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National Council of Jewish Women, New Bedford Section records

Identifier: MC-014

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of meeting minutes, section newsletters, event programs and flyers, correspondence, membership materials, treasurer’s records and related National Council materials. It is divided into four series: Series I, History, bylaws, meetings and officer files, 1925-1991; Series II, Publications and Publicity, 1923, 1927-1993; Series III, Chapter Subject files/Special Projects, 1935-1993; Series IV, National Council Materials, 1949-1993.


  • 1925-1993

Conditions Governing Access

no known restrictions

Biographical / Historical

The National Council of Jewish Women was founded in 1893 by Hannah G. Salomon for the purpose of advancing human welfare and a democratic way of life through education, service and social action on local, national and international levels. It is the oldest Jewish women’s volunteer organization in America. The New Bedford Section of NCJW was established on February 17, 1915 with 31 charter members. One of their first projects was the Sew for the Soldiers program during World War I, in which members rolled bandages, knitted scarves and sold war bonds. They also provided relief funds for stricken Jews in war-torn Europe and sent funds to the Zionist Organization in Jerusalem. Since 1922 the annual ball has been held in conjunction with the Fall River section Over the years the council has supported and administered a variety of programs which carry out the national organizational goals, and which meet local needs both in the Jewish community and the community at large. Local activities include monthly meetings, with speakers on a variety of educational topics, fund-raising events, and scholarship balls. Through the New Bedford Section, Jewish youth receive camp and college scholarships, recent immigrants receive resettlement aid, and elderly are visited at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home. A “Medical Loan Chest” functions for the community at large to lend equipment to those who cannot afford it. “Ship-a-box” makes funds available to purchase toys, clothing and educational materials for children in Israel. Major section projects included in these records are the Shalom Israel 6th Grade School Curriculum Program, 1986-1994, used to supplement social studies curriculum in public and private schools, and the Adolescent Girls in the Juvenile Justice System, 1977-1982, a nationwide survey of services available to girls (the New Bedford Section’s 1982 final report is in folder #79). The council supports many women’s issues, especially as they impact women’s rights and the welfare of children. The NCJW Web site is located at Charter members included Mrs. Harry Lumiansky, Mrs. Hyman Mendelson, Mrs. Hyman Mechaber, Mrs. Samuel Leen, Mrs. Jacob Horvitz, Mrs. Abe Lipman, Mrs. William Beserosky, Mrs. S. Mondheim, Mrs. Samuel Herman, Mrs. Joseph Mendelson Rubinstein and Mrs. Simon Beserosky.


7.5 Linear Feet (17 manuscript boxes and one oversized box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority donated by the New Bedford Section of NCJW. Supplemented by materials from Shirley Cohen. Accession numbers 98-10 and 99-17, and Helene Rosenberg (clippings), N14, 1988. Incorporates items from previous organizational scheme, H20.


Further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

February 2000 by Kyle Carey ’01; finding aid by Kyle Carey, Judy Farrar and Barbara Kaplan.

National Council of Jewish Women, New Bedford Section records
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Kyle Carey, Judy Farrar and Barbara Kaplan
February 2000
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA