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Abraham Alpert Papers

 Collection
Identifier: P-544

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials pertaining to Abraham Alpert's role as a public figure in Boston's Jewish community. His correspondence includes letters of invitation to a number of events, thank you letters for services rendered, and letters from a number of other public figures, including President Calvin Coolidge. There are news clippings that document his many public roles and activities that helped to serve and aid local Jews, as well as documenting events going on within the Jewish community at the time. This collection also includes programs and flyers for the many meetings Alpert helped to organize.

Dates

  • undated, 1900-1947

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information contact jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Biographical Note

Born in Kovno, Lithuania, Abraham Alpert immigrated to the United States, and in 1886 settled in Boston, Massachusetts. He learned English while attending night school and would later become an internationally known writer. Under his pen name Ish Kovno (the Man from Kovno), he became well known for his humorous, yet polished, writing. He was the editor of The Boston Jewish American and a correspondent for a number of Yiddish papers in New York. Outside of his writing, he also rose to become a prominent Jewish figure and leader, not just in Boston, but also nationally. One newspaper wrote that there was not a synagogue on the Atlantic coast that had not heard Alpert talk. He helped organize the Boston branch of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), and was active there for over 40 years, aiding over 2000 immigrants in receiving citizenship. Much of his work was aimed at helping the Jewish community, for which he organized meetings and events, often as a speaker, to raise funds and awareness of issues that concerned the Jewish community.

References

  1. Materials in collection.

Chronology

1873
Born in Kovno, Lithuania
1886
Settled in Boston
1899
Married Sarah Bailen
1903-1939
Served as a speaker and organizer for Jewish events
1917
Acted as clerk for what is believed to be the first Rabbinical court held in Boston, concerning two synagogues' claim over Cantor Mordecai Hershman's contract
1925
Took part in the dedication of Temple Agudath Ashkenazim in Cambridge, Massachusetts
1934
Celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary
1939
Died after being ill for some time

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box and 4 OS folders)

Abstract

Born in Kovno, Lithuania, Abraham Alpert immigrated to the United States, and in 1886 settled in Boston, Massachusetts. He learned English while attending night school and would later become an internationally known writer. Outside of his writing, he also rose to become a prominent Jewish figure and leader, not just in Boston but nationally, as well. One newspaper wrote that there was not a synagogue on the Atlantic Coast that had not heard Alpert talk. He helped organize the Boston branch of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), and was active there for over 40 years, aiding over 2000 immigrants in receiving citizenship. This collection contains materials pertaining to Abraham Alpert’s role as a public figure in Boston’s Jewish community, including correspondence, news clippings, a scrapbook and programs.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Ben Owen and Kelsey Sawyer, 2012
Title
Guide to the Abraham Alpert Papers, P-544
Author
Processed by Ben Owen and Kelsey Sawyer
Date
2012

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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