JMM Volunteers Record 10,000th Birth!

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by

The JMM library is always humming with activity. Each month researchers schedule appointments to meet with JMM staff and volunteers to explore our manuscript and photograph collections or to learn more about their family’s history. Sometimes, our education staff uses the library for archival exploration activities in which kids gather around tables to view authentic primary sources –newspaper articles, letters, photographs, scrapbooks and more – relating to such topics as synagogues in Maryland, immigration history, and African-American and Jewish relations. In addition to those who come to use our library for research purposes, on any given day of the week the library also plays host to JMM volunteers who perform invaluable tasks that help ensure our collections are accessible to researchers.

If you visit the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays you will see two dedicated JMM volunteers, Vera Kestenberg and Marty Buckman, typing away at one of our computers.

Marty & Vera

Marty & Vera

Each week they comb through volumes of The Jewish Times (the JMM owns copies of every edition, including the early ones that can be accessed through microfilm) searching for birth announcements.

Birth announcement in the pages of the JT - lucky number 10,000!

Birth announcement in the pages of the JT – lucky number 10,000!

They then careful transcribe each announcement into an excel spreadsheet creating a comprehensive database of birth records that has become a valuable genealogical resource.

Information included in the database includes the child’s first and last name, date of birth, names of both parents, place of birth (including hospital and city/state) as well as which edition of the JT contains the announcement. The database can be accessed from the JMM website along with many other resources such as burial listings at many local Jewish cemeteries.

I was thrilled to learn that after several years of work on this project, Vera and Marty recently crossed a major milestone as they added the 10,000th name to the database! Mazel Tov to both on this incredible accomplishment!

To learn more about Vera and Marty as well as many other talented and dedicated JMM volunteers, be sure to check our volunteer coordinator, Ilene Cohen’s monthly volunteer profile. 

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MS 165 The Business and Professional Women’s Group, Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah, Papers, 1937-1976

Posted on March 10th, 2011 by

We don't have spectacular images to go along with this collection, but I was drawn into the story of the group and how it got started.  I just had to share!

Business and Professional Women’s Group,

Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah Papers

1937-1976

 MS 165

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Business and Professional Women’s Group, Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah Papers were given to the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland on August 13, 1986 as accession 1986.077 by Julia Kaplan on behalf of the Business & Professional Women’s Group of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah. Jonathan Roscoe processed the collection in February 2007 with assistance from Vera Kestenberg.

 Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.  Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual procedures.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Hadassah, the Women’s ZioNist Organization of America, was founded as a volunteer women’s organization by Baltimorean Henrietta Szold in 1912. The first activities of Hadassah centered on providing medical aid to Israel (then Palestine).  During World War II Hadassah assisted in bringing children from Europe to Palestine.  Hadassah continued to expand its services and initiatives into multiple aspects of America life and in Israel.  Hadassah is now an international organization and the Baltimore chapter is still active today.
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The Business & Professional Women’s Group of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah was formed in 1920 by Bertha Szold Levin (Henrietta’s sister).  The members of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah met the fourth Monday of every month at one o’clock in the afternoon, which prevented working women from participating.  The Business & Professional Women’s Group was created to allow working women to take part in Hadassah by meeting in the evenings and eventually on Sundays.  The minutes from the early years of the organization were disposed of by the family of the original secretary after her death.  The organization was under the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah, but was financially self-supporting.  The organization is still in existence, but its membership is decreasing.  (Information provided by Betty Seidel)

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Business and Professional Women’s Group, Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah Papers contain two types of documents.  The first series consists of Meeting Minutes for the Business & Professional Women’s Group of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah. The second series contains copies of the Shoppers’ Guide & Directory produced by the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah. The Directories list members of Hadassah along with their telephone numbers and addresses. The books also include advertisements from local charities and businesses.

Series I. Meeting Minutes, 1937-1974

Meeting Minutes for Business & Professional Women’s Group of the Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah. The minutes cover the board meetings and the general meetings.  Minutes are typed and handwritten.

Series II. Shoppers’ Guides and Directories, 1961-1976

The printed copies of the Shoppers’ Guide and Directory date from 1961 to 1976 with only 1969 missing.

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