I have obtained the incorporation certificates for two societies founded in
New York City by people who immigrated from Podhajce.
1. The Podhajcer Young Men Benevolent Association actually recorded two
Certificates of Incorporation. The first was dated November 11, 1901. Its
stated purpose was "To hold meetings for the intellectual and spiritual
advancement of its members and also for the benefit and charitable purposes
and to assist its members in case of distress, to bury such as may die".
The only names listed in the document (all in New York City) are those of
the directors: President-Harry Greenberg (171 Eldridge St.),
Vice-President-Joe Binder (235 Broome St.), Recording Secretary-Simon
Frankel (115 Stanton St.), Financial Secretary-Joe Biller (238 Second St.),
Treasurer-Max Greenberg (171 Eldridge St.).
The second Certificate of Incorporation was dated August 29, 1903. In this
one, the purpose is "To promote social intercourse among our members, to
help and offer voluntary aid and assistance to them when in distress". The
signers of this document (all in New York City) are Harry Greenberg (77 East
First St.), Izy Kerner (143 Essex St.), Louis Schulster (101 Clunton St.),
Max Greenberg (233 Second St.) , and Joe Binder (235 Broome St.).
2. The Certificate of Incorporation for The Podhajcer Rabbi Schulem
Lilienfeld Association was dated February 5, 1917. It says that the name
came from "a certain village in the province of Galicia, in the Empire of
Austria,and the words Rabbi Schulim Lilienfeld being the name of a Rabbi in
that village." Also "The objects for which this corporation is formed shall
be to voluntarily aid and assist its members in times of sickness and
distress; to promote the social and moral welfare and standing of its
members; to disseminate among its members and to imbue them with the spirit
and feeling of brotherly love; and to encourage thrift and frugality among
There were twelve directors listed:
Morris Lilienfeld 445 Amboy St, Bklyn.
Bezalel Rosen 128 Rivington St., Manh.
Leib Schapiro 284 E. 3rd St., Manhattan
Morris Mates 251 Stanton St., Manhattan
Aron Reitman 143 Orchard St., Manh.
Samuel Weinreb 225 E. 6th St. Manh.
Isador Bessan 165 N. Houston St., Manh.
Sam Kerner 151 Ludlow St., Manh.
Louis Krietzman 445 Amboy St., Bklyn.
Meyer Heimowitz 1186-43rd St., Bklyn.
Louis Herman 12 Ellery St., Bklyn.
Moses Weiser 146 Norfolk St. Manh.
P.S. If anyone recognizes a family name and would like a copy of one of the
documents, just let me know.