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Dates:  1918-2001

Creator:  Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Savannah chapter.

Summary/Abstract:  This collection contains the records and scrapbooks of the Savannah chapter of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

Quantity/Physical Description: 14 boxes, 4 scrapbooks (8.8 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 349, Hadassah Savannah Chapter Records, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition: Gift of JEA/Savannah Jewish Federation, 1995; Hadassah, 1997, 2001; Lisa Cohen, 1997; Ida S. Wilensky, 1997; Joan Gefen, 1998; Beatrice Goodman, 1999; Esther Ruchsbaum, 2000; Bertha Freedman, 2001; Sylvia Schwartz, 2001.

Custodial History:  The Hadassah Savannah Chapter Records are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Separated Material: VHS tapes and oversize materials

Processed by:  M. Belanger, 2001; V. Frey, 2002; L. Resnick, 2015

Arrangement:  This collection is organized into five series: 1. National and International Hadassah; 2. Senior Hadassah; 3. Shalom Hadassah, 4. Foam core panels (deconstructed), and 5. Scrapbooks.

Biographical/Historical Note: Hadassah is an international Jewish women’s organization formed in New York City by the Zionist leader Henrietta Szold in 1909.  Envisioned as a women’s Zionist organization that would carry out practical projects, it was started with the relatively simple act of sending two nurses to provide health care for the people of Jerusalem. From these beginnings, it grew into the world’s largest women’s voluntary organization and a major provider of medical services and training in the State of Israel. 

The Savannah Chapter of Hadassah was chartered on 29 April, 1918 by the Federation of American Zionists but it was not until eight years later, on 28 January, 1926, that Savannah was “put on the Hadassah Map.” It has existed there continuously since then. Officers were elected at that first meeting, with Mrs. Ida Wilensky serving as the first president.  The activities of the group have always revolved around fund-raising, primarily through solicitation of annual monetary donations. The group was divided by age into a Senior Group and a Junior Group from the beginning, with the former coordinating the bulk of the traditional fund-raising. 

The Junior Hadassah Group evolved into the Business and Professional (B and P) Group of Hadassah in the 1950s.  Although still considered a subset of the larger Savannah Chapter of Hadassah, it became an active organization in its own right in 1965.  The B and P group changed their name to Shalom Hadassah in 1968.  The group disbanded on 20 May, 2001.  They seem to have concerned themselves primarily with non-traditional fund-raising outside of the purview of the Senior Group.  This led to a string of cookie sales, and later, annual theatrical productions advertised as “Hadassah Presents.”

Members of both groups participated in regional conferences and national conventions throughout the years.

Scope and Content: The Hadassah records consist of minutes, financial records, scrapbooks, and fund-raising kits.  National and International Hadassah materials consist of publications, fund-raising documents, conventions, and miscellaneous papers.  The Senior Hadassah records consist of minutes, membership lists, financial papers, publications, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous papers.  The Shalom Hadassah materials consist of minutes, membership, financial papers, fund-raising documents, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous papers.  The records date from 1918 to 2001.

Collection Inventory

Series I: National and International Hadassah, 1939-1997

 

Box

File

Description

Date

Subseries IA: Publications, 1955-1997

1

1

Hadassahian newsletter

1955-1960

 

2

Hadassahian newsletter

1960-1969

 

3

Hadassah Headlines

1959-1969

 

4

Hadassah magazine

1997

 

5

Near East Report, Vol. XIX

1975

 

6

Near East Report, Vol. XX

1976

 

7

Near East Report, Vol. XXI

1977

 

8

Near East Report, Vol. XXII

1978

 

9

Near East Report, Vol. XXIII

1979

 

10

Near East Report, Vol. XXIV

1980

 

11

Near East Report, Vol. XXV

1981

2

1

Near East Report, Vol. XXVII

1984

 

2

Near East Report, Vol. XXIX

1985

 

3

Southeastern Regional Directory

1985-1986

 

4

Southeastern Regional Directory

1989

 

5

Southeastern Shaliach newsletter

1982-1984

 

6

The Hadassah Timely

1962-1965

 

7

Update

1976

 

8

Update

1977

 

9

Update

1978

 

10

Update

1979

 

11

Update

1980

 

12

Update

1981

 

13

Update

1984

 

14

Update

1985

Subseries IB: Fundraising, 1969-1995

3

1

Master fundraising kit

1984-1985

 

2

Master fundraising kit

1985-1986

 

3

Master fundraising kit

1987-1988

 

4

Master fundraising kit

1992-1993

 

5

Master fundraising kit

1993-1994

 

6

Master fundraising kit

1994-1995

3

7

Hadassah Israel Education Services (HIES)

1974-1975

 

8

Jewish National Fund tree certificate

1977-1978

 

9

Official receipt books

1969-1972

 

10

Treasurer’s Basic Kit

1969-1970

 

11

Treasurer’s Basic Kit

1971-1972

 

12

Treasurer’s Basic Kit

1990-1991

 

13

Youth Aliyah Basic Kit

1974-1975

 

14

United Jewish Appeal Information Questionnaire

1978-1980

Subseries IC: Conventions, 1939-1988

3

15

National Convention, complimentary cards

1978

 

16

National Convention

1939

 

17

National Convention

1979

 

18

Southeast Region Spring Conference

1987

 

19

Southeastern Regional Conference

1976

 

20

Southeastern Regional Conference

1979

 

21

Southeastern Regional Conference

1980

 

22

Southeastern Regional Conference

1981

 

23

Southeastern Regional Conference

1982

 

24

Southeastern Regional Conference

1985

 

25

Southeastern Regional Conference

1988

 

26

World Zionist Congress

undated

Subseries ID: Miscellaneous papers, 1970-1992

3

27

Correspondence

1970-1971

 

28

Israel’s 25th Anniversary

1973

 

29

Clippings- Savannah Jewish News

1977

 

30

National press release

1985

 

31

Jerusalem Post supplement

1987

 

32

Pamphlets and catalogs

1990s

 

33

Bequest acknowledgements

1990-1992

 

34

New computer codes

1991

 

35

National office flyers

undated

 

36

Gift acknowledgement

undated

 

37

Greeting cards

undated

 

38

Hebrew University Medical Center brochure

undated

Series II: Senior Hadassah, 1926-2001

 

Box

File

Description

Date

Subseries IIA: Minutes, 1926-1991

4

1

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1926

 

2

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1927

 

3

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1928

 

4

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1929

 

5

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1930

 

6

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1931

 

7

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1932

4

8

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1933

 

9

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1934

 

10

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1935

 

11

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1936

 

12

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1937

 

13

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1938-1939

 

14

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1939-1940

 

15

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1940-1941

 

16

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1941-1942

 

17

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1942-1943

 

18

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1943-1944

 

19

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1944

 

20

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1945

 

21

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1946

 

22

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1947

 

23

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1978

 

24

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1949

 

25

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1949-1950

 

26

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1950-1951

 

27

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1951-1952

 

28

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1952

 

29

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1953

 

30

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1954

 

31

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1955

5

1

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1956

 

2

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1957

 

3

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1958

 

4

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1958-1959

 

5

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1959-1960

 

6

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1960

 

7

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1961

 

8

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1962

 

9

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1964

 

10

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1965

 

11

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1980-1981

 

12

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1983

 

13

Senior Hadassah meeting minutes

1991

Subseries IIB: Membership lists, 1952-1994

5

14

Membership lists

1952-1953

 

15

Membership lists

1953-1954

 

16

Membership lists

1957-1958

 

17

Membership lists

1959-1960

 

18

Membership lists

1980-1981

 

19

Membership lists

1981-1982

 

20

Membership lists

1983-1984

5

21

Membership lists

1984-1985

 

22

Membership lists

1985-1986

 

23

Membership lists

1986-1987

 

24

Membership lists

1987-1988

 

25

Membership lists

1993-1994

Subseries IIC: Financial papers, 1980-1992

5

26

Budget/ledger

1980-1982

 

27

Budget

1986-1987

 

28

Budget

1991-1992

Subseries IID: Publications, 1951-2001

6

1

Hadassah News Savannah

1977-1978

 

2

Hadassah News Savannah

1980-1985

 

3

Hadassah News Savannah

1981-1982

 

4

Hadassah News Savannah

1982-1984

 

5

Hadassah News Savannah

1984-1986

 

6

Hadassah News Savannah

1986-1993

 

7

Hadassah News Savannah

2001

 

8

Heart and Soul Magazine

2001

 

9

Savannah Jewish News

1951-1957

Subseries IIE: Miscellaneous papers, 1926-1996

6

10

Past president list

1926-1991

 

11

US Treasury citation

1939

 

12

Clippings

1954-1996

 

13

Constitution and by-laws

undated

 

14

Hadassah Education Day flyers

undated

Series III: Shalom Hadassah, 1932-2001

 

Box

File

Description

Date

Subseries IIIA: Minutes, 1965-2001

7

1

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1965

 

2

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1966

 

3

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1967

 

4

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1968

 

5

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1969

 

6

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1970

 

7

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1971

 

8

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1972

 

9

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1973

 

10

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1974

 

11

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1974-1980

 

12

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1994-1998

 

13

Shalom Hadassah minutes

1998-2001

Subseries IIIB: Membership, 1967-1995

7

14

Life member list

1988

 

15

Life member lists

1994-1995

 

16

Membership lists

1969-1970

 

17

Membership lists

1969-1971

 

18

Membership lists

1971-1972

 

19

Membership lists

1972-1973

 

20

Membership lists

1974-1975

 

21

Membership lists

1978-1979

 

22

Membership lists

1980-1981

 

23

Membership lists

1982-1983

 

24

Membership lists

1983

 

25

Membership lists

1985-1986

 

26

Membership lists

1986-1987

 

27

Membership lists

1987-1988

 

28

Membership lists

1988-1995

 

29

Membership lists

n.d.

Subseries IIIC: Financial Papers, 1955-2001

8

1

Annual dues forms

1967-1968

 

2

Annual dues forms

1968-1969

 

3

Annual dues forms

1969-1970

 

4

Annual dues forms

1970-1971

 

5

Annual dues forms

1971-1972

 

6

Annual dues forms

1972-1973

 

7

Annual dues forms

1974-1975

 

8

Annual financial reports

1963-1973

 

9

Financial reports

1974-1981

 

10

Annual financial reports

1992-1993

 

11

Annual report

1993

 

12

Budgets

1965-1967

 

13

Proposed budgets

1981-1986

 

14

Budgets

1988-1994

 

15

Budgets

1990-2001

 

16

Citizens & Southern Bank Check Sample

1965

 

17

Miscellaneous financial correspondence

1971-1973

 

18

First National Bank checking register

1988-1993

 

19

First Union Bank statements

1987-1988

 

20

First Union Bank statements

1988-1989

 

21

First Union Bank statements

1989-1990

 

22

First Union Bank statements

1990-1991

 

23

First Union Bank statements

1991-1992

 

24

First Union Bank statements

1992-1993

 

25

First Union Bank statements

1994-1995

 

26

First Union Bank statements

1996-1997

 

27

First Union Bank statements

1993-1995

9

1

Georgia Federal bank account statements

1985

 

2

Georgia Federal savings account

1993

 

3

Home Federal savings account

1958

 

4

Home Federal savings passbook

1973

 

5

IRS papers

1988

 

6

Jewish National Fund contributions

1970-1971

 

7

Jewish National Fund contributions

1971-1972

 

8

Jewish National Fund blue box

1983-1990

 

9

Jewish National Fund contributions

1991-1992

 

10

Jewish National Fund contributions

1994-1995

 

11

Ledger

1960-1965

 

12

Ledger

1967-1965

 

13

Ledger

1965-1968

 

14

Ledger

1968-1969

 

15

Ledger

1969-1970

 

16

Ledger

1970-1971

 

17

Ledger

1971-1974

 

18

Ledger

1974-1978

 

19

Ledger

1978-1981

 

20

Ledger and annual financial reports

1981-1984

 

21

Ledger and annual financial reports

1984-1989

 

22

Ledger and annual financial reports

1989-1990

 

23

Ledger and annual financial reports

1990-1991

 

24

Ledger and annual financial reports

1991-1992

10

1

Ledger

1992-1993

 

2

Ledger

1993-1994

 

3

Annual financial report

1996-1997

 

4

Checking register

1974-1978

 

5

Checking register

1978-1981

 

6

Bank statements

1965-1966

 

7

Bank statements

1966-1967

 

8

Bank statements

1967-1968

 

9

Bank statements

1968-1969

 

10

Bank statements

1969-1970

 

11

Bank statements

1970-1971

 

12

Bank statements

1971-1972

 

13

Bank statements

1972-1973

 

14

Bank statements

1974-1975

 

15

Bank statements

1975-1976

11

1

Bank statements

1981-1982

 

2

Bank statements

1982-1983

 

3

Bank statements

1983-1984

 

4

Bank statements

1984-1985

 

5

Bank statements

1985-1986

 

6

Bank statements

1986-1987

 

7

Savannah Bank and Trust Savings Book

1965-1968

 

8

Treasurer’s report

1971

 

9

Cookie sale info/Deer Park Banking Co.

1969-1981

 

10

“Hadassah Presents”

1960-1997

 

11

“Hadassah Presents” programs

1970-1979

 

12

“Hadassah Presents” programs

1980-1989

 

13

“Hadassah Presents” programs

1990-1997

 

14

Fundraising – shopping sprees

1995-1996

12

1

Contents of binder - miscellaneous

1976-1962

 

2

Contents of binder - miscellaneous

1956-1960

 

3

Letters from JEA

1955

 

4

Clippings/ Political affairs

ca. 1974

 

5

Clippings

1986-1993

 

6

Information on Israel

undated

 

7

Invocations and Prayers, misc.

undated

 

8

Misc. papers

1969-1970

 

9

Misc. papers

1971-1972

 

10

Holocaust survivor clipping

undated

 

11

Misc. from scrapbooks

1958-1960

 

12

Misc. from scrapbooks

1961-1969

 

13

Misc. from scrapbooks

1986-1989

 

14

Misc. from scrapbooks

1990-1993

 

15

 

 

Series IV: Foam core panels (deconstructed)

13

1

75th Anniversary Gala (photocopies)

2001

13

2

75th Anniversary Gala (originals)

2001

Series V: Scrapbooks

14

1

Junior Hadassah scrapbook

1932-1946

 

2

Shalom Hadassah scrapbook

1993-1997

 

3

Shalom Hadassah scrapbook

1998-2001

15

1

Sketch pad scrapbook

1967

 

2

Scrapbook (green)

1973-1976

16

1

“Shalom Hadassah” scrapbook

1973-1980

 

2

Scrapbook (orange)

1980-ca. 1982

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