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This collection contains the papers of families and individuals and may contain correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, and personal ephemera, as well as organizational and business records pertaining to that family or individual. If you need help identifying additional collections, please visit our website to view our finding aids.

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Judge Jennie Loitman Barron (P-547) was a Judge and suffragist. Browse collection.

Mark Bortman (P-856) was a businessman and lifelong learner of American history who was appointed by President Eisenhower as chair of the People-to-People Civic Committee in 1956. Browse collection.

Percy Brand (P-865) was a violinist and survivor of Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Brand also has a case file in the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Records (HIAS). Browse collection.

Stanley Canner (P-731) was a pilot in World War II who, after being shot down over Normandy, was rescued and hidden by members of the French Resistance. Browse collection.

Davis and Isaacs Family (P-936) of Cincinnati, Ohio, were linked by the marriage of Ella Davis and Nathan Isaacs. Nathan was a prominent legal scholar at Harvard University. Browse collection.

Herbert Ehrmann (P-94) served as associate counsel for Sacco and Vanzetti in the closing years of their trial, and was president of the American Jewish Committee from 1959-1961. Browse collection.

Harold and Romayne Goldberg (P-861) were active members of numerous Jewish organizations, including the Associated Jewish Philanthropies, Combined Jewish Appeal, Hadassah, and the Brandeis National Women’s Committee. Browse collection.

Dr. Samuel Goodman (P-629) was one of the first Jewish physicians to practice medicine in Boston. Browse collection.

Col. Bernard L. Gorfinkle (P-664) was a Judge Advocate in World War I and served as an aide to President Wilson during the Paris Peace Commission in 1919. Father of Herbert Gorfinkle. Browse collection.

Herbert Gorfinkle (P-904) served in World War II as a Tech 5 Combat Engineer and photographer, and was one of the troops under General Eisenhower during the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Son of Bernard Gorfinkle. Browse collection.

Samuel Gurvitz (P-352) traveled to Europe and Palestine prior to World War II under the auspices of the American Joint Distribution Committee, and wrote about his experiences. Browse collection.

Judge Jacob J. Kaplan (P-864) was a partner at the law firm of Nutter, McClennen and Fish before becoming a judge with a seat at the Dorchester Municipal Court. Browse collection.

George and Sadie Kramer (P-691) were active members of Zionist organizations, particularly in Malden, Massachusetts. Browse collection.

Harry Levine (P-592) was a businessman who, with his friend Dewey D. Stone, was actively engaged in the establishment of the State of Israel. Browse collection.

Philip W. Lown (P-162) was a businessman and philanthropist who was active in Jewish education, and established the Lown School of Near Eastern Studies and the Graduate Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. Browse collection.

Morrison Family (P-394) was a Boston Jewish family who were involved in local politics and the Jewish community. Browse collection.

Benjamin Rabalsky (P-153) was a lawyer, Hebrew scholar and Yiddish orator involved with the Boston Zionist movement. Browse collection.

Myer Starr (P-525) immigrated from the Ukraine with his brother in 1913, and wrote an unpublished memoir about this life's experiences. Browse collection.

Oscar and Celia Sterman (P-875) were Jewish immigrants who became increasingly involved in the establishment of the State of Israel. Browse collection.

Dewey David Stone (P-529) was a Brockton businessman who was very involved in U.S. politics and the establishment of the State of Israel. Browse collection.

Elihu David Stone (P-555) was active in the Zionist movement, and was responsible for the 1919 resolution in the Massachusetts House of Representatives urging American Delegates to the Paris Peace Conference to support the establishment of a Jewish commonwealth in Palestine. Also see: Meretz Relief Association. Browse collection.

Benjamin Ulin (P-798) was involved in numerous organizations, including the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Zionist Council, Zionist House, the Jewish Community Relations Council, among others, which he details in this oral history. Browse collection.

Abraham and Frieda Wolper (P-531) petitioned the school board of Chelsea, Massachusetts about the prevelence of Christmas carols and pageants in the schools, and were met with fierce and often anti-Semitic criticism. Browse collection.

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