01 January 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday: First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association, Jewish Communal Register entry

The Jewish Communal Register was published for several years in New York City to document, as far as possible, a complete list of Jewish communal activities.[1] The 1918 edition included an entry (on page 765) in their "Mutual Aid Agencies" section on the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association.
First Lubiner Prog. Ben Ass'n. Cemetery. Org. 1911. Membership: 41. Meetings: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 73 Ludlow St. Pres., Abraham Morgenstern, 253 E. 10th St. Sec'y Hyman Moltman, 118 W. 3rd St.
Morgenstern, Abraham, Pres. First Lubiner Prog. Ben. Ass'n (73 Ludlow St.), since 1915. Term 6 months. Born 1881 in Russia. Came to U.S. 1895. Received general Jewish and secular education. Children's dresses and boy's suits: 433 E. 9th St. Res.: 253 E. 10th St.
The First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association was a community social and welfare group organized by immigrants who had left their mutual home community of Labun (or Lubin), Russian Empire for New York City. In a previous post, I discussed their 1911 incorporation. 

By this 1917-1918 publication, the FLPBA was led by Abraham Morgenstern. Abraham (not a relative of mine, as far as I know), was born in September 1881 and at the age of 14 sailed to the United States from Glasgow on the S.S. Anchoria. He arrived in New York on 11 June 1895.[2] 

The 1910 Census indicates that Abraham married Pauline in about 1902-3.[3] It also states that by 1910 Pauline had not had any children. Subsequent census records do not indicate any offspring. Pauline died in 1930 and is buried in one of the Montefiore Cemetery plots held by the FLPBA. Abraham is not buried in any of the three New York FLPBA plots.

Hyman Molthman's surname is misspelled in the Jewish Community Register entry. Hyman, who later took the first name Herman, immigrated with his mother, Feige and sisters Chusse and Rochel on the S.S. Cleveland on 4 September 1910. His name on the manifest was Chaim Malzmann and he was born in about 1900 in Labun.[4] 

Herman married Sylvia Labovitz on 6 July 1924 and worked as a glazier.[5] By 1940, he and Sylvia had one daughter, Claire.[6] Herman died on 19 November 1992 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He and his wife are buried in Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, Georgia, as recorded in the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry.

I have numerous Malzman relatives who took the surname Myers once in the United States. We are not yet sure how we are related to Herman and his father Benjamin Molthman.

1. The Jewish Communal Register of New York City, 1917-1918 [New York: Kehilah (Jewish Community) of New York, 1918], pp. iii-iv; digital images, Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/jewishcommunalr00marggoog : accessed 31 December 2014).
2. "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com :  accessed 18 December 2010), manifest, S.S. Anchoria, Glasgow, Scotland to New York. arriving 11 June 1895, p. 4, line 15, Abraham Morgenstein, citing NARA microfilm publication M237, roll 642.
3. 1910 U.S. Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, enumeration district 264, sheet 18A, dwelling 15, family 229, Abraham Morgenstein; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 November 2010), citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1012.
4. "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com :  accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, S.S. Cleveland, Hamberg, Germany, to New York. arriving 4 September 1910, p. 10, line 22, Chaim Malzmann, citing NARA microfilm serial T715, roll 1542.
5. Kings County, Brooklyn marriage certificate no. 1924-10412, Herman Molthman and Sylvia Labovoitz; New York City Municipal Archives. 
6. 1940 U.S. Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-1701, sheet 1B, household 19, Herman Molthman [indexed as Harman Molthman]; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 July 2012), citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2590. 


  1. So Morgenstern lived on e 10th! One of the Myers brothers had a glass store on E. 10th, which later became my father in laws bookstore and a famous etching press store downstairs that my wife purchased a press from. My inlaws lived on the next block, my sister in law inherited the apt. and sadly passed away this year. I knew the store in 1967 and the apt 1967-2014. ...............

    1. According to city directories, Myer Myers had a glass store at 80 E. 10th Street from about 1909-1912. In the records I have located that are definitely this Abraham Morgenstern, he always lived within a few blocks of this area on the lower east side.


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