Renee Steinig <RSteinig@...>
Dolores Robin Ribakoff <rob7333@...> asked about the OBA, Order
Brith Abraham, in Chicago's Waldheim Cemetery.
OBA was a large Jewish fraternal order, founded in 1859. By 1918 it had 365
chapters and 58,000 members in the United States. Benefits to members
included life, health, and disability insurance and "charitable relief." The
organization "[took] active interest in Jewish affairs" and "[contributed]
to charitable work." The Independendent Order Brith Abraham, formed in 1887,
was even larger, with 774 lodges and 203,000 members. (Source: Jewish
Communal Register of New York City, 1917-1918.)
Sidney Sorkin's book, __Bridges to an American City: A Guide to Chicago's
Landsmanshaften, 1870-1990__, may have more information on the Chicago
branches of these organizations.
Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills, New York, USA