Guide to the Papers of the Richard Winer Family, undated, 1891-1999

Processed by Madison Flashenburg

Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Madison Flashenburg as MS Word document, October 2013. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on June 17, 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Richard A. Winer
Richard Winer Family
Title: Richard Winer Family Papers
Dates:undated, 1891-1999
Abstract: Richard Winer was born in 1927 in Salem, Massachusetts. An active member of the Jewish community, he was a past President of Temple Shalom and founder and former President of the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore. This collection includes a variety of marriage, birth and naturalization certificates, photographs, news clippings, and programs pertaining to family activities and family members, including Max Winer, Louis Winer, Benjamin Winer and Dorothy Winer.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (1 manuscript box)
Identification: P-983
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Richard A. Winer1

Dr. Richard A. Winer was born on October 20, 1927 in Salem, Massachusetts to Meyer and Dorothy Winer. He graduated from Saltonstall School on June 18, 1941 and then attended Salem High School, where he played football. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and Tufts Dental School. He was a practicing endodontist in Salem from 1954 until his retirement in 1992. An active member of the community, Dr. Winer created a protective plan to avert mouth injuries for Salem High school’s grid team, spoke on dental health, was a member of multiple city committees, and was president of the community council. He was also the founder and president of the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore and president of Temple Shalom.

Max Winer and his sons, Louis and Meyer Winer

Dr. Winer held a similar community spirit to his grandfather, Max Winer. Max, born April 15, 1862 in Kovno, Lithuania to Maurice and Rebecca Vedoclefsky, was the third of six children. At the age of twenty-one, he married Blume Dembo, left her in the care of his family, and immigrated to the United States. He arrived in New York, adopted the name Winer, and soon after, moved to Massachusetts. He arrived in Boston and quickly moved to Salem, where he began his peddling business. In 1885, Blume joined him in America. Two years later, their first child, Rose, was born. Their second child, Meyer (Richard’s father) was born in 1890. One year later, Max was the first Winer to become an American citizen and their third child, Louis, was born. Despite the many challenges they faced, Max and Blume worked hard and were able to arrange passage for relatives to come over from Kovno, all while ensuring their three children were educated.

Max ran a retail clothing store for forty years. The New England Supply Company, founded in 1895, later had a name change to Winer’s Specialty Shop. It flourished until 1919 when Max offered to the … “people of Greater Salem the benefits of a selling-out sale with every garment in the store at a ridiculously low price, utterly ignoring former prices or cost.”

When Max arrived in Salem, there were only two other prominent Jewish families living there, and no organized Jewish community. Max was an essential player in the formation of the first Jewish congregation in Salem and served as Congregation Sons of Jacob’s first president in 1898. He also arranged for the purchase of land in Danvers for the first Jewish cemetery. By 1920, there were over 400 Jewish families in the community. Max and Blume’s children also became active in the Jewish community.

Max Winer died in 1939, leaving a legacy of community spirit, family unity, and religious commitment.


April 15, 1862 Max Winer born in Kovno, Lithuania.
1883 Max Winer married Blume Dembo.
1883 Max Winer immigrated to the United States.
1885 Blume Dembo arrived in the United States.
1887 Rose Winer born.
1890 Meyer Winer born.
1891 Max Winer became an American citizen.
1891 Louis Winer born.
1895 Max Winer founded The New England Supply Company.
1898 Congregation Sons of Jacob was founded; Max was the first President.
1912 Meyer Winer graduated from Harvard Dental School.
1914 Louis Winer graduated from Boston University Law School.
October 20, 1927 Richard A. Winer born in Salem, Massachusetts.
1939 Max Winer died.
1958 Rose Winer died.
1975 Meyer Winer died.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes various certificates, including birth, marriage and naturalization certificates, as well as those referencing organizational work; booklets, pamphlets and newspaper clippings about family members and related activities; and various photographs of the Winer family and friends.

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The collection is arranged into 3 series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

Louis Winer Papers (unprocessed)

Temple Shalom, Salem, Massachusetts (I-553)

Records of Aleph Zadik Aleph (I-555)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Richard Winer Family Papers; P-983; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore in 2013.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Series I: Certificates, 1847-1972

Box 1, Folders 1-2.

Arranged by type of certificate.

Scope and Content:

This series includes personal certificates associated with the Winer family, such as certificates of naturalization, marriage licenses, birth certificates, diplomas, a certificate of confirmation, and a military honor. It also includes organizational certificates, including certificates from the Free Masons and the Temple Shalom Sisterhood. The series is arranged into categories of personal and organizational, and then chronologically.

1 1 Personal 1847-1972 request_box
1 2 Organizations 1923, 1962-1968 request_box
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Series II: General, 1923/2000

Box 1, Folders 3-6.

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content:

This series is comprised of general information about the Winer family, including a published booklet on the Winer family history, an ‘In Memoriam’ pamphlet from Dorothy Winer’s funeral, Richard Winer’s baby book, and a list of descendants of Mordechi Mickleshanski. Other family items include a pamphlet from the 1969 New England Drama Festival, in which Dorothy Winer was the Swampscott High School drama director, a letter from the Marblehead Historical Society, and an envelope with notes about some of the collection’s photographs, most likely belonging to Richard Winer. This series also includes newspaper clippings about various family members (Max Winer, Richard Winer, Benjamin Winer, and Steve Winer) as well as Dorothy Winer’s checkbook for the Salem Hadassah. The general documents are arranged chronologically within each respective category.

1 3 Family History 1927, 1982-1995 request_box
1 4 Miscellaneous 1969, 2000 request_box
1 5 Newspaper Clippings 1907-1999 request_box
1 6 Salem Hadassah 1945-1946 request_box
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Series III: Photographs, undated, 1897-1982

Box 1, Folders 10-12.

Arranged by subjects.

Scope and Content:

Included in this series are the photographs of the Winer family, extended family and friends. They are arranged by person and chronological order.

1 7 Dorothy and Meyer Winer 1897-1955 request_box
1 8 Rose and Louis Winer undated, 1907, 1913 request_box
1 9 General undated, 1909, 1915, 1959, 1982 request_box
1 10 Extended Family and Friends - A-M undated, 1905, 1907, 1916 request_box
1 11 Extended Family and Friends - N-Z undated, 1915 request_box
1 12 Miscellaneous undated, 1911 request_box
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