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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1911-1986

Creator:  Mendle Boorstin Family Papers

Summary/Abstract:  Mendle and Fannie Boorstin were both active in Jewish communal life.  In large part, it was the persistence of Fannie Boorstin that led to the creation of a Jewish home for the aged in Atlanta. The papers consist of minutes of the Hungarian Benevolent Society, 1926-1927; newsletters from the Young Women’s Hebrew Association, 1922-1923; and records chronicling the movement in the 1950s to establish a home for the aged in Atlanta.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1 linear foot

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:  Container 2, Folder 1 is closed to researchers.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 103, Mendle Boorstin 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 and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Related Material: Mss 101, The William Breman Jewish Home Records

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (October, 2001)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Mendle Boorstin (1893-1974) was active in a variety of Jewish community organizations throughout his life.  He was a World War I veteran and worked as an accountant for J.N. Rosenfeld.  He was executive secretary for the Fulton Lodge, No. 216 Free and Accepted Masons, and was elected to that post 35 times. Other community interests included membership in the Hungarian Benevolent Society and the Jewish War Veterans.

Mendle Boorstin was married to Fannie Spielberger Boorstin (like her husband she volunteered her time for the good of the Jewish community of Atlanta).  In large part, it was her drive and persistence that led to the establishment of a Jewish home for the aged.  She worked tirelessly for the Home and served on the finance committee for 10 years and as secretary of the Home for 16 years.  At the age of 87 she still volunteered at the Home every Tuesday to help “the older residents.”

Fannie Boorstin was a charter member of B’nai B’rith Women, a member of Ahavath Achim Sisterhood, Hadassah, ORT, and the Georgia Gerontology Society.  She was also the owner of the Mayfair Shop, a women’s clothing store.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Mendle Boorstin Family Papers will gain insight into the Jewish community in Atlanta during the 20th century. Of special interest are the minutes of the Hungarian Benevolent Society, the newsletters from the Young Women’s Hebrew Association in the 1920s, and the records chronicling the movement to establish a home for the aged in Atlanta.  All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
 
1 1 Ahavath Achim Congregation 1934-1941
  2 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education Undated
  3 Atlanta Jewish Community Center 1968
  4 Atlanta Jewish Community council-Survey of community Program for the Care of the Aged 1946
  5 B’nai B’rith Women Ca. 1940
  6 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-Aleph Zadik Aleph-Atlanta Chapter 134 1942-1947
  7 Boy’s High School 1945
  8 Certificate 1976
  9 Congregation Beth Israel 1910-1922
  10 Correspondence 1911-1974
  11 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds-Southeastern Region 1946-1951
  12 Fulton Lodge No. 216 of the Free & Accepted Masons 1947
  13 Garson, Frank 1953
  14 Hungarian Benevolent Society – barbecue Undated
  15 Hungarian Benevolent Society-by-laws, constitutions, and history 1937-1985
  16 Hungarian Benevolent Society – correspondence 1928-1947, 1986
  17 Hungarian Benevolent Society – financial records – cancelled checks, receipts, bank book 1924-1933
  18 Hungarian Benevolent Society – financial records – reports 1927-1939
  19 Hungarian Benevolent Society – financial records – vendor receipts, A-W 1930-1947
  20 Hungarian Benevolent Society – membership cards 1936-1940
  21 Hungarian Benevolent Society – membership lists Undated
  22 Hungarian Benevolent Society – menu and program 1914, 1935
  23 Hungarian Benevolent Society – minutes 1926-1927
       
2 1 Hungarian Benevolent Society – resolution 1945
  2 Jewish Educational Alliance Undated
  3 Jewish Progressive Club – newsletters and program 1940-1950
  4 Membership cards 1913-1973
  5 Military service records 1918-1947
  6 Miscellany 1950
  7 Newspaper clippings 1922-1962
  8 Obituaries of Fanny and Mendle Boorstin 1974, 1986
  9 Old age homes – various cities Undated
  10 Rosenfeld & Co. – price list folder Undated
  11 Tau Epsilon Phi 1940, Undated
  12 University of Georgia 1965
  13 W.B. Spielberger Grocery Co. Undated
  14 WilliamA. Bass Junior High School 1939
  15 The William Breman Jewish Home – admission policy and procedures 1951-1982
  16 The William Breman Jewish Home –anniversary – 25th 1976
  17 The William Breman Jewish Home – annual meetings 1953-1984
  18 The William Breman Jewish Home – annual reports (incomplete) 1952-1984
  19 The William Breman Jewish Home – applicants and case histories (CLOSED) Undated
  20 The William Breman Jewish Home – by-laws and constitution 1953-1977
  21 The William Breman Jewish Home – contributions, building fund, and pledges Undated
  22 The William Breman Jewish Home – correspondence 1944-1986
  23 The William Breman Jewish Home – financial reports 1950-1967
  24 The William Breman Jewish Home – invitations and programs 1951-1984
  25 The William Breman Jewish Home – mailing list 1950
  26 The William Breman Jewish Home – manuals 1945-1982
  27 The William Breman Jewish Home – membership lists Undated
       
3 1 The William Breman Jewish Home – minutes – admissions committee 1951-1960
  2 The William Breman Jewish Home – minutes – Central Board on Care of Jewish Aged, Inc. 1950-1951
  3 The William Breman Jewish Home – minutes – finance committee 1951-1952
  4 The William Breman Jewish Home – minutes – organizing committee 1944-1948
  5 The William Breman Jewish Home – minutes – various committees 1951-1968
  6 The William Breman Jewish Home – miscellany 1972, Undated
  7 The William Breman Jewish Home –newsletters (incomplete) 1965-1982
  8 The William Breman Jewish Home – newspaper clippings 1965-1986
  9 The William Breman Jewish Home – nominating committee – reports 1966-1968
  10 The William Breman Jewish Home – resident newspaper 1976
  11 The William Breman Jewish Home – scrapbook, compiled by Fanny Boorstin 1944-1953
  12 World War II ration books and cards 1943
  13 Young Women’s Hebrew Association 1922-1923
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