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United Brisk Relief Committee

(Brest, Brest uezd, Grodno gubernia, Latitude: 5206' Longitude: 2342')

by Jerry Seligsohn

World War I followed by the Russian Civil War had a devastating effect on the Jewish community of Brest-Litovsk. The Brisker Benevolent Association formed the United Brisker Relief Committee with, I am sure, the urging of Brisker organizations in other cities. In 1937, it became a truly national and international organization with branches in Newark, Chicago and elsewhere.  They even observed anniversary celebrations of the 1915 founding.  The YIVO archives are replete with correspondence between the NYC organization and Brisker community in Poland/Belarus.  Money and supplies were sent as the membership dug deeply into their pockets to rescue their brethren from the depredations of war.  Affiliated groups worked together in this mission of mercy from synagogues, workman circles, woman's groups, and young men's associations.

Affiliated Organizations
Brisker Shul Tifereth Israel
Brisker Br 286 Workmans Circle
Br 15 JPFO
United Brisk Benevolent Society
Independent Brisk United Verein
Brisk D'lita Lodge IOBA
Independent Brisk Young Men's
Woman's Chap UBRC The 35th Anniversary Banquet of the United Brisker Relief was held on Mar 12th 1951 at the Beethoven Hall on 5th St and 2nd Avenue.

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SURNAME Given name Position Source
ARONOFF H Chairman Finance Committee 1945
ARONOFF H   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisker 286 WC
ARONOFF Mrs R   1975 Executive Committee
BELLOCH M   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisk Yng mns
BENDER C   1951 - 35th Anniversary Banquet (new names only)
BENDER Mrs J Finance Secretary 1945
BERNARD B Memorial Secretary 1945
BLINDER H   1951 sponsoring organization: Brsk Shul Tifereth Israel - Brsk Benev Socty
DOBRIN A   1975 Executive Committee
EPSTEIN A Recording Secretary 1945
FINE H   1951 - 35th Anniversary Banquet (new names only)
FINKELSTEIN J Exec Secretary 1945
FINKELSTEIN J Exec Secretary 1975 60th Anniversary
FRIEDMAN B   1951 - 35th Anniversary Banquet (new names only)
GERSHENBAUM S   1951 sponsoring organization: Newark Brisk Relief
GONSHER J   1951 sponsoring organization: Brsk 402 JNWA
GORIN D Treasurer 1945
GROSSBAUM S Recording Secretary 1975 60th Anniversary
GVIERTZMAN S   1951 sponsoring organization: Brsk Shul Tifereth Israel - Brsk Benev Socty
GVIRTZMAN S Trustee 1945
HAYDEN Pauline Financw Secretary 1975 60th Anniversary
JARGOWSKY M   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisk Yng mns
KAPLAN Cha   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisker 286 WC
KATELANSKY B   1951 sponsoring organization: Brsk 15
KOSSOVSKY L Chairman 1945
KRAWETSKY L   1951 sponsoring organization: United Brisk Society
KRAWETZ S   1951 sponsoring organization: Newark Brisk Relief
LEDERMAN S   1951 - 35th Anniversary Banquet (new names only)
LERNER D   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisk Comm of France
LEW Shena   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisker Committee of Poland
LIEBERMAN N Chairman Exec Comm 1945
LIEBERMAN N   1951 - 35th Anniversary Banquet (new names only)
LIEBOWITZ D   1951 sponsoring organization: Brsk 15
MEYEROWITCH J   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisker Committee of Poland
MILLER A Exec Chairman 1975 60th Anniversary
MILLER A Chairman 1975 Executive Committee
MILLER Mrs   1975 Executive Committee
MINTZ Dr   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisk Comm of France
PINE Dr M   1975 Executive Committee
POMERANTZ Mrs O Vice chairman clothing committee - womans chapter chairlady 1945
RAM Louis   1951 sponsoring organization: Cleveland - Ohio
RATNER M Treasurer 1975 60th Anniversary
RATNER Mrs T   1975 Executive Committee
RAZANSKY I Chairman Histadrut 1975 60th Anniversary
REISMAN J   1951 sponsoring organization: United Brisk Society
ROSENBLUM L   1951 sponsoring organization: Los Angeles
ROSENSWEIG J Vice Ch fund raising 1945
ROZOVSKY L   1951 sponsoring organization: Brsk 402 JNWA
RUBIN A Vice Chairman 1945
RUBIN A   1951 sponsoring organization: United Brisk Society
SCHAPIRO N Trustee 1945
SEIDMAN S   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisk Yng mns
SHTRICKMAN A   1951 sponsoring organization: Brsk Com of Tel Aviv
SHUSHKIN M   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisk Comm of France
SIEGEL Mrs B   1975 Executive Committee
SIEGEL S Vice president 1975 60th Anniversary
SOLOMON M   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisk D'Lita
SUNSHINE H   1951 sponsoring organization: Los Angeles
TANNENBAUM N President 1975 60th Anniversary
TENENBAUM N Vice chairman 1945
TEPER B   1975 Executive Committee
WALSHTERN J   1951 sponsoring organization: Newark Brisk Relief
WENGEROWSKY S   1951 sponsoring organization: Brisk D'Lita
WIENER A Vice chairman clothing committee 1945
WINIKOFF L J   1951 sponsoring organization: Brsk Com of Tel Aviv
WOLSKY Mrs G taB   1975 Executive Committee
ZIFZIDER M Vice president 1975 60th Anniversary

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