format: Correspondence

  • Letter from Mordecai Sheftall to his wife, Francis.

    1779

  • Letter to George Washington from Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.

    1790

  • Letter to Rhode Island legislature discussing the upkeep of Touro Synagogue.

    Circa 1820

  • Letter from General John Taylor to Bernard Judah, remembering Samual Judah’s generous support in the struggle for independence.

    1824

  • Letter from Touro Infirmary thanking the Purim Association for donating money to support the hospital.

    1878

  • Explanation of how the Shearith Israel Sisterhood formed from other organizations.

    1896

  • Nathan Straus was co-owner of Macy’s and a prominent Zionist philanthropist who also supported local efforts to build pasteurization labs and prevent illness. In this letter he apologizes for not being able to participate in a cause.

    1914

  • This letter reflects on the organization of the Jewish Community of New York City.

    1916

  • Letter from the Hebrew Orphan Asylum asking that when donors send money to the Federation, they specify that it should be used to help the Asylum.

    1916

  • Correspondence from Nathan Straus to the American Jewish Historical Society, which is now one of the partners of the Center for Jewish History.

    1917

  • In 1918, Louis Lipsky was “secretary for organization” of the Zionist Organization of America. In this letter he thanks the wife of a Rabbi for assistance in recruiting members in Birmingham, Alabama.

    1918

  • Letter from Albert Einstein in Berlin with proposed solutions to concerns that money earmarked for a university would be used for other purposes.

    1921

  • Note from Justice Louis Brandeis expressing concern about his name being used in fundraising efforts.

    1930

  • Letter thanking Judge Goldstein for increasing his contribution to the Federation at a Lawyers’ Division fundraising event.

    1936

  • Letter to Louis Lipsky after the United Palestine Appeal fundraiser “Night of Stars” stating the highest amount of money that was raised in the series of annual events.

    1937

  • Letter from Chaim Weizmann, first President of the State of Israel, to American Zionists.

    1939

  • Letter from Brandeis to David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel.

    1940

  • Letter from Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel, inviting American Jews to New York to discuss the “present Zionist situation.”

    1942

  • Camp Fund appeal card sent by the Sisterhood of Shearith Israel in New York.

    1958

  • Camp Fund appeal card sent by the Sisterhood of Shearith Israel in New York.

    1960s

  • First Tarnigroder Society notice of an emergency meeting just days before the Six-Day War.

    June 1st, 1967


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