The Glovner Young Men's Benevolent Society
Written and Contributed by Cathy J. Flamholtz
We can only imagine what courage it took our ancestors to leave Glowno and relocate elsewhere. Today, in our modern mobile society, we pack up and move all the time, knowing that we can always pick up a phone and stay in touch or hop on a plane and visit the relatives in a few hours time.
But in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these options were not available.
Leaving Glowno meant saying good-bye to fathers and mothers, grandparents,
cousins and friends you had known your entire life, realizing that you would
probably never see them again. It was leaving the forests where they had played
and picked berries as children. Never again would they swim in the
Many Glovners set out for
And so, a number of residents of Glowno slipped across the Russian border,
hoping that they would find comfort with these foes of the Nazis. It was not to
be. These Glovners were rounded up and sentenced to work in slave labor camps
The Glovners that came to
It's difficult for us to realize today just how important our ancestors felt
it was to be buried along with their fellow Glovners. And so, like Jews from so
many other shtetls, those from Glowno joined together to create their own
safety net, a bulwark against the difficulties facing them in the
The Charter Members were:
Adelson, Samuel (see note 1 below)
Berger, I. Dr.
Cohn, Adolph (should be Cohen)
Gilbert, Reuben, Dr.
Goldhammer (no first name listed)
Karmelson, Solomon (may be Karmason)
Podvoll, S. M., Dr.
Summer, Harry (see note 2)
1. Samuel Adelson 's name was listed under the
letter K. It is possible, then, that there may have been a misprint and the name
may have been Kadelson.
2. There are two entries for Harry Summer on the list. (Original name back in Glowno was Szumiraj.)
A special thanks to Steve Bendelson for providing this list.
The Glover Society was a place where members could get together. Often the
members played cards and reminisced about life in Glowno and the people they
knew and missed. They became a link between the
Immigrants to the
One of the most important aspects of the Society was the purchase of a
burial plot where members and their families could be buried. The Glovner plot
is located at
A List of Those Buried in the Glovner Plot:
The Glovner plot is at
Those seeking information on their ancestors who may be buried there should be able to gain details from the cemetery which can be reached at the included address or fax number. I know of two people who have contacted them and found the staff to be wonderfully helpful.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! I'd like to compile a more complete list which gives the names and birth and death dates for those buried in the plot. We'd also like to have the names of their parents, if possible. Any information you can give
us on your family who may be buried in the plot would be greatly appreciated. You can also include your email address so anyone who comes across the information on this web site can contact you. It would be ideal if someone who lives in the New York/New Jersey area could undertake a project to either record the information on the gravestones or photograph them for us. Your information can then be included here.
I'd do it myself but
Again, should you contact
Cathy J. Flamholtz
Special thanks to Steve Bendelson for providing this information.
Beth David Cemetery
Elmont Cemetery, Inc.
Bleiman, Lena Raisel
Breitstein, Molly Anna
Flamholtz, Gershon (George)
Portegal, Paul (Pincus)
Sacks, Simon g, Hilda
Zang, Baby (possibly should be Zand)
Below you will find sections from the Constitution and Rules and Regulations of the Glovner Young Men's Benevolent Society. They make for interesting reading. The officers, in 1931, were:
President Morris Rothkopf
Vice President Joseph Flamholtz
Financial Secretary Harry Lieberman
Cashier Sam Breitstein
Protocol Secretary Morris Zand
Chairman of Cemetery Abraham Lieberman
Trustee Eliazar Zeidel
Trustee Sam Edelson.
A special thanks to distant cousin Steve Bendelson (a descendant of Morris Flamholtz) for the Rules and Regulations, the original members and the list of those in the Glovner plot. Steve is the fourth generation in an unbroken line of those who have served as the Society's President.
If anyone has any additional information on the Glovner Young Men's Benevolent Society, please contact me and I'll share your information here.
I'd like to know where meetings were held; if the Society attended a special
synagogue; what meetings and get-togethers were like, etc. I'd also like to
know if there are any groups for those from Glowno in any other countries,
Note: We do not have the complete copy of the Constitution and Rules and Regulations.
10. When a member's wife dies and he marries another, he must present a Doctor's Certificate for her. And, if the Doctor's Certificate is favorable, he must add thereto no less than 25 dollars. However, the Organization may in an exceptional case demand more.
11. As long as the Society does not recognize his second wife as a member, he is regarded by the Society as a single man.
12. In the event of the death of his second wife, the Society is under no obligation, if she is not a member, and her children are also not entitled to benefits. But the children f his first wife are entitled as in Paragraph 1.
13. The wife and children of a deceased member are entitled to cemetery and expenses, provided she pays regular dues in the Society.
14. The amount of her dues is 50 cents less than what a married member pays.
15. In the event she marries another man, she and her children are expelled from the Society.
16. When a member belongs as a single man in the Society, then his wife is not entitled to anything.
17. In each case of death, before the burial, a deposit for a stone must be added, to the amount of 10 Dollars, for the child of a member.
18. In the event a case of death befalls a member, who is not yet 6 months in the Society, ad has not yet made two full bill payments and dues, then the Society is obliged to give only cemetery plot, but no other expenses.
19. In the event a member dies and the Society decides to give 50 Dollars for a monument (stone), then all members shall be taxed.
The books must be inspected by a Finance Committee at least twice a year, and reported at the meeting after inspection.
COMMITTEE FOR VISITING THE SICK
A Committee to visit sick members shall be appointed by the Financial Secretary according to the alphabet. Every member who does not attend to his duty of visiting a sick member shall be obligated to pay a fine of 1 Dollar.
DEALING WITH CHARGES
1. Members who do harm to the Society or insult other members, may be punished in accordance with the decisions of our Society.
2. The President may release him from his right to take the floor, but for no longer than 6 months.
3. He may punish him with money, but not more than 5 dollars.
1. Each Article or Paragraph in this Constitution, may at any time be amended, if the Society deems it necessary. It must, however, be decided upon by a two-thirds vote of the membership at a Special Meeting, called for this purpose.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. The meetings of this Society shall be opened at the latest.
2. The President shall conduct thmeetings with a gavel. The first sound of the gavel calls the meeting to order. A member may be in the heat of a debate, but when the Presid's gavel is sounded, he must take his seat at once. At two sounds of the gavel, all officials must rise. At three sounds of the gavel, all of the members must rise.
3. When a member wants to talk about some matter, he must get the President's permission to do so. No member has the right to speak without the permission of the President.
4. When a decision is reached at a meeting through a majority vote, it shall be read at the next meeting and if no objection is made against the protocol, it becomes a law and no more debating can be done about it.
5. Meetings must be conducted according to meeting procedure, and all matters conducted according to Parliamentary procedure.
ADDITIONS TO THE LAWS
1. In the case of urgent need the President may aid to the extent of 10
2. No Brother has the right to disclose the business of the meetings outside of the Society, particularly as regards objections made against candidates by certain members. And any Brother who breaks this rule is punishable by a fine of money or suspension for a certain period of time.
3. When a Brother behaves in an immoral fashion and it reflects upon the Society, he may be expelled from the Society.
4. When a Brother brings up to another the fact that the latter received aid from the Society, he shall be suspended for 3 months.
5. When it is disclosed that a Brother has drawn sick benefit from the Society and at the same time conducted his business, or did his work, then he is subject to the punishment of paying twice the sum that he had drawn.
6. No Brother has the right to take part in a debate more than two times.
7. During election for candidates, each Brother shall sit quietly in his place and not run around to try to persuade the others for which candidate to vote.
These Laws were modified on