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Inventory of the Anderson Sisterhood Minutes Book, 1931-1939

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Original and photocopied monthly meeting minutes book of the Anderson Sisterhood of Temple B'nai Israel located in Anderson, South Carolina. The Anderson Sisterhood was affiliated with the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, now known as Women of Reform Judaism, and helped to raise funds for rabbinic scholarships and charities including the American Red Cross and the Hebrew Orphan's Home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Title: Anderson Sisterhood minutes book
Creator: Temple B'nai Israel (Anderson, S.C.). Sisterhood
Date(s): 1931-1939  
Extent: 1 folder
(1 item)
Repository: Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 1034-101
Language of Material: Materials in English

Historical Note

With the aid of Rabbi Gustave Falk, secretary of the Southeastern Conference of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Harry Geisberg (1891-1936) established the Anderson Sisterhood of Temple B'nai Israel in 1932 in Anderson, South Carolina. It was affiliated with the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, now known as Women of Reform Judaism, a philanthropic organization that raises funds for charities and rabbinic scholarships and educates congregational leaders in membership, fundraising, and leadership skills. To help raise funds the sisterhood sold Uniongrams, hand lettered greeting cards, the proceeds of which contributed to the training of young rabbis at the Union of American Hebrew Congregation, now known as the Union for Reform Judaism. In addition, the sisterhood organized the first Sunday school in Anderson, maintained membership in the Council of Church Women, which helped to supply milk to needy children, and contributed annually to various charities, including the American Red Cross, the Tuberculosis Association, the Children's Hospital, the Denver Tuberculosis Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and the Hebrew Orphan's Home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Collection Overview

Original and photocopied regular monthly meeting minutes book of the Anderson Sisterhood of Temple B'nai Israel located in Anderson, South Carolina, from 1931 to 1939. Minutes record financial matters, including charitable donations and dues collected, elections of committee officers, new members, and committee reports read. Meeting minutes were recorded by sisterhood secretaries Mrs. Ted Fleishman, Mrs. Sam Rosenberg, and Mrs. W. W. Kesslir.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are arranged and described at the item level.

Search Terms

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    • Temple B'nai Israel (Anderson, S.C.). Sisterhood
    • National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods
    • Women of Reform Judaism (U.S.)


    • Jewish women--South Carolina--Anderson--History
    • Jewish women--Societies and clubs


    • Anderson (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Minute books


    Anderson sisterhood minutes book, 1931-1939

    Administrative Information

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Anderson Sisterhood minutes book, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2010 by David Draisen.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Joshua Minor, May 2012.

    Encoded by Joshua Minor, June 2012.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, June 2012.

    Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

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