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    In a letter to the Jewish Hospital board president, Gussie Newberger outlines how the Jewish Ladies Benevolent Society No. 1 wants its donations to that hospital to be used. She explains that the society would like $65 spent on a “Demonstrator” doll for medical training, “in order to protect the Charity Patients from Fright [and] Exposure” they may have experienced if used for training purposes themselves.  

    The dawn of the 20th century brought changes and challenges for American Jews. German Jewish immigrants of the mid 1800s had established houses of worship, community groups, and successful businesses throughout the United States. But the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought a new wave of Jewish immigration from eastern Europe. Fleeing oppression and violence, many arrived on American shores destitute and unfamiliar with the language and customs of their new home. Groups such as Jewish Ladies Benevolent Society No. 1, organized in Louisville in 1849, sought to ease the way of these new Americans.  

    In his work The American Jewish Woman: A Documentary History (1981), Jacob Rader Marcus describes Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Societies as  

    “An essential part of the structure, of the very being, of the entire Jewish group in any area. Its functions were manifold. Very often it was a mutual-aid society helping the local Jewish poor, especially impoverished women. Though dedicated to charity and synagogal aid, it was at the same time the social club for the town’s Jewish women. Whatever the guise, the members persisted in emphasizing their identity as women.” 
  • 1980 kidney box_BF_J59_284.jpg

    Image from the Jewish Hospital periodical Micro Scoop from 1980. The image is of Ken Richardson, who served as the transplant coordinator at Jewish Hospital.
  • 1979 Col Sanders_BF_J59_278.jpg

    Image and caption from the Jewish Hospital periodical Micro Scoop featuring Colonel Sanders posing with nurses from Jewish Hospital. The Kentucky Fried Chicken founder was 90 years old when he died at Jewish Hospital in December 1980.
  • 1977 cardio nurses_BF_J59_244.jpg

    Image from the Jewish Hospital publication Micro Scoop featuring members of the Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Graphics Department at Jewish Hospital.
  • 1976 hospital finance_BF_J59_216.jpg

    This 1976 article from the Jewish Hospital Journal outlines the growing number of economic, regulatory, and legal pressures constricting hospital finances.
  • 1970 pacemaker recipient_BF_J59_208.jpg

    Clipping from the Jewish Hospital Publication Service featuring a recipient, Rev. James Purvis, of a cardiac pacemaker at 105 years old.
  • 1969 progress_BF_J59_170.jpg

    This report from the Jewish Hospital publication Service touts recent achievements of Jewish Hospital. It draws back to the founding of the hospital in 1903 to demonstrate the progress and growth.
  • 1968 ICU nurse_BF_J59_156.jpg

    Clipping from the Jewish Hospital Periodical Service, 1968.
  • 1967 kosher foods_BF_J59_146.jpg

    In this letter, Hy Spikell of Kosher Foods writes that after Jewish Hospital closes its Obstetrical Department, his business will provide “orthodox pre-cooked frozen meals” to Jewish patients at other Louisville hospitals.
  • 1974 Feb Micro Scoop guild_BF_J59_207.jpg

    Clipping from the Jewish Hospital Periodical Micro Scoop feturing photos of women volunteers. The caption for the photo collage reads "Those Wonderful Ladies in Pink."
  • 1973 gift shop_BF_J59_208.jpg

    Clipping from Service describing the opening of the gift shop at Jewish Hospital. The gift shop was operated by the Women's Guild of Jewish Hospital.
  • 1972 March April Service guild_BF_J59_208.jpg

    Clipping from Service about the Women's Guild raising funds for the coronary care unit.
  • 1967 candy stripers_BF_J59_143.jpg

    Clipping from the Jewish Hospital periodical Micro Scoop featuring a photo of a group of women hospital volunteers, also called candy stripers.
  • 1974 Micro Scoop banner_BF_J59_207.jpg

    The Micro Scoop newsletter was published by and for employees of Jewish Hospital. Newsletters included information about a diverse range of employees, special events, and changes in benefits.
  • 1974 benefits 1_BF_J59_207.jpg

    A pamphlet outlining Jewish Hospital employee benefits.
  • 1970 holiday party_BF_J59_177.jpg

    Article featuring a Jewish Hospital employee holiday party from the periodical Micro Scoop.
  • 1970 Bessie Bowman_BF_J59_177.jpg

    Article from the Jewish Hospital periodical Micro Scoop, featuring longtime employee Bessie Bowman. Bowman worked in the laundry department and was employee-of-the-month.
  • 1969 kosher cook_BF_J59_170.jpg

    Clipping from Service, a Jewish Hospital publication featuring stories about hospital employees and developments, was distributed to members of the Jewish Hospital Association. The clipping features of picture Ms. Evelyn Corder holding a tray of the Seder dinner sent to Jewish patients. 
  • 1968 orderlies_BF_J59_155.jpg

    Image from the periodical Micro Scoop on orderlies (nurses' aides) checking the equipment in the new wing of Jewish Hospital. The orderlies are identified as Robert McGregor (L) and William Scrivener (R).
  • 1967 surgical techs color_BF_J59_143.jpg

    Image from the Jewish Hospital periodical Micro Scoop of surgical technicians in training.
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