Guide to the Records of the Jewish Defense Organization
1971-2003

I-490

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in April 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Defense Organization
Title: Jewish Defense Organization Records
Dates:1971-2003
Abstract: The collection includes materials pertaining to the Jewish Defense Organization, a radical Zionist Jewish organization devoted to protecting Jews from their enemies, imaginary and real, using all means possible. Collection consists of correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, transcripts, and a large amount of printed materials. The bulk of the materials consist of a variety of printed materials and materials pertaining to a number of legal cases against various members of the Jewish Defense Organization and the organization itself.
Languages: The collection is in English with some Russian and Hebrew.
Quantity: 26 linear feet.
Accession number: I-490
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Jewish Defense Organization is a radical Zionist Jewish organization devoted to the fight against Anti-Semitism and protecting Jews from their enemies.

It was founded in 1981 by Mordechai Levy, a former member of the Jewish Defense League after he and JDL’s leader Irv Rubin came to disagreements they could not resolve.

JDO members participate in a wide variety of campaigns, such as patrolling Jewish neighborhoods, as well as staging and participating in protests against Neo-Nazis and other groups who openly express their hatred towards Jews.

The group demonstrated against Louis Farrakhan, David Duke, Lyndon LaRouche, Moshe Aryeh Friedman, PLO, and other individuals and organizations who are viewed by the organization as Anti-Semitic.

In addition to protests and other agitation work, Jewish Defense Organization runs Camp Jabotinsky where young Jews are trained in self-defense and participate in gun-training.

Jewish Defense Organization has been involved in a number of legal case, most notably with a former JDO member, turned private eye, Steven Rambam. Steven Rambam sued The Jewish Defense Organization in 1997 “alleging defamation, false light invasion of privacy, and incitement to violence”.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes materials pertaining to the Jewish Defense Organization, a radical organization devoted to protecting Jews from their enemies, imaginary and real, using all means possible.

Collection consists of correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, and transcripts, and a large amount of printed materials.

The bulk of the materials consist of a variety of printed materials that are spread throughout the collection, with the larger segment found in Series III: Jewish Defense Organization Publications and Series IV: Printed Materials.

These materials consists of newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, leaflets, flyers, posters, and clippings and cover such topics as Anti-Semitism, Israel, Middle East, terrorism, Islam, labor movement, conservatives, right wing extremism, racism, and Soviet Jews.

There is also an abundance of materials pertaining to specific organizations, such as Jewish Defense League, Jewish Defense Organization, Ku Klux Klan, Palestinian Liberation Organization, and Nation of Islam.

The second largest portion of the collection deals with a number of legal cases against various members of the Jewish Defense Organization and the organization itself, in particular a case brought forward by former member Steven Rambam. These materials consist of court procedures and other legal documents in their entirety, as well as correspondence.

Other materials dealing directly with Jewish Defense Organization include official correspondence and correspondence dealing with Mordechai Levy's arrest, financial and legal documents, notes, and photographs and audio-visual materials documenting the organization’s work. These materials constitute just a fraction of the collection.

Many materials that one would expect to find among the organization’s records are missing. There are very few financial or bookkeeping records, very little membership information and aside from the printed materials, very little is documented in regards to the organization’s activities.

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Arrangement

The collection is devided into four series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact: American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, N.Y., 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

AJHS Antisemitic Literature Collection

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Separated Material

Books have been removed from the collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Defense Organization Records; I-490; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by Mordechai Levy on behalf of the Jewish Defense Organization in 2000.

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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Court materials, 1977-2003

This series is in English.
7.5
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I: Court Cases includes materials pertaining to a number of legal cases against various members of the Jewish Defense Organization and the organization itself as well as materials from other legal cases that were most likely used by the members of the Jewish Defense Organization as a reference during their trials.

The bulk of the materials in this series cover a legal cases initiated by Steven Rambam against the Jewish Defense Organization.

These materials consists of legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, transcripts, correspondence between lawyers and the Jewish Defense Organization, and printed materials.

Subseries 1: California. Supreme Court: Steven Rambam vs. Jewish Defense Organization, 1977-2001

This subseries is in English.
2.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes court materials pertaining to the legal case against the Jewish Defense Organization initiated by Steven Rambam. This case was conducted in the Supreme Court of California. Included here are legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, transcripts, correspondence between lawyers and the Jewish Defense Organization, and printed materials.

Additionally there is a small amount of materials, legal and other, pertaining to Steven Rambam's trial that took place in 1977.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Court documents1997request_box
12Court documents1997-1998request_box
13Court documents1997-1998request_box
14Court documents1997-1998request_box
15Court documents, correspondence1997-1998request_box
16Court documents, correspondence1997-1998request_box
17Court documents, correspondence1977-2001request_box
18Court documents, correspondence1996-1998request_box
19Court documents, correspondence1997-1998request_box
110Court documents, correspondence1998request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Court documents, correspondence1998-1999request_box
  

folder 1 of 2

 
22Court documents, correspondence1998-1999request_box
  

folder 2 of 2

 
23Court documents, correspondence1998-1999request_box
24Court documents, correspondence1998-1999request_box
25Court documents, correspondence2000request_box
26Court documents, correspondence2001request_box
27Deposition of Barry Krugel1998request_box
28Deposition of Steven Rambam1997request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31Printed materialsundated, 2001request_box
32Subpoenasundatedrequest_box

Subseries 2: New York (State). Supreme Court: Steven Rambam vs. Jewish Defense Organization, 1977-2002

This subseries is in English.
3.75. linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes court materials pertaining to the legal case against the Jewish Defense Organization initiated by Steven Rambam. This case was conducted in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Included here are legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, transcripts, correspondence between lawyers and the Jewish Defense Organization, and printed materials.

Additionally there is a small amount of materials, legal and other, pertaining to Steven Rambam's trial that took place in 1977.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
33Appendix of Threatening E-Mails1999request_box
34Appendix of Threatening E-Mails2000request_box
35Correspondence1977-2001request_box
36Correspondence1998-2001request_box
37Correspondence1998-2001request_box
38Correspondence2001request_box
39Correspondence, court materials1999-2002request_box
310Correspondence, court materials2001-2004request_box
311Court documents1976-2001request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41Court documents1999request_box
42Court documents1999-2000request_box
43Court documents1999-2002request_box
44Court documents1999-2002request_box
45Court documents2000request_box
46Court documents2000request_box
47Court documents2000request_box
48Court documents2000-2001request_box
49Court documents2000-2002request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
51Court documents2001request_box
52Court documents2002request_box
53Court documents2002request_box
54Court documents2002request_box
55Court documents2002request_box
56Court documents, correspondence1990-2002request_box
57Court documents, correspondence1997-2000request_box
58Court documents, correspondence1997-2000request_box
59Court documents, correspondence1999-2000request_box
510Court documents, correspondence2000-2002request_box
511Court documents, correspondence2001request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
61Defendants-Appellants' Appendix2002request_box
  

Vol I

 
62Defendants-Appellants' Appendix2002request_box
  

Vol II

 
63Deposition of Alan J. Weberman2000request_box
64Deposition of Alan J. Weberma2001request_box
65Printed materialsundated, 1990-2000srequest_box
66Various1997-2001request_box

Subseries 3: Other Court Cases, 1977-2003

This subseries is in English.
1.75
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes court materials dealing with trials of suspected terrorists that were collected by Mordechai Levy and were probably used by him and other members Jewish Defense Organization at the time of their trials.

Additionally, there are legal documents pertaining to a number of other cases against the Jewish Defense Organization.

Furthermore, there are materials dealing with the 1977 trial of Steven Rambam.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
67Paul Mooney vs Jewish Defense Organization2001-2002request_box
68Paul Mooney vs Jewish Defense Organization2001-2002request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
71Paul Mooney vs Jewish Defense Organization2001-2002request_box
72Rosenberg Diamond Development Corpundated, 2000request_box
73United States of America vs Steven Rombom1976-1977request_box
74United States of America vs Steven Rombomrequest_box
75United States of America vs Steven Rombom1976-1977request_box
76United States of America vs Alan Weberman2000request_box
77United States vs suspected terrorists, Sami Amin Al-Ariancirca 2000request_box
78United States vs suspected terrorists, Elsayyid Nasair2002request_box
79United States vs suspected terroristscirca 1990srequest_box
710United States vs suspected terroristscirca 1990srequest_box
711United States vs suspected terroristscirca 1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
81United States vs suspected terrorists1989-2003request_box
82United States vs suspected terrorists1993-2003request_box
83United States vs suspected terrorists1994request_box
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Series II: General, 1977-2002

This series is in English with some Hebrew.
2.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series II: General includes materials pertaining to various activities of the Jewish Defense Organization and consists of official correspondence and correspondence dealing with Mordechai Levy's arrest, financial and legal documents, notes, photographs, and audio-visual materials documenting the organization’s work.

There is a substantial amount of lists of right wing organizations and their members. The lists were collected and compiled by the JDO staff.

Additionally, there is a small amount of materials dealing with memberships and information on Neo-Nazis.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
91Addresses [members]undatedrequest_box
92Audio tapes[1980s]request_box
93Audio tapes[1980s]request_box
94Camp Judoundatedrequest_box
95Computer discs1980srequest_box
96Correspondence1981-1996request_box
97Correspondence1984-1991request_box
98Document sheetundatedrequest_box
99Documents, general1982-2002request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
85Documents, financial1977-2000request_box
  

includes correspondence

 
86Legal documents1980srequest_box
87Levy, Mordechai, arrestrequest_box
88Levy, Mordachai, correspondenceundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2617Lists1980s-1990srequest_box
  

lists of right wing organizations and their members

folder 1 of 4

 
2618Lists1980s-1990srequest_box
  

lists of right wing organizations and their members

folder 2 of 4

 
2619Lists1980s-1990srequest_box
  

lists of right wing organizations and their members

folder 3 of 4

 
2620Lists1980s-1990srequest_box
  

lists of right wing organizations and their members

folder 4 of 4

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
89Membership1970srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
101Neo-Nazisundatedrequest_box
  

phone numbers

 
102Neo-Nazis, phone numbersundatedrequest_box
103notesundatedrequest_box
104Photographs1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2611Protests1980srequest_box
  

video recording

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
105Variousundatedrequest_box
106Weberman, A. J.1990srequest_box
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Series III: Jewish Defense Organization's Publications, 1980s-1999

This series is in English.
2 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series III: Jewish Defense Organization's Publications includes the organization's publications, such as leaflets and newsletters.

Also included here are posters and flyers.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
107Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
108Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
109Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
1010Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
1011Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
111Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
112Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
113Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
114Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
115Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
116Leafletsundated, 1980srequest_box
117Leafletsundated, 1983-1993request_box
118Leafletsundated, 1988-1993request_box
119Leafletsundated, 1990srequest_box
1110Leafletsundated, 1991-1993request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
121Leaflets1980srequest_box
122Leaflets1980srequest_box
123Leaflets1980srequest_box
124Leaflets1980s-1990srequest_box
125Leaflets1980s-1999request_box
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Series IV: Printed materials, 1980s-1999

This series is in English with some Russian.
14 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series IV: Printed Materials is by far the largest section of the collection and consists of newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, leaflets, flyers, posters, and clippings.

All the printed materials pertain to various expressions of political or religious radicalism.

The topics most represented here include Anti-Semitism, Israel, Middle East, terrorism, Islam, labor movement, conservatives, right wing extremism, racism, and Soviet Jews.

There is a wealth of materials related to such organizations as Jewish Defense League, Jewish Defense Organization, Ku Klux Klan, Palestinian Liberation Organization, and Nation of Islam.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
126Abu-Jamal, Mumia1995-1996request_box
127Afrikan resistance1991-1993request_box
128Americans for a Safe Israel1987-1989request_box
129Anti-Nazi1980srequest_box
1210Anti-Semitism1974-1990srequest_box
1211Anti-Semitism1981-1986request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
131Anti-Semitism1995-1996request_box
132Anti-Semitism in academia1980srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2615Arab terrorism1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
133Aryan Nations1990s-2003request_box
134Beranson, Lori1987-1990request_box
135Black Anti-Semitism1980s-1990srequest_box
136Black History Week1996request_box
137Black press1982-1997request_box
138Black people vs Asian people1990request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2612Black September1971request_box
  

publication by PLO

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
139Brichner, Balfour1980s-1990srequest_box
1310Buchanan, Pat1990-1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
141Christian Neo-Nazis1980srequest_box
142Chirch of the Creator1990srequest_box
143Clark, Ramsey1980srequest_box
144Columbia Daily Spectator1986-1995request_box
145Columbia Daily Spectator1990request_box
146Columbia University1991-1997request_box
147Crown Heights1990srequest_box
148Crown Heights1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
268Death to the Klan1979-1981request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
149Derickson, Ulrike1985request_box
1410Duke, David1980s-1990srequest_box
1411Duke, David1988-1991request_box
1412Duke, David1989-1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
151Dube, Ernst1980request_box
152Europe1988-1991request_box
153Foxman, Abraham1990-2001request_box
154Freddy's Fashion Mart1995request_box
155Forwards1990srequest_box
156Fuchs, Israel1980srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2614Hamas1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
157Hatfill, Steven Jay2002-2003request_box
158Holocaust1980s-1990srequest_box
159Houser, Rita1980srequest_box
1511Human Events1991-1992request_box
1512Iran1982-1983request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2616Iran and Iraq1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1513Iraq and Syria1981-2001request_box
1514Israel1980request_box
1515Israel1989-1995request_box
1516Jackson, Jesse1990srequest_box
1517Jeffries, Leonard1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
161Jeffries, Leonard1990srequest_box
162Jeffries, Leonard1990srequest_box
163Jewish Athletic Club1980srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
269Jewish Currents1981-1997request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
164Jewish Defense League1971-1980srequest_box
165Jewish Defense League1973-1988request_box
166Jewish Defense League1973-1991request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2610Jewish Defense League1980s-1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
167Jewish Defense League1981-1986request_box
168Jewish Defense League1981-1993request_box
169Jewish Defense League1984-1994request_box
1610Jewish Defense League1988-1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
171Jewish Defense Organizationundated, 1980srequest_box
172Jewish Defense Organizationundated, 1982-1993request_box
173Jewish Defense Organization1970s-1996request_box
174Jewish Defense Organization1980srequest_box
175Jewish Defense Organization1980srequest_box
176Jewish Defense Organization1980srequest_box
177Jewish Defense Organization1982-1986request_box
178Jewish Defense Organization1986-1989request_box
179Jewish Defense Organization1986-1995request_box
1710Jewish press1981-1990srequest_box
1711Jewish press1984request_box
1712Jewish press1986-1997request_box
1713Jewish Radical Educational Project1990srequest_box
1714Jewish students1980srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
181Keenen, Edward1980srequest_box
182Ku Klux Klan1980s-1990srequest_box
183Ku Klux Klan19890s-1990srequest_box
184Kunstler, William1991-1996request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
193Lane, Markundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
185Leftistsundatedrequest_box
186Leftists1970s-1980srequest_box
187Leftists1980srequest_box
188Leftists1980srequest_box
189Leftists1980srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
191Leftists1982-1987request_box
192Leftist support of PLO1983-1992request_box
194LaRouche, Lyndonrequest_box
195The Link1978-1984request_box
196Middle East1980s-1990srequest_box
197Middle East1980s-1990srequest_box
198The Monitorundatedrequest_box
199Mordechai Levy arrest1981-1984request_box
1910Muhammad Speaksundatedrequest_box
1911Nation of Islam1984-1997request_box
1912Nation of Islam1985-1987request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
201Nation of Islam1985-1988request_box
202Nation of Islam1988-1997request_box
203Nation of Islam1991-1998request_box
204Nation of Islam1994-1996request_box
205The National Alliance1980srequest_box
206The National Alliance1983-1988request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
211The National Alliance1984-1987request_box
212The National Alliance1986-1987request_box
213The National Alliance1986-1988request_box
214The National Alliance1987-1988request_box
215The National Alliance1987-1988request_box
216The National Alliance1987-1988request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
221National Alliance Party1981-1991request_box
222Neo-Nazis1970s-1980srequest_box
223Neo-Nazis1980s-1991request_box
224New Jewish Agenda1980srequest_box
225New York Post1986-1997request_box
226New York Times1990s-2003request_box
227New York University1990-1991request_box
228Norman Thomas High School1995request_box
229Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1989-1990request_box
2210Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1990request_box
2211Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1990request_box
2212Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1991-1992request_box
2213Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1991request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
231Outpost1991-1994request_box
232Overthrow1983-1989request_box
233Palestine Focus1983-1990request_box
234Palestinian terrorism1984-2002request_box
235Palestinian terrorism1988-1997request_box
236"Peace" Now1980srequest_box
237Peace negotiations, Oslo1998request_box
238PLO1980-1988request_box
239PLO1980-1988request_box
2310PLO1983-1988request_box
2311Pollard, Jonathan1980s-1990srequest_box
2312Rappers against Jews1990srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
241Religious Jews against Israel1980srequest_box
242Revolutionary Worker1983-1993request_box
243Revolutionary Worker1993-1999request_box
244Right wing1980srequest_box
245Russian language periodicals1989-1991request_box
246Savage, Gus1990srequest_box
247South Africa1986-1990request_box
248South Africa1986-1992request_box
249South Africa1990srequest_box
2410The Shadow1989-1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
251Sharpton, Al1980s-1990srequest_box
252Siegman, Henry1988request_box
253Skinheads, right wing1991-1992request_box
254The Spotlight1990srequest_box
255The Spotlight1991-1992request_box
256The Spotlight1991-1992request_box
257The Spotlight1991-1992request_box
258The Spotlight1991-1992request_box
259Soviet Union, Jews1980srequest_box
2510Soviet Union, Jews1980srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
261Soviet Union, Jews1980srequest_box
2613Task of the New Stage1973request_box
  

publication by PLO

 
262Terrorism1980s-1990srequest_box
263Toure, K.1980srequest_box
267Village Voice1990srequest_box
265Workers Vanguard1988-1992request_box
266Washington Post1990srequest_box
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