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Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association records

Identifier: Mss 1067

Collection Overview

Collection contains minute book, financial records, cemetery records, publications, and assorted papers of the Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association, formed in 1887 in Florence, South Carolina. Minute book contains the constitution, by-laws, and minutes of the first six meetings held between 1887 and 1889, and the minutes from a 1958 meeting. Financial records consist of cashbooks listing shareholder names, donations, expenses, plot purchases, quarterly dues paid, and expenses of the association, a bank deposit book listing deposits of the Hebrew Benevolent Association, and a certified copy of deed for lot of land on the Northwest intersection of Elm Street and Railroad Avenue. Also included are cemetery records consisting of a burial register listing names, ages, dates of birth, dates of death, residing towns, and grave numbers of deceased and a cemetery plot listing owners and the names of those buried within. Publications include Synagogue Research, Survey #5: Cemetery Operations and Procedures, a 1970 Temple Beth Israel dedication program, and "Beth Israel Congregation—Then and Now" by Beatrice K. Rogol. Collection also includes correspondence and miscellaneous papers containing blank cemetery plot purchase forms and maintenance agreements.


  • Creation: 1887-1991


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association, a Jewish fraternal organization and the genesis of Beth Israel Congregation, was formed in 1887 in Florence, South Carolina. The organization was established to "unite the Hebrews of Florence and surrounding country into a fraternal and benevolent association and to assist needy Israelites," and to obtain "a suitable burying ground" for its members. In November of that same year the society purchased land for its cemetery lot from the Northeast Railroad for $50.00. On September 27, 1912, a Certificate of Incorporation was filed with the State of South Carolina establishing Beth Israel Congregation.


0.42 linear feet (1 document box)


Minute book, financial records, cemetery records, publications, and assorted papers of the Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association, a Jewish fraternal organization and the genesis of the Beth Israel Congregation, formed in 1887 in Florence, South Carolina.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2009 by Harold Kornblut.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Lois and Raphael Wolpert photographs of Beth Israel Congregation, 1956-1974 (Mss 1034-089).

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Minor, August 2012.

Inventory of the Florence Hebrew Benevolent Asssociation Records, 1887-1991
Processed by: Joshua Minor; machine-readable finding aid created by: Joshua Minor
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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