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Independent Order of Brith Abraham, Dr. Gaster Lodge, No. 689 (Boston, Mass.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-104

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains an address book of members in Yiddish, a few blank invitations for meetings, a financial ledger, and membership ledger. The financial ledger lists members’ names in the back of the book, and includes the minutes to a 1917 meeting of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, Local 171. Both ledgers are wrapped in tissue and should be handled with care.

Dates

  • undated, 1913-1918

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English 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.

Historical Note

The Independent Order of Brith Abraham was a Jewish fraternity society headquartered in New York City. It was founded in 1887 after breaking away from its parent society, the Order Brith Abraham (founded 1859.) As a fraternal society it offered sick, death and funeral benefits for members, with both male and female members. In 1981 it merged with B'nai Zion, which is no longer in existence.

References

  1. "Brith Abraham." magnumArchive.com. The Encyclopedia Americana Corporation, 1918. Web. 22 Apr 2011. (http://www.magnumarchive.com/c/encyclopedia-americana-volume-4/Brith-Abraham.html).
  2. "Jewish Orders." Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum. Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum, 2010. Web. 21 Apr 2011. (http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/fraternalism/jewish_orders.htm).
  3. Materials from the collection.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Abstract

The Independent Order of Brith Abraham was a Jewish fraternity society headquartered in New York City. It was founded in 1887 after breaking away from its parent society, the Order Brith Abraham (founded 1859.) As a fraternal society it offered sick, death and funeral benefits for members, with both male and female members. In 1981 it merged with B’nai Zion, which is no longer in existence. The Dr. Gaster Lodge, No. 689, was most likely named for Dr. Moses Gaster, a Jewish scholar and Zionist. This collection contains an address book of members in Yiddish, a few blank invitations for meetings, a financial ledger, and membership ledger. The financial ledger includes minutes to a 1917 meeting of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, Local 171. Both ledgers are wrapped in tissue and should be handled with care.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Stephanie Call, 2011
Title
Guide to the Independent Order of Brith Abraham, Dr. Gaster Lodge, No. 689 (Boston, Mass.) Records, I-104
Author
Reprocessed by Stephanie Call
Date
2011

Repository Details

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

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