Jewish Armed Services Committee records, 1943-1994 and undated

Jewish Armed Services Committee (Baltimore, Md.).


4.25 linear ft.
Arranged in eleven series: Series I. Administrative Records, 1943-1993 and undated; Series II. Awards, 1956-1996 (folders organized alphabetically by the name of the group that issued the award); Series III. Board, 1963-1993 and undated; Series IV. Correspondence, 1943-1993 and undated; Series V. Events & Programs, 1966-1992; Series VI. Financial Records, 1969-1994 and undated; Series VII. Jewish Welfare Board, 1943-1987 and undated; Series VIII. Military Information, 1958-1989 and undated; Series IX. Newspaper clippings, 1946-1983 and undated; Series X. Reports and Publications, 1952-1989 and undated; and Series IX. Photographs. Series are organized alphabetically by series title. Each series is also organized alphabetically within the series. Dates, where known, are included in the folder list. Folders contain original accession number(s), but the numbers do not appear on the box list.
Materials include: administrative materials from the Jewish Armed Services Committee, including employee files, information about the construction of the Harry Greenstein Social Services Building, and health insurance and pension information; certificates of achievement and service from various military and non-military groups to the Jewish Armed Services Committee or to individual members of the JASC. Groups represented include the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Oozlefinch, the Baltimore County Dept. of Aging, the Dept. of the Army, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the President of the United States, the U.S. Army Air Defense Command, and the Soviet Jewry Committee; meeting minutes, member lists, and correspondence of the board of directors of the Jewish Armed Services Committee; correspondence from the Jewish Armed Services Committee. General correspondence appears first, followed by correspondence regarding specific events or programs and correspondence with other organizations; planning correspondence, bills, receipts, and brochures from holiday parties hosted by the Jewish Armed Services Committee for veterans. Also includes some correspondence and information about the annual religious retreat and information about the U.S. Naval Academy "Jewish Church Party."..
Audits conducted of the Jewish Armed Services Committee, bills and receipts, invoices, budget requests and budgets for fiscal years 1969-1994 along with information about financial contributions to the organization, fundraising efforts, tax exemptions and vouchers for Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade; publications from the Jewish Welfare Board regarding Jews in the military, especially the Jewish chaplaincy. Also includes some pamphlets about observing holidays and laws of kashrut; general material about the military including the Selective Service, the U.S. Army Air Defense Command and a U.S. Army field manual for chaplains, together with information about Fort Bliss, Tex., Fort Sill, Okla., the White Sands Missile Range, and the U.S. Naval Academy. These folders typically include only generic base information and brochures; local military sites are also represented in the series and include Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Howard, Fort Meade, Loch Raven VA Hospital, and the Perry Point VA Medical Center. Folders about these local bases contain correspondence, program information, receipts, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and contracts related directly to services provided by the Jewish Armed Services Committee; clippings about the Jewish Armed Services Committee and a folder of clippings about the Jewish Welfare Board; some clippings do not have dates or other publication information; also includes reports and publications either used by or created by the Jewish Armed Services Committee of Baltimore during the course of their work. The reports and publications helped the Committee plan programs and educate its audience about issues affecting veterans and the local Jewish community; and photographs of the Jewish Armed Services Committee of Baltimore (1 linear ft.; many people and events are unidentified).
The Jewish Armed Services Committee of Baltimore began in 1941 as a joint venture of the Jewish Welfare Board and the United Service Organizations (USO) during World War II. After the war ended, a group of Baltimore women formed the Hospital Services Committee and served veterans at the Perry Point and Fort Howard Veterans Administration hospitals. In 1963, the USO reduced the funding for local Jewish Armed Services organizations and the Baltimore Jewish Armed Services Committee was terminated as a Jewish Welfare Board entity. Since the Jewish Armed Services Committee was an active organization and continued to provide much needed services, the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Board began to support the organization, and the Jewish Armed Services Committee became an agency of the AJCWB, now The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. It continues its partnership with the Associated as a part of Jewish Family Services. The goal of the Jewish Armed Services Committee is to plan and execute social, religious and cultural activities for Jewish servicemen and servicewomen stationed at local military bases. The JASC supports the military chaplains with volunteer support, kosher food preparations, and holiday planning and also serves as a liaison to military commanders, post chaplains, special service officers, service club personnel, and various veterans' organizations.
Materials in English.
Guide to Manuscript Collections at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Vol. II.

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