Golden Slipper isn't just a charity... it's a passion.
Golden Slipper Club & Charities, Golden Slipper Camp and Golden Slipper Gems are each registered 501(c)(3) non profit entities. We would like to thank the officers and board members of each of our entities for their dedication to Golden Slipper and our charitable efforts.
Who We Are
As the Roaring Twenties began, a group of Jewish Masons decided to get together regularly for social evenings and card games. These men began to "cut the pot" and use these monies to help needy families with coal or milk or other essentials. From these acts of kindness grew a more structured group, which was chartered and became known as the Golden Slipper Square Club, with a motto of "Charity, Good Fellowship & Loyalty." It was adherence to all three aspects of this motto that was key to the growth and success of the organization.
Over the years the formal structure has grown, and the size and commitment to philanthropy have grown, but we have never lost sight of our motto. Today the tradition continues. Golden Slipper Club & Charities continually finds ways to serve young and old through a variety of Charitable Programs. Operated almost exclusively by members and volunteers, Golden Slipper takes pride in serving the Greater Philadelphia region.
What We Do
Through a variety of philanthropic endeavors, Slipper fosters an atmosphere of giving and friendship. We boast about our "hands-on" approach, and it's true. Our members give from their hearts - financially, through their expertise, their time, and their teamwork - to help the organization maintain and grow an unmatched summer camp for children, a college scholarship fund for deserving students, a welcoming center for senior citizens, and many other initiatives. Visit our Charitable Programs page for more information. Slipper is comprised of hundreds of individuals of all ages who give back to the Club year after year, generation after generation because they are passionate about what Slipper does.
In return, members "get" infinitely more than they "give." Namely, the pride of helping the community, the joy of seeing the fruits of their labor come to life, and the camaraderie that comes with being actively involved.
This passion dates back to 1922, when a group of Jewish Masons gathered regularly to socialize and play cards. They'd divide up their winnings and distribute them to families in need of money for food, coal, and other essentials. These selfless acts of kindness are the roots and the inspiration of Golden Slipper Club & Charities, now nearly 600 members strong.
Today the tradition continues. Golden Slipper continually finds ways to serve young and old. Operated almost exclusively by members and volunteers, Golden Slipper Club takes pride in serving the Greater Philadelphia region.
Our History in Action
As the decade of the “Roaring Twenties” began, a group of Jewish Masons decided to get together regularly for social evenings and card games. These men began to “cut the pot” and use these monies to help needy families with coal or milk or other essentials.
From these acts of kindness grew a more structured group, which was chartered and became known as the Golden Slipper Square Club, with a motto of “Charity, Good Fellowship & Loyalty.” It was adherence to all three aspects of this motto that was key to the growth and success of the organization.
Over the years the formal structure has grown, and the size and commitment to philanthropy have grown, but we have never lost sight of our motto.
As the organization grew there were needs and desires to develop additional areas of service and philanthropy. The welfare committee (now known as HUNAS), expanded its ability to cut through red tape and service the deserving as expeditiously as possible.
Scholarships were awarded to help students attend college. Right after the end of World War II, Slipper was looking for a major project. They asked Federation’s opinion about developing a camp or an old age home. Federation’s direction was to serve the young with a camp, and thus, the land was acquired to build the Golden Slipper Square Club Camp, which opened in 1948.
During the forties and fifties, Slipper put on many of its own original shows with members playing the roles of both men and women. These were major productions with music and choreography. The meetings (both board and general), were frequently raucous with practical jokes, hot foots, and story telling, taking up much of the agenda. However, as the level of philanthropy and good deeds grew, Slipper became recognized as the leadership development organization of the Jewish community.
At the end of the sixties, it was determined to drop the Masonic requirement. Young men were not joining the Masons as in the past and, therefore, the level of potential new members was drying up. The new name became the Golden Slipper Club & Charities, and the magazine changed its name from “Cable Tow” to “Slipper Writes.”
Throughout its history, Golden Slipper has been helped greatly by the wives of its members with their auxiliary organizations. Friends of Golden Slipper, Slipper Wives, and Slipper Women enhanced the Golden Slipper Club’s “good deeds” with their fund raising activities and charitable acts.
The general meetings became showcase events where local, national and international celebrities from all professions and walks of life were honored by Slipper, and in turn attracted huge attendance so that the philosophy and activities of Slipper could be showcased to members and their guests.
In the late fifties and early sixties, a group of young Slipperites created the “Shoehorns” to help the Slipper on so that the baton of leadership could be passed on from the old guard to the new young leaders of the community.
The change brought an infusion of new members in the seventies, with additional growth in direct service to members of our community through the GO, Golden Kids, and other committees.
As we entered the eighties, we realized once again the need to expand with another major investment in serving the Jewish community. We looked at many new projects over several years and originally decided to take over the Uptown Home, which was suffering from an aging board, increasing deficits and governmental restrictions. From 1985 to November of 2006, we operated the Golden Slipper Health & Rehab Center providing healthcare services to the elderly.
Slipper’s service to the elderly population took on additional responsibility in 1995 with the opening of the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors. This endeavor, even in its infancy, has been met with tremendous Slipper enthusiasm and support, typical of Slipper members.
We are proud to have become a full cycle organization, serving both populations, our young and our old, which was only a dream almost fifty years ago.
As we entered the nineties as Golden Slipper Club & Charities, we opened up our membership to women so that all members of our community could share the tremendous satisfaction of performing “Gemilut Hasadim,” acts of loving kindness, and enjoy the relationships developed by our motto, “Charity, Good Fellowship and Loyalty.”
As we celebrate our 89th anniversary, we can look back and reflect on all of the positive growth in the Club & Charities. Slipper members continue to serve in leadership roles in many of our area’s communal and charitable activities, involvement unsurpassed by any other organization. The dedication of all of Golden Slipper’s members, both past and present, has surely paid off. With our past efforts and with the constant ow of new ideas and energy our members create, Golden Slipper will continue to thrive in the 21st century.
Golden Slipper Club & Charities and Golden Slipper Camp
Michael B. Steinberg
Golden Slipper Camp
and Golden Slipper Club & Charities