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"Community Bulletin" (New Bedford, Mass.)

Identifier: MC-039

Scope and Contents

The Community Bulletin is a multi-page publication which includes reports from various community organizations, including the Tifereth Israel Sisterhood, the Jewish Professional Women’s Club, the Hebrew Free Loan Association, the YMHA and YWHA, Ahavath Achim Congregation, the Ahavath Achim Sisterhood, the Center for Jewish Culture at UMass Dartmouth, the Jewish War Veteran posts, Hadassah, and others. It was indexed in 1965; there is therefore a card file index, by subject, which covers 1928-1965. The earliest issues collected were from 1923, but these begin at volume 3, suggesting that earlier ones existed. This has not been confirmed. Early issues of the Community Bulletin are digitized and in Alma Digital (through 1926).


  • 1923-2007


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Biographical / Historical

A Jewish community bulletin has been published in New Bedford since the early 1920s. Originally a monthly periodical, the Community Bulletin was issued several years before the founding of the Tifereth Israel Synagogue through the joint efforts of the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Associations. Its major purpose, according to Kolman Shapira, writing in the November 15, 1923 issue, was to “effect a closer relationship and understanding among the Jews who are scattered over all parts of the city.” At that time the Jewish neighborhoods in the South End in the vicinity of Water and Howland Streets, and in the North End around Coggeshall and Kenyon Streets, were beginning to lose their cohesiveness as some residents moved to the West End of the city, and as a new Conservative Jewish congregation was about to be formed. The bulletin helped the New Bedford Jewish community to be knowledgeable about local, national and international issues. At the beginning of 1928 the Community Bulletin was still sponsored by the YMHA and YWHA, but by the second issue it to no longer appears to be, and becomes a publication sponsored by Tifereth Israel. Regardless, Philip Barnet is editor in chief through the early years. For many years it remained a monthly publication, until the 1950s when it became annual. From 2010 it was published in conjunction with the Tifereth Israel member directory, therefore after 2010 it is housed with Tifereth Israel records, MC 26. – Barbara Kaplan, 1991.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes plus 2 index card file boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

various individuals


Further accruals are expected.

"Community Bulletin" (New Bedford, Mass.)
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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