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Our Certificate of Incorporation, filed on August 17, 1928, stated the purpose of our family association to be:
THE FAMILY CIRCLE
The original Board of Directors
OUR CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
The Cominsky Family Circle was founded in 1928 in order to“….sponsor greater unity, friendship and good will” among the descendants of Schmoel Shoel Cominsky. Schmoel Shoel had 15 children from three marriages and it is the families of these children that make up the membership of the circle.
Originally from the “shtetle” of Hamovitz, near Slutsk in Belarus (formerly Byelorussia), the Cominsky's settled in New York. Today, the family is widespread across the United States, particularly in New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas and California.
The Circle has functioned as a buriel society and today, maintains family grave sites at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, New York and at Wellwood Cemetery in Pinelawn, New York. The families of dues paying regular Circle members can avail themselves of “cemetery privileges” without cost.
The Circle has also arranged family social events notably to commemorate anniversaries of the organization.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Circle has maintained the Family Tree and has tried to keep up-to-date a Register of Membership.
It is our hope that this website will provide a vehicle for greater communication and increased interest among our hundreds of widespread “mishpocha” and hopefully, the younger generations.
“Whatever Our Station in Life May be, Always Within the Circle.” .
UNITY IS STRENGTH
“It was with this very thought (unity is strength) in mind that a group of pioneers met in a little room, behind the staircase at Kingsway Mansion (catering hall), on March 17, 1926, on the occasion of the Sweet Sixteen Party given by Max Kaminsky, of Kings Highway (as we will call him to differentiate from Max, of Richmond Hill) for his daughter Mary. There were present most of the male members of the family; Morris, Max, Harry, Dave and Dave Feiner.
The proposition that we form an organization to sponsor greater unity, friendship, and good will in the family; to acquaint ourselves fully with all the members of the large group of adults, the descendents of Shmoel Shoel Cominsky, and do whatever good we could, was adopted, and there the matter rested.
“On April 1, Harry Kaminsky brought together the entire family, and a large host of friends, at Rockaway mansion in Brooklyn, NY to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of his son Sidney. It was a gorgeous and splendid affair. Everyone was happy, good humor reigned supreme and it was there that the first meeting was announced for April 15 at the Libby’s Hotel in NYC. The announcement met with enthusiastic support from all of those who heard it for the first time.
“The first meeting at Libby’s Hotel was a large gathering and the first steps were taken for the co-ordination of the plan. The name Cominsky Family Circle was decided on and officers elected to transact the opening business of the Circle.”
EXCERPTED FROM AN ARTICLE IN THE 1930 EDITION OF “THE FAMILY REGISTER.”
FOUNDED IN 1928, OUR FAMILY CIRCLE IS CELEBRATING ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY