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Kalushiner Society minute book

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: Mss 1149

Collection Overview

Handwritten minute book of the Kalushiner Society of Charleston, South Carolina, from October 1927 to December 1936, mostly in Yiddish with some English.

Dates

  • 1927-1936

Creator

Language of Material

Materials predominately in Yiddish with some English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The Independent Kalushiner Society was a mutual aid society founded by Charleston residents who had immigrated from the shtetl of Kaluszyn in Poland. It was Charleston’s only landsmanshaft, or society of landsman. The Kaluszyners (anglicized as Kalushiner) practiced chain migration, with settled immigrants sponsoring the immigration of another Kaluszyner, usually a friend or relative; the Kalushiner community was prominent in founding Beth Israel synagogue (sometimes called the Kalushiner Shul). Walter H. Solomon, Noah Sokol, M. Toporek, and J. Zucker founded the organization, and I. M. Goldberg served as first president. The society was founded in 1921 and provided members with benefits like no-interest loans, assistance when ill, and group insurance rates. Funds to help the needy were also sent home to Kaluszyn every year. The society, which was held monthly meetings and yearly social activities, was at first restricted to Kaluszyners, but in 1923 it opened its membership to all Charleston Jews. Activities and membership declined after World War II and in 1967, the group sent all of their funds to the State of Israel and disbanded.

Extent

1.0 linear feet (1 flat box) : 1 minute book

Abstract

A handwritten minute book of the Kalushiner Society of Charleston, South Carolina, from October 1927 through December 1936, mostly in Yiddish with some English. The Independent Kalushiner Society was a mutual aid society founded by Charleston residents who had immigrated from the shtetl of Kaluszyn in Poland. The society was founded in 1921 and provided members with benefits like no-interest loans, assistance when ill, and group insurance rates.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the item level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2013 by Joseph Sokol.

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Bickel, August 2022.

Source

Title
Inventory of the Kalushiner Society Minute Book, 1927-1936
Status
Completed
Author
Lauren Bickel
Date
2022
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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