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United Jewish Organizations (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID

SCRC 446

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Collection Summary 

United Jewish Organizations (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records


Collection ID
SCRC 446

United Jewish Organizations (Philadelphia, Pa.)

0.4 linear feet (1 box)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew.


Detailed Collection Information 

Historical Note
The United Jewish Organizations was incorporated on July 28, 1889 as the United Brothers Beneficial Association/Brith Achim Beneficial Association. The beneficial association is a membership organization, initially for Jewish males, whose purpose is to promote brotherhood and friendship through social activities and provide mutual aid and assistance to members in need. Members are eligible for aid in times of sickness and financial distress. Members also receive death benefits to cover funeral costs in the event a spouse or child passes away. In 1914, the English form of the organization’s name was dropped and the beneficial association became known only as Brith Achim. The name United Jewish Organizations was assumed circa 1974 when Brith Achim merged with Elisavetgrad Beneficial Association, Smeler Untershtutzung Verein, Zwenigorodker Beneficial Association, Sholom Aleichem Pereyaslover Beneficial Association and Kalisher-Stavistisher Beneficial Association.

Description of Collection 
The collection consists of a minute book written in Yiddish script covering organization meetings 1889-1898, constitution and by-laws in both Hebrew and English, meeting notices and the monthly bulletins for members, annual banquet and anniversary programs and souvenir ephemera. The collection shows the diversity of social activities organized and provided for the membership as well as the scope, type and amount of aid disbursed to needy members.

Organization and Arrangement 
Folders are arranged chronologically with undated materials at the end.


Patron Information 

Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: [URL]

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 United Jewish Organizations (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The creator/donor 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], United Jewish Organizations records, 1889-1984, SCRC 446, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Administrative Information 

Acquisition Information
Donated by Herman Tuckman in 1984, Marvin Levinthal in 1989, Allen Meyers in 1996 and Ben Sturman in 1981, 1983 and 1992. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.

Processing Information 
Collection processed and guide prepared in 2012 by Jessica Lydon, Project Archivist. Finding aid reformatted and patron and administrative information updated in February 2020.


Index Terms

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

Corporate Names:
United Jewish Organizations (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Societies, etc.

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types: 
Bylaws (administrative records)
Minutes (administrative records)
Souvenir programs


Collection Inventory

Box   Folder   Description

1          1          United Brothers Beneficial Association minute book          1889–1898

1          2          Brith Achim Ball souvenir book          December 27, 1924

1          3          Constitution and by-laws          1939, 1974, undated

1          4          Miscellaneous financial reports and records          circa 1942, 1974, 1984

1          5          Brith Achim Beneficial Association dues card          1944

1          6          Monthly bulletins and meeting notices          1952, 1983

1          7          65th and 75th anniversary programs          1954, 1964

1          8          Monthly bulletins and meeting notices          1979–1990

1          9          Annual banquet programs          1979, 1982, 1983

1          10         Monthly wall calendars          1980-1983

1          11         Brith Achim Beneficial Association pin          undated

1          12         United Brothers Beneficial Association membership ribbon          undated