Guide to the Jewish Counter Culture Collection, 1954-2010 (bulk 1967-1972)
 
I-504

Processed by Christine McEvilly and Tammy Kiter

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Christine McEvilly as MS Word document, January 13, 2011. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on January 18, 2011. Description is in English.
February 2017 Additional description added and reprocessing by Nicole Greenhouse

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jewish Counter Culture Collection
Dates:1954-2010 (bulk 1967-1972)
Abstract: This collection includes materials documenting the activities and publications of independent and activist American Jewish organizations. Sample news publications from a variety of independent presses are included, as are a variety of home-published newsletters and flyers. The collection addresses anti-war protests and U.S. draft avoidance; American Jewish activism on Israel; feminist involvement in Judaism; socialism and radicalism; and international affairs. Materials include newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, news clippings, articles, limited correspondence, speech notes, reports, and flyers.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 3.6 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized box)
Identification: I-504
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

The Jewish Counter Culture movement consisted of the struggles of Jewish individuals, the majority of whom were young people, not only to interpret and understand their past, but to evaluate and foster an appreciation for their future. During a tumultuous period in American history (1965-1975), student groups and community organizations banned together, found their voice, and produced publications that spoke volumes with regard to their beliefs, concerns, and commitment to paving the way for positive change. As these movements were inherently local in origin, the collection materials were created by many small contributing organizations. A number of the Collection's publications received articles from the Jewish Student Press Service, founded in 1970 in New York to provide articles to American Jewish campus periodicals. Many materials were created by Jewish students who brought their Jewish identity to the prevailing movement of campus protests and unrest. Independent organizations, generally devoted to local or liberal causes, also contributed much material.

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Scope and Content Note

The Jewish Counter Culture Collection consists of materials which acted as an outlet for creativity and freedom of expression. They also are a tangible representation of history and anthropology. Among the wide range of topics covered in this collection are the following: religion, spirituality, racial inequality, feminism, the Vietnam War, politics, bureaucracy, poetry, music, artwork, and the desire to actively pursue freedom and justice. The publications also provided an opportunity for organizations to announce rallies, demonstrations, concerts, lectures, and even group travel plans. Often working with very small budgets and limited resources, these dedicated individuals created and distributed powerful tools with which to explore and expound upon issues that are just as relevant and controversial today as they were 40 years ago.

Along with many publications (including newspapers, pamphlets, and flyers), this collection also contains organizational notes, correspondence, articles, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other similar items related to social commentary, international law, and personal faith.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series as follows:

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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, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Jewish Counter Culture Collection is one individual collection within the Counter Culture collections located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other counter culture collections at AJHS include the Arthur Ocean Waskow Papers (P-152), Leonard Fein Papers (P-582), Shira Eve Epstein Papers (P-776), Riv-Ellen Prell Papers (P-795), Ruth Abusch-Magder papers (P-841), Jews for Urban Justice (Washington, D.C.) Records (I-159), Jewish Peace Fellowship Records (I-189), Jewish Student Press Service Records (I-248), Breira records (I-250), American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records (I-326), North American Jewish Students Appeal (I-338), Jewish Labor Committee Records (I-377), New Jewish Agenda Records (I-393), Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records (I-449), Trees and Life for Vietnam Records (I-542), Lights in Action Records (I-560), and portions of the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Counter Culture Collection; I-504; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by a number of different donors from the early 2000s to 2016. Donors were identified on the folder-level based on existing description and accession records. Not all donors were able to be identified. Donors include Lori Lefkovitz, Robert Saks, Frances Goldman, Jane Rothstein, Shelly Tenenbaum, Riv-Ellen Prell, Deborah G. Roher, Suzi Wizowaty, Sharon Girard, Zalmo Bloombecker, Laurence Edwards, Isa Aron, David G. Roskies, Steve Shaw, and Toby Sonneman.

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Processing Information

In 2011 the collection was processed by Christine McEvilly and Tammy Kiter. Prior to 2017, the collection was broken into five series:

In 2017, donors, when possible, were identified on the folder-level and the collection was intellectually rearranged. The original Series IV was incorporated into Series III: Organizations. Materials in the original Series V was incorporated into all three new series.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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: Publications, 1964-2007

The Series is in English.
Arrangement:

Arrangement is alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

This series includes newsprint, journals, pamphlets, and magazines on current events that affected the Jewish community, the views of Jews from different political and cultural traditions, and the activities of general Jewish organizations. The publications are produced by activist groups, university student Jewish organizations, and for-profit presses. Most publications were intended for a wide audience beyond the members of the publishing organization. The series also contains clippings from mainstream secular or Jewish publications that focus on issues pertinent to the Jewish American Left.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Ba-Golah in Exile (Skokie, IL)undatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Bas-Kol (Brooklyn, NY)1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
517Clippings on American Jewish Feminism1974-1989request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
414Clippings on Female Rabbis1993-1995request_box
  

Donated by Lori Lefkovitz

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
53Clippings on International Affairs and the Middle Eastundated, 1966-1969request_box
  

Donated by Robert Saks

 
54Clippings on International Affairs and the Middle Eastundated, 1964-1985request_box
  

Donated by Robert Saks

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
413Clippings on Women of the Wall1988-1990request_box
  

Donated by Lori Lefkovitz

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Coexistence (London)1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
22Confrontation (Coral Gables, FL)1971request_box
23Congress: A Journal of Opinion and Jewish Affairs (New York, NY)1966-1967request_box
23aConservative Judaism (New York, NY)1974request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Dawn (New York, NY)1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
24Dissent (New York, NY)1967request_box
25The Electric Jew (New York, NY)1969request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Elul (London)1971-1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
26Encounter (London)1968request_box
27Encounters in the Month of Elul (Philadelphia, PA)1971-1973request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Exodus II (Little Neck, NY)undatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
28Fabrangen (Washington D.C.)2007request_box
  

Donated by Frances Goldman

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Fourth World (Ontario)1971request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
29Friends of Jewish Students North American Jewish Students Appeal (New York, NY)1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
513"The Future of Jewish Peoplehood: A Report from the Project on American Jewish Institutions of the Public Resource Center"1977request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12Golem (Jerusalem)1970request_box
12Hamagen (New York, NY)1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
210Heeb: The New Jew Review (New York, NY)2002request_box
  

Donated by Jane Rothstein

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12Hevra (Montreal)1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
211InterChange (Breira of New York, NY)1976-1977request_box
212Israel and the New Left (Tel Aviv)undated, 1970request_box
212aIsrael Horizons (New York, NY)1984request_box
213Jewish Currents (New York, NY)1967-1968request_box
214Jewish Socialist Critique (Berkeley, CA)1979-1980request_box
  

Donated by Shelly Tenenbaum

 
215Jewish Student Press Digest (New York, NY)1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
56“Jews, Judaism, and the New Left”—Speech and Article by Robert Saks1967-1968request_box
  

Donated by Robert Saks

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
216JTA Daily News Bulletin (New York, NY)1969request_box
217Levels Magazine (Syracuse, NY)1968request_box
218Liberation (New York, NY)1967request_box
219Lillit (Jerusalem)1971request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12Masada (Toronto)1970-1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
220Menorah (Washington D.C.)undatedrequest_box
  

Donated by Riv-Ellen Prell

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31The Minority of One (New York, NY)1967request_box
32Muslim News International (Pakistan)1969request_box
33New Left Review (London)1967request_box
34New Politics (New York, NY)1967request_box
35New University Thought (Detroit, MI)1968request_box
36News Views: United Synagogue Youth of the United Synagogue of America (New York, NY)1967request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
13OR (Toronto)1970-1971request_box
13Other Stand (Montreal)1969-1971request_box
14The Other Way (New York, NY)1971request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
37Ramparts (San Francisco, CA)1967request_box
38The Rise and Fall of the Sunrise Commune (Rockville, MD)1979request_box
39Schmear the Queer (New York, NY)2001request_box
  

Donated by Jane Rothstein

 
310Shalom Dialogues (London and Berlin)1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14Shirayim (Ottawa)undatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
310aSh'ma (Port Washington, NY)1974-1987request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14The South End (Detroit, MI)1972request_box
14Survival (Melbourne)undated, 1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
311Tadmit Newsletter (Tel-Aviv)1970request_box
312The Voice of ATID: The College Age Organization, United Synagogue of America (New York, NY)1967request_box
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Series II: Ritual Materials, 1954-2002

The Series is in English.
Arrangement:

Arrangement is alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

This series mostly contains materials related to Jewish holidays and life-cycle events. The series is made-up of Haggadot, prayers, and prayer service proceedings. The majority of the Haggadot are designed to be gender neutral and pro-feminist.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
315"Before There Was a Before"—Arthur, David, and Shoshana Waskow1976request_box
314"Blessing the Birth of a Daughter"—Toby Fishbein Reifman and Ezrat Nashim1976request_box
  

Donated by Deborah G. Roher

 
316"Call them Builders: A Resource Booklet about Jewish Attitudes and Practices on Birth and Family Life"—Sandy Eisenberg Sasson 1977request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
48Community Seder of Kadima, WA—Flyer and Introductory Remarks1991request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
318"Commentary on the Ten Commandments and the Book of Ruth for the Decade of Women" for Shavuot—Task Force on Equality of Women in Judaism1978request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
410"A Jewish Feminist Haggadah"—Vermont New Jewish Agendalate 1980srequest_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
46"A Liberation Seder for the Goddard Community"1986request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
42Passover Haggadah—Women’s Institute for Continuing Jewish Education1980request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
510Passover Haggadah and Songbook—San Francisco Kindershule1954, 1985request_box
  

Donated by Sharon Girard

 
59Passover Haggadot—Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism, Jewish Liberation Project, Jewish Socialist Community Oberlin College1971-2002request_box
  

Donated by Shelly Tenenbaum

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
320Passover Haggadot—Chadeish Yameinu 2000-2001request_box
  

Donated by Zalmo Bloombecker

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
45Lesbian Feminist Passover—Articles1985-1986request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
43"A New Haggadah: A Jewish Lesbian Seder"—Judith Stein1984request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
411"Shabbos Morning Davenin'"—Aquarian Minyan of Berkeley, CAundatedrequest_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
313"Siddur Nashim: A Sabbath Prayer Book for Women"—Naomi Janowitz and Maggie Wenig1976request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
412"The Stolen Legacy, A Women’s Haggadah"—E.M. Broner and Naomi Nimrodundatedrequest_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
317Tu b’Shevat Seders1977-1978, 1984, 1987request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41Yom Kippur Service—Upstairs Minyan1979request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
44"A Women’s Haggadah"—Miriam's Timbrel, Oberlin College1984request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
49"Women’s Seder"—Sponsored by Jewish Community Center Without Walls and Jewish Family Services, agencies of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation1999request_box
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Series III: Organizations, 1967-2010

The Series is in English.
Arrangement:

Arrangement is alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

This series includes material on a wide variety of Jewish and liberal student organizations. Materials include flyers, correspondence, reports, newsletters, and ephemera. Topics include national organizations, liberal publications, the U.S. draft, Jewish welfare and charity, university-student relations, opposition to the Vietnam War, international affairs, events in the Middle East, reports and speeches on leftist culture. There are also newsletters, pamphlets, clippings, and articles relating to feminist and women's issues. The series also includes press cuttings, newsletters, internal reports and drafts, narrative accounts and correspondence from Jewish institutions dedicated to studying and teaching Jewish laws and traditions.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
55Al-Fatah Palestine National Liberation Movement; Baltimore Hebrew Congregation; Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Midstream; Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors; Jewish Peace Fellowship; National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors; Jewish Activist League; Indo-Israel Friendship League; American Jewish Congress; Radical Education Project; Jewish Liberation Project; National Jewish Organizing Project Board; Young People's Socialist League; Hammer & Steel; American Student Movement (Anti-Imperialist); Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; Student Mobilization Committee; City College Christian Association; Michigan Association of Jewish College Students; House of Love and Prayer; Jews for Urban Justice; Jewish Organizing Projectundated, 1967-1980request_box
  

Donated by Robert Saks

 
511American Jewish Committee Information Service1967request_box
  

Donated by Robert Saks

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
416B’nai B’rith Hillel—Correspondence and Records on Breira1976-1979request_box
  

Donated by Laurence Edwards

 
417Florida Union of Jewish Students; Students for a Democratic Society; National Student Mobilization Committee; Young Americans for Freedom; City College of New York Stop National Student Association Committee; City College Chapter of Young People's Socialist League; Jewish Peace Fellowship; National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors; Concerned Jewish Students; Community for a Jewish Federation; Fabrangen; Institute for Policy Studies; House of Love and Prayer; Network; Kibbutz Micah; Jewish Liberation Project; Lights in Action; National Jewish Organizing Project; Trees for Vietnam; Jewish Activist League1967-1980request_box
  

Donated by Robert Saks

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
51Havurah Schools Alternative Communityundated, 1976-1979request_box
  

Donated by Isa Aron

 
52Havurat Shalom House of Study, Somerville, MAundated, 1970srequest_box
  

Donated by David G. Roskies

 
516Havurat Shalom House of Study, Somerville, MA—Position Paperundatedrequest_box
  

Donated by David G. Roskies

 
512Jewish Liberation Information Service1971request_box
515Jewish Peace Fellowship—Pamphlets on Conscientious Objection2009, 2010request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
415Jewish Student Press Service—articles and correspondence (including a list of publications)1969-1971request_box
  

Donated by Robert Saks

 
418The New Left—Handwritten Notes1969request_box
  

Donated by Robert Saks

 
47Passover Peace Coalition1989request_box
  

Donated by Suzi Wizowaty

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
58The Radius Instituteundated, 1970-1994request_box
  

Donated by Steve Shaw

 
57The Radius Institute and the 92nd Street Yundated, 1980-1986request_box
  

Donated by Steve Shaw

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
319Romani-Jewish Alliance1991-1995request_box
  

Donated by Toby Sonneman

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
514Tzedek Tzedek1976-1978request_box
  

Donated by Deborah G. Roher

 
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