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Finding Aid to the B'nai B'rith, District Grand Lodge No. 4 Records, 1864-1999, bulk 1980-1999
BANC MSS 2010/777  
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The B'nai B'rith, District Grand Lodge No. 4 records document an extensive history of Jewish programming and community service from one of the most important Jewish organizations in North America.
In 1843, Henry Jones and 11 other German-Jewish immigrants gathered in New York's Lower East Side to confront the plight and condition of Jews in the United States - giving birth to the organization, B'nai B'rith. The original members' first concrete action was to create an insurance policy that awarded members' widows $30 toward funeral expenses and a stipend of one dollar a week for the rest of their lives. It is from this basis of humanitarian aid and service that a system of fraternal lodges and chapters grew in the United States and, eventually, around the world.
Number of containers: 31 cartons, 22 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 box Linear feet: 48 linear feet
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Collection is open for research.