Guide to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection,
undated, 1965, 1967, 1970-1971, 1977-1978, 1981

*I-543

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in January 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Title: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection
Dates:undated, 1965, 1967, 1970-1971, 1977-1978, 1981
Abstract: The collection reflects the involvement in the American Soviet Jewry movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), the primary organization of synagogues practicing Conservative Judaism in North America. The materials include pamphlets, newsletters, reports, play scripts, poetry, correspondence and photographs.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: 1/4 linear foot (1 folder)
Identification: I-543
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection represents one collection housed within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM). These papers reflect the effort, beginning in the 1960s through the late 1980s, of thousands of American Jews of all denominations and political orientations to stop the persecution and discrimination of Jews in the Soviet Union. The American Soviet Jewry Movement (ASJM) is considered to be the most influential Movement of the American Jewish community in the 20th century. The beginnings of the organized American Soviet Jewry Movement became a model for efforts to aid Soviet Jews in other countries, among them Great Britain, Canada, and France. The movement can be traced to the early 1960s, when the first organizations were created to address the specific problem of the persecution and isolation of Soviet Jews by the government of the Soviet Union.

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) was founded in 1913 by Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schechter in order to bring together congregations to develop and perpetuate Conservative Judaism. In 1985 USCJ consisted of over 850 congregations. USCJ works in the fields of Jewish education, youth activities, congregational standards and action and Israel affairs. The USCJ sponsors United Synagogue Youth (USY), a youth group with chapters all over the United States and Canada.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection reflects the involvement in the American Soviet Jewry movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), the primary organization of synagogues practicing Conservative Judaism in North America. The materials include a booklet for a Soviet Jewry vigil sponsored by United Synagogue Youth, a program for the International Convention on Soviet Jewry in 1978 and materials documenting the Soviet Jewish Prayer Vigil at Aeroflot Airlines in 1981. Also included are reports on Soviet Jewry, pamphlets, newsletters, a play script, poetry, correspondence and photos of Refuseniks and USCJ Soviet Jewry events.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single 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

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection is one individual collection within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM) located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other Soviet Jewry Movement collections at AJHS include the records of Action for Soviet Jewry (I-487), the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ; I-181 and I-181A), the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (I-410, I-410A), Houston Action for Soviet Jewry (I-500), Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews (I-505), Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry (I-507), The Jewish Chronicle Soviet Jewry Collection (I-523), B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum Soviet Jewry Movement Collection (I-529), Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry (I-530), the papers of Joel Ackerman (P-787), Julia Mates Cheney (P-806), Jerry Goodman (P-863), Laurel and Alan J. Gould (P-866), Carolyn W. Sanger (P-870), Leah Lieberman (P-869), Si Frumkin (P-871), Elaine Pittell (P-873), Sanford A. Gradinger (P-880), Shaul Osadchey (P-882), Leonard S. Cahan (P-883), Doris H. Goldstein (P-887), David H. Hill (P-888), Margery Sanford (P-889), Pinchas Mordechai Teitz (P-891), David Waksberg (P-895), Pamela B. Cohen (P-897), Moshe Decter (P-899), William Korey (P-903), Morey Schapira (P-906), Charlotte Gerper Turner (P-907), Myrtle Sitowitz (P-908), Kathleen M. Hyman (P-911), Babette Wampold (P-912), Rabbi David Goldstein and Shannie Goldstein (P-918), Leslie Schaffer (P-923), Arthur Bernstein (P-925), Dolores Wilkenfeld (P-927), Sylvia Weinberg (P-928) , Irwin H. Krasna (P-934) , Constance S. Kreshtool (P-935), Grace Perlbinder (P-942), Mort Yadin (P-943), Ann Polunsky (P-886), Lillian Foreman (P-945), Marilyn Labendz(P-946), Abraham Silverstein(P-947), Bert Silver(P-949), Billie Kozolchyk (P-950), John Steinbruck (P-951), Lawrence I. Lerner (P-952), Ruth Geller Gold (P-953), Efry Spectre (P-954), Alan M. Kohn (P-956) and Frank Brodsky (P-957).

Additional materials on the American Soviet Jewry movement from other collections include records dealing with the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) located within the North American Jewish Students Appeal (NAJSA, I-338) and the records of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC, I-172). Related records are also located at the AJHS in Newton Centre, MA including memorabilia and ephemera of the New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (I-237) and the Records of the Student Coalition for Soviet Jewry – Brandeis University (I-493).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection ; I-543 ; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Jules A. Gutin in 2007 and 2008.

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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.

 

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection, undated, 1965, 1967, 1970-1971, 1977-1978, 1981

The series is in English and Hebrew.
1 folder.
Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
CB5 1 United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection undated, 1965, 1967, 1970-1971, 1977-1978, 1981
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