Mrs. Ruth Schulson, 1977-1981

0.2 linear foot
Arrangement:

Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title, then chronologically.

Scope and Content:

The records in this series are from the Presidency of Mrs. Ruth Schulson. They consist of invitations to events, including the Annual Sephardic Festival, as well as papers on financial matters and correspondence. The correspondence contains many letters from organizations asking for contributions and expressing thanks for contributions. In addition, there are also letters on topics such as the death of Isaac Alcalay and aid to Jews in Iran.

Box TitleDate
26 Annual Journals1978-1981
26 Annual Sephardic Festival, Expenses1980
26 Committee for Education in Israel, Scholarships given1979-1980
26 Correspondence1977 June - 1978 May
26 Correspondence1978 June - 1979 June
26  Correspondence1979 July - 1980
26 Correspondence1981
26 Events: Announcements, Invitations1977-1981
26 Financial: Journal, Receipts, Payments1977
26  Financial: Treasurers Reports1977-1980
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Series XI: Mrs. Irma Cardozo, 1983-2000

2 feet
Arrangement:

Folders in subseries 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically by folder title, then chronologically. Folders in subseries 3 are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Mrs. Irma Cardozo was the President of the Women's Division from 1983 until the demise of the organization. Materials in this series are organized in three subseries: Subseries 1: General Subject Files; Subseries 2: Committee for Scholarship for Education in Israel under the chairmanship of Irma Cardozo; and Subseries 3: Correspondence. Most of the records are in English, with some correspondence in Hebrew. See description of individual subseries for detailed information.

Subseries 1: General Subject Files, 1972-1996

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains routine documents associated with the Women's Division under Cardozo's Presidency. Some of these documents are financial papers, annual reports, a notebook of agendas, material on the Annual Spring Luncheon, and minutes of meetings. Financial records include a copy of the final tax form filed in 1997 after the dissolution of the organization. The minutes chronicle the work of the Women's Division in the 1980s and early 1990s, as well as the decision to dissolve the organization at the end of 1996. After the decision was made to end the organization, it was decided to donate its finances to various organizations; a description of these donations is also available in the minutes. In addition, the minutes also contain Cardozo's reports on the work and activities of the Women's Division.

Box TitleDate
27 Annual Journals1984-1985
27 Annual Journals1986-1988
27 Annual Journals1989-1991
27 Annual Journals1992-1993
27 Annual Reports1984-1996
27 Board of Directors1990-1991, 1995-1996
Box TitleDate
27 Closing Statements1996-2000
27 Dedication of Grove of Trees in Israel1992
27  Events, Announcements1984-1997
27 Events: Annual Spring Luncheon, Journal1989
27 Events: Annual Spring Luncheon1992
27 Events: Annual Spring Luncheon Donations1992
27 Events: Annual Spring Luncheon1995
27 Events: Annual Spring Luncheon Donations1993-1995
27  Financial: Bank Papers: Bowery1991-1996
27 Financial: Bank Papers: Bowery: Pass Books1975-1996
27 Financial: Bank Papers: Chemical1991-1995
27  Financial: Bank Papers: Goldome1986-1991
27 Financial: Bank Papers: Goldome: Pass Books1986-1992
27 Financial: Bank Papers: Manufacturers Hanover: Pass1992-1994
27 Financial: Bank Papers: Union Dime1981
27 Financial: Bank Papers: Union Dime: Pass Books1964-1985
27 Financial: Budgets and Reports1985-1996
27  Financial: Journal: Receipts, Disbursements1983-1989
27 Financial: Journal: Receipts, Disbursements1989-1996
27 Financial: Monthly Reports1981-1986
27  Financial: Monthly Reports1990-1996
27 Financial: Notebook: Disbursements, Payments, Receipts1973-1985
27 Financial: Notebook: loose papers from notebookundated, 1972-1982
27 Financial: Tax Papers1984-1986
27 Financial: Tax Papers1987-1989
27 Financial: Tax Papers1989-1990
27 Financial: Tax Papers1990-1991
27 Financial: Tax Papers1991-1992
27 Financial: Tax Papers1992-1993
27 Financial: Tax Papers1993-1994
27 Financial: Tax Papers1995-1996
27 Financial: Tax Papers1997
27 Israel Bonds1991-1996
27 Jaffa Institute, Israel, Correspondence1995-1996
27 Membership List1995
27 Minutes1983-1984
27 Minutes1985
27 Minutes1986
27 Minutes1987
27 Minutes1988
27 Minutes1989
27 Minutes1990
27 Minutes1991
27 Minutes1992
27 Minutes1993
27 Minutes1994
27 Minutes1995
27 Minutes1996
Box TitleDate
28 Misgab Ladach Hospital1978-1979
28 Misgab Ladach Hospital1980-1985
28 Notebook: Agendas of Meetings1991-1996
28  Publications, Clippings1984-1992
28 Speeches, Press Releases1991-1996

Subseries 2. Committee for Scholarship for Education in Israel under the chairmanship of Irma Cardozo, 1983-1993

Scope and Content:

The papers in this subseries focus on the work of the Committee under the leadership of Cardozo. Although Cardozo worked as co-chairperson with Rosalie Hendricks, she did not become the head of the Committee herself until 1983. The bulk of the papers are from the 1980s, and the majority of documents are letters sent to Cardozo from educational institutions in Israel. Correspondence from educational institutions consists of thank you notes and brief descriptions of the progress made by the institution. There is a great deal of information about the Jaffa Institute for the Advancement of Education in Israel, as well as the Sanhedria Children's Home and Center and Boys Town in Jerusalem. In addition, there are a few letters to the Committee from scholarship recipients, and a small amount of financial papers. Related material can be found in Series XI, which contains documents from 1958-1983, when Rosalie Hendricks served as the chairperson of the Committee.

Almost all papers in this subseries are in English, but there are a few in Hebrew.

Box TitleDate
28  Correspondence1983-1985
28 Correspondence1986
28 Correspondence1987
28 Correspondence1988
28 Correspondence1989
28 Financial: Bank statements, checks1983-1986
28 Financial: Bank statements, checks1987-1989
28  Financial: Check records book1988-1989
28 Educational Centers in Israel: Events1984-1993

Subseries 3: Correspondence, 1984-2000

Scope and Content:

This subseries consists of the correspondence of the Women's Division at the time of Irma Cardozo's Presidency. The bulk of the documents are from the 1980s through the early 1990s. The papers contain information on fund-raising activities of the Women's Division. Many of the letters are from other charitable organizations, usually in Israel, requesting or acknowledging contributions. There is a large amount of material concerning the Misgav Ladach Hospital in Jerusalem, Israeli institutions for needy or handicapped children, and NESLI-Sephardi Women for Jerusalem, among numerous others. Correspondence includes material on visits made by Women's Division members to supported organizations in Israel, as well as visits by organization members to the Women's Division when they were in New York. The correspondence also contains information on the reprinting of the Women's Division cookbook, Sephardic Cookery. In addition, this subseries contains many letters of gratitude and regret sent to Cardozo by supported organizations upon hearing of the closing of the Women's Division. Correspondence from 2000 is between Cardozo and the American Sephardi Federation, outlining the history of Woman's Division.

Almost all papers in this subseries are in English, but there are a few in Hebrew.

Box TitleDate
28 Correspondence1983 May – 1983 December
28 Correspondence1984 Jan. – 1984 May
28 Correspondence1984 June – 1984 December
28 Correspondence1985 Jan. – 1985 May
28 Correspondence1985 June – 1985 December
28 Correspondence1986 Jan. – 1986 May
28 Correspondence1986 July – 1986 December
28 Correspondence1987 Jan. – 1987 May
28 Correspondence1987 June – 1987 December
28 Correspondence1988 Jan. – 1988 May
28 Correspondence1988 June – 1988 December
28 Correspondence1989 Jan. – 1989 May
28 Correspondence1989 June – 1989 December
28 Correspondence1990 Jan. – 1990 May
28 Correspondence1990 June – 1990 December
28 Correspondence1991 Jan. – 1991 May
28 Correspondence1991 June – 1991 December
28 Correspondence1992 Jan. – 1992 May
28 Correspondence1992 June – 1992 December
28 Correspondence1993
28 Correspondence1994
28 Correspondence1995
28 Correspondence1996
28 Correspondence1997-2000
28 Thank you letters to WD at the time of liquidation1996
28 Thank you letters to WD at the time of liquidation1997
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Series XII: Committee for Scholarship for Education, under the Chairmanship of Mrs. Henry Hendricks, 1958-1983

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Arrangement:

Folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title, then chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains the records of Mrs. Rosalie Hendricks (Mrs. Henry Hendricks), most of which focus on the Committee for Scholarship for Education in Israel. The records span several Presidencies of the Women's Division, but the bulk are from the 1960s and 1970s. The vast majority of the documents are correspondence. The Committee was originally established by the Community in 1963, under the chairmanship of Hendricks, together with Mrs. Lucy Touriel and many other ladies of the Board. It continued to expand until the Women's Division took it over in 1979 under the co-chairmanship of Mrs. Irma Cardozo. The Committee was responsible for helping Sephardic children in Israel attend secondary school.

The correspondence documents many of the scholarship cases of specific children, including reports on their progress in school, and justifications for their scholarships. There is also information on the difficulties facing Sephardic children in Israel. In addition, Hendricks' records also include documents of the Sisterhood of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, which belonged to the Women's Division. Those documents provide information on the history of the Synagogue, as well as minutes of Sisterhood meetings, lists of Board of Directors' members, and a small amount of correspondence of the Sisterhood, which mostly focuses on their activities. Related material can be found in Series 10, Subseries 2, which contains papers from 1983-1993, when Cardozo served as chairperson of this committee.

Box TitleDate
29  Clippings1966-1983
29 Correspondence1963-1964
29 Correspondence1965
29 Correspondence1966
29 Correspondence1967
29 Correspondence1968
29 Correspondence1969
29 Correspondence1970-1971
29 Correspondence1972
29 Correspondence1973
29 Correspondence1974
29 Correspondence1975
29 Correspondence1976
29 Correspondence1977-1978
29 Correspondence1979
29 Correspondence1980-1981
29 Correspondence1982
29 Correspondence1983
29 Correspondence, Shlomo Lazarov1964
29  Correspondence, Shlomo Lazarov1965
29 Financial: Bookkeeping1979
29 Financial: Bank Statements1981
29 Financial: Checkbook1979-1988
29 Publications1965-1966
29 Sisterhood of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Board of Directors1969-1971
29  Sisterhood of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Correspondence1960-1964
29 Sisterhood of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, History1960
29 Sisterhood of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Minutes1958-1971
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Series XIII: Photographic Materials,  1941-1997

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Arrangement:

Folders are arranged alphabetically by title, then chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains photographs from the Women's Division. They feature several functions and events, as well as some of the more well-known members. Most of the photographs are unidentified and without dates.

Box TitleDate
29 Photographsundated
29 Photographs1941, 1969-1989
29 Photographs: Luncheon in honor of the Cardozosundated
29 Photographs: Visit of Rabbi Obadia Yosef to New Yorkundated
29 Photographs: Yeshiva University1997
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