Also known as Chevra Kadusha, Israel Golden Gate Lodge in Oakland, California was founded in 1886 to provide its members and their families with medical assistance and to help pay for their burial according to Jewish tradition and custom. It was incorporated in 1907. With time, the Lodge expanded its activities to take a more active role in Oakland's Jewish affairs.
The collection consists of the records of the Israel Golden Gate Lodge in Oakland, California. Included are by-laws and constitution; minutes; applications for membership, lists of its members (these have information about the country of origin, age, profession, address, and the name of the spouse for both members and prospective members), and some financial records. The collection also contains information on the Commission on Americanism and on the Jewish Folk Chorus, both of which were based in Oakland.