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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2712/JFC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1949-2005
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 6.68 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Association of Jewish Friendship Clubs


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Jewish Friendship Club Movement began in 1950, after the United Synagogue's Welfare Committee invited the League of Jewish Women to act as an advisory body to the new movement. It remains under the auspices of these two bodies. Its aim was to provide elderly Jewish men and women (who were over 60 years of age), with social and recreational centres. From 1951 the movement became known as the Friendship Clubs' Central Committee. Its first chairman was Mrs MW Domb. Its name was changed again to the Friendship Clubs' Central Council in 1958, and attained its final title, the Association of Jewish Friendship Clubs, around 1964.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Association of Jewish Friendship Clubs, consisting of administrative and financial records (including minutes, enquiries and reports) for the association itself, and for specific areas and clubs. Also correspondence files for individual clubs, both overseas and in Britain.

A further deposit included an extensive run of office files regarding both the administration of the AJFC and relations with affiliated clubs; a large number of photographs of AJFC events such as a handicrafts exhibition, talent competitions, holidays, celebrations and meetings; copies of the "Friendship Club Magazine"; circular letters; club programmes; press cuttings; obituaries and club badges.

PLEASE NOTE: Records can only be accessed with the written permission of the depositor. Contact the Chief Executive, United Synagogue.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records divided into four series: Administration (ACC/2712/JFC/01); Correspondence files (ACC/2712/JFC/02); Printed and Visual Material (ACC/2712/JFC/03) and Financial records (ACC/2712/JFC/04).

Conditions governing access:

These records are only available for consultation by written permission of the United Synagogue's Chief Executive.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited as part of a larger accession of material from the United Synagogue.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information please consult the LMA Information Leaflet: "Records of the Anglo-Jewish Community at London Metropolitan Archives"; available to download here: (URL correct Feb 2010).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Description prepared in March 2010.

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