Guide to the Records of the Jewish Peace Fellowship
1942-2010

I-189

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in July 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Jewish Peace Fellowship (U.S.)
Title:Jewish Peace Fellowship Records
Dates:1942-2010
Abstract: The collection includes materials documenting the work of the Jewish Peace Fellowship in supporting Jewish resistance to conscription and subsequent draft, opposition to arms race, Israeli politics on the disputed territories, and American armed interventions and consists of by-laws, correspondence, financial statements, individual files of Jewish conscientious objectors, lists, membership information, manuscripts and other materials intended for publication in JFP’s publications, minutes, questionnaires, printed materials, such as mailings, leaflets, and magazines, and reports.
Quantity:11.5 linear feet (23 manuscript boxes)
Identification:I-189
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

The Jewish Peace Fellowship was founded in 1941 when three groups of Jewish anti-war activists decided to create a joint organization in order to provide support to Jewish conscientious objectors who tried to avoid military service during WWII citing their religious and humanistic beliefs.

During the first joint meeting, Arthur Lelyveld was named President, Isidor Hoffman vice-President, and Abraham Citron. Additionally, Abraham Cronbach, Jane Evans, and Sam Grand participated in the first meeting of the Executive Board.

Since its inception, JPF has voiced its opposition to the arms race, Israeli politics on the disputed territories, and American military involvement while advocating for peaceful solutions for the Vietnam War and other conflicts, and provided support to Jewish conscientious objectors.

Its membership peaked during the Vietnam War. By 1970, JPF had 1250 paying members as well as about two thousand additional friends and supporters.

JPF is affiliated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and work closely with local group initiatives. It was Rabbi Michael Robinson, who, upon becoming a president of JPF insisted on close cooperation and affiliation with the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Close cooperation continued under Naomi Goodman, as well as under other presidents, which included Jerome Malino, Arthur Gilbert, Asher Block, Jacob Sloan, Don Peretz, Hershel Matt, Max Ticktin and Irving Ruderman.

In the 1970s, JPF shifted its focus from South East Asia to the Middle East and attempted to provide nonviolent solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict. One of the new aspects of JFP today is to provide counseling and other support to Israeli conscientious objectors.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes materials documenting the work of the Jewish Peace Fellowship in supporting Jewish resistance to conscription and subsequent draft, opposition to arms race, Israeli politics on the disputed territories, and American armed interventions.

The collection consists of by-laws, correspondence, financial statements, individual files of Jewish conscientious objectors, lists, membership information, manuscripts and other materials intended for publication in JFP’s publications, minutes, questionnaires, printed materials, such as mailings, leaflets, and magazines, and reports.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence with organizations and individuals pertaining to conscientious objectors, issues of draft, membership, and administrative activities of the organization, publications, and the Vietnam War.

A larger portion of the collection consists of materials pertaining to conscientious objectors, Selective Service, and draft. These include Conscientious Objectors Index, questionnaires, correspondence, and printed materials.

A smaller segment of the collection contains materials pertaining to the administrative work of the organization and includes internal correspondence, by-laws, minutes of meetings, and a small amount of financial documents.

Other materials include publications, manuscripts, photographs, and lists.

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Arrangement

The collection is divided into seven 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
E-mail: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Peace Fellowship Records; I-189; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Note

The collection was donated by various members of the Jewish Peace Fellowship movement, including Murray Polner, Rabbi Isidor Hoffman, Irving Messik, and Naomi Goodman.

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Access Points

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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.

 

Series I: Administrative, 1942-2008

This series is in English.
1 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I: Administrative includes materials pertaining to finance, Executive and other Committees’ meetings, membership information and consists of correspondence, financial statements and reports, lists, membership cards, and minutes.

Subseries 1: Finance, 1967-2004

This subseries is in English.
5 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Subseries 1: Finance includes materials related to JJF’s budget, correspondence regarding fund raising and the poor state of the organization's finances, financial statements and appeals.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Budget1967-1976request_box
12Financial appeals1967-1973request_box
13Financial statements1967-1976request_box
14Contributions1971-1973request_box
15Correspondence1967-1971, 2004request_box

Subseries 2: General, 1942-2008

This subseries is in English.
7 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Subseries 2: General includes by-laws and correspondence and minutes of Executive and other committees.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
16By-laws1942-1943, 2008request_box
17Executive Committee1942request_box
  

meetings

 
18Executive Committee1966-1981request_box
  

meetings

 
19Executive Committee1967-1973request_box
  

meetings and correspondence

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Executive Committee1970-1986request_box
  

meetings

 
22Finance Committee1969-1970request_box
23Personal Committee1968-1969request_box

Subseries 3: Membership, 1942-1980

This subseries is in English.
10 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Subseries 3: Membership includes mailing lists and membership lists, correspondence, and appeal letters.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
24Appeal letters1969request_box
25Correspondence, dues1964-1969request_box
26Correspondence1964-1971request_box
27General1942-1980request_box
28Lists1942-1949request_box
29Lists1968-1973request_box
210Lists1970request_box
211Mailing lists1964-1969request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31New members1967-1978request_box
32Rabbinical contacts1969request_box
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Series II: Conscientious Objectors and Alternative Service, 1967-1986

This series is in English.
1.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series II: Conscientious Objectors and Alternative Service includes materials on Jewish youth refusing to register for Selective Service and objecting to the draft.

The bulk of the series consists of Conscientious Objectors Index, individual files of Jewish objectors compiled by the Jewish Peace Fellowship. In most cases these are the files of the JPF’s members and include correspondence aa well as biographical and membership information.

Documents pertaining to Alternative Service consist of correspondence, materials dealing with available jobs and requests for job placements for conscientious objectors, and printed materials.

The series also includes materials dealing with the Oral History Project; a project dedicated to the Jewish Conscientious Objectors during WWII and the Korean War, and printed materials.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
33Alternative Service1967-1983request_box
34Alternative Service1971-1972request_box
  

available jobs

 
35Alternative Service1971-1972request_box
  

correspondence

 
36Alternative Service1971-1973request_box
  

job placement

 
37Alternative Service1971-1974request_box
  

requests for placement

 
38Conscientious Objectors Index1978-1980request_box
  

Jablon, Clark

contains restricted materials

 
39Conscientious Objectors Index1978-1981request_box
  

Polner, Alex

contains restricted materials

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41Conscientious Objectors Index1978-1981request_box
  

Polner, Robert

contains restricted materials

 
42Conscientious Objectors Index1979-1980request_box
  

various members

contains restricted materials

 
43Conscientious Objectors Index1979-1986request_box
  

Adelson - Erlishman

contains restricted materials

 
44Conscientious Objectors Index1980request_box
  

Shostak, Daniel

contains restricted materials

 
45Conscientious Objectors Index1980-1981request_box
  

Miller, Matthew

contains restricted materials

 
46Conscientious Objectors Index1980-1982request_box
  

Spewro, Josh

contains restricted materials

 
47Conscientious Objectors Index1980-1984request_box
  

Sherman - Zelen

contains restricted materials

 
48Conscientious Objectors Index1980-1985request_box
  

Morgestein - Shapiro

contains restricted materials

 
49Conscientious Objectors Index1980-1985request_box
  

Jackobson - Miller

contains restricted materials

 
410Conscientious Objectors Index1980-1986request_box
  

Erlichman - Knapp

contains restricted materials

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
231Correspondence1967-1968request_box
  

contains restricted material

 
232Correspondence1968-1969request_box
  

contains restricted material

 
233Correspondence1969-1972request_box
  

contains restricted material

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
51Oral History Project1980request_box
  

Jewish Conscientious Objectors in WWII

 
52Statements on the Conscientious Objectors Status1969-1979request_box
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Series III: Chapters, 1966-1983

This series is in English.
1 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series III: Chapters includes materials dealing with JPFs’ Chapters in the United States.

Files are arranged by locality and include correspondence between JPF and its chapters, printed materials, such as mailings and clippings as well as membership and other lists.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
53Baltimore1970request_box
54Boston1968-1969request_box
55Boston1968-1971request_box
56Boston1970-1973request_box
57Chicago1968-1972request_box
58Chicago and L.A.1976-1983request_box
  

papers of Dean Hansell

 
59Cincinnati1967-1972request_box
510Columbus, Ohio1972-1973request_box
511Contactslate 1960srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
61Contactslate 1960srequest_box
  

folder 1 of 3

 
62Contactslate 1960srequest_box
  

folder 2 of 3

 
63Contactslate 1960srequest_box
  

folder 3 of 3

 
64Correspondence1970-1972request_box
65Florida1971request_box
66Los Angeles1966-1971request_box
67Minneapolis - St. Paul1968-1976request_box
68New Haven1968-1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
71New York1968-1979request_box
72Philadelphia1969-1971request_box
73San Francisco1968-1971request_box
74San Mateo1971-1973request_box
75Valley Stream1968request_box
76Washington D.C.1969-1970request_box
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Series IV: Correspondence, 1942-2008

This series is in English.
3 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Chronological

Scope and Content:

Series IV: Correspondence includes general correspondence with individuals and organizations, JPF’s internal correspondence, and a small amount of printed materials. Additional correspondence is found throughout the collection.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
77General1942-1944request_box
78General1945-1952request_box
79Hoffman, Isidor1946, 1969-1981request_box
710Internal1955-1970request_box
711General1960srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
81General1960-1968request_box
82Polner, Murray1964-2008request_box
83General1966-1978request_box
  

includes form letters

 
84Polner, Murray1968-1981request_box
85General1969request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
91General1969request_box
92Internal1969-1972request_box
93General1970request_box
94General1971-1973request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
205Canadian pacifists1974request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
95General1975-1982request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
101General1974-1986request_box
102General1984-1986request_box
103General1986-1987request_box
  

folder 1 of 2

 
104General1987request_box
  

folder 2 of 2

 
105General1987-1988request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
111General2000-2003request_box
  

folder 1 of 2

 
112General2002-2003request_box
  

folder 2 of 2

 
113General2003-2004request_box
  

folder 3 of 2

 
114General1992-2002request_box
  

folder 1 of 5

 
115General1993-2001request_box
  

folder 2 of 5

 
116General200-2001request_box
  

folder 3 of 5

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
121General1999-2002request_box
  

folder 4 of 5

 
122General2000-2022request_box
  

folder 5 of 5

 
123General2004-2006request_box
124General2005-2008request_box
125General2006-2008request_box
  

contains restricted materials

 
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Series V: Draft, 1961-1984

This series is in English.
1.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series V: Draft includes materials pertaining to the draft and its resistance by Jewish youth and consists of correspondence, questionnaires, printed materials, and congressional testimonies.

The bulk of the series consists of correspondence with organizations as well as individuals, most of whom were conscientious objectors and covers topics such as counseling, moral issues, and resistance to register for Selective Service.

Additionally, there are questionnaires filled out by conscientious objectors that shed light on their decisions to object and difficulties it brought upon them.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
126Congressional testimonies1971-1980request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
132Correspondence1968-1969request_box
  

A-B

 
133Correspondence1967-1969request_box
  

C-F

 
134Correspondence1968-1972request_box
  

G-H

 
135Correspondence1963-1974request_box
  

I-L

 
136Correspondence1966-1973request_box
  

M-O

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
141Correspondence1967-1972request_box
  

P-R

 
142Correspondence1962-1975request_box
  

S

 
143Correspondence1965-1972request_box
  

T-Z

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
127Correspondence1961-1980request_box
  

counseling

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
144Correspondence1967-1980request_box
  

general

 
145Correspondence1968-1984request_box
  

general

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
131Correspondence1962-1972request_box
  

Hoffman, Isidor

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
234High School Draft Information Services1960srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
146IBH Counselees1970request_box
147Printed materials1969-1971request_box
148Prison visits1969-1977request_box
149Questionnaires1969-1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
151Questionnaires1970request_box
152Questionnaires1972-1973request_box
153Questionnaires1972-1973request_box
154Selective Service1965-1974request_box
155Selective Service1967-1971request_box
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Series VI: Publications and Printed Materials, 1942-2010

This series is in English.
2.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series VI: Publications and Printed Materials includes newsletters and magazines published by the Jewish Peace fellowship as well as publications collected by the JPF.

Included here are early publications such as JPF Tidings as well as the current publication Shalom. These publications are accompanied by correspondence and manuscripts sent in for publication.

There are also articles, editorials, and reviews by Murray Polner, current president of the Jewish Peace Fellowship, as well as materials about him.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
156Art work and markups for Shalom1970request_box
157Correspondence1955-1969request_box
  

regarding newsletters

 
158Correspondence1966-1977request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
161Correspondence1968-1977request_box
  

letters to the Editor

 
162Correspondence1970-1990request_box
163JPF Tidings1942-1947request_box
164JPF Tidings19448-1955request_box
165JPF Tidings1955-1959request_box
166JPF Tidings1962-1964request_box
167General1942-1943request_box
168General1962-1995request_box
169General1967-1984request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
171General1970s-2000request_box
172General1980-2002request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
201Jewish views on war1960s-1970srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
173Lists1970srequest_box
177Materials for publication1940s, 1970srequest_box
  

photographs

 
174Materials for publication1962-2006request_box
175Materials for publication1970-2012request_box
176Permissions to publish correspondence1972request_box
  

Conscientious Objectors

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
181Polner, Murray1950s-2010request_box
  

articles, editorials, reviews

folder 1 of 2

 
182Polner, Murray1950s-2010request_box
  

articles, editorials, reviews

folder 2 of 2

 
183Polner, Murray1977-2007request_box
  

about

 
184Shalom1968-1972request_box
185Shalom1972-1986request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
191Shalom1986-1991request_box
192Shalom1991-1994request_box
193Shalom1994-2010request_box
194Shalom2005-2013request_box
195Shalom2010-2013request_box
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Series VII: Topical, 1942-2001

The collection is in English.
1.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series VII: Topical is the most diverse series of the collection and includes correspondence, reports, conference proceedings, printed materials, lists, photographs, and writings.

The series covers a wide range of topics such as Vietnam War, arms race, Soviet Jewry, refugees, prisons, interface relations, capital punishment, and other topics that were relevant to the work of the Jewish Peace Fellowship but that would fall outside their main interests.

In many cases the integrity of the folders was preserved as it is clear that the folders were created and used as reference materials by the JPF’s staff.

Also includes a small amount of Isidor Hoffman’s personal correspondence.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
202Amnesty program1972-1975request_box
203Annual Abraham Joshua Herschel Peace Award1984, 1992request_box
  

includes photographs

 
204Arms race1973-1979request_box
206Capital punishment1978-1981request_box
207Civilian Public Service Fund1942-1943request_box
208Conference1963request_box
  

Dimensions of Peace-a Jewish Confrontation

folder 1 of 2

 
209Conference1963request_box
  

Dimensions of Peace-a Jewish Confrontation

folder 2 of 2

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
211Conferences196+9, 1987request_box
212Davis, Uri1970request_box
213Education1973-1983request_box
214Hoffman, Isidor1969-1972request_box
  

reports

 
215Hoffman, Isidor1969-1977request_box
  

correspondence, personal

 
216Hoffman, Isidor1973-1977request_box
  

correspondence, personal

 
217Hoffman, Isidor1970srequest_box
  

biographical information

 
218Interfaith1973-1980request_box
219Lists1970srequest_box
2110Middle East1967-1982request_box
2111Nuclear power and weapons1978-1979request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
221Pacifist Research Bureau1942-1944request_box
222Peace Study materials1970srequest_box
223People's Peace Treaty1971request_box
224People's Peace Treaty/Trees for Vietnam1971-1973request_box
225People's Peace Treaty/Trees for Vietnam1972request_box
226People's Peace Treaty/Trees for Vietnam1973request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
234Photographs1960srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
227Prisons1979-1980request_box
228Programs1967-1973request_box
229Refugees1978-1979request_box
2210Soviet Jewry1973request_box
2211Speaking engagements1968-1976request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
235Various1943-2001request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2212Vietnam war1960s-1971request_box
2213Volunteers1970request_box
2214Young, Marshal1973-1975request_box
  

Racing a Test of Faith

 
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