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National Council of Jewish Women Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6301 / MF 778

Scope and Content Note

Case files (containing correspondence, handwritten notes, application forms, documents, and affidavits) in addition to general correspondence, speeches, brochures, and newspaper clippings from the Immigration and Naturalization Office of the National Council of Jewish Women, Worcester Section, regarding assistance provided to Jewish immigrants and permanent residents seeking citizenship from the 1930s to the 1970s. Case files include office correspondence with individuals, Jewish social service agencies, lawyers in the United States and Germany, and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Some case files also contain correspondence and personal statements in support of reparations claims filed with the West German government.

Dates

  • 1936-1982

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in English, German, Hebrew, Russian, and Polish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed. Use MF 778

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

The following files contain medical information and are not available for research: Herman, Frieda (Weissman); Hershfield, Vered; Kempler, Zacharias; Rosenfield, Esther; Stern, Philip

Historical Note

The National Council of Jewish Women was founded in 1893 by Hannah Greenebaum Solomon, making it the oldest Jewish women’s volunteer organization in America. The NCJW’s founding document declared its dedication to religious, philanthropic, and educational causes. The organization grew rapidly during the early twentieth century, with sections in cities across the United States and representatives in Europe. The NCJW’s broad interests, active membership and cooperation with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations contributed to its position as a leader among women’s social reform agencies.

From the 1890s, the NCJW took a particular interest in assisting immigrant Jews. The Immigration and Naturalization Office of the Worcester Section, founded in 1904, was one of many local NCJW offices that provided guidance to individuals and families during the application process for permanent residency and citizenship.

From the 1930s through the 1960s the office primarily assisted Jewish refugees and displaced persons from Germany, Russia, and Poland. However, the office also provided assistance to many Jewish residents who had arrived from Eastern Europe in the earlier decades of the century, as well as Jews who left the Soviet Union in the 1970s.The following women served as head of the Worcester Section Immigration and Naturalization Office: Dorice Grace (through 1947); Lillian (Mrs. Eugene) Kretzmer (1947-1977); Lois A. (Mrs. Myles) Lopatin (1977- ?).

Extent

6.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Case files (containing correspondence, handwritten notes, application forms, documents, and affidavits) in addition to general correspondence, speeches, brochures, and newspaper clippings from the Immigration and Naturalization Office of the National Council of Jewish Women, Worcester Section, regarding assistance provided to Jewish immigrants and permanent residents seeking citizenship from the 1930s to the 1970s. Case files include office correspondence with individuals, Jewish social service agencies, lawyers in the United States and Germany, and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Some case files also contain correspondence and personal statements in support of reparations claims filed with the West German government.

Arrangement

  1. Series 1: Correspondence and Office Files; 1947-1982
  2. Series 2: Case Files; 1936-1976

Microfilm

Collection is available on 13 reels of microfilm (MF 778).
  1. Reel 1: Misc. Correspondence: 1947-1975 - Altmann
  2. Reel 2: Ancona-Bulikowski
  3. Reel 3: Burack–Elliott
  4. Reel 4: Ellowitz–Fishman
  5. Reel 5: Fishman–Gendelman
  6. Reel 6: Gewandter–Heidemann
  7. Reel 7: Heller–Kaze
  8. Reel 8: Kelen-Levenson
  9. Reel 9: Levenson-Mendel
  10. Reel 10: Mendel-Richter
  11. Reel 11: Ritz-Sandy
  12. Reel 12: Savatsky-Sigel
  13. Reel 13: Sigel-Zederman
Title
Guide to the National Council of Jewish Women Collection, 1936-1982 AR 6301 / MF 778
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 07, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
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