Guide to the Jewish Federation of the North Shore
undated, circa 1926-2007

I-572

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD by Stephanie Call on April 29, 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Federation of the North Shore
Title: Jewish Federation of the North Shore Records
Dates:undated, circa 1926-2007
Abstract: The Jewish Federation of the North Shore was founded in 1938 in Lynn, Massachusetts with the objective to support organizations that helped enrich the Jewish community on the North Shore and abroad. After a period of declining donations and to consolidate services, the JFNS Board of Directors voted to merge the organization with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in 2013. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings and publications from JFNS, as well as a large group of photographs and documents produced for the Board of Directors in the early 21st century.
Languages: The collection is in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)
Identification: I-572
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Senator Edward Markey receiving an award from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore for his efforts on behalf of Soviet Jewry, October 1980.

The Jewish Federation of the North Shore (JFNS) was founded in 1938 in Lynn, Massachusetts. There was a large and thriving Jewish community north of Boston, and JFNS was founded to raise money to support organizations that helped enrich both the local and international Jewish communities. The agency sponsored trips to Israel and helped underwrite programming at a number of North Shore organizations, including the Jewish Family Service, the Jewish Historical Society, Cohen Hillel Academy, the Jewish Journal, and two North Shore Jewish community centers. Additionally, they allocated money for health and family services, education, and leadership development through fundraising campaigns led by groups inside the agency, such as the Women’s Division and the Jewish Community Foundation, as well as through collaborative efforts with other charitable organizations, like the United Jewish Appeal.

Starting in the 1960s, Jewish families began migrating to suburbs south and west of Boston. The reduction in population led to a decline in donations for JFNS. To consolidate services and reduce redundancy of coverage area, the JFNS Board of Directors voted to merge the organization with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) in 2013.

The Federation of Jewish Charities of Boston (FJC) was established in 1895. Through a series of mergers and reorganizations, FJC eventually formed into the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in the 1960s. It is the oldest federated Jewish philanthropy in the United States and the largest Jewish charity in New England. A complete history of the organization can be found in the finding aid for the organization’s records, “Guide to the Records of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston, MA),” I-220.

References

Information used in this finding aid is derived from the following sources:

Materials from the collection.

“Our History,” Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Accessed November 29, 2014), <http://www.cjp.org/about-us/our-history>

Rosenberg, Steven A. “Jewish groups set to merge,” boston.com May 26, 2013 (Accessed November 29, 2014), <http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/05/25/jewish-federation-cjp-merge-july/zTdl9QwqMNDEDuqdxsuDzJ/story.html>

Jewish Federation of the North Shore

1895Federation of Jewish Charities of Boston is founded.
1938Jewish Federation of the North Shore is founded.
2013JFNS merges with Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore contain materials relating to the operations of the organization, particularly during the early 2000s. This includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and publications from JFNS and its associated charities, as well as a manual produced for members of the JFNS Board of Directors. Half of the first series is made up of photographs, the bulk of which are from the late 1990s into the early 2000s and depict events organized by the JFNS Women’s Division.

JFNS associated with a number of other Jewish organizations, and a small portion of this collection is devoted to records related to these organizations, including the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, United Jewish Appeal, American Jewish Congress, Council of Jewish Federations, B’nai B’rith, and Jewish National Fund. The majority of this content consists of publications produced by the organizations and some newspaper clippings. However, the CJP records include minutes from meetings of the Board of Directors, donor reports, and fundraising banquet ticket lists.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives 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
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Boston Jewish Community Relations Council, I-123

Combined Jewish Philanthropies, I-220

Jewish Family and Children’s Service (Boston, MA), I-218

Jewish Family Services of the North Shore (Salem, MA), I-557

Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (unprocessed)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Federation of the North Shore Records; I-572; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

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

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Container List

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Series I: Internal Proceedings and Activities, undated, 1926-2007

In English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Box 1, folders 1-12.
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains records by and about the Jewish Federation of the North Shore’s activities. Half of the series is made up of photographs, many taken during events organized by the JFNS Women’s Division in the late 1990s and early 2000s. A few other photographs date from the 1920s into the 1960s. Also included is a manual provided to members of the JFNS Board of Directors in 2003 and related correspondence.

Additionally, this series contains a folder of periodicals and pamphlets published by JFNS, ranging in date from 1957 to 2007. Another folder of general correspondence and newspaper clippings has a group of papers related to the 2004 JFNS-organized effort to achieve a Guinness World Record for the most shofars blown in unison.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Board of Directors–Correspondence 1985-2004request_box
12Board of Directors–Mailing Lists (Restricted) undatedrequest_box
13Board of Directors–Manual2003request_box
14General Correspondence and Clippings undated, 1934-2004request_box
15Photographs undated, 1926-2002request_box
16Photographs undated, 1926-2002request_box
17Photographs undated, 1926-2002request_box
18Photographs undated, 1926-2002request_box
19Photographs undated, 1926-2002request_box
110Photographs undated, 1926-2002request_box
111Photographs undated, 1926-2002request_box
112Publications undated, 1957-2007request_box
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Series II: Other Jewish Organizations, undated, 1927-2003

In English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Box 2, Folders 1-4.
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically

Scope and Content:

This series mostly contains publications by and newspaper clippings about Jewish organizations associated with the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. One folder holds assorted publications from the American Jewish Congress, Council of Jewish Federations, Jewish National Fund, and B’nai B’rith. Another folder includes annual reports, a yearbook, and two periodicals published by the United Jewish Appeal, along with a small group of newspaper clippings about UJA-sponsored events.

Two folders relate to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and primarily contain records from the late 1920s to the 1940s when the organization was called the Federation of Jewish Charities. The records include Board of Directors meeting minutes from 1927 through 1933, donor reports from 1933 to 1944, and ticket lists for two fundraising banquets held in 1938 and 1939. Also found here is the report of the Long Range Planning Commission of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, documenting a survey conducted over eight years in the 1960s to examine the needs of the Jewish population in Greater Boston.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Combined Jewish Philanthropies–Events undated, 1938-1941request_box
22Combined Jewish Philanthropies–General Business undated, 1927-2003request_box
23Miscellaneous Organizations undated, 1928-1985request_box
24United Jewish Appealundated, 1938-1986request_box
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