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1940Popularity of 30th Anniversary Book, March 3, 1940Report on memorial services held for three deceased members. Trees planted in Palestine in their names, and certificates presented to the respective families in mourning. President requests all names of Pliskovers in want for the Passover holidays be submitted to the secretary. One of the younger members reads excerpts from Pierre Van Passen's best seller, The Pioneers in Palestine. Popularity for 30th anniversary book unabated. Requests for copies, with checks of $5 and $10, received from Pliskovers in all parts of the country.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1940Tending to Cemetery Issues, June 2, 1940Meeting devoted exclusively to affairs of cemetery: necessary cement repairs, vigils for deceased member, memorial unveiling for another.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1940Annual Picnic, June 2, 1940The Association and the Auxiliary hold their annual picnic at a beautiful grove. (During the summer months, business activities are reduced to a minimum.) Pliskovers from out of town, Erie, and Cleveland present. Many new young members joined organization.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1940Americans Must Save European Jews, October 3, 1940Manifestos arrive from all Jewish national organizations with the same plea and exhortation, to wit: that largely upon American Jewry is it incumbent to rescue our remnants which by a miracle survived Hitler's scourge and to buttress and expand our positions in Palestine, the only haven for the Jewish refugees of Europe.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1940Aid to War Victims, December 1, 1940Appeal made and committee appointed to collect clothing for war victims. Motion passed unanimously that members in the armed service remain in good standing until their safe return. Election of officers. Mr. Manny Lefkovitz voted president for 1941.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1941Compensation to Cemetery Committee?, January 5, 1941Report that cemetery chapel has been remodeled to include electricity, running water, and a telephone. Chanukah affair held; proceeds donated for relief to European Jews. A motion made to pay Cemetery Committee, composed of three members, $5 each, in all cases when they are obligedto neglect their own work to attend to last rites. Committee, however, announces its intention to resign if Association votes for remuneration.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1941Letter from American Jewish Congress, February 2, 1941Letter read from American Jewish Congress, requesting members to write to their congressmen to pass the Lend-Lease Bill. I.H. Verbofsky announces his enlistment in the army and bids farewell to the Association. Membership wishes him safe return as victor over our enemies and thereupon to assume leadership in the organization.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1941Placement of Sefer Torah, April 5, 1941Association places its Sefer Torah in synagogue of the Home for the Aged and pledges annual donations of $10 to the Home. Yiddush readings, to which younger members attend with interest.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1941United Jewish Appeal Support, May 3, 1941Substantial contribution voted for United Jewish Appeal.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1941Buy War Bonds!, September 2, 1941Members urged to buy war bonds and stamps. By way of example, the Special Loan Fund purchases large amount of both. Contribution also sent to United Service Organizations.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1941Pliskov Organization of Cleveland Chartered, November 2, 1941Report on our share of support of the Histadrut. Congratulatory telegram sent to Pliskov Organization of Cleveland celebrating grant of charter.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1941Pearl Harbor Attacked, December 7, 1941Meeting interrupted by shocking news of Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor. Indescribable commotion and excitement. From sense of outrage, members vow to avenge the treacherous blow. Regular business of meeting postponed. The secretary, Mr. Harry Adler, records in the minutes that on Monday, December 8, at 2:00 PM, the United States declared war on Japan; and that on Tuesday, December 9, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, and America, in turn recognized that a state of hostilities existed between this democracy and the Fascist and Nazi governments of Europe. Membership voices the hearty wish that these enemies of mankind be destroyed forever from the face of the earth and that their names be remembered only in ignominy.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942Auxiliary Places Grave Marker, January 4, 1942Mr. Hyman Verbofsky elected president for the year. Ladies' Auxiliary presents check to Association for placing marker upon grave of destitute member without family. Motion passed to remit checks to Labor Zionist Fund and to American Red Cross.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942Purim Parcels to Soldiers, February 1, 1942Motion accepted to hold Purim party, and to send Purim parcels to our boys in the armed service.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942Jewish National Fund Turns 40, March 1, 1942Report on Jewish National Fund celebrating its 40th anniversary and campaigning for $1,000,000 to redeem soil in Palestine. Association sends check for $100. Also a check to Joint for matzo shipments to Europe, and a delegation to discover who among Pliskovers is in need of Passover relief.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942Annual Contributions, March 3, 1942As in past years, contributions are forwarded to all Jewish local and national institutions.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942A Silver Anniversary, June 7, 1942Mr. Hyman Verbofsky, president of the Association, and his wife treat the membership to a surprise of refreshments in honor of the 25th anniversary of their marriage.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942More Pliskov Boys in Army, July 6, 1942Social Committee reports that list of Pliskov boys in the army is growing; recommends corresponding increase in budget for shipment of parcels. Proposal unanimously adopted.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942All Cemetery Work Deferred, August 2, 1942Motion accepted to defer all major repairs on cemetery in view of the shortage of labor and materials during the war emergency.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942Simchath Torah Celebration, September 4, 1942All Pliskovers invited to celebrate Simchath Torah (Rejoicing of the Law). Mr. Baruch Clair did the scriptural reading in the organization's scroll. Benedictory prayers were invoked for all boys of the Association in the armed service. There was much festivity. The proceeds of the affair went for European relief. Mr. Max Segal (Motel Avrohom Serele's), of Chicago, wired a telegram, greeting the society upon the occasion of its traditional celebration of the holiday. Committee chosen to visit a sick member. Unanimous vote to congratulate a member for moving into his new home.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1942Mourning Jewish Tragedy in Europe, November 3, 1942Report read from Jewish Congress, proclaiming December 2 a day of mourning for the Jewish tragedy in Nazi Europe, and urging all Jewish stores and shops to be closed and all work suspended that day in observance of our national calamity. Chanukah party. Parcels sent to Pliskov boys in service. Mr. Hyman Verbofsky elected president for 1943.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Helping the War Effort, January 3, 1943Letters of thanks for recipients of Chanukah parcels read at meeting. Mr. Verbofsky appeals to all members to collect metals vitally needed for the war effort; and the Ladies Auxiliary recruits blood donors, sending all applicants to the Red Cross, the repository and distributor of the volunteered plasma to the wounded on the battlefields. Installation of newly elected officers.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Need for a Strong Organization, February 7, 1943Appeal made for the United Jewish Fund. General discussion of Jewish position in the world today. Mr. Verbofsky points out necessity of a strong Association to be prepared to cooperate with all Jewish national organizations, after the war, in the great task of relief for the Jews of Europe.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Efforts to Help Jews Worldwide, March 7, 1943Telegram sent to President Roosevelt to use his good offices to protest, in the name of our Government, against the brutal atrocities perpetrated against the Jews in Poland and in the rest of Europe. Association sends contribution to Pioneer Women's Organization of Pittsburgh, presently engaged in a campaign to rescue children from Hitler's Europe and to facilitate the transit of those in Iran into Palestine.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Purim Party in Tribute to Baruch Clair, April 4, 1943Purim party held in tribute to Mr. Baruch Clair (Baruch Sholom Avrohom Ber's) and in appreciation of his 35 years of devoted labor for the Association, as well as unflagging activity in behalf of all Jewish national functions at Pittsburgh. Mr. Clair was also presented with a certificate of the Jewish National Fund Golden Book, in which he and his wife were inscribed. Representatives of all national Jewish agencies in Pittsburgh came to the testimonial party to pay their respects to Mr. Clair. An impressive evening.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Report from a Zionist Convention, May 5, 1943Mr. Baruch Clair reports on the Poale Zion Convention in New York, which he attended as a delegate. Poale Zionists demand Palestine as a Jewish State after the war. Mr. Clair also brought regards from the Pliskov compatriots in New York. He had sat in at one of their organization's meetings there. Mr. Max Segal (Motel Avrohom Serele's) a guest at our meeting today. Special Loan Fund Committee purchases $5,000 worth more of war bonds, and a proposal to buy an additional $1,000 of war bonds is adopted. A check is sent to the Rabbi Chernobil presently at New York; another, to the Red Cross. President requests of all members to notify whether any in the organization require assistance.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Passing of Isaac Rubenstein, May 2, 1943Association votes for a larger contribution this year for the United Jewish Appeal and for the annual allotment to the American Jewish Congress. Report of the demise of Isaac Rubenstein (Etzi Moishele's), one of the oldest members. A committee appointed for the memorial service evening, and motion passed to plant trees in Palestine in his memory.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Delegates to American Jewish Conference, June 4, 1943Election of delegates to American Jewish ConferenceThe Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Passing of Founding Member, September 5, 1943Report on demise of Lazar Rubenstein (Lazar Meier Wolf's). Mr. Rubenstein had a very large part in the founding and preservation of the Pliskov Association in Pittsburgh. Cordial thanks are extended to Yudel Rubenstein (Yudel Etzi Moishele's) for the plumbing fixtures he donated for the cemetery at a time when they are all but unpurchasable. A vote of thanks also given to Morris Verbofsky (Moishe Miriam's) for hauling the plumbing equipment in his truck, since no delivery service could be procured owing to war restrictions. A member invites all Pliskovers to his son's Bar-Mitzvah; another, to his daughter's marriage.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Making Contributions, November 3, 1943Contributions to Home for the Aged and to Histadrut Campaign for Eretz-Yisroel unanimously adopted. Association launches raffle for war bond.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1943Elections for 1944 Term, December 5, 1943Sam Roth elected president and Ted Gordon vice-president for 1944.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
194335th Anniversary, December 26, 1943Association celebrates 35th anniversary. A rewarding entertainment, members outbidding each other for privilege to light each of the 35 candles of the anniversary cake.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1944Support for Jewish State, February 13, 1944The Association and individual members sent telegrams to congressmen and senators urging them to support the resolution for a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine. The Association sent a delegation and a gift to the Cleveland Pliskov organization celebrating its 3rd anniversary on February 6.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1944War Relief Efforts, March 7, 1944Committee appointed to represent the Association at Russian War Relief. Farewell party arranged for Pliskov boys departing to camps. Checks sent to campaign for the rescue of Jewish children from Europe and transport to Palestine.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1944New Years Greetings to Army Boys, June 4, 1944Resolution to print booklet of New York greetings for boys in the army. Report on necessary repairs at the cemetery. Contribution from a member celebrating silver wedding.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1944Thank You From Servicemen, October 15, 1944Report of three unveilings during annual memorial day at Pliskov Cemetery. Letters of thanks read from our men in the service for the New Year brochure containing also a Jewish calendar with dates of all Jewish holidays. Pliskov Association presented with two silk flags, American and Jewish, by Mr. and Mrs. Morris Wagner in memory of their daughter, Shirley.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1944Delegations Sent, November 5, 1944Our delegates to American Jewish Congress submit their report. Association celebrates Chanukah to help our brethren overseas. Delegation sent to Cleveland Pliskov Organization to attend its annual celebration.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1945Elections, January 7, 1945Hyman Berbofsky elected president.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1945Appeal for Polish Jews, March 4, 1945Society of Polish Jews in America appeals to Pliskov Association for assistance of Jews in Poland. Substantial sum sent.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1945End of the War in Europe, April 1, 1945Secretary reports telegram was sent to senators and congressmen urging their support of the Anti-Discrimination Bill proposed in Congress. Secretary records April 8 at V.E. Day, when the war is at an end in Europe; and April 12, the day when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died. Discussion of United Nations' convention at San Francisco. Hope expressed for an enduring peace and Jewish representation among the family of nations through recognition of Palestine as Jewish Homeland. Plans considered how to aid our compatriots in Pliskov upon establishment of first contacts with them.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1945Report of Jewish Suffering, July 1, 1945Committee which had been appointed to consult Russian consul on ways and means of obtaining information regarding whereabouts of our Pliskov countrymen reports that for the present, there are none open. The Committee is requested to apply to the Jewish World Congress for assistance in the search. Mr. Hyman Verbofsky's son, just back from the European theater-of-war, gives harrowing account of Jewish suffering in concentration camps he had visited.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1945Simchat Torah Proceeds to Europe, September 3, 1945Report on celebration of Simchat Torah. Abraham Pearl conducted Shachrith services. Baruch Clair read from the Pliskov Scroll of the Law. Nahum Goretz greeted the congregants to refreshments in honor of his son's return from the European battlefront. Israel Liukum's daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Spigel, were guests from Cleveland; and David (Cantor Samuel's son) came from Chicago. The celebration greatly enjoyed; and the proceeds, which were considerable, were assigned for European relief.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1945Jewish National Fund Delegate, October 7, 1945Baruch Clair sent as delegate, with a contribution of $100, to annual rally of Jewish National Fund. Relief Committee reports holiday assistance rendered to needy members in Pittsburgh.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1945Contribution from Chicago, December 2, 1945Asher Segal (Cantor Samuel's son), of Chicago, sends us a letter with a check by way of contribution to our project. Mr. Segal contributes regularly to all projects on which the Association of Pittsburgh happens to be engaged.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
19461946 Elections, January 6, 1946Mr. Ben Kaufman (a son-in-law of Eli Yisroel Yudel) elected president. He and other new officers promise to do their utmost to make 1946 a successful year for the Association.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1946Cleveland Association Turns Five, February 3, 1946Delegates sent to Cleveland Pliskov organization and trees planted in Palestine in honor of its 5th anniversary.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1946Support of Transport of Children to Palestine, May 5, 1946Greetings sent to Yiddisher Kaempfer for its holiday number. Procedure of voting for Jewish World Congress clarified. Check in the amount of $150 sent to campaign for the rescue and transport of Jewish children to Palestine.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1946Special Loan Fund Anniversary, December 1, 1946Celebration of 13th anniversary of Special Loan Fund. An evening of entertainment.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1947Support to Charitable Organizations, 1947As in every previous year, the Association again contributes its full share to all charitable institutions, municipal and national; to the United Jewish Appeal, and to all campaigns, Palestinian or otherwise.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1947Honoring Harry Roth, June 25, 1947The officers and Board of Directors arranged a special evening for Mr. Harry Roth (a son of Chaye Soroh) and his wife, who were greatly surprised when they were presented with a certificate of the Golden Book of the Jewish National Fund, in which they were inscribed in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. Many Pliskovers and friends, as well as representatives of the Jewish National Fund and the Labor Zionist Organization, came to pay tribute to one of the most active and devoted members of the Association. The Association and Auxiliary hold their annual picnic, which has become an "institution" with the Pliskovers. All members and their friends, in and out of town, had a delightful time.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
19481948 Elections, January 4, 1948Herman Radin (Chaim Mordecai Aaron Daniel's) elected president.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1948Honoring Harry Rubenstein, January 13, 1948Testimonial evening arranged for Harry Rubenstein by the Association and the Special Loan Fund. Despite inclement weather, the affair was fully attended and cordial speeches were delivered in praise of Mr. and Mrs. Rubenstein, who are among the earliest members and supporters of our organization. They were presented with a certificate of the Golden Book of the Jewish National Fund, in which their names were inscribed in honor of the 14th anniversary of the Special Loan Fund Committee. Mr. Rubenstein was chairman of the Special Loan Fund Committee for many years.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
1948Greatest Jewish Campaign for Funds, February 1, 1948Letter of United Jewish Appeal read, requesting the Pliskov Association to participate in the greatest campaign for funds in Jewish history, in view of the Jewish situation in the European camps, and the current hostitilities in Palestine for a Jewish Homeland. Mr. Harry Roth, general chairman of the 40th Anniversary Arrangements Committee, reports that work on the great festival to be celebrated on Sunday, March 21, has been in progress for many months. The Anniversary Volume is scheduled to be issued on the same day. Mr. Ben Kaufman reports that the Banquet will be held in the Imperial Room of Webster Hall on said date.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948
194840th Anniversary Celebration, March 7, 1948Committee appointed to attend Conference of United Jewish Appeal. Mr. Harry Adler, chairman for seat reservations, announces that he has received orders for reservations from many cities throughout the country and many Pliskovers in Pittsburgh. Our committees and all officers of the Association are confident that the 40th Anniversary celebration will be crowned with great success.The Fortieth Anniversary Book of The Pliskov Free Loan Association, 1908-1948