Socialness is an important element of Jewish culture. Fellowship and interaction with one another was important, both in formal and informal ways.
Besides the formal social organizations, Jewish and non Jewish, other social activities took place, with some sponsored by Jewish organizations, such as Purim Balls.
The Hebrew Ladies' Benevolent Society sponsored the Purim Balls as charity balls to raise money of their activities.
According to a report in the March 23, 1883 edition of the Leadville Daily Herald, Jews were not the only ones in attendance at that year’s Purim festivities; “a great many who were not Israelites” were also present “for it was a masquerade and the fun was great.”
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