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Machine-readable finding aid created by Amir Zelinger in August 2018. Finding aid was encoded by Amir Zelinger and Lindsay Sprechman in August 2018 and February 2019. Description is in English.
|Creator:||Congregation Anshei Libovitz (Boston, Mass.)|
|Title:||Congregation Anshei Libovitz (Boston, Mass.) Records|
|Languages:||The collection is in English and Yiddish.|
|Quantity:||3.5 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes and 1 OS box)|
|Repository:||Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS|
|Location:||Located in Boston, Mass.|
Minutes (in Yiddish) from a 1907 meeting.
Congregation Anshei Libovitz was founded in 1890. In 1898 or 1899, the congregation left its old synagogue in Downtown Boston and purchased the African Meeting House at 8 Smith Court in Beacon Hill. This building, which had previously belonged to the First African Baptist Church (the first black church in Boston) and served as a center of the abolitionist movement, was the congregation’s synagogue until 1972 when it was sold to the Museum of Afro-American History. The congregation’s cemetery is located in Woburn, Massachusetts.
Clingan, Carol. “Massachusetts Synagogues and Their Records, Past and Present.” http://jgsgb.org/pdfs/MassSynagogues.pdf
Horton, James Oliver. Landmarks of African American History. 57-58. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005
Kaufman, David. “Temples in the American Athens: A History of the Synagogues of Boston." In The Jews of Boston, edited by Jonathan D. Sarna, Ellen Smith, and Scott Martin Kosofsky, 188. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.
|1890||Congregation Anshei Libovitz is founded.|
|1862||The congregation purchases and moves to 8 Smith Court in Beacon Hill.|
|1863||The congregation closes and sells its building to the Museum of African American History Boston.|
Scope and Content Note
This collection has two main areas of focus: minute books and financial records. The minute books contain information about the congregation’s finances and management and provide information about the congregation’s relations with other Jewish institutions and synagogues in Boston. The bulk of the financial records document the monthly fees paid by the congregation’s members, and include personal information about the members such as their names and home addresses.
The collection is arranged into a four series as follows:
- Series I: Minute Books, 1907-1964
- Series II: Financial Records, 1930-1965
- Series III: Miscellaneous, undated, 1894-1963
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Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Congregation Anshei Libovitz (Boston, Mass.) Records; I-103; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.
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This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
- Jewish cemeteries
- Synagogues--Organization and administration.
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series I: Minute Books, 1907-1964
Scope and Content:
This series contains minute books with protocols from the congregation’s meetings. The first three books (for the years 1907-1915, 1923-1928, and 1928-1936) are in Yiddish, and the last book (for the years 1955-1964) is in English. The protocols contain discussions about the day-to-day management of the synagogue and the congregation’s finances, often in relation to technical issues like renovation works in the synagogue and the cemetery. They also provide details about monetary donations and physical donations of Torah books made by the congregation to support other local synagogues and Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish Memorial Hospital and the Vilna Shul, as well as contains discussions about the acceptance of new members.
Series II: Financial Records, 1930-1965
Scope and Content:
This series contains cash books and financial ledgers that document the expenses and incomes of the congregation. Some of the ledgers, as well as the book with the payments for the “Chanukah Club,” provide information about members’ names and home addresses. They reflect their concentration in the West End as well as in the neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester, and, increasingly since the 1940s, in communities west of Boston, especially Brookline and Newton. The ledgers of the Chevra Kadisha record the expenses and incomes of the cemetery.
|2||6||Chanukah Club Ledger||1936-1937|
|3||1||Chevra Kadisha Ledger||1937-1944|
|5OS||1||Chevra Kadisha Ledger||1964|
Series III: Miscellaneous, undated, 1894-1963
Scope and Content:
This series contains miscellaneous materials, including a book with the bylaws of the congregation, lists by Chevra Kadisha with an outline of the cemetery plot, entry tickets to High Holidays prayers, a thank you note for a donation made by the congregation to the Jewish National Fund, receipts for different services acquired by the congregation, and a short summary (in English) of the meeting minutes from the years 1907-1914 that highlights the renovations made at the synagogue during that period.
|4||3||Constitution and Bylaws||1894-1934|
|4||5||Chevra Kadisha List and Cemetery Plot||undated, 1924|