Guide to the Papers of Meta Joy Jacoby,
1983-1990

P-992

Processed by Andrey Filimonov

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in February 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jacoby, Meta Joy
Title: Meta Joy Jacoby Papers
Dates:1983-1990
Abstract: Personal collection of Soviet Jewry Movement activist Meta Joy Jacoby who chaired the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, PA. The Committee provided moral support to Soviet Jewish families through the mailing of letters and telegrams, placing phone calls, and sending Jewish cultural materials to the Soviet Union. Meta Joy Jacoby repeatedly traveled to the Soviet Union to meet with and deliver aid to the Refuseniks. The collection includes memos, correspondence, newsletters, brochures, and clippings.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 2 manuscript boxes (1 linear foot)
Identification: P-992
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note
'Let Freedom Ring for Soviet Jewry'—Greater Philadelphia Jewish community participating in the Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews rally on December 6, 1987 in Washington, D. C.

'Let Freedom Ring for Soviet Jewry'—Greater Philadelphia Jewish community participating in the Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews rally on December 6, 1987 in Washington, D. C.

The Papers of Meta Joy Jacoby 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.

Meta Joy Jacoby was an activist of the American Soviet Jewry movement. She chaired the Soviet Jewry Committee of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, PA. The Committee provided moral and material support to dozens of Soviet Jewish families by organizing continuous mass mailings of letters and telegrams, placing telephone calls, informing and supplying members of the congregation who traveled to the Soviet Union with religious and cultural Jewish materials for distribution among the Refuseniks. The Committee maintained contact with U.S. elected officials to help keep the plight of Soviet Jewry on the agenda in the United States foreign policy making. The Committee adopted the successful tactics of and cooperated with the national, and larger local agencies, primarily the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, but also the Union of Councils on Soviet Jewry, and Chicago Action for Soviet Jews. Among the programs and projects the Committee worked on were Adopt-a-Family (keeping track of and helping Soviet Jewish families in need), Bar and Bat Mitzvah Twinning (pairing the adolescents of the congregation with their Soviet Jewish peers to symbolically share the Jewish coming of age rituals), Jewish Wedding Day Project (providing a religious wedding ceremony for the immigrant Soviet Jewish couples who were unable to wed according to Jewish laws and traditions while living in the USSR). The Committee participated in the mobilization of the Greater Philadelphia community for the historic national march and political rally held on December 6, 1987 in Washington, D.C. The committee also briefed and debriefed the members of the local community who were willing to travel to the Soviet Union to deliver aid to Soviet Jews. 1Meta Joy Jacoby and her husband personally repeatedly traveled to the USSR and met a number of Refuseniks.2

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains memos and correspondence of the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, PA. The collection includes materials pertaining to traveling to the USSR in order to meet with and help Soviet Jews, including a trip report by Meta Joy Jacoby and her husband; materials reflecting the Committee and other Soviet Jewry movement organizations, communications with U.S.-elected officials; news clippings pertaining to the Soviet Jewry movement from local and national newspapers; brochures detailing events and projects of various Soviet Jewry movement organizations and a selection of newsletters from Soviet Jewry movement organizations based in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The collection consists of two manuscript boxes.

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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 Papers of Meta Joy Jacoby 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 (I-181 and I-181A), the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (I-410, I-410A), the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews and Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal (I-505 and I-505A), Houston Action for Soviet Jewry (I-500), 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), Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (I-538), United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (I-543), Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (I-547), 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), Betty Golomb (P-938), 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), Frank Brodsky (P-957), Victor Borden (P-959), Estelle Newman (P-960), Carol S. Kekst (P-961), Linda Rutta (P-965), Rachel Braun (P-967), Jack Forgash (P-968), Michael Greene (P-969), Judith A. Manelis (P-970), Fred Greene (P-971), Harry Lerner (P-972), Alan L. Cohen (P-973), Murray Levine (P-974) and Jack Minker (P-975).

American Soviet Jewry Movement Oral Histories Collection (I-548) contains audio and video interviews with activists of the American Soviet Jewry Movement, former Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience.

American Soviet Jewry Movement Photographs (I-495) contains digitized photographs from The Archives of the American Soviet Jewry Movement.

American Soviet Jewry Movement Posters and Ephemera Collection (I-566) contains digitized posters and ephemera from The Archives of the American Soviet Jewry Movement.

Additional materials 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); Meta Joy Jacoby Papers; P-992 ; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Meta Joy Jacoby in 2014.

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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.

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Papers of Meta Joy Jacoby, 1983-1990

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

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Brochures and Flyers Re.: Soviet Jewry Movement Projects and Events 1986-1988 request_box
1 2 Jewish Wedding Day Project 1990 request_box
1 3 Mainline Reform Temple Soviet Jewry Committee 1986-1988 request_box
1 4 National Conference on Soviet Jewry 1986-1989 request_box
1 5 News Clippings 1986-1988 request_box
1 6 Newsletters 1983-1989 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience—Profiles, Letters From 1986-1989 request_box
2 2 Reports, Fact Sheets, Statements and Press Releases 1987-1989 request_box
2 3 Soviet Jewry Freedom Sunday Mobilization 1987 request_box
2 4 Soviet Jewry—Report on Visit to Moscow by Isi J. Liebler, Melbourne, Australia 1987 request_box
2 5 Travel to the USSR—Briefing Materials, Reports 1988 request_box
2 6 US Congress 1988-1989 request_box
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