In the 1960s, the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) microfilmed the Jewish incorporation records for Landsmanshaftn and other town and country-related organizations incorporated in New York County the period from 1848-1920. These Landsmanshaftn provided social and economic services and support for their members. The following Dębica Landsmanshaft [home town association] is recorded in the microfilms: In the 1960s, the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) microfilmed the Jewish incorporation records for Landsmanshaftn and other town and country-related organizations incorporated in New York County the period from 1848-1920. These Landsmanshaftn provided social and economic services and support for their members.
Independent Dembitzer Social, Educational and Aid Association - incorporated in 1903 - Document # 1149
YIVO Landsmanshaftn Collection:
The Landsmanshaftn files include information on all the activities of the
Landsmanschaft including list of Officers, membership lists, meetings, records
pertaining to burials, etc. The files can be viewed at the YIVO Institute for
The following Dębica Landsmanschaft files are included in the YIVO Landsmanschaft collection:
Dembitzer Landsleit, Inc - RG 1047
Institute for Jewish Research
The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011-6301
Note: RG stands for Record Group
New York Metropolitan Area Burial Society Plots: In 1989, the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (New York) began an effort to identify the names and cemetery locations of all Jewish burial society plots in the New York metropolitan area. These include plots of landsmanshaftn, synagogues, family circles, fraternal organizations and labor unions. The following Dębica cemetery plots are listed:
Congregation Bnai Chajim Machne Rubin (post - Union Field (Ridgewood, NY) - Blocks 5 & 8
Dembitzer Landsleit of New York (post) - Washington (Deans NJ) - Section 2, Block 10
Dembitzer Young Men's Benevolent Society - Washington (B'klyn) - Section 5, Post 484
Dembitzer Young Men's Benevolent Society - Beth David (Elmont) - Section 1, Block 5
Dembitzer Young Men's Benevolent Society - Mt. Hebron - Block 55, Path 19
Note: Although not listed in any of the databases we searched the Congregation Bnai Chajim Machne Rubin is listed as a Dębica Landsmanschaft in the New York Metropolitan Area Burial Society Plots database.
Congregations (Synagogues) - Mutual Benefit Societies (Landsmanshaftn)
WPA Yiddish Writer's Group Study (1938) - Yiddish Listing. Organizations consisting of anshei synagogues (landsmanshaft congregations), independent societies, ladies aid societies and ladies auxiliaries, workmen's fraternal orders (Workmen's Circle, Jewish National Workers' Alliance, and International Workers' Order), other fraternal orders, united relief committees, patronati (organizations that aided political prisoners in Poland), and miscellaneous centers and clubs listed in Di yidishe landsmanshaftn fun nyu york (The Jewish Landsmanshaftn of New York) (pages 274-372) prepared by the Yiddish Writers' Guild of the Federal Writers' Project, Works Projects Administration, published by the I.L. Peretz Yiddish Writers' Group in 1938 lists the following Dębica Landsmanshaft / Organizations:
Dembitzer Young Men's Ben. Society
It gives the following information: Founded in 1900 with 10 members. In 1938 it had 350 members. Order No.422 - Page No. 274
WPA Yiddish Writer's Group Study (1938-39) - Organizations listed in English in Di yidishe landsmanshaftn fun nyu york (The Jewish Landsmanshaftn of New York) (pages 378 through 397) and in Yiddishe familyes un familye krayzn fun nyu york (Jewish Families and Family Circles of New York) (pages 204 through 206) prepared by the Yiddish Writers' Guild of the Federal Writers' Project, Works Projects Administration, published by the I.L. Peretz Yiddish Writers' Group in 1938 and 1939, respectively, lists following Dębica Landsmanschaft. The original has more information than is given below.
Dembitzer Y. M. B. S. [Young Men’s Benevolent Society]. – Independent Society / Landsmanschaft
Synagogues: In 1939 the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted a survey of all known houses of worship in the United States, both Jewish and non-Jewish. The synagogue listings for New York City are on five rolls of microfilm at the New York City Municipal Archives. They are Microfilm #'s (M.N.) 21318-21322, Roll #'s 319-323. The synagogues, divided separately by borough, are listed in the accompanying. Each entry contains both a Form # beginning with the letter "W" (in the upper left-hand corner of the form) and a Card # (in the upper right-hand corner of the form). The year of organization is also given. The following Dębica Synagogue is listed:
Sanditzer and Dembitzer Cong. Rubin B'nai Aaron– Manhattan - M.N. #21320, Roll #321 Card # 920 (Defunct)
Note: There are typographical and spelling errors in the original WPA manuscript. Many of the spellings are phonetical rather than actual and are reproduced here as found in the original manuscripts.
The American Jewish Year Book. The original gives the building address, the founding date, the names of the major officers, the number of members, the income of the last fiscal year, and the frequency of meetings or services. The listings for congregations also contain the name of the rabbi and cantor, the number of pupils and teachers in the religious school, and the names of auxiliary societies.
In the September 25, 1919 to September 12, 1920 Year Book the following entries for Dębica are listed for Manhattan and the Bronx. The original has more information than is given below.
Nysander Dembizer Chevrah Mach'neh Reuben B'nai Aaron - Congregation [Synagogue]
Dembitzer Y. M. B. S. (F. G. B. J. A.) - Mutual Benefit Societies [Landsmanshaft]
Note: There are typographical and spelling errors in the original manuscript. Many of the spellings are phonetical rather than actual and are reproduced here as found in the original manuscripts.
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