Landsmanshaft Building

5 Ludlow Street

Landsmanshaft Building

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This L-shaped building housed the Kletzker Brotherly Aid Association, which offered their immigrant members medical care, unemployment insurance, a community burial plot, social activities, and the comfort of a shared background.

Landsmanshaftn, or Jewish societies, were developed throughout the United States during the great Jewish migration of the 1880's. Landsmanshaftn often provided Jews with opportunities to reconnect with Jews from similar towns or regions in the "old world". At the turn of the century, there were literally thousands of these societies throughout New York City. Often times, landsmanshaftn embraced political as well as cultural roles, embracing Communist, Socialist and Zionist ideologies. The Arbeter Ring, International Workers Order, as well as the Farband are examples.

For further information about New York City's landsmanschaft societies, read "The Jewish Landsmanschaftan of New York" by the Yiddish Writers' Group of
the Federal Writers' Project, Works Progress Administration, published by the I.L. Peretz Yiddish Writers' Group, 1938 or visit


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