I am more-or-less back from vacation and in the right time zone, so am looking forward to a month of catching up on my genealogy tasks. I’m going back to the oldie-but-goodie list from the past. These tasks *will* be done!

* Write to Christ Church in Cincinnati to see if there are records there of Lucy and Thomas O’Shaughnessy’s marriage.
* Write to Ditchling church about possible archives and records for Denman family.
* Set up Salts database and add what I’m learning about the Tennessee Salts.

* Still trying to get that last inbox cleared – somehow there is always something more urgent (read: interesting) to do. Also, I don’t have a great work process for dealing with papers, which makes me less than eager to move them around.
* Back up the blog! Plug-ins found to automate this task don’t meet my needs.

* Watch one online video or webinar about genealogy. [Judy and I are now set to attend the GRIP course in Pittsburgh in July. I may decide that it will serve for a number of months-worth of genealogy education. However, I will continue to track the webinars and to watch the ones that look useful to me.]
* Still looking for more sources of webinars – preferably free.

Fraternal organizations played a large role in the economic and social life of late 18th and 19th century immigrants to this country.  Coming from around the globe to fuel the industrial revolution of the United States, immigrants often found themselves isolated from the larger culture by lack of a common language, by prejudice, and sometimes by law.  Fraternal organizations were established by most ethnic groups.  They helped integrate new immigrants into society, taught English, cared for the young and the poor, and provided many social activities for their communities.

When I was growing up in Philadelphia my parents belonged to many Jewish organizations, but the one that puts a smile on my face is Standard Lodge of the Judaic Union.  It makes me smile because it meant so much to my father.  He was always involved in the lodge and served in every capacity including that of President for many years.

In his later years I think the lodge served primarily as a place to get away from the women and have a few drinks and a schmooze with his buddies, but in earlier years he was involved in all sorts of activities.

I have found some of the photographs from his days with the lodge and I post them here both as a trip down memory lane and a source of information for any one who recognizes a name or a face.

This is the baseball team, Judaic League champions in  1921, 1922 and 1923.  Second from the right in the last row is my uncle Jack Kessler.

standard lodge baseball team

     The bowling team won a championship in 1940.

standard lodge bowling team

    Here is a photo of the past presidents taken in 1970.  My dad is in the middle row, second from the left. My brother is eighth from the left in the middle row.

standard lodge old members

     My dad kept this award in his office in the house where I grew up.

standard lodge award


Standard Lodge and the Judaic Union ceases to exist sometime in the 1970’s due to a lack of interest from a younger generation of men and women who had become a part of our larger American society.  This pleases and saddens me at the same time.