A Finding Aid to the
Cincinnati, Ohio -- Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations Records
Collection No. 52
ACCESS AND PROVENANCE
The CINCINNATI, OHIO FEDERATION OF JEWISH WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS RECORDS were donated to the American Jewish Archives in 1977 by Mrs. Albert Goldberg. The records are available to all researchers in the reading room of the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights have not been dedicated to the public. Any questions concerning literary or copyrights should be addressed to the Director of the American Jewish Archives.
INSTITUTIONAL SKETCH top
The Cincinnati, Ohio--Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations was founded in February, 1923 as a federation of thirteen Jewish women's organizations. The first meeting was called by Mrs. Belle Lowenstein, and Mrs. Charles Iglauer was elected the first president. Among the initial thirteen organizations were: the Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, Plum Street Sisterhood, Prospect Place Sisterhood, Jewish Consumptive Relief Society, the Sick Poor Society, Big Sisters, Branch #5, Ruth Lodge, Jewish Ladies Sewing Society, and the Jewish Social Service Bureau.
The Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations was developed as a Council of presidents and appointed representatives of various Jewish organizations with a goal of creating better understanding and co-operation between the various organizations. The three areas of their work have included philanthropy, education, and religion. The essential function of the Federation was to coordinate activities among the various women's groups and to share more equitably the responsibilities, both financial and moral, which the women of Cincinnati saw as their commitment to the Jewish community.
Another function of the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations was to develop conferences and educational programs, parliamentary procedure courses, to act as an agent for the membership in the collection of Red Cross funds, and to participate in the sale of UNICEF cards. Yearly they sent representatives to the United Nations' Council and the Council of World Affairs.
By 1970 the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations contained thirty constituent organizations and was a member of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
SCOPE AND CONTENT top
The CINCINNATI, OHIO--FEDERATION OF JEWISH WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS RECORDS reflect the activities as well as the membership of the Federation and the various organizations involved with the Federation. The bulk of the collection includes the agenda and minutes of the meetings 1923-1948, and 1959-1977, and includes pamphlets, brochures, and letters describing their activities and concerns. The Records are divided into seven series:The Subject Tracings at the end of the inventory serve to selectively cross reference and index material in the collection.
A. BY-LAWS B. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, C. AGENDAS, CALENDARS, AND PRAYERS OF THE MEETINGS D. ROSTERS E. PRESIDENTIAL REPORTS, F. FINANCIAL RECORDS G. ORGANIZATIONS
SERIES A. BY-LAWS consists of one folder of different constitutions and charters which the Federation developed in the years 1923-1977.
SERIES B. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE consists of two folders which are arranged chronologically and include the years 1949-1952 and 1962-1977. It includes various letters to organizations within the Jewish community and the community at large.
SERIES C. AGENDAS, CALENDARS, AND PRAYERS OF THE MEETINGS mark the various activities and concerns of the Federation. It consists of three folders of agendas and minutes for the years 1920 through 1977, one folder of calendars, 1961-1977, and another folder of prayers utilized in the meetings.
SERIES D. ROSTERS includes two folders, one which catalogs the membership of the Federation itself, and another that delineates the membership of the various organizations within the Federation, 1959-1977.
SERIES E. PRESIDENTIAL REPORTS consists of handwritten reports of the presidents of the Federation in the years 1969 through 1976.
SERIES F. FINANCIAL RECORDS includes two ledgers which cover the activities of the Federation from 1950-1977, and a series of cancelled checks from 1965 to 1977.
SERIES G. ORGANIZATIONS includes correspondence with various groups such as the Cincinnati Council of World Affairs, the International Visitors Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Jewish Federation, the Red Cross, the United Nations, and the Women's Groups to save Soviet Jewry.
BOX AND FOLDER LIST topBox Folder Contents SERIES A. BY-LAWS 1 1 1923-1977 SERIES B. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE 1 2 1949-1952 3 1962-1977 SERIES C. AGENDAS, CALENDARS, AND PRAYERS OF MEETINGS 1 4 Agendas and minutes, 1920-1949 5 Agendas and minutes, 1958-1970 6 Agendas and minutes, 1971-1977 7 Calendars, 1961-1977. 8 Prayers, n.d. SERIES D. ROSTERS 1 9 Rosters of Federal Councils, 1959-1977 2 1-2 Rosters of various societies, 1959-1977 SERIES E. PRESIDENTIAL REPORTS 2 3 1969-1976 SERIES F. FINANCIAL RECORDS 2 4 Reports and ledgers, 1950-1977 SERIES G. ORGANIZATIONS 3 1 Cincinnati Council on World Affairs, 1972-1977 2 International Visitors Center, 1967-1969 3 Jewish Community Center, 1975-1976 4 Jewish Community Relations Council, 1970-1977 5 Jewish Federation, 1962, 1969-1977 6 Red Cross--Operation Helpmate, 1967-1970 7 United Nation/UNICEF, 1947-1948, 1950-1952, 1967-1977 8 Women's Plea for Soviet Jewry, 1971-1974
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