Accession consists of notice for a General Nomination Meeting of the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society (1942) with a handwritten Bar Mitzvah speech in Yiddish on the back, and an announcement of a regular Meeting (1950) of the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society. Both events were held in the auditorium of the Brunswick Avenue Talmud Torah. In addition there is a 1933 advertisement for the Waverley Beauty Shoppe on Augusta Avenue, owned by Freda Sandler and Bess Silverman.
Translation of handwritten Bar Mitzah speech courtesy of Miriam Borden
"Dear friends, parents, grandparents, and honoured guests! Today’s simkhe (celebration) that we have come together to celebrate is a simkhe for us all: We are bringing a new member into the Jewish community and the Jewish people. Dear friends, you know how much parents strive to give their children the best Jewish education. to raise them to be honest people and proud Jews. The name “Jew” is our honour, the name has cost us dearly, cost us tsures (suffering) and harsh decrees, but we have carried it like fire. We parents continue to bring new and fresh strength that join us in the chain that has lasted us thousands of years, and helps us to carry the heavy pack upon our bent backs, the pack with treasure soaked in our blood and tears. The treasure is hope, and hope is the strongest weapon of a steely Jewish people that believes in light, not darkness. Darkness will not fall upon our heads. The flame tears through, its rays filling all Jewish hearts and giving them the strength to endure until the days of the messiah for thousands of years. And now, today is the greatest evil go our time. The the filthy, worthless, insane hound Hitler, who fights bitterly with all his might to extinguish the Jewish flame—he will not triumph, the Jewish people will not allow it. The Jewish people lives. And that flame will create for us new paths to new skies and a just world, a world of peace and justice.”
The Pride of Israel Sick benefit Society was founded in 1905.