Guide to the Zionist Organization, New England Region Records
undated, circa 1921-1979

I-582

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American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD by Lindsay Sprechman in June 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Zionist Organization of America, New England Region
Title: Zionist Organization of America, New England Region Records
Dates:undated, circa 1921-1979
Abstract: The New England Zionist Region is a regional branch of the Zionist Organization of America. The group was originally based in Boston and was associated with prominent leaders in the Zionist movement, including Louis Brandeis and Elihu Stone. The collection primarily consists of photographs taken at events hosted by the branch, including annual conventions and banquets honoring Drs. Chaim Weizmann and Albert Einstein, and Nahum Sokolow. The collection also contains a small group of documents and objects related to member events.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box, 1 oversized folder)
Identification: I-582
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note
ZOA New England Region, Survey Mission to Israel via KLM, circa 1950s.

ZOA New England Region, Survey Mission to Israel via KLM, circa 1950s.

Founded in 1918, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) rose to become the primary nonidealogical group in the United States working to establish a Jewish state in the historic land of Israel. The group’s original goals were authored by Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis and based on those of the World Zionist Organization, of which the ZOA is a member. The goals were to ensure equality for all inhabitants of the area, support increased Jewish ownership of land and resources, encourage cooperation and sharing of land and resources among the Jewish people, offer free public instruction, and develop Hebrew as the language of the Jewish people. Today, the ZOA works to strengthen cultural and economic ties between the United States and Israel.

The ZOA is organized into regional branches, of which the New England Region is one, and then into local chapters of twenty-five or more members. The New England Zionist Region was originally based in Boston and was incorporated in Massachusetts as a non-profit in 1934. Though relatively small in terms of membership, the group was nonetheless influential as the home of Brandeis and other prominent Zionists, including Elihu D. Stone, who served as president of the New England Zionist Region and brought about the 1922 United States Congressional resolution that endorsed the creation of a Jewish home in Palestine.

The New England Zionist Region held a yearly convention to strategize and raise money for its charitable endeavors. Members from around New England, as well as ZOA national directors, would attend. The group also hosted Zionist leaders from around the world, including Dr. Albert Einstein, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who became the first president of Israel, and Nahum Sokolow, who later served as President of the World Zionist Congress.

The New England Zionist Region is now the New York/New England region, and local chapters are based in the five boroughs of New York City. There do not appear to be any active chapters in the rest of New England.

References

Material from the collection.

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives. “New England Zionist Region Conventions.” (Accessed May 9, 2015) <http://ajhsboston.org/2012/08/03/new-england-zionist-region-coventions/>.

Sarna, Jonathan D., et al. eds. The Jews of Boston. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005)

Chronology

1918 The Zionist Organzation of America is established.
1921 The New England Zionist Region hosts a banquet in honor of Drs. Chaim Weizmann and Albert Einstein.
1922 The New England Zionist Region hosts a banquet in honor of the Nahum Sokolow Commission.
1934 The New England Zionist Region is incorporated as a non-profit in Massachusetts.
1941 The 25th Annual Convention is held.
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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Zionist Organization of America, New England Region consist primarily of photographs taken at events and during sponsored trips to Israel. Five of the photographs are panorama and housed in an oversize folder.

Also included in the collection are two certificates and a newspaper article, as well as a wood-bound book certifying that 10,000 trees were planted in Israel in the name of the New England Zionist Region. A final folder contains three medals presented by the government of Israel at the 80th ZOA National Convention held in Israel in July 1977. This folder also includes a marble membership award from ZOA. The collection is arranged in chronological order.

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Arrangement

This 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, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Benjamin Rabalsky Papers, P-153

Elihu Stone Papers, P-555

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Zionist Organization of America, New England Region Records; I-582; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Henry S. Silverman, date unknown.

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Access Points

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Container List

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Series I: Zionist Organization of America, New England Region, undated, circa 1921-1979

In English and Hebrew.
Box 1, Folders 1-4; 1 OS folder.
Scope and Content:

See collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1Photographs1921-1947request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Photographsundated, 1950-1966request_box
12Jewish National Fund Testimonial1960request_box
13Assorted Documentsundated, 1967-1979request_box
14Objectsundated, 1977request_box
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