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  • Provision order for a good side of beef, requested by William McIntosh and signed by Mordecai Sheftall.


  • Last will and testament of Mordecai Sheftall


  • Provision return for the Third Battalion of the Revolutionary Army, signed by John Peter Wagon and received of Sheftall Sheftall (son of Mordecai Sheftall).


  • During the Revolution, Colonel Mordecai Sheftall was captured by British Forces. This is an example of a report of Main Guard Prisoners and Prisoners on Parole.

    Late 18th century

  • Haym Salomon bank note signed by Francis Hopkinson, Treasurer of Loans.


  • List of goods sold to Haym Salomon.

    Late 18th century

  • Two bills of exchange (in French) that list Haym Salomon as a party.

    Late 18th century

  • Dedication prayer for Mikveh Israel synagogue in Philadelphia.


  • Honor card for circling the room carrying the Torah at the dedication of Mikveh Israel synagogue in Philadelphia.


  • Bill of exchange for $195 drawn by John Habersham in favor of Mr. Mordecai Sheftall on Mr. John Banks, Contractor for the Southern Army.


  • Stock certificate from the Pennsylvania Property Company, signed by Robert Morris.


  • Record of payment for planks, boards and other material for Shearith Israel.


  • Accounting of expenses for Shearith Israel synagogue.


  • Eulogy of Haym Salomon handwritten in the family bible.

    Turn of the 19th century

  • Record of payment for masonry work done for Congregation Shearith Israel.


  • Shipping receipt from philanthropist Henry Hendricks’s business dealings.


  • United Hebrew Congregation (St. Louis, Missouri) constitution and bylaws. The title was changed from “German Congregation” to “United Congregation,” possibly reflecting changes in the local population and the congregation’s commitment to inclusion.


  • Passage on charity and burial in the United Hebrew Congregation (St. Louis, Missouri) constitution and bylaws.


  • Record of donations and offerings to Shearith Israel.


  • List of donors to the Association for Free Distribution of Matsot to the Poor.


  • List of people and institutions who received matsot from the Association for Free Distribution of Matsot to the Poor.


  • Major philanthropist Henry Hendricks earned money in a variety of business endeavors. He controlled the oldest firm in the American copper industry.

    19th century

  • Renowned philanthropist Judah Touro’s signature

    19th century

  • Renowned philanthropist Judah Touro’s signature.

    19th century

  • Minutes from a Jews’ Hospital board meeting about planning a ball to raise money. These are perhaps the first board minutes in the hospital’s history.


  • Order of the services at the inauguration of Jews’ Hospital.


  • Receipt and accounting for the Association of Free Distribution of Matsot to the Poor purchase of matzah from the baker, marked as paid in two installments.


  • List of donors to the Association for Free Distribution of Matsot to the Poor.


  • Honorary Member Certificate to Jews’ Hospital.


  • Admission to a banquet and ball held at Niblo’s Saloon to benefit Jews’ Hospital.


  • Financial ledger of the Hebrew Benevolent Society of the City of New York.


  • Prayer for aversion of cholera. Jacques Judah Lyons, minister of Congregation Shearith Israel.

    Mid-19th century

  • Proceedings for laying the cornerstone of Mount Sinai Hospital.


  • Articles of the agreement between Mount Sinai Hospital and the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society about an orphans’ ward at the hospital.


  • Dedication program for the New Jewish Hospital and Home for the Aged and Infirmed.


  • Account book from the Allen Street Shul in New York. It records expenses such as those for spittoons and beer.


  • Ledger from the Dowry Committee of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum. The Asylum paid dowries so that orphaned young women could marry. It also recorded the name of the bride’s husband and the couple’s address.

    Turn of the 20th century

  • Purim Association financial record of money raised in charity balls.


  • Program and admission ticket to the laying of the cornerstone of new Mount Sinai Hospital buildings.


  • Donations given to the Eldridge Street Synagogue in exchange for the honor of being called to the Torah. This record is from Passover time and notes the Torah portions assigned to each honoree.


  • Samuel Gompers’s signature card, inscribed “faithfully yours for humanity.”


  • The Jewish Community of New York City was incorporated in 1912.


  • Jewish Community of New York (Kehillah) organizational chart.

    Early 20th century

  • Donations to the Ladies’ Sewing Society of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, and an accounting of the money due to the Society from the Federation. The Ladies’ Sewing Society of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum was founded in 1861. It helped girls adjust to life in the Asulym and trained them to do household work. It also provided counseling and after-care services for recent female graduates.


  • Information sheet about people serving as representatives of smaller organizations to the Jewish Community of New York (Kehillah).


  • Request for funds to support the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.

    20th century


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