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Short essays on the history of many of these organizations are posted here.

This database currently has little data past 1919. Check the list of records for more details, or contact me directly—I have much more than I've posted so far.

Charity Girls

A short-lived group of young Jewish women who caused a public controversy in 1908 when they defied the Ladies' Aid.

Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society

The Ladies’ Aid, later known at the Sisterhood, assisted the men-only officers and directors of the synagogue in supporting the shul and its school. It was founded in 1905 to help the survivors of the Kishinev Massacre. More info »

Hebrew School

At different periods in its history Homestead had a daily after-school cheder and a Sunday school.

Heptagon Club

An active Jewish club in 1907-1908.

Homestead Hebrew Cemetery / Chevra Kadisha

Founded in 1896 and active to this day, the cemetery, operated for most of its existence as part of the congregation, is the resting place of generations of Homestead Hebrews. More info about the chevra kadisha »

Homestead Hebrew Club

A local social group in the early 1900s. It may have been the same group at the Homestead Hebrew Political Club, a political & social group.

Homestead Hebrew Congregation Rodef Shalom

The Homestead Hebrew Congregation was the only shul in Homestead, PA (except for a brief period in the early 1900s). The community was formally organized in 1894 and disbanded in 1992. Its first synagogue was located at 540 Ammon St. It was destroyed in an arson. The new synagogue remains to this day near the corner of 10th and McClure. More info »

Homestead Hebrew Political Club

A local political group in the early 1900s that focused on borough elections. It may have been the same group at the Homestead Hebrew Club, a social group.

Homestead Zion Society

Founded in 1903, this group was first of a series of local Zionist organizations supported by Homestead's Jewish community. More info »

Independent Order B'nai Abraham (I.O.B.A.)

A Jewish fraternal lodge in Homestead founded in 1907. More info »

Independent Order B'nai B'rith (I.O.B.B.) #586

There were two B’nai B’rith lodges during Homestead’s history. This one, organized 12/11/1904, was the first. It seems to have faded to inactivity by the 30s. More info »

Roosevelt Club

A short-lived club of Jewish young women in 1907. Named after Teddy Roosevelt, it turned one of his less-memorable causes—preventing "race suicide"—towards the Jewish community.

You Know Club

A short-lived group of young people that may or may not have been Jewish. There was a much later YDK Club that clearly wasn't Jewish.

Young Boys' Hebrew Association (Y.B.H.A.)

Organized in 1915, this short-lived group presumably provided a social outlet for those too young for the Y.M.H.A.

Young Judaean Club

Young Judaea was born in 1909 out of Zionist clubs across the country. Homestead's local chapter was organized in the late teens and continued intermittently through the 1950s. More info »

Young Men's Hebrew Association (Y.M.H.A.)

Founded in October 1914, the Homestead chapter of the Y.M.H.A. gave the young Jewish men of Homestead a social organization of their own. More info »

Young Women's Hebrew Association (Y.W.H.A.)

Founded in early 1912, the Homestead chapter of the Y.W.H.A. gave the young Jewish women of Homestead a social organization of their own. More info »