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Machine-readable finding aid created by Lindsay Sprechman in June 2019. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in June 2019. Description is in English.
An entry from Benkovitz's ledgers recording the marriage of Saul Silberberg and Eva Tatelbaum Singer on August 3, 1952 in Chelsea.
Rabbi Icik Benkovitz (also spelled Benkovits and Benkowitz) was born in 1853 in either Šiauliai or Anykščiai, Lithuania. He married his wife Malka, and they had four sons: Aaron, Svi, Alex, and Nechiama. In 1922, Benkovitz and his wife immigrated to the United States, settling in Chelsea, Massachusetts. That year, he became the rabbi at Zemach Zedeck (Tzemach Tzedek) in Chelsea, and in 1937, he also began serving as spiritual leader at Shaare Zion (known as the Orange Street Shul), also in Chelsea. Benkovitz died at the age of 110 on May 5, 1963, and before his death, was believed to be the oldest living rabbi in the United States.
Materials from this collection.
"Rites in Chelsea for Nation's Oldest Rabbi." Jewish Advocate, May 9, 1963, p. 1.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains ledgers recording marriage performed by Rabbi Icik Benkovitz. The ledgers give information including the names, ages, addresses, number of marriages, occupation birthplace, parents’ names (including maiden names) of both the groom and bride, as well as the date and location of the marriage. Photocopies of the marriage ledgers are included, as well as a searchable database. This collection also contains certificates (in Yiddish) of gets (divorces) Benkovitz administered.
The collection is arranged into a a single series as follows:
- Series I: Rabbi Icik Benkovitz Papers, 1922-1956
Access and Use
This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Rabbi Icik Benkovitz Papers; JHCP-0005; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.
Donated by Leon Benkovitz and Michael Benkovitz, 2018.
This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
- Divorce records--Massachusetts--Chelsea
- Marriage records--Massachusetts-Chelsea
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series I: Rabbi Icik Benkovitz Papers, 1922-1956
Scope and Content:
See Collection Scope and Content Note.
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