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Records of the Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia

Identifier: I-241

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of two scrap books containing newspaper clippings, correspondence, invitations and programs pertaining to the activities of the Philadelphia Young Men's & Young Women's Hebrew Association. (1897-1898, 1907-1910); periodical publications: The Review (1907-1921, 1931-1935, 1936-1945, 1946-1956, 1957-1975), YWHA Messenger (1923), The Associate (1902-1903), The Associate Bulletin (1881-1882); an undated typescript "extracts from minutes" covering the period 1875-1877, and other miscellaneous printed material such as programs, essays and addresses.

Correspondence and brochures from the Jewish Y's and Centers of Greater Philadelphia, Friends of Neighborhood Centre, and the Jewish Women's Resource Center (NY, NY) are also included in this collection.


  • undated, 1881-1975


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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Historical Note

The Young Men's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia was founded in 1875 and provided Jewish men with a social setting for education and entertainment. Women had limited participation in the group's activities until 1920, when a separate Hebrew Association was formed (Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia) and allowed local Jewish women to participate in similar social activites. The two organizations soon shared facilities and officially merged in 1924 to form the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association (YM-YWHA). The YM-YWHA offered numerous clubs, athletic leagues, and educational opportunities for the entire community. They also established summer camps in the Philadelphia suburbs, including Camp Reeta and Camp Arthur, which operated from 1926 to the mid-1990s. The YM-YWHA established many branches over the course of its operation and was affiliated with several similar organizations.


2 Linear Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of document scrap books, publications, meeting minutes, as well as programs, essays and addresses pertaining to the community activities of the Young Men's Hebrew Association, the Young Women's Hebrew Association, and their merged assocation, the YM-YWCA.


This collection is intellectually organized into three series, based on the evolution of the organization.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Related Material

The American Jewish Historical Society holds several other YMHA collections, including Boston, St. Louis, and New York City.

Guide to the Records of the Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia, undated, 1881-1975 I-241
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2016-10-21: PDF box list converted to dsc. Finding aid encoding revised by Janine Veazue.
  • February 2021: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States