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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1904-1992

Creator:  Sam Gershon Family

Summary/Abstract:  Sam Gershon was actively involved in relief efforts in Europe and for the Jews of the city of Kobryn in the years immediately following World War I.  The papers include documents from early Atlanta Jewish community organizations including the Central Committee for the War Sufferers, 1920, the Independent Order of B’rith Abraham, 1925-1948, the Kobryner Relief Society, 1920-1928, and the United Hebrew School, 1928.

Quantity/Physical Description: .2 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 46, Sam Gershon Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection, oversized material removed to oversized collection, and object removed to artifact collection.

Arrangement:  All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Sam Gershon was born in Poland on September 15, 1887. He immigrated to the United States in 1902 and became a naturalized citizen in 1908. Sam returned to Poland following World War I to organize an orphanage for Jewish children who were victims of pogroms. He also arranged for many Polish Jews to leave the strife-torn country and make the trip to the United States where they became citizens. All the while, he was an active member of the Jewish community in Atlanta. He was member of the board of trustees of the Jewish Charities for many years, a member of Ahavath Achim Congregation, and Fulton Lodge 216 F&AM. He was owner and operator of the Leader Department Store in Carrollton for more than 40 years.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Gershon Family Papers will gain insight into Jewish relief efforts during the Interwar Period and Jewish life in Atlanta. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Ahavath Achim Congregation – The Central Relief Committee for the War Sufferers 1920
2 Atlanta Jewish Federation (previously The Federation of Jewish Charities) letter 1920
3 Immigration of Tzodek London 1926-1928
4 Independent Order of B’rith Abraham, Atlanta lodge – annual and semi-annual reports 1925-1945, 1948
5 Independent Order of B’rith Abraham, Atlanta lodge – constitution and bylaws 1908-1928
6 Independent Order of B’rith Abraham, Atlanta lodge – general records 1937-1965
7 Independent Order of B’rith Abraham, Shearith Israel Lodge 1946
8 Invitation and New Year’s card 1921
9 Kobryner Relief Society 1920-1928
10 The Leader Department Store 1992
11 Naturalization certificate and Decloration of Intention for Citizenship 1904-1908
12 Newspaper clippings 1920-1923
13 Passport 1922
14 United Hebrew School – Purim Ball committee 1928


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