Guide to the Records of the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans,
undated, 1949-1952, 1961, 1974-1985

*I-547

Processed by Andrey Filimonov

American Jewish Historical Society

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans
Title: Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans Records
Dates:undated, 1949-1952, 1961, 1974-1985
Abstract: The Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFSGNO) was a social service agency created in 1948 to establish and preserve the self-sufficiency of Jewish families. The collection focuses on the JFSGNO’s work to resettle Jews from the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s, often in cooperation with similar agencies, such as Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), United Service for New American, and United Jewish Fund. Also included are lists of the Displaced Persons who arrived from Eastern and Western Europe by ships to the port of New Orleans in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and materials on resettling of refugees from Southeast Asia in the 1970s-1980s. The documents include ship manifests, memos, agendas, correspondence, clippings, policy statements and procedures, statistics, congressional reports, programs and budgets.
Languages: The collection is in English and Yiddish.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)
Identification: I-547
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The records of the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFSGNO) represent 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.

JFSGNO, a social service agency, was created in 1948 to establish and preserve self-sufficiency of Jewish families. JFSGNO was instrumental in greeting and resettling hundreds of Jews arriving from Europe to Greater New Orleans. During the 1970s and the 1980s the JFSGNO’s clientele primarily consisted of Jews arriving from the Soviet Union. The agency assisted these immigrants with job placement, health care, education, insurance, transportation and emotional well-being. In 1982 the agency widened its scope and opened its doors to people of all faiths.

References

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans. About us. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.jfsneworleans.org/about-us/

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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans focus on the JFSGNO’s work to resettle Jews from the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s, often in cooperation with similar agencies, such as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the United Service for New American, and the United Jewish Fund.

The collection also contains lists of Displaced Persons from Eastern and Western Europe who arrived by ships to the port of New Orleans in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The records also document the resettling of refugees from Southeast Asia in the 1980s.

The materials include ship manifests, memos, agendas, correspondence, clippings, policy statements and procedures, statistics, congressional reports, programs and budgets.

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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 Records of the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans 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), United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (I-543), Jewish Defense League (I-374), 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), Victor Borden (P-959), Estelle Newman (P-960) and Carol S. Kekst (P-961).

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); Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans Records ; I-547 ; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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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.

 

Records of the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, undated, 1949-1952, 1961, 1974-1985

The series is in English and Yiddish.
2 manuscript boxes.
Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Health Insurance undated, 1975-1976
1 2 Indemnification undated, 1961
1 3 Indochinese undated, 1979-1985
1 4 Invitations undated
1 5 Letter for Louisiana State University Research Project (in Russian) undated
1 6 Letters of Invitation undated, 1985
1 7 Passenger Lists - Incoming Immigrants 1949
1 8 Passenger Lists - Incoming Immigrants 1950
1 9 Passenger Lists - Incoming Immigrants 1951
1 10 Passenger Lists - Incoming Immigrants 1952
1 11 "Resettlement Casework: The Role of the Professional" by R. Taylor and D. Nathan (JFSGNY) 1980
1 12 Resettlement - General undated, 1974
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Resettlement - General 1974-1975
2 2 Resettlement - General 1974-1975
2 3 Resettlement - General 1976
2 4 Resettlement - General 1976
2 5 Resettlement - General 1977-1978
2 6 Russian Lists 1976-1977
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