Guide to the Papers of Rabbi Ber Boruchoff, undated, 1906-1938

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Kelsey Sawyer as MS Word document, November 5, 2014. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on February 5, 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Boruchoff, Rabbi Ber
Title: Rabbi Ber Boruchoff Papers
Dates:undated, 1906-1939
Abstract: Rabbi Ber Boruchoff was the first and longest serving rabbi for Congregation Beth Israel in Malden, Massachusetts. This collection contains ledgers with records of marriages performed in the Greater Boston area during the years 1906-1938, as well as some photographs and biographical information.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (one half manuscript box)
Identification: P-157
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note

Rabbi Ber Boruchoff

Rabbi Ber Boruchoff (1872-1939)1

Rabbi Ber Boruchoff was born in Vilna, Lithuania in 1872. In 1905 he immigrated to America and settled in Malden, Massachusetts with his wife Bessie, sons Raphael, Henry, Coleman, and daughter Mildred. In 1906 he was hired as the first rabbi for the Congregation Beth Israel in Malden. He was the synagogue’s longest serving rabbi, having served for 33 years.

Rabbi Boruchoff helped organize the Malden Talmud Torah as well as the construction of a building on Almont Street. He was a member of the presidium of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of Greater Boston, vice president of Mizrachi, and a member of the executive board of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States, also known as the Agudath Harabonim. The Rabbi was an early supporter of Zionism; his interest in which made him a leader in work for the Jewish National Fund as well. Additionally, he was a member of Freedom Lodge, I.O.B.A.

Rabbi Ber Boruchoff continued to serve as rabbi for Congregation Beth Israel until his death in 1939.


1872 Born in Vilna, Lithuania.
1905 Immigrated to America and settled in Malden Massachusetts with his family.
1906-1939 Served as the rabbi for Congregation Beth Israel, in Malden, Mass.
1939 Died at his home in Malden, Mass.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of Rabbi Ber Boruchoff during his career as rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Malden, Massachusetts. The bulk of the papers are eight ledgers in which Rabbi Boruchoff recorded marriages he officiated. The correspondence relates to a marriage he performed in Portland, Connecticut. There is also a group photograph taken in Odessa in 1907 of the Odessa Committee, Society for the Support of Jewish Farmers and Artisans in Syria and Palestine, which legalized framework of Hibbat Zion. Another photograph was taken in 1934 in Jerusalem of Rabbi Boruchoff with Rabbi Silverstone of Washington D.C. and Rabbi Borvick of Brockton, Massachusetts.

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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

Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, I-56 and I-56A

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Rabbi Ber Boruchoff Papers; P-157; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donor information unknown.

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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: Rabbi Ber Boruchoff, 1872-1939

Box 1, Folders 1-7.

Arranged by type of material.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

11-2Marriage Records1906-1938request_box
13Photographsundated, 1907, 1934request_box
15-6Photocopies of Marriage Records1916-1934request_box
17Biographical Notes1939request_box
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