Guide to the Records of the Women's Palestine Agricultural Association, Undated, 1933-1968 [Bulk 1954-1968]

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Women's Palestine Agricultural Association
Title: Women's Palestine Agricultural Association Records
Dates:undated, 1933-1968 [Bulk 1954-1968]
Abstract: The Women's Palestine Agricultural Association, Palagrass, was an organization founded in Boston in the 1920s. Inspired by the work of Rahel Ben-Zvi, Palagrass was established to aid in the agricultural development of Palestine, and later, Israel. This collection contains correspondence, financial records, programs, photographs and membership information.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 Half-Manuscript Box)
Identification: I-294
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note 1

The Women's Palestine Agricultural Association, the Palagrass, was a Boston area women's organization committed to the development of agriculture and vocational causes for girls in Palestine/Israel. The group began around 1929 following a visit to Boston by Rahel Ben Zvi, which inspired several local women to take up the cause on behalf of the women of Palestine.

The group took on a number of projects to ensure the advancement of the region's agriculture, often working in cooperation with Rahel Ben Zvi and the programs and schools she personally supported, as well as Pioneer Women (now Na'amat USA), The Women's Labor Zionist Organization of America, and Moetzet Hapoalot (Working Women's Council). Their activities included raising funds for the Girls Farm School in Talipot, Jerusalem, the Hannah Chizik House in Tel Aviv, the Agricultural School in Hadera. Their donations helped allow these programs to be built and maintained, and operate independently, thus providing agricultural and vocational opportunities to girls and refugee children. The Palagrass and its sister organizations viewed the development and advancement of agriculture and women's position as key principles for the success of a Jewish state.


1955 $500 given for a farm school in Jerusalem.
$3000 given to Pioneer Women, The Women’s Labor Zionist Organization of America.
1957 $2000 given to Pioneer Women for the Hanna Chizik House in Tel Aviv.
1958 $3000 given to the Hanna Chizik House.
1959 $3500 given to the Hanna Chizik House.
Certificate given to “Palagrass” in recognition of $3000 worth of State of Israel bonds sold.
1964 Rose Weinstock is elected president of Women’s Palestine Agricultural Association.
$10,000 project undertaken to build two rooms at the Agricultural School in Hadera.
1966 $3000 donated for the building of the two rooms in Hadera.
1968 $2132 donated to the Pioneer Women for the Moetzet Hapoalot quota.
$318.05 raised for the school in Hadera.
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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Women's Palestine Agricultural Association consists of correspondence, financial records, including receipts and ledger books, certificates of appreciation, programs for donors luncheons, photographs of a trip to Kanot taken in 1955, and books with names of life members and guests for various events. Of note are correspondences with Rahel Ben Zvi and Pioneer Women president Chaya Surchin. Materials are organized alphabetically.

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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

I-116, Kadimah Zionist Club

I-217, Meretz Relief Association

I-286, Zionist House of Boston

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Women's Palestine Agricultural Association Records; I-294; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Rose Weinstock, June 1992.

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Access Points

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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: Women’s Palestine Agricultural Association, undated, 1933-1968

Box 1, Folders 1-10.

Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

1 1 Certificates of Appreciation undated, 1959 request_box
1 2 Correspondence undated, 1954-1968 request_box
1 3 Donor Luncheon Programs 1964-1967 request_box
1 4-5 Financial Ledger 1962-1968 request_box
1 6 Financial Records undated, 1933-1968 request_box
1 7 Membership Ledger—Guest Lists undated request_box
1 8 Membership Ledger—Life Members 1957 request_box
1 9 Photographs 1955 request_box
1 10 Speeches of Rose Weinstock undated request_box
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