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Kalb and Nadler Family Collection

Identifier: MS-0603

Scope and Contents

This collection contains background material about the Kalb and Nadler families, B’nai B’rith and B’nai B’rith Women. Date range for the collection is 1960s – 2000s.There are scrapbooks, minutes, correspondence, newsletters, invitations, directories and photos regarding the following in San Diego: the programs of the Shalom Chapter of B’nai B’rith Women and several other chapters, the San Diego B’nai B’rith Women’s Presidents Council, B’nai B’rith Women District 4, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, President’s Council of Jewish Women’s Organizations in San Diego, Anti-Defamation League, Community Relations Committee and several B’nai B’rith Men’s Lodges. There are also taped audio recordings and a beta max video recording, memorabilia from conferences and a small number of slides. The collection includes the original charter for the Birdie Stodel Chapter, the first women’s chapter in San Diego. There are several plaques and an artifact in honor of Gerri Kalb.


  • Creation: 1960s - 2000s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Biographical Note

The Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, founded in 1843, is the oldest continually operating Jewish service organization in the world, with lodges and chapters worldwide. The first San Diego lodge, the Lasker Lodge #370 was founded in 1887. The first B’nai B’rith Women’s Chapter was founded in 1909 in San Francisco and the first chapter in San Diego was the Birdie Stodel Chapter #92 founded in 1929. In 1967, the Shalom Chapter #713 was formed. In 1995 B’nai B’rith Women, facing declining membership and a hostile takeover from the men’s organization, B’nai B’rith International, reorganized and changed its name to Jewish Women International. Over the years there have been at least seven distinct chapters of B’nai B’rith Women which made up the Greater San Diego Council.

Gerri Hart Kalb (1910-2002) joined B’nai B’rith in 1945. She lived in Tucson from 1949 until she moved to San Diego in 1966. In Tucson she was active in all facets of B’nai B’rith, from forming local chapters to ADL, BB Youth Organization, BBW Mountain Council and Veterans / Armed Forces Committee, for which she won the National Community / Veterans Service Award. In San Diego, she did many of the same things, starting new chapters, creating the BBW Council, helping people at the VA Hospital, the Naval Training Center and various hospitals. She implemented new programs such as Dolls for Democracy and Operation Stork, continued her leadership in BBW District 4 and organized national conferences. She was active at Hebrew Homes, Jewish Family Service Food Bank, San Diego Hunger Coalition and more. In her spare time, she was a deputy sheriff (Tucson), an artist and writer.

Charles Kalb (1909-1984) was president of the M. J. Brown Lodge in Tucson and was charter president of the B’nai B’rith Men’s San Diego Heartland Lodge.

Ellie Kalb Nadler grew up in Tucson, where she was active in B’nai B’rith Girls. She married Harry Nadler in 1960 and they moved to San Diego soon after, where she joined the BBW Birdie Stodel Chapter and then became the founding president of the BBW Shalom Chapter. She was ADL Chair for both chapters and for BBW District 4. She also planned several district and national conventions. For the ADL she led the San Diego Women’s Plea for Soviet Jewry and the statewide Textbook Evaluation Project. As part of the San Diego BBW Council she helped organize new chapters. She had a career as a dental hygienist and is the mother of three.

Harry Nadler (1933-2008) was born in New York City and grew up in Tucson where he was active in AZA, attended the University of Arizona and Northwestern University School of Dentistry and served in the U. S. Navy Dental Corps. In San Diego he had leadership roles in United Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Committee and the JCC. Nadler was president of the Heartland Lodge and Weinberger Breitbard Lodge and served on the San Diego Council of Lodges. He served as the San Diego ADL Council president and was on the regional board. He was the founding president of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization Advisory Council. He was a periodontist.

This is one of many B’nai B’rith collections at SCUA.


5.45 Linear Feet (Four records cartons, one 15" newspaper box, and one flat file)

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Custodial History

Ellie Nadler donated her B’nai B’rith collection to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2019 (JHSSD #2019.03). Besides material from her work with B’nai B’rith, it includes material from her parents, Charles & Gerri Kalb and her husband Dr. Harry Nadler.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in February 2023.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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San Diego CA 92182-8050 US