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B'nai B'rith Gate City Lodge #144 (Atlanta, Ga.) Records

Identifier: Mss 049

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the B'nai B'rith Gate City Lodge #144 Records will gain insight into Jewish fraternal lodge activities during the 20th century. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1934 - 1986


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Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Jospeh Hirsch and Aaron Haas were the leaders in the establishment of the first Gate City Lodge of B'nai B'rith on May 8th, 1870. One of the hfounders of the Lodge was also Isaac Guthman, grandfather of Richard Guthman, a current Trustee of the Lodge and City of Atlanta Councilman. The Lodge met in the old Kiser building. On April 1, 1874, Gate City Lodge became a part of District 5 B'nai B'rith. In 1900, a group of young men organized Atlanta B'nai B'rith Lodge. Among the charter members were Milton Klein, Leonard Haas, Walter Rich, David Kaufman, Herbert Haas and Armand May. The group met at The Temple on Pryor Street. Five years later, on December 31, 1905, the two B'nai B'rith Lodges combined and became known as Gate City Lodge No. 144 B'nai B'rith. Past presidents of the organization include Herbert Haas, Milton Klein, Rabbi David Marx, Leo Frank, Morris Lichtenstein, J. S. Brail, Dr. Louis C. Roughlin, Julian V. Boehm, Barney Medintz, Max N. Kroloff, Isadore Moss, Water Rich, Nathan Saltzman, Oscar R. Strauss, Dr. B. A. Wildaur, Joseph B. Wolfe, and Edward Glaser.


0.6 Linear Feet

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B'nai B'rith Gate City Lodge #144 was founded in Atlanta in 1870 and is the oldest benevolent association to be founded by the Jewish community. These are the only extant records of this organization. The records include minutes, membership records, and scrapbooks.


All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

B'nai B'rith Gate City Lodge #144 (Atlanta, Ga.) Records, Mss 49
Erin L. Wright
June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States