United Minsker Benevolent Association #general

Richard Gilbert

Dear All,

Following on >from my earlier email about information about the records of
the UMBA I am reporting the fruits of my enquiries.

Having spoken with the helpful staff at Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn I was
given a contact address for a Mr Gene Singer. I was told by the cemetery
that the contact details they had were >from 1994 and they could not
guarantee that I would make contact with him. Using a well know website I
was able to establish that he lived at the address I had been given for him.
It transpired that he is an employee of the United Hebrew Community New York
(a burial society). I was asked to submit my request in writing which I
did. The burial society's Executive Director David Jacobson told me that
the United Minsker Benevolent Association dissolved more than 40 years ago.
Prior to that time, UMBA sold the few remaining graves they had to
Washington Cemetery. The cemetery, thereafter, sold the graves to UHCNY.
UHCNY were not provided with any details or records of UMBA nor do they have
any knowledge about their previous members, Officers or descendants. He
apologised for the fact that he could not be of assistance to me. On
further enquiry Mr Jacobson confirmed that he had no knowledge of the
whereabouts of the UMBA's records.

Prior to receiving Mr Jacobson's email, I received an email >from Gunnar
Berg, an archivist with YIVO. She told me that she had looked through the
YIVO Archives' landsmanshaftn collection catalogues and that she had not
found an organization with the name of UMBA. She thought this might
indicate that this group is still operating on the basis that YIVO only has
records >from defunct groups.

I suppose another cemetery may have other contact details for UMBA and I
will try and follow this up when I get a chance, but I thought I would share
the results of my labours so far.

As far as I am aware UMBA only had sections in the Montefiore Cemetery,
Washington Cemetery and Wellwood Cemetery (Pinelawn)

Best wishes,

Richard Gilbert
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England

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