The Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey was published in 1942 by the Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project of the Works Progress Administration of Illinois. The purpose of the project was to translate and classify selected news articles that appeared in the foreign language press from 1855 to 1938. The project consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities of Chicago.

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  • Jewish Advance -- June 28, 1878
    (Resolution by Sinai Literary Society)

    "We are thankful to the Standard Club for the use of their elegant library, which has been granted us. They have a valuable selection of English and German similar journals."

    "We are thankful to the Standard Club for the use of their elegant library, which has been granted us. They have a valuable selection of English and German similar journals."

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  • Jewish Advance -- November 22, 1878
    (No headline)

    Chicago Sketches. by Ben Adam. Y. M. H. A.

    About two years ago, a very warm and enthusiastic agitation for literary societies commenced to stir up the young men of the North Side, and they at once organized a society under the name of Y. M. H. A. The success and prosperity which they enjoyed in the first days of their existence, prompted some young people of the West Side to do likewise, and the Zion Lit. "became an established fact," and a short time afterward the Sinai and Progress, on the South Side, were organized, and they were followed by the members of the Standard Club, who instituted at their establishment the "alma mater of fashion, an extraordinary chair of literature and debate, and called the same "Literary Society."

    For about a year these Literaries were all the rage with the young folks, they became absorbing topics of the day, but, alas, this did not last very 2long. The warm feelings for elevation and cultivation of the mind relaxed, subsided, and at last passed away like a cloud. The Y. M. H. A. was the first to give up its ghost, and on last Wednesday the Sinai Lit. followed them into the quiet waters of the Lethe.

    At present we have here only three Literary Societies, the Zion on the West and the Standard and Progress on the South Side, and according to my judgement, the Zion alone stands today developed as an organization in full strength of a promising and useful existence.

    Chicago Sketches. by Ben Adam. Y. M. H. A. About two years ago, a very warm and enthusiastic agitation for literary societies commenced to stir up the young men of ...

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  • The Occident -- November 19, 1880
    (No headline)

    On acquiring possession it was dedicated toits new purposes as a Jewish Temple, in September ( onthe eve of Rosh Hashana ) 1864.

    Five years later, the congregation finding that the location was not a suitable one, disposed of this property and purchases a lot on thecorner of Jackson and Sangamon Street upon which they erected the Temple in which the congregation now assemble. But now the temple which has done duty for eleven years proves too small for holidays and some other occasions, and it is proposed to either buy or build a new temple. Certain it is, in such an event, the congregation would enter into a new period of prosperity and usefulness and would become a still richer source of blessing to hundreds of co-religionists residing on the West Side.

    The congregation maintains also a flourishing Sabbath school, of which Dr. Felsenthal is Superintendent. The present staff of teachers consist of the following ladies and gentlemen:- Mrs. Leah Strauss, Miss Leonora Strauss, Miss Carrie Homan, Mr. H. Eliassof, Mr. Ira Rubel and Mr. Moses Greenbaum.

    There are about one hundred and fifty children in attendance.

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    The Zion Literary Society, the most popular and prosperous one of its kind in this city, was founded several years ago by the enthusiasm and zeal of some members of the congregation, and there has always been a mutual attachment between the congregation and the society.

    As another branch of thecongregation the "Israelittische Frauen Verin" and the "West Side Sewing Society" must bw mentioned....About two years ago Zion Congregation joined the U. of A. H. C., Anshey Mayriv having previously connected itself withthis Union. But it is time that other congregations should follow their example. In a few months the Union will hold its biennial council in our city, and what a deplorable circumstance will it be if the large Jewdom of Chicago is represented by only two of its many congregations at that time.

    On acquiring possession it was dedicated toits new purposes as a Jewish Temple, in September ( onthe eve of Rosh Hashana ) 1864. Five years later, the congregation finding that ...

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  • The Occident -- March 05, 1886
    (No headline)

    The Jewish Slavonic citizens of Chicago met on Sunday last at 569 Canal St., for the purpose of organizing more fully their society, entitled...... "Developers of Hebrew Literature." Among the more notable persons present who addressed the meeting were:- Mr. A. Paradise, Dr. Albert Kadison, H. Eliasof, Dr. B. Felsenthal, Rabbi T. G. Lesser, Rabbi Abraham A. Alperstein, Elieser Anixter and others. With other citizens who were present were:- Mr. E. Rubovits, F. Kiss and Julius Silversmith, editor of the Occident.

    After calling the meeting to order, Mr. Paradise welcomed the invited guests to whom he explained the object of the meeting. He stated that the society had been formed to give the young element an opportunity of improving their time for purpose of education, and social position; that the society had already a nucleus of some five-hundred Hebrew volumes, ten newspapers and were now endeavoring to raise sufficient means to enlarge this library.

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    Dr. Kadison then made a stirring appeal to his countrymen to aid the society in their venture for the improvement of the Slavonic Jews in Chicago. In his endeavor to scientifically show that only through atomism were societies formed, he stated in brief that the object of the association was the education of its copatriots, that every Sunday evening there would be a business meeting, other evenings during the week would be devoted to the reading of papers and the delivery of lectures, and at stated meetings instructions in Hebrew would be given; thirdly general dissertations upon science would be held. Dr. Felsenthal followed with an able address in which he strenously advocated the furtherance of this project, and was vociferously applauded.

    After Dr. Felsenthal, Mr. Eliasof, delivered a lengthy Hebrew essay from manuscript, upon the progress made by the Jews throughout the Unites States; 3he elucidated the necessity existing for their banding together for the purpose of preserving the literature of their ancestors; he stated that this country offers the grandest field for the development of a pure Judaism, consistent with the duties of American citizenship. The essay was listened to with marked attention throughout, and warmly applauded.

    Next followed the Rabbis of the orthodox congregations, who addressed their countrymen intheir own vernacular. During an interim a subscription list was circulated, and one hundred dollars were contributed by the audience, a transcript of which will hereafter appear in these columns.

    The Jewish Slavonic citizens of Chicago met on Sunday last at 569 Canal St., for the purpose of organizing more fully their society, entitled...... "Developers of Hebrew Literature." Among the ...

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  • The Occident -- September 10, 1886
    United Order of Honor

    The Honor B. J. David, Deputy Supreme President, organized Occidental Lodge Monday Evening, September 6 inst. in St. Georges Hall 182 E. Madison Street, with a large Charter membership, composed of many of the most learned professional and able business men in our city.

    After the election and installation of officers and appropriate speeches had been made by the various members, the Honor B. J. David replied,

    "Officers and members, it affords me great pleasure to see so much enthusiasm in my midst, which demonstrates to me that you are well pleased with the noble principles of this Order. On April 26, 1881, the first lodge was organized, and now its usefulness has reached nearly every State in the Union. (Yellow-Fever districts excepted.) It is universally accepted by the most competent Judges to be one of the most refined, useful inexpensive and progressive 2societies in existence, and endorsed by our best class of citizens. Its objects are literary, social and mutual aid, and gives its members the kind of protection they require, because it pays $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000, the full amount, to its members first should they become permanently disabled by accident or disease by which they can enjoy it while living, or second when they attain the age of seventy five years, or third at the death of a member, the amount goes to their will and this endowment is paid within thirty days after being notified of such.

    "I trust that you will ever bear in mind that charity is one of the noble principles of this order, and that you will never be guilty of withholding the hand of charity from any deserving member."

    The Honor B. J. David, Deputy Supreme President, organized Occidental Lodge Monday Evening, September 6 inst. in St. Georges Hall 182 E. Madison Street, with a large Charter membership, composed ...

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  • Reform Advocate -- March 20, 1891
    [Annual Concert]

    The Cremieux Literary Society, will hold its regular meeting at Emerson Hall, 45 E. Randolph Street, Sunday, March 22nd, at 3 o'clock. An interesting program, both literary and musical, is promised.

    Preparations are being made for the annual promenade concert and hop of the Cremieux Literary Society. Professor A. Rosenbecker and his orchestra of thirty pieces, will furnish the music and a professional singer has also been engaged for the occasion. The affair will take place at the North Side Turner Hall, Saturday evening, April 4th.

    The Cremieux Literary Society, will hold its regular meeting at Emerson Hall, 45 E. Randolph Street, Sunday, March 22nd, at 3 o'clock. An interesting program, both literary and musical, is ...

    Jewish
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  • Reform Advocate -- March 27, 1891
    [Literary Society Meeting]

    The Lasker Literary Society, will hold its next regular meeting at Haymarket Hall, Sunday, March 29th, when the following program will be presented:

    Criticism Mr. Simon Vehon
    Vocal solo Miss Belle Johnson
    Reading Mr. Henry Jelonak
    Essay Mr. Anton Pollak
    Piano duet Miss E. Witkowsky - Miss T. Stiefel
    Recitation Miss Hannah Ex
    Debate Resolved: That Caesar was a greater statesman than general.
    Affirmative Miss H. Sinon, Mr. J.G. Grossberg
    Negative Mr. H. Auberach, Mr. Moses Samuels
    Reading from Hamlet, Act I Scene 3, Ophelia Miss T. Stiefel

    The Lasker Literary Society, will hold its next regular meeting at Haymarket Hall, Sunday, March 29th, when the following program will be presented: <table> <tr> <td>Criticism</td> <td>Mr. Simon Vehon</td> </tr> ...

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  • Reform Advocate -- March 27, 1891
    (No headline)

    Laertes Mr. Moses Samuels
    Polonius Mr. Harry Wolf
    Lasker Review L. M. Stern
    Quotations

    All members, all visitors welcome.

    <table> <tr> <td>Laertes</td> <td>Mr. Moses Samuels</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Polonius</td> <td>Mr. Harry Wolf</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lasker Review</td> <td>L. M. Stern</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Quotations</td> <td/> </tr> </table> All members, all visitors welcome.

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  • Reform Advocate -- April 10, 1891
    [New World's Fair Directors]

    Among the New World's Fair Directors is Mr. A.M. Rothschild, of Rothschild Bros. Mr. A. Nathan and Mr. Charles Schwab will retain their positions on the Board of Directors.

    The annual entertainment ball, last Saturday night, of the Cremieux Literary Society, drew an overflow crowd at the North Side Turner Hall. The affair was a decided success. The Cremieux was organized in 1886, has thirty-three members, and its semi-monthly meetings are of a high order. The society is one of the most successful in the city.

    Among the New World's Fair Directors is Mr. A.M. Rothschild, of Rothschild Bros. Mr. A. Nathan and Mr. Charles Schwab will retain their positions on the Board of Directors. The ...

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  • Reform Advocate -- May 15, 1891
    [Cremieux Literary Society Wins Debate]

    The Cremieux Literary Society defeated the Columbia Literary Society in their match debate, Sunday, May 3rd. The papers of Misses Rose Stern and Nellie Kohn, were excellent and were highly appreciated. The next debate will be between the Cremieux and Lasker Literary Societies, Sunday, June 21st, at Washington Hall. The Cremieux will hold its regular meeting Sunday afternoon, at Emerson Hall.

    The Cremieux Literary Society defeated the Columbia Literary Society in their match debate, Sunday, May 3rd. The papers of Misses Rose Stern and Nellie Kohn, were excellent and were highly ...

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