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First Soroker Bessarabier Mutual Aid Society Records

Identifier: RG 832

Scope and Contents

Pinkas (record book) of the hevrah kadisha (burial society), 1910-1953, including minutes, rules, names of officers and deceased society members. Golden book (record of deaths of members). Materials from Soroki relating to relief activities of American landslayt, 1920s-1930s. Memorial book of the Jewish hospital in Soroki, 1922. Materials pertaining to trip of Morris Seltzer to Soroki for distribution of relief funds, 1925. Personal materials, book of memoirs about Soroki by David Seltzer. Correspondence. Anniversary journals. Endowment fund report. Photographs of Soroki, 1920s-1930s. Constitution, First Soroker Bessarabian Ladies Aid Society. Materials pertaining to the Bessarabian Federation of American Jews. Address list of the First Soroker Ladies Aid Society.


  • Creation: 1910-1950s


Biographical / Historical

Founded in New York in 1897 by immigrants from Soroki (Romanian: Soroca), Moldavia. Activities included extensive relief work for the home town in the 1920s and 1930s and for landslayt in Israel in the 1950s. Worked with the Soroker Relief in the U.S., a central organization composed of First Soroker Mutual Aid, Soroker Young Friends B.E.L., First Soroker Bessarabier Ladies. Merged in the 1930s with the Seltzer Lodge. Supported the Bessarabian Federation of American Jews after World War II.


4 Boxes (2 5" legal, 1 3" legal, 1 3" OS)

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