Guide to the Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers, 1978, 1984-1992


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December 2016 Container list and top-level description was added to the finding aid.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Abusch-Magder, Ruth
Title: Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers
Dates:1978, 1984-1992
Abstract:This collection contains the papers of Ruth Abusch-Magder, mostly documenting her Jewish feminist and activist work as a high school and college student from 1984-1992.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)
Identification: P-841
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Cover of Ruth's Jewish Feminist Sourcebook

Cover of Ruth's Jewish Feminist Sourcebook

Ruth Abusch-Magder is a rabbi and educator. She grew up in Ontario, Canada. As a teenager, she was involved in Jewish youth leadership organizations, such as the North American High School Organization-Network (NAHON) and the Jewish Students' Network. She attended Barnard College as an undergraduate and earned her doctorate at Yale University. As of this writing (2016), she is the Director of Education and Rabbi-in-Residence at Be'chol Lashon.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers document Abusch-Magder's involvement in Jewish student and Jewish feminist groups. Included is Abusch-Magder's senior Bachelors of Arts thesis written for Barnard College titled "The First National Jewish Women's Conference: a Study of the Early Jewish Feminist Movement" and a Jewish Feminist Resource Book that Abusch-Magder compiled with Abigail Weinberg from various published sources. Articles within the Jewish Feminist Resource Book relate to abortion, anti-Semitism, Arab women's liberation, domestic violence, infertility, intermarriage, poverty, sexuality, sexual stereotypes, and Zionism. Among the organizations represented in these papers are American Zionist Youth Foundation; National Jewish Council of Jewish Women, New York Section; North American Jewish Students' Network-Canada; and World Union of Jewish Students. Abusch-Magder was active in Soviet Jewry protests, demonstrations against Ernst Zundel, support for Israel, and discussions on intermarriage. Materials include North American Jewish Students' Network Annual Central Region conference held in 1982 and the North American High School Organization-Network's Second Annual Leadership Convention held in 1987. Also included is a publication issued by the Jewish Education Service of North America in 1987: "First Census of Jewish Schools in the Diaspora 1981/2-1982/3, Canada."

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The collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement 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

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Related Material

Ruth Abusch-Magder papers 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), Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers (P-876), Goldie Milgram Papers (P-876), Jack Jacobs Papers (P-1020), Gerald Serotta Papers (P-1023), Jack Nusan Porter Papers (P-1024), Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers (P-1030), 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 Records (I-338), Jewish Labor Committee Records (I-377), New Jewish Agenda Records (I-393), Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records (I-449), Jewish Counter Culture Collection (I-504), Trees and Life for Vietnam Records (I-542), Lights in Action Records (I-560), Brit Tzedek v'Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace Records (I-587), 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); Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers; P-841; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to AJHS in 2004 by Ruth Abusch-Magder. The accession number associated with this collection is 2004.012.

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Processing Information

In 2016, top-level description was added and a container list was created. Original folder titles were retained.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Container List

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.


Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers, 1978, 1984-1992

11American Zionist Youth Foundation—"Israel on Campus: A Sourcebook for Activists"1982request_box
12BA Thesis—"The First National Jewish Women's Conference"1991request_box
13First Census of Jewish Schools in the Diaspora, 1981-1983: Canada1987request_box
14Jewish Feminist Resource Book (1 of 2)1989-1991request_box
15Jewish Feminist Resource Book (2 of 2)1989-1991request_box
16Jewish Students' Network—Annual Central Region Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario1985request_box
17North American High School Organization-Network (NAHON)—2nd Annual Leadership Convention1987request_box
18North American High School Organization-Network (NAHON)—Intermarriage1986request_box
19North American High School Organization-Network (NAHON)—Leadership1978, 1987request_box
110North American High School Organization-Network (NAHON)—Palestinian Liberation Organization1984request_box
111North American High School Organization-Network (NAHON)—Photographs1985-1987request_box
112North American High School Organization-Network (NAHON)—Soviet Jewry1986-1987request_box
113Soviet Jewry/Ernst Zundel Clippings1987request_box
114World Union of Jewish Students—Women's Project Rosh Chodesh Programs1991-1992request_box
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