Records of Emigrant Associations of Lyakhovichi
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The Ladies Auxiliary of Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz
The November 2009 update emphasizes accessibility and clarity and so the records for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz move to their own page where we can continue to place new information related to that group at Records of Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz's Ladies Auxiliary.
NEW NOVEMBER 2009 The cemetery gates of the Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz plots at Washington Cemetery, Mt Judah Cemetery, and Beth David - all in the New York city metro area, are on our pages. The Ladies Auxiliary leadership appears on the gates at Beth David's plot. Go to page Cemetery Stones 10 - Burial register for Beth David Cemetery
We have photographs of the cemetery stones of almost every adult woman who belonged to Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz. Because of the incredible labors of Tina Levineall of the cemetery stones in all three of the Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz owned plots in New York city, were photographed.
We want individual and group photographs of the ladies themselves. Do you have a picture of any of these ladies to share?
There has, as yet, been no history of the Ladies Auxiliary of Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz, found unpublished or languishing in someone's papers. If you have such a document, or know of materials that could be used to create one, please contact the webmaster. The synagogue congregation was founded in 1892. The congregation purchased cemetery plots at Washington Cemetery in 1893 and the gates and pillars at that site probably do not include any women's names among the organization leadership. (The images have not yet been made legible). The second set of cemetery plots at Mt Judah were purchased sometime before their first member burial in 1915. Their gates have just been transcribed and they do not give any indication of active female participation in the organizational activities of the Congregation. This may be misleading as the pillars specifically refer to the Khevra Kadisha of the Congregation, which like all other Khevrot Kadisha of the time period was still a male-only organization. The Congregation appears in American Jewish Year Book's directories of Jewish organizations in New York City beginning in 1900, but we reach the 1940s before the Ladies Auxiliary appears.The pogrom relief collections of 1890-1910 that did their fund-raising among every Jewish organization in the US, did not hesitate to credit the efforts of Ladies sewing circles, helping hand associations, and other groups run by the wives of men active in Jewish life. But Congregation Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz gave its contribution in 1905 as a single group, no separate contribution from any women's group was noted. As late as 1939 when the WPA survey of the congregational records of NYC religious institutions was done, interviews with the sexton Fishel Surowitz and the congregation president J. Suchow, turned up no hint of an associated Women's group. See the WPA survey photo and the link to the readable copy on Records of Lyakhovichi Emigrant Groups.
This 1965 Joint Event of "Congregation Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz and The Lechovichers Ladies Auxilliary" featured speakers and performers included Joseph Foxman of Baranovichi (grandson of Lechovicher Gedalia Miletsky and father of today's president of the Anti-Defamation League - Abraham Foxman) and Cantor Mordechai Spector. The Yiskor Committe's names are listed: Alter Wohl; Isidor Sushaf (Suchow); Stera Mushkat; Necha Mandel. The signers of the announcement are Isidor Sushaf (Suchow) and Jack Lubosh
YIVO's Records of the Ladies Auxillary of Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechovitz in
Neville Lamdan, wrote an introduction to these records in 1999 and Jerry Seligson did a yeoman job on getting these names transliterated from the Yiddish files at YIVO in 2001, and then put them into a form that could be listed. In the table below, the abbreviations are ML- membership list 1952-1956; AN - annotated notes from the membership books about men who were officers in the larger organization of Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz, who participated in events of the Ladies Auxiliary. But the table is largely dry as dust financial notes: whose dues were paid, and in what years. We need your help to make this list more valuable. Paulayne Epstein has already begun when she sent us this email.
March 11, 2008: I enjoyed scanning the site, especially the Lechovitcher Ladies Group.
Yetta Szapiro Sklarsky was my Mom. Esther Kantrowitz Berg was my mother's closest friend and married to
her cousin from Kletsk. Reba Levy was my pseudo Aunt and married to my Mom's
first cousin. G Shapiro was my Tanta Gussie
I'll pass the info on to Esther's children. Perhaps they can recognize
some of the photos. I'll also try to make some copies of my Mom's photos from Lechovich.
Perhaps someone will know who they are.
Correspondence of Bnai Isaac Anshe Lechowitz and the Ladies Auxiliary
The flyer below is from an event scheduled by the Congregation and the Ladies Auxiliary, together. We also have correspondence sent by the group to it's membership and would like to find more. This piece is from just after the Holocaust Memorial was built at Beth David Cemetery and has one side in Yiddish and the other in English. We learn the original Yiddish language surnames of the three signers, also. It was accompanied by a photo of the monument at Beth David. What other documents do you have?
Letter accompanying Holocaust Memorial with Yahrtzeit dates and location of mass grave in Lyakhovichi shared by Harold Levy This page will expand if you hold the cursor in the lower right corner