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Zionist House (Boston, Mass.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-286

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, trustee meeting minutes, reports, clippings, newsletters, and programs for anniversary concerts, lectures, films, exhibitions and other programs sponsored by the Zionist House.

Dates

  • undated, 1942-1989

Language of Materials

The collection is in English

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.

Historical Note

The Zionist House was an organization founded by Yoland Markson, Jacob Gordon, Eli Cohen, Irving Usen, Benjamin Ulin, Louis Levine, Dewey Stone, Harry Levine, Mendell Selig, and Fred Monosson on October 1, 1946 to provide recreational, educational, and physical outreach for individuals and Jewish organizations in Boston. It was located at 17 Commonwealth Avenue. The founders of the House felt a great responsibility in the wake of the establishment of Israel and pledged to help the state morally and financially. In 1951, the Zionist House was requested to participate in a plan for the codification of laws for Israel. As a result, the Harvard Law School-Israel Cooperative Research for Israel’s Legal Development was formed. Additionally, the Zionist House took many trips to Israel, and became aware of a lack of resources for deaf and mute children who were doubly handicapped due to the poor facilities and equipment available to them. The House provided auditory training units and other equipment to schools in Israel. They also helped establish trade schools and the donated clothing for newcomers in the Jerusalem Corridor.

The Zionist House worked with the Weizmann Institute, Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Haifa Institute of Technion, United Jewish Appeal, Israel Bonds, Jewish National Fund, and many other organizations and served as a meeting place for approximately 75 local and national Jewish organizations during its time.

References

  1. Materials from the collection.

Chronology

October 1, 1946
Zionist House was founded.
1951
Zionist House participates in a plan for the codification of laws for Israel.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Abstract

The Zionist House was an organization founded to provide recreational, educational, and physical outreach for individuals and Jewish organizations in Boston. This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, trustee meeting minutes, reports, clippings, newsletters, and programs for anniversary concerts, lectures, films, exhibitions and other programs sponsored by the organization.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bill and Rae Ginsburg, 1992.

Processing Information

Processsed by Hannah Yetwin, 2017
Title
Guide to the Zionist House (Boston, Mass.) Records, I-286
Author
Processed by Hannah Yetwin
Date
2017

Repository Details

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

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