Independent Order of Sons of Benjamin

Founded at New York city in 1892 by Berman Bonner, Osias Dulberger, Mayer Moscowitz and others, variously of the Masonic fraternity, the Sons of Benjamin and the Order of Bírith Abraham, as a charitable and benevolent Hebrew beneficiary society, paying death and sick benefits by means of mutual assessments. The membership, which was almost exclusively in New York city and Brooklyn, numbered in 1899 about 18,000 and in 1907 about 2,400, including almost an equal number of men and women.

Initiation Ritual