Guide to the Papers of Philip Epstein, undated, circa 1951-1994

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Epstein, Philip D.
Title: Philip Epstein Papers
Dates:undated, circa 1951-1994
Abstract: Philip D. Epstein was a trial attorney from 1941 to 1999 and a veteran of World War II. He was active in the Jewish community of Marblehead, Massachusetts and worked with a number of veterans support organizations, such as the National Jewish Welfare Board and Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. He served two terms as Commander of JWV Post 656 Marblehead-Swampscott. The material in the collection includes correspondence, announcements, meeting minutes, membership rosters, and publications primarily concerning his tenure as JMV commander.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 Manuscript box)
Identification: P-989
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note

Philip D. Epstein (1918-2004)1

Philip D. Epstein was born December 12, 1918 to Philip and Dora (Cohen) Epstein in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Boston University and Hebrew Teachers College in Boston before returning to Boston University to pursue a degree in law. He was a trial attorney from 1941 to 1999.

Epstein served with the Twelfth Air Force from 1942 to 1946 during World War II. After he was discharged from the Air Force, he participated in a variety of community and veterans support activities in the Marblehead and Lynn, Massachusetts area. He was one of the founders of Temple Sinai of Marblehead and Swampscott and Cohen-Hillel Academy in Marblehead. He served as president of the Lynn Hebrew School and was one of the first recipients of the KLAL Yisroel Excellence in Jewish Education Award given by the Bureau of Jewish Education in Boston. He also worked with organizations under the umbrella of the National Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) in a number of capacities: board member of the Jewish Community Center in Lynn; Chairman of the Armed Services USO Committee of Greater Lynn; and panelist at the 1954 biennial conference of the JWB.

In 1952, Epstein became the first commander of Post 656 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV). The post served Marblehead and Swampscott and was inducted into the JWV on January 31, 1952, with support from Lynn Post 32. Epstein was commander from 1952 to 1953 but returned for another one-year term in 1963. In the intervening years, he served in an advisory role as a Past Commander. He was also appointed as Deputy Judge Advocate for the JWV Department of Massachusetts under Department Commander William Carmen, a position he held for three years.

Epstein’s wife, Louise, died in 1999. The following year, he moved to Albany, New York. He died on June 1, 2004 after a brief illness.


1918 Philip D. Epstein born
1941 Begins practicing law
1942 Joins the United States Air Force
1946 Discharged from the Air Force
1952 Serves one-year term as Commander of Post 656
1954 Speaks at the JWB biennial conference
1954-1957 Serves as Deputy Judge Advocate of JWV Department of Massachusetts
1963 Serves one-year term as Commander of Post 656
1999 Louise R. (Bender) Epstein dies
1999 Retires from practicing law
2000 Moves to Albany, New York
2004 Philip Epstein dies
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Scope and Content Note

The Philip Epstein Papers contain records relating to Epstein’s community and veterans support activities, with the materials focusing primarily on his two terms as Commander of JWV Post 656 Marblehead-Swampscott. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, announcements, and meeting minutes, though there are a few publications produced by organizations of which he was a member and photocopied newspaper clippings. The collection is arranged chronologically.

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The collection is arranged into a single 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

National Jewish Welfare Board Records, I-337

Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Records, I-32

Jewish War Veterans, Post 31, Lynn, Massachusetts Records (unprocessed)(AJHS Boston)

Temple Sinai (Swampscott, Mass.) Records

Lynn Hebrew School Records (unprocessed)(AJHS Boston)

Bureau of Jewish Education Records, I-120

Bureau of Jewish Education—Boston, Massachusetts Records, I-497

Col. Bernard L. Gorfinkle Papers, P-664

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Philip Epstein Papers; P-989; 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

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Container List

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Series I: Philip Epstein Papers, undated, circa 1951-1994

Box 1.

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

1 1 National Jewish Welfare Board undated, 1951-1954 request_box
1 2 First Term, JWV Post 656—General Business undated, 1952-1953 request_box
1 3 First Term, JWV Post 656—Events 1952-1953 request_box
1 4 JWV Department of Massachusetts Deputy Judge Advocate undated, 1954-1956 request_box
1 5 Second Term, JWV Post 656—Membership Rosters 1962-1963 request_box
1 6 Second Term, JWV Post 656—General Business undated, 1963 request_box
1 7 Second Term, JWV Post 656—Events undated, 1962-1965 request_box
1 8 Second Term, JWV Post 656—Financial Documents 1963-1964, 1966 request_box
1 9 Second Term, JWV Post 656—“Chai” Scholarship Program undated, 1963 request_box
1 10 Second Term, JWV Post 656—“Classmates Today—Neighbors Tomorrow” Program undated, 1963, 1993-1994 request_box
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