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Hebrew Home and Hospital -- Hebrew Health Care

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Summary Information
Administrative Information
Collection Inventory
Series I: Records, A-B
Series II: Records, C-M
Series III: Records, N-Z
Series IV: Auxiliary Records, Meeting Minutes
Auxiliary Board Minutes, September 1988 - September 1992
Auxiliary Board Minutes, November 1979 - November 1982
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Artifacts
Oversized Materials
Commemorative Resolutions/Miscellaneous Other

Summary Information

Repository
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Title
Hebrew Home and Hospital -- Hebrew Health Care
ID
Institution.0008.002.004a
Date [inclusive]
1898-2012
Extent
1.5 Cubic feet
Language
English
Biographical/Historical
Biographical/Historical note At the end of the last century, the women of the Jewish community banded together to create a wide variety of social services. One of their primary concerns was the care of the aged, and in 1898 they formed the Hebrew Ladies' Sick Benefit Association, probably an auxiliary of the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association. In 1901, the women pledged to pay five cents per week into a fund towards the building of a home for elders. They also went door to door collecting nickels each week from members of the community, carrying the money in handkerchiefs and earning the name "the handkerchief brigade." By 1907, they had raised enough money to purchase a large home at 33 Wooster Street that became the Hebrew Old People's Home. In 1911, the group changed its name to the Hebrew Ladies' Old Peoples' Home Association and began raising money for an expansion. By 1919, however, the Wooster Street facility could no longer meet community demand, and a mansion at 276 Washington Street was purchased. A large annex was eventually built. The number of elders under the care of the home grew so great that volunteer administration and maintenance was no longer feasible. In 1929 the first paid staff members were hired. By the1940s, the Home was again too small for the community's needs, and fundraising for a new facility began again. The new facility was completed in 1955 on Tower Avenue and received the name "Hebrew Home for the Aged." Eventually the Tower Avenue facility, responding to the needs of its constituents, became an actual chronic disease hospital. As the Jewish population moved west into West Hartford, Bloomfield, and Simsbury, most of the local Jewish institutions moved, as well. The Home, now called Hebrew Home and Hospital, joined them, moving to a site off of Bloomfield Avenue in 1989. The Home remains one of the prime local Jewish institutions today, a source of pride for the community.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents note This collection is strongest in recent materials; it contains relatively little early material. One very interesting component of this collection is the material relating to Sophie Tucker whose mother, Jennie Abusa, and friends in Hartford supported the Home and arranged for her to do benefit shows here. Another useful component is the photos and printed material that show the Home residents during the early 20th century, giving a sense of some of the religious observance that obtained during their generation.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

333 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT, 06117
860-727-6171
ekafer@jewishhartford.org

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Records, A-B
Advertising
Anniversaries
Annual Meetings, Miscellaneous
Annual Reports Miscellaneous
Auxiliary/Board Members
Auxiliary/Fundraising/Miscellaneous
Auxiliary/Fundraising/Strawberry Festival
Auxiliary/Meeting Minutes re: History of Hartford (1965)
Auxiliary/"Home Highlights" News Publication, 1960, 1980-1991
Auxiliary/Meeting Programs
Auxiliary/Miscellaneous
Auxiliary/Volunteer Activities
Board of Directors/Members
Board of Director/Minutes
Buildings/33 Wooster Street, Hartford [1911-1919]
Buildings/276 Washington Street, Hartford [1919-1955]
Buildings/615 Tower Avenue, Hartford [1955-1989]
Buildings/1 Abrahms Boulevard -- 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford
Buildings/1 Abrahms Boulevard -- 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford

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Series II: Records, C-M
Auxiliary of Hebrew Health Care
Constitution and By-Laws (1901, 1947, 1952, 1960)
Correspondence/Miscellaneous
Education/Workshops
Financial Information
Founders
Fundraising
Fundraising/Sophie Tucker Benefit Shows
Government Funding
Historical Highlights
Historical Highlights/1955 Time Capsule
Honorary Events
Institutional Activities/Programs for Residents and Day Clients
Lecture Series

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Series III: Records, N-Z
Newsletters/Family Newsletter, 2000s
Newsletters/Happenings, 1980-1981
Newsletters/Highlights, 1949
Newsletters/Highlights, 1952, 1965, 1981
Newsletters/Highlights, 1984-1986
Newsletters/ Highlights, 1987-1988
Newsletters/Highlights, 1989-1991
Newsletters/Highlights, 1992-1995
Newsletters/Highlights, 1996­1997
Newsletters/Highlights, 1998-1999
Newsletters/Highlights, 2000-2001
Newsletters/Highlights, 2002-2003
Newsletters/Highlights, 2004-2005
Newsletters/Image '93, 1993
Newspaper clippings, 1930s-1940s
Newspaper clippings, 1950s-1960s
Newspaper clippings, 1970s-1980s
Newspaper clippings, 1990s
Newspaper clippings, 2000s
Newspaper clippings, 2010s
Open House Celebration, 1989
Photocopies/copies of newspaper articles related to the Hebrew Home
Reports/Report from the President …on the Impact of the Nursing Shortage, 1988
Residents
Scrapbook/Anna Fichman's Scrapbook
Staff Members
Summerwood at University Park

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Series IV: Auxiliary Records, Meeting Minutes
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1929-1932
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1962-1964
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1964-1966
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1967-1970
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1971-1973
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1974-1979
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1982-1983
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1984-1985
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1992-1993
Auxiliary Board Minutes, 1994-1995

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Auxiliary Board Minutes, September 1988 - September 1992

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Auxiliary Board Minutes, November 1979 - November 1982

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Photographs
Auxiliary/"Honorary Board," 1967
Auxiliary/Members
Buildings/335 Bloomfield Avenue
Buildings/615 Tower Avenue
Buildings/33 Wooster Street
Buildings/276 Washington Street
Buildings/276 Washington Street
Founders
Fundraising/Sophie Tucker's Benefit Shows
Historical Highlights
Residents

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Scrapbooks
Scrapbook of Anna Fichman, Auxiliary president, filed in main box. Use preservation photocopies for research, not the original.
Scrapbook of Lillian Krinsky, Junior League of Hebrew Ladies' Old Peoples' Home, filed in separate box

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Artifacts
3 badges and ribbons created for Abrahms Blvd. facility groundbreaking, 1986 Badge created for Abrahms Blvd. facility fundraising; "Keep the Promise" Souvenir Hagaddah from Jerusalem, ca 1896, probably the possession of a former resident

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Oversized Materials
Some oversized documents have been photocopied and stored in the Oversize Documents/Organizations box; the copies have been incorporated into the main document collection.
Other documents that have been framed are located in oversize drawers. These consist of very large framed resolutions commemorating various individuals, 1940-1950s.

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Commemorative Resolutions/Miscellaneous Other
1947 list of founders, officers, etc.
Board of Directors/copy of large framed commemorative picture with medallion photos of the directors
Commemorative resolution/Abramson, David
Commemorative resolution/Freidman, Joseph
Commemorative resolution/Friedman, Joseph M.
Commemorative resolution/Ginsberg, Fannie Gilman, in oversize drawer 2
Commemorative resolution/Katzman, Bela
Commemorative resolution/Laschever, Rose
Commemorative resolution/Sherman, Isadore
Commemorative resolution/Weinstein, Mrs. Maurice
Founders, very good quality photo
Contributors to the building fund, 1925-1926, with names of many prominent people,including Sophier Tucker and Beatrice Auerbach
Other/Businesses/Kashman Specialty Market/interior, 1920s
Other/Businesses/Whelan Drugs/Samuel Berson, 1950s?
Other/Education/Hartford Public High School Hopkins debating club, 1909-1910
Other/Education/Hartford Public High School Hopkins debating club, 1916
Other/Education/HPHL, Class of 1912
Other/Education/HPHL, Class of 1922A
Other/Education/Sports/Football Team, 1916
Other/Family History/genealogy charts
Other/floor plan of Emanuel 25th anniversary
Other/Organizations/B'Nai B'rith/Ararat Lodge/banquet, 1938
Other/Synagogues/Beth El/Sanctuary
Other/Zionism/Inidviduals/Herzl, Theodore/print

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