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Inventory of the Charleston Chapter #143 of Aleph Zadik Aleph (Charleston, S.C.) Records, 1947-1958

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Correspondence, newsletters, manuals, pledge tests and training booklets, and ephemera relating to Charleston chapter #143 of Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), an all-male Jewish youth organization.
Title: Charleston Chapter #143 of Aleph Zadik Aleph (Charleston, S.C.) records
Creator: Aleph Zadik Aleph. Charleston Chapter #143 (Charleston, S.C.)
Date(s): 1947-1958    
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
(1 document box)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 1129
Language of Material: Materials in English

Historical Note

Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), an all-male Jewish youth organization, was founded in 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska. The group was adopted by B'nai B'rith International as its official youth program in 1925 and became an international organization in 1926. AZA's Charleston chapter #143 was founded in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1931, as part of the organization's southern region. By its tenth anniversary in 1933, AZA had 100 chapters in the Unites States. In 1944, B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG) was officially established and B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) was created to govern both groups.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of materials documenting the activities of the Charleston chapter of AZA during the early 1950s. Included are issues of the chapter's Chaza newsletter, correspondence, AZA manuals on ceremonies and officer responsibilities, pledge tests and training booklets, convention programs and applications, event programs and tickets, and membership cards.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.


    • Aleph Zadik Aleph. Charleston Chapter #143 (Charleston, S.C.)
    • B'nai B'rith


    • Fraternal organizations--South Carolina--Charleston
    • Jewish youth--South Carolina--Charleston--Societies and Clubs

    Types of Material

    • Newsletters
    • Correspondence
    • Programs (documents)
    • Bylaws (administrative records)
    • Manuals (instructional materials)
    • Training manuals
    • Membership cards

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (Charleston, SC) records (Mss 1046).


    Chaza newsletter, 1947-1958   box 1 | folder 1

    Issues cover AZA sweetheart elections, athletic tournaments, induction of new members, annual events (such as dances and the AZA Sabbath), regional convention attendance, messages from the Aleph Godol (president), and updates from various committees within the chapter.

    The Shofar, 1949   box 1 | folder 2

    Award rules, constitution and by-laws, 1952, undated   box 1 | folder 3

    The Charleston chapter's constitution and by-laws approved in 1952, and rules for the Kirshstein-Sonenshine Best Aleph Award, the Shield of David Award, the B'nai B'rith Cooperation Award, and the All-Around AZA Chapter Award.

    Convention materials, 1952-1955   box 1 | folder 4

    Assorted programs and applications to annual AZA southern regional conventions.

    Membership cards and name tags, 1952-1956   box 1 | folder 5

    Cards and name tags belonging to Jack Karesh, who served as Aleph Godol (president) of the Charleston chapter and as a regional executive committee member.

    Event materials, 1953-1955   box 1 | folder 6

    Tickets, programs and articles regarding AZA events, including minstrel shows, talent shows, and dances.

    Pledge materials, 1953, undated   box 1 | folder 7

    Pledge materials, 1953, undated

    Correspondence, 1954-1958   box 1 | folder 8

    Correspondence between Jack Karesh and regional AZA officials, parents, and chapter members regarding procuring AZA pins and other materials, upcoming events, the chapter budget, and attendance at regional executive committee meetings.

    American Red Cross fundraiser, 1955, undated   box 1 | folder 9

    Certificates, receipts, and other materials acknowledging the contribution of AZA Charleston chapter #143 to the 1955 Red Cross campaign.

    Charleston chapter 25th anniversary, 1956   box 1 | folder 10

    Invitations and programs for the 25th anniversary celebration held on November 22, 1956.

    AZA manuals, undated   box 1 | folder 11

    Manuals include Aleph-in-Training, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Officers Manual, Pledge Manual, Inside Information, and Ceremony of Initiation.

    Charleston chapter regional sweetheart nominees, undated   box 1 | folder 12

    Small flyers supporting nominees for the position of Charleston chapter regional sweetheart.

    AZA forms, undated   box 1 | folder 13

    An Official AZA Health Certificate and an application for membership in B'nai B'rith Youth Organization.

    Other, undated   box 1 | folder 14

    A speech by Jack Karesh at an AZA Sabbath service and a Charleston chapter #143 song sheet.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

    The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charleston Chapter #143 of Aleph Zadik Aleph (Charleston, S.C.) records, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2011 by Jack Karesh.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Amy Lazarus, July 2015.

    Encoded by Amy Lazarus, August 2015.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Joshua Minor, August 2015.

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