Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society Records, 1870 1924

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Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society Records
Creator: Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: BJ.H44
Dates: 1870-1924
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society Records
Creator: Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society (Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: BJ.H44
Dates: 1870-1924
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society, also called the Jewish Ladies' Aid Hospital Society was founded on March 6, 1870. Earlier in 1865 the Jewish Women of Rochester, who until then had worked individually with the Hebrew Benevolent Society formed their own Society called the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society. A number of Jewish Women felt that their activity could be more differentiated and thereby made more useful, adding at the same time a social feature which would bring the different classes into closer communion, and so on March 6, 1870 thirty of them met and found the Jewish Ladies Aid and Hospital Society. It was a valuable help and did very faithful work in the relief of the poor.

The first officers were the following:

President: Mrs. E.S. Ettenheimer

Vice President: Mrs. S.M. Benjamin

Treasurer: Mrs. Henry Michaels

Secretary: Mrs. Samuel Rosenblatt

Asst. President: Mr. E.S. Ettenheimer

Asst. Secretary: Mr. Joseph Cauffman

Trustees: Mrs. Abram Wile, Mrs. Jacob Ettenheimer, Mrs.Isaac Sloman, Mrs.Sol. Cohn, Mrs. Jacob Katz

Committee to draft by-laws: Mrs. M. Van Bergh, Mrs. S. Guggenheimer

The object of the Society as stated in the Constitution was: "To assist poor and needy women and orphans and to maintain an interest in the Rochester City Hospital, to visit the Jewish ward at the Hospital and to report conditions from time to time."

The members decided to hold sewing meetings for the poor at the different houses, which was later changed, to twice a month, and devoted themselves to charitable activity with great zeal. They confined their work not to Rochester alone, but sent substantial donations to other communities stricken by great calamities.

In May 1871 they furnished a room in the new wing of the Rochester Hospital and have maintained it ever since. In October 1871 they sent a large box of clothing and shoes to Chicago after the great fire which had made many families homeless. In April 1872 they sent a donation to the Perisan Famine sufferers, and in October 1873 to the sufferers from the yellow fever at Memphis and Shreveport. Each year they made large contributions from their fund to the Hebrew Benevolent Society.

Scope and Content
The collection is comprised of three small volumes which contain itemized lists of goods and donations by year starting with 1871.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Jewish women
Women--Societies and clubs
Poor women--Services for
Charities
Women in charitable work
Records (Documents)
Account books
Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society (Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Genesee Book Shop (Weiss) in 1946.Access
The Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society Records is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society Records, BJ.H44, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Volume 1President's Reports, 1871-1917
Box 1, Volume 2Donation and Reception Committees: Account Book, 1871-1917
Box 1, Volume 3Relief Committees: Account Book, 1871-1924


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