Guide to the Records of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Boston Evening Branch
undated, circa 1982-1994

I-583

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD by Lindsay Sprechman in June 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fagan, Janet Zerlin
Title: National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Boston Evening Branch Records
Dates:undated, circa 1982-1994
Abstract: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Greater Boston Evening Branch was established as a section of the larger national organization in 1981. Originally called the Moonlighters of Greater Boston, the group went through a period as the Young Women’s Branch, before becoming the Evening Branch. The collection contains an incomplete run of newsletters from the section’s beginnings through 1993, as well as member correspondence, such as announcements and invitations. The collection as includes notes and minutes from some of the Young Women’s and Evening Branch board meetings.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box), 1 oversized folder.
Identification: I-583
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note
'Moonlighters of Greater Boston' newsletter of the NCJW, April 1983.

'Moonlighters of Greater Boston' newsletter of the NCJW, April 1983.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) was founded in Chicago in 1893 as an organization of volunteers and social activists who worked to improve the lives of women, children, and families through the application of grassroots community programs. Their mission focused on three overarching themes: religion, philanthropy, and education. Hannah Greenebaum Solomon, the group’s founder, was inspired by Jewish values and advocated for the preservation of Jewish traditions and culture, while also taking an interest in progressive social issues, from women’s suffrage to school lunch programs.

The organization expanded, and regional sections were established to provide locally focused services. Most were based in urban areas, and by 1905, there were seventy-two senior sections and twenty-six junior sections (for younger Jewish women) in the United States, including a section in Boston. Originally called the Boston Council for Jewish Women and established in 1897, program priorities in the Greater Boston area were focused around women’s issues, children and the young, aging, Jewish life, and Israel.

Other sections were developed in Boston, such as the NCJW Greater Boston Section and the NCJW Greater Boston Evening Branch, for women who preferred to attend meetings and activities at night. In 1993, these two sections combined to become the NCJW Greater Boston Section. In 2008, an office of NCJW opened in Brookline, Massachusetts to coordinate the network of local volunteers and advocate for the organization on public policy issues. The Greater Boston Section either ceased activities, or was incorporated into the statewide organization, around 2010.

References

Material from the collection.

Dobkowski, Michael N., ed. Jewish American Voluntary Organizations (New York: Greenwood Press, 1986), 334-342.

National Council of Jewish Women. “History.” Accessed May 6, 2015, <http://www.ncjw.org/content_85.cfm?navID=27>.

Rosen, Oded, ed. Encyclopedia of Jewish Institutions (Tel Aviv: Mosadot Publications, Inc., 1983), 161.

Sarna, Jonathan D., et al., eds. The Jews of Boston (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005), 230.

Chronology

1893National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is established.
1897Boston Council for Jewish Women is established.
1981NCJW Moonlighters of Greater Boston is established.
1984The Moonlighters is renamed the NCJW Greater Boston Young Women’s Branch.
1988The Young Women’s Branch is renamed the NCJW Greater Boston Evening Branch.
1993The NCJW Greater Boston Section and the Evening Branch combine to become the NCJW Greater Boston Section.
2008NCJW Massachusetts opens.
circa 2010The NCJW Greater Boston Section ceases activities.
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Scope and Content Note

The records of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Boston Evening Branch consist of an incomplete run of newsletters spanning the group’s operation between the years 1982 and 1994. Originally called the NCJW Moonlighters of Greater Boston, the branch went through two name changes before merging with the NCJW Greater Boston Branch, becoming the NCJW Greater Boston Young Women’s Branch in 1984 and the NCJW Greater Boston Evening Section in 1988. The run of newsletters here reflect these changes. Also included are mailings to group members, invitations, and announcements, as well as summaries of past programs put on by the Young Women’s and Evening Branches.

This collection was donated by Janet Zerlin Fagan, who was the original coordinator of the Moonlighters and on the board of the later permutations of the section. There are some pages of notes and minutes from board meetings, primarily from the period of the Young Women’s Branch and the Evening Branch, and a small group of correspondence. The collection is arranged in chronological order.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into a single 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

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National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section, I-469 (AJHS New York)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Boston Evening Branch Records; I-583; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Janet Zerlin Fagan in 2014.

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Series I: Records of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Boston Evening Branch, undated, circa 1982-1994

In English.
Box 1, Folders 1-5, 1 oversized folder.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1Collageundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Moonlighters Newsletters1982-1983request_box
12Young Women’s Branchundated, 1984-1988request_box
13Young Women’s Branch—Newsletters1984-1988request_box
14Evening Branchundated, 1988-19948request_box
15Evening Branch—Newsletters1988-1993request_box
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