Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath photograph collection, approximately 1892-1991  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath (Seattle, Wash.)
Title
Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath photograph collection
Dates
approximately 1892-1991 (inclusive)
Quantity
126 photographic prints, 30 negatives, 2 slides (1 box and 1 folder) ; various sizes
Collection Number
PH0914
Summary
Photographs of congregation members and activities of the Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Jewish synagogue in Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Selections from the collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Additional Reference Guides

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Jewish organization, Chevra Bikur Cholim, (Hebrew for "society for visiting the sick"), incorporated in Seattle in 1891 with the purpose of caring for the sick and providing proper burial. Within a decade it evolved into a religious congregation. Before incorporating, the chevra held Simchas Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah) services in 1889 in Red Man's Hall on 2nd Avenue and Seneca Street. Burial grounds were purchased at Oak Lake, circa 1890. Bikur Cholim's first synagogue was a remodeled private residence, at 14th Avenue and Washington Street. It became the center of religious and social activity for orthodox Jewry. Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath began with the founding of Chevra Bikur Cholim in 1891. The congregation moved to Seward Park in the early 1960s, and merged with Congregation Machzikay Hadath in 1971. On January 22, 1972, Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath celebrated the official opening of its newly constructed Seward Park building with the bar mitzvah of a fourth generation member of the original Bikur Cholim. Today, Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath is the largest Ashkenazic Orthodox synagogue in the greater Seattle area, with nearly 300 member families.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes photographs of the past presidents of Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, and Bikur Cholim related businesses, activities, and people. It also includes the 70th, 75th, and 90th anniversary banquets for Bikur Cholim, and dedication of the Vestry at 17th & Yesler in Seattle.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Presidents of Bikur Cholim - Machzikay HadathReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
Harry Lasky
President between 1892 and 1898.
between 1892 and 1898?
1/1 2
  Herman Kessler
President from 1898 to 1910 and from 1911 to 1916.
between 1898 and 1916?
1/1 3
Joseph Matzger
President from 1910 to 1911.
between 1910 and 1911?
1/1 4
Meyer Goodglick
President from 1916-1920, 1925-1926, and 1929-1930.
between 1916 and 1930?
1/1 5
Abe Spring
President from 1920-1922 and 1922-1925.
between 1920 and 1925?
1/1 6
  Hyman Abrashem
President from 1922-1923.
between 1922 and 1923?
1/1 7
Allen Rickles
President from 1926-1929.
between 1926 and 1929?
1/1 8
  Charles Miller
President from 1930-1946 and 1947-1948,
between 1930 and 1948?
1/2 9
  Reuben Steinberg
President from 1947-1947 and 1965-1967.
between 1946 and 1967?
1/2 10
Harry Woron
President from 1948-1952.
between 1948 and 1952?
1/2 11
Harry Russak
President from 1952-1953.
between 1952 and 1953?
1/2 12
  Israel Volotin
President from 1953-1961 and 1967-1975.
between 1953 and 1975?
1/2 13
Ben Bridge
President from 1961-1963.
between 1961 and 1963?
1/2 14
  Ben Genauer
President from 1963-1965 and 1980-1982
between 1963 and 1982?
1/2 15
Sheldon Steinberg
President from 1975-1976.
between 1975 and 1976?
1/2 16
  Joseph Russak
President from 1976-1980.
between 1976 and 1980?
1/3 17
Meyer Twersky
President from 1982-1985.
between 1982 and 1985?
1/3 18
  Mel Wolf
President from 1985-1988.
between 1985 and 1988?
1/3 19
Eli Genauer
President from 1988-1991.
between 1988 and 1991?
1/3 20
 Cliff Godwin
President from 1991-1993.
between 1991 and 1993?
1/3 21
Louis Treiger
President from 1993-1996.
between 1993 and 1996?
1/3 22
Larry Russak
President from 1996 to ?
1996?
1/3 23 between 1988 and 1996?
1/3 24
Erving Treiger
between 1988-1996?

Bikur Cholim related businesses and activitiesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/4 25
Guests at B'rith of Harry Schwartz, Seattle
There are some identifications on note attached to verso.
1907
1/4 26a-b
 Dedication of Vestry at 17th & Yesler
26b is a cropped copy. Original is torn.Identified in photo: Morris Pearl, "Pop" Rosenthal, Julius Shaffer, Sol Prottas, Herman "Pop" Kessler, Isaac Colsky.
1915
1/4 27
Abe Nelson and Harry Russak at Russak & Nelson Motor Car Wrecking on Pike St. near Broadway
between 1921 and 1923
1/4 28
Union Market (Gordon and Woron) on Yesler Way with Louis Woron holding side of beef
1930?
1/4 29
Bikur Cholim Choir
Walters Studio
1947
1/4 30
 Group at Bikur Cholim Yeshiva Chaim Ozer
Standing left to right: Alan Genauer, Harold Genauer, Marshall Luban, Joseph Radinsky, Yaakov Weinberg, Paul Rogoway, Jimmy Benoliel. Seated left to right: David Genauer, Irwin Friend, Rabbi Gerseion Appel, Rabbi Shlomo Oppenheimer, Norman Volotin, Naftali Porush.
between 1950 and 1953
1/4 31
Women at Sisterhood officer installation and fashion show
between 1950 and 1960
1/4 32
 Chanukah at Bikur Cholim -Machzikay Hadath synagogue
Left to right: Marshal Hartholz, Sam Prottas, Israel Valotin, Sam Steinberg, Ben Bridge.
1960
1/4 33
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen of Sephardic Bikur Cholim Congregation blowing the shofar at Soviet Jewry rally
between 1986 and 1987
1/4 34 1972
1/4 35-36
Bikur Cholim buildings
1981?

Banquets and Anniversary CelebrationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/5 37
 Bikur Cholim 70th or 75th anniversary banquet
There are some identifications on accompanying material..
Walters Studio (photographer)
1961 or 1966
box-folder:oversize
OS5 38 October 27, 1963
Box/Folder
1/5 39 1965?
1/5 40 1966
1/5 41 1969
1/5 42
 Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society) dinner
Left to right: Nathan Etkin, Phillip Appelbaum, Samuel Buttnick, Jack Buttnick.
Ron Steinberg (photographer)
1969
Bikur Cholim 90th anniversary celebration
The following photos are by Portraits by Harvey, Seattle.
Box/Folder item
1/6 43-46
Cakes and ice sculpture
November 1981
1/6 47 November 1981
1/6 48
 Color guard next to flag
Larry Jason, Mr. and Mrs. Statesman, Zelda Tatel, Larry Russak, Mel Tatel.
November 1981
1/6 49-52
Guests mingling at party
November 1981
1/6 53 November 1981
1/6 54
Cantor Sol Ritter and son Dr. Ritter
November 1981
1/6 55 November 1981
1/6 56
Cantor Ritter and son with Joe Russak
November 1981
1/6 57 November 1981
1/7 58
Sid Rogers, Lou Schwarz, Mel and Zelda Tatel with flags
November 1981
1/7 59 November 1981
1/7 60
Mel and Zelda Tatel, Jack Greenberg with flag
November 1981
1/7 61 November 1981
1/7 62
Larry Jason at podium
November 1981
1/7 63
Man at podium in front of alter
November 1981
1/7 64-70
People seated in synagogue
November 1981
1/7 71-72
Choir in synagogue
November 1981
1/8 73-74 November 1981
1/8 75
Dr. Kurt Steinbrecher, Sol Birulin, Harry Seaman, Sam Zarkin, Sam Lawson, Cantor Gottlieb and choir
November 1981
1/8 76 November 1981
1/8 77
Ben Genauer at podium
November 1981
1/8 78-79
Cantor Ritter
November 1981
1/8 80-81 November 1981
1/8 82
Rabbi Londinski at podium
November 1981
1/8 83 November 1981
1/8 84-85
People mingling at buffet tables
November 1981
1/8 86-87 November 1981
1/9 88-89 November 1981
1/9 90-91
Ben Genauer and others at party
November 1981
1/9 92 November 1981
1/9 93
Ed Baronsky and Bert Steinberg
November 1981
1/9 94 November 1981
1/9 95
David and Nancy Sternoff
November 1981
1/9 96
Joe and Adina Russak
November 1981
1/9 97 November 1981
1/9 98
Ben and Jean Genauer
November 1981
1/9 99 November 1981
1/9 100
Couple at party
November 1981
1/9 101 November 1981
1/9 102
Mr. Tatel
November 1981
1/10 103
Man and two women at party
November 1981
1/10 104
 Committee members
Front row left to right: Meta Buttnick, Larry Russak, Ben Genauer, Nancy Sternoff, Rabbi Londinski. Back row: Barry Ernsthoff, Larry Jason, Rabbi D. Twersky.
November 1981
1/10 105
Bert Steinberg and daughter Charlene Calvo
November 1981
1/10 106 November 1981
1/10 107
Stacy Lawson Willner, Stuart Willner, Rabbi Londinski
November 1981
1/10 108
Irving Lawson, Cantor Ritter and son
November 1981
1/10 109 November 1981
1/10 110
Sara Kramer, Rosalie and Dr. Kurt Steinbrecher
November 1981
1/10 111
Couple at party
November 1981
1/10 112 November 1981
1/10 113
Jack and Ruth Genauer
November 1981
1/10 114-115 November 1981

People related to Bikur CholimReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/11 116
 Portrait of a woman
Boyd, Seattle (photographer)
between 1889 and 1905?
1/11 117 1918?
1/11 118 between 1920 and 1945?
1/11 119 1930?
1/11 120
Bikur Cholim officers and board
1956
1/12 121 1964
1/12 122
Cliff Godwin
1991
1/12 123 1991
1/12 124
 Cemetery & Chapel Committee
Left to right: Mel Wolfe, Jack Buttnick, Ed Baronsky.
between 1990 and 1991?
1/12 125
Melvyn Poll
between 1970 and 1980?
box-folder:oversize
OS5 126 between 1930 and 1940?
Box/Folder
1/12 127
 Bikur Cholim Sephardic school class
Scanned from negative.
1937

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ashkenazim--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Orthodox Judaism--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Chevra Bikur Cholim (Congregation : Seattle, Wash.)
  • Congregation Bikur Cholim (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath (Seattle, Wash.)--History--Photographs
  • Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath (Seattle, Wash.)--Presidents--Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (curator)