United Jewish Organizations records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 721, 867, 939, 1657, 1994, 2477, 2973
.4 linear feet (1 box)

United Jewish Organizations (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Materials in English, Yiddish and Hebrew.
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.
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.

Collection Overview
The United Jewish Organizations records, 1889–1984, undated consist of a minute book written in Yiddish script covering organization meetings from 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.
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information
Donated by Herman Tuckman in 1984, Marvin Levinthal in 1989, Allen Meyers in 1996 and Ben Sturman in 1981, 1983 and 1992.
Processing Information
Collection processed and guide prepared in 2012 by Jessica Lydon, Project Archivist.
Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], United Jewish Organizations records, 1889-1984, Acc. 721, 867, 939, 1657, 1994, 2477, 2973, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Access points
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in the Temple University Libraries’ electronic catalog.

Corporate Name(s)
United Jewish Organizations (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Fraternal orders

Form/Genre Term(s)
Bylaws (administrative records)
Minute books
Religious calendars
Souvenir programs

Collection Inventory

Box Folder  Description

1     1          United Brothers Beneficial Association minute book, 1889–1898
1     2          Brith Achim Ball souvenir book, 1924 December 27
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