The Bielsker Bruderlicher Unterstitzungs Verein (BBUV) landsmanshaft was founded on April 13, 1888 on Chrystie Street in New York City. It's mission was declared to be benevolence, mutual aid to members and general outside welfare work. In 1890 the group purchased its first cemetery plot at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Also in 1890 the BBUV created a Sick Benefit Fund to aid its members. The Loan Fund was organized in 1903. In addition to aiding its members and providing for a proper Jewish burial the BBUV maintained an active social life as evidenced by souvenir journals from anniversary banquets. According to the WPA Yiddish Writer's Group Study (1938), the BBUV had 12 members at its founding in 1888. In 1938 there were 300 members, of whom 20 percent were American born.
The Bielsker Bruderlicher Unterstitzungs Verein purchased burial
plots in Washington
Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY and Mt. Lebanon
cemetery in Queens, NY. Some members of the BBUV were laid to rest
on the burial society plots located in these cemeteries. Phone
calls to the cemeteries may help you locate ancestors or
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research holds records of the Bielsker Bruderlicher Unterstitzungs Verein in record group 1046. These materials include souvenir journals (which themselves contain a history of the organization, member lists, photos, memorials and advertisments), membership directories and financial records. You can visit YIVO to examine these materials and search for your ancestors. Photo copies of pages from souvenir journals can be viewed from the links below. These are individual pages and represent a small portion of the complete journals.
|1888 - Incorporation Papers||1938 - 50th Anniversary Banquet Souvenir Journal|
|1924 - Complete Souvenir Journal of the Loan Fund's 20th Anniversary Banquet||
1949 - Membership Directory
|1928 - Complete
40th Anniversary Banquet Souvenir Journal
|1926 - partial
journal of dues payments
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