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Alliance of American Lithuanian Jews of Philadelphia and Vicinity Records

Collection ID

SCRC 475

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Collection Summary 



Alliance of American Lithuanian Jews of Philadelphia and Vicinity Records





Collection ID

SCRC 475



Alliance of American Lithuanian Jews of Philadelphia and Vicinity



2 linear feet (2 boxes + 1 map folder)



Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries



Materials in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian.


Detailed Collection Information 


Historical Note

The Alliance of American Lithuanian Jews of Philadelphia and Vicinity was a volunteer run, non-profit organization established by American Lithuanian Jews in 1938. The organization’s mission was to provide relief to Jews at home and abroad, primarily those of Lithuanian descent. Membership was open to anyone supporting and contributing to the aims of the charitable society. Membership dues and voluntary contributions provided funding to support the organization’s charitable projects.


Description of Collection 

The collection includes administrative records, correspondence, and financial records including member dues books covering the years 1938 to 1992. Nearly half of the collection consists of project files on initiatives funded by the organization including a scholarship program for Israeli students and a building project known as “Sh’chunat Lite” near Tel Aviv that provided homes for Holocaust survivors and Soviet Jews who immigrated to Israel. Much of the correspondence in the collection is in Hebrew or Yiddish. There is a small amount of printed material in Russian.


Organization and Arrangement 

The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.



Patron Information 


Catalog Record 

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991037746007503811


Research Access 

Collection is open for research.


Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 


Publication and Copyright Information 

The Alliance of American Lithuanian Jews of Philadelphia and Vicinity Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The creator has not assigned its rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.  


Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Alliance of American Lithuanian Jews of Philadelphia and Vicinity Records, SCRC 475, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



Administrative Information 


Acquisition Information

Donated by the Alliance of American Lithuanian Jews of Philadelphia and Vicinity in August 1996. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.


Processing Information 

Initial processing conducted by Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center staff. Some folder titles edited for the sake of clarity, dates added, and finding aid prepared in November 2020 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist.  



Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:


Corporate Names:

Alliance of American Lithuanian Jews of Philadelphia and Vicinity



Fraternal organizations--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia


Jews, Lithuanian 




Philadelphia (Pa.) 


Material Types: 

Administrative records 

Articles of incorporation 

Bylaws (administrative records) 



Printed ephemera

Financial records 

Ledgers (account books) 

Legal documents 




Souvenir programs



Box   Folder   Description

1          1          Activities and projects          1964-1994

1          2          Anniversaries          1947-1988

1          3          Bequests: Chaitt, Jacob estate          1966-1990

1          4          Bequests: Shapiro, Esther estate          1975-1994

1          5          Bequests: Shegin, Adolph estate          1982-1989

1          6          Bequests: Tarshis, Gershon estate          1968-1972

1          7          Bequests: miscellaneous estates          1960-1990

M14          D          Charter          1944

1          8          Charter, constitution, and bylaws          1944-1951

1          9          Correspondence and meeting notices          1969-1994

1          10          Correspondence: Beinashovich, Rachmiel          1979-1987

1          11          Correspondence: Gefen, Aba          1986-1993

1          12          Correspondence: Histadrut          1951

1          13          Correspondence: Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia          1982-1990

1          14          Correspondence: Lithuanian organizations          1943-1988

1          15          Correspondence: Rubinstein, Ruven          1948-1960

1          16          Correspondence: Zilber, Eliezer          1991-1995

1          17          Financial records: accounts and expenses          1963-1975

1          18          Financial records: auditors correspondence          1946-1993

1          19          Financial records: audits          1946-1991

1          20          Financial records: building fund pledges          1950-1961

1          21          Financial records: cash receipts and disbursements          1967-1972

1          22          Financial records: dues book A-K          1938-1992

1          23          Financial records: dues book L-Z          1938-1992

2          1          Financial records: general journal          1983-1987

2          2          Financial records: trial balance          1959-1993

2          3          Financial records: trust fund correspondence          1969

2          4          Meeting agenda and reports          1981-1990

2          5          Photographs          undated

2          6          Projects: Association for Mutual Aid of Lithuanian Olim in Israel          1959-1982

2          7          Projects: housing colony          1950-1960

2          8          Projects: Lithuanian immigrants to Israel          1972-1979

2          9          Projects: memorial plaques          1973-1993

2          10          Projects: monument          1980-1981

2          11          Projects: parcels to Europe          1947-1983

2          12          Projects: scholarship recipients          1976-1995

2          13          Projects: scholarship recipients          1971-1984

2          14          Projects: scholarships          1966-1988

2          15          Projects: Tel Aviv Center construction          1950-1963

2          16          Projects: Tel Aviv Center lease          1981-1992

2          17          Projects: Tel Aviv Center lease sale          1982-1986

2          18          Projects: Tel Aviv Center newsletter "Gachelet"          1980-1995

2          19          Projects: Tel Aviv Center transfer to Technion          1992-1995

2          20          Tax exemption          1951-1982

2          21          Tax forms          1958-1985