Among Mishpocha

At Home in the Boston Jewish Community

Dewey D. Stone and John F. Kennedy

Brockton businessman Dewey D. Stone assisted John F. Kennedy in his 1952 senatorial campaign by providing Kennedy with the opportunity to address Massachusetts Jewish leaders. Kennedy had difficulty procuring invitation from Jewish organizations, due to his father's previous endorsement of Adolph Hitler. Stone also served as an advisor to Kennedy during his presidential campaign. The two remained friends until Kennedy's death.

Dewey D. Stone and John F. Kennedy, 1952. From the Papers of Dewey D. Stone, P-529

Sara Goldberg Wyner

Sara Goldberg Wyner was born on February 1, 1899 to Samuel and Gertrude Wyner in Boston, Massachusetts. Samuel Goldberg was the owner of Studio Jewelry Store on Tremont Street. A graduate of Boston University and Radcliffe College, Sara was a member of Hadassah and the founder and first president of the Boston Junior Hadassah. In 1923 she married Rudolph Wyner, who owned and operated Shawmut Woolen Mills in Stoughton, Massachusetts. They had two children, Justin and Elizabeth (Mark.)

Sara Goldberg Wyner on her Wedding Day, 1923. From the Wyner Family Papers, P-803

Bernard Gorfinkle in the Cavalry, circa 1914-1916

An attorney and community leader, Bernard Gorfinkle's military career began when he enlisted in the Massachusetts cavalry and served at the Mexican border as a sergeant under General Pershing. Upon the entrance of the U.S. into World War I he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the American Expeditionary Forces. He participated in seven major battles and was wounded twice at Verdun, and promoted on the battlefield from second lieutenant to Captain Judge Advocate in the 26th Yankee Division. After the Armistice he was assigned to the American Peace Commission as secretary and military aide to Bernard M. Baruch. He was appointed Secretary of the Raw Materials Section of the Supreme Economic Council, and Paris representative of the Rhineland Commission. He was present at the signing of the Versailles Treaty in 1919 as a military aide to President W. Wilson. Bernard L. Gorfinkle was decorated by the U.S. government, the French government and knighted by the King of Belgium at the close of World War I.

Col. Bernard Gorfinkle in the Cavalry (front left), circa 1914-1916. From the Papers of Col. Bernard Gorfinkle, P-664