Guide to the Records of the Jewish Defense Organization
1971-2003

I-490

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in April 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Defense Organization
Title: Jewish Defense Organization Records
Dates:1971-2003
Abstract: The collection includes materials pertaining to the Jewish Defense Organization, a radical Zionist Jewish organization devoted to protecting Jews from their enemies, imaginary and real, using all means possible. Collection consists of correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, transcripts, and a large amount of printed materials. The bulk of the materials consist of a variety of printed materials and materials pertaining to a number of legal cases against various members of the Jewish Defense Organization and the organization itself.
Languages: The collection is in English with some Russian and Hebrew.
Quantity: 26 linear feet.
Accession number: I-490
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Jewish Defense Organization is a radical Zionist Jewish organization devoted to the fight against Anti-Semitism and protecting Jews from their enemies.

It was founded in 1981 by Mordechai Levy, a former member of the Jewish Defense League after he and JDL’s leader Irv Rubin came to disagreements they could not resolve.

JDO members participate in a wide variety of campaigns, such as patrolling Jewish neighborhoods, as well as staging and participating in protests against Neo-Nazis and other groups who openly express their hatred towards Jews.

The group demonstrated against Louis Farrakhan, David Duke, Lyndon LaRouche, Moshe Aryeh Friedman, PLO, and other individuals and organizations who are viewed by the organization as Anti-Semitic.

In addition to protests and other agitation work, Jewish Defense Organization runs Camp Jabotinsky where young Jews are trained in self-defense and participate in gun-training.

Jewish Defense Organization has been involved in a number of legal case, most notably with a former JDO member, turned private eye, Steven Rambam. Steven Rambam sued The Jewish Defense Organization in 1997 “alleging defamation, false light invasion of privacy, and incitement to violence”.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes materials pertaining to the Jewish Defense Organization, a radical organization devoted to protecting Jews from their enemies, imaginary and real, using all means possible.

Collection consists of correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, and transcripts, and a large amount of printed materials.

The bulk of the materials consist of a variety of printed materials that are spread throughout the collection, with the larger segment found in Series III: Jewish Defense Organization Publications and Series IV: Printed Materials.

These materials consists of newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, leaflets, flyers, posters, and clippings and cover such topics as Anti-Semitism, Israel, Middle East, terrorism, Islam, labor movement, conservatives, right wing extremism, racism, and Soviet Jews.

There is also an abundance of materials pertaining to specific organizations, such as Jewish Defense League, Jewish Defense Organization, Ku Klux Klan, Palestinian Liberation Organization, and Nation of Islam.

The second largest portion of the collection deals with a number of legal cases against various members of the Jewish Defense Organization and the organization itself, in particular a case brought forward by former member Steven Rambam. These materials consist of court procedures and other legal documents in their entirety, as well as correspondence.

Other materials dealing directly with Jewish Defense Organization include official correspondence and correspondence dealing with Mordechai Levy's arrest, financial and legal documents, notes, and photographs and audio-visual materials documenting the organization’s work. These materials constitute just a fraction of the collection.

Many materials that one would expect to find among the organization’s records are missing. There are very few financial or bookkeeping records, very little membership information and aside from the printed materials, very little is documented in regards to the organization’s activities.

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Arrangement

The collection is devided into four 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

AJHS Antisemitic Literature Collection

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Separated Material

Books have been removed from the collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Defense Organization Records; I-490; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by Mordechai Levy on behalf of the Jewish Defense Organization in 2000.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: Court materials, 1977-2003

This series is in English.
7.5
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I: Court Cases includes materials pertaining to a number of legal cases against various members of the Jewish Defense Organization and the organization itself as well as materials from other legal cases that were most likely used by the members of the Jewish Defense Organization as a reference during their trials.

The bulk of the materials in this series cover a legal cases initiated by Steven Rambam against the Jewish Defense Organization.

These materials consists of legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, transcripts, correspondence between lawyers and the Jewish Defense Organization, and printed materials.

Subseries 1: California. Supreme Court: Steven Rambam vs. Jewish Defense Organization, 1977-2001

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

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes court materials pertaining to the legal case against the Jewish Defense Organization initiated by Steven Rambam. This case was conducted in the Supreme Court of California. Included here are legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, transcripts, correspondence between lawyers and the Jewish Defense Organization, and printed materials.

Additionally there is a small amount of materials, legal and other, pertaining to Steven Rambam's trial that took place in 1977.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Court documents1997
12Court documents1997-1998
13Court documents1997-1998
14Court documents1997-1998
15Court documents, correspondence1997-1998
16Court documents, correspondence1997-1998
17Court documents, correspondence1977-2001
18Court documents, correspondence1996-1998
19Court documents, correspondence1997-1998
110Court documents, correspondence1998
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Court documents, correspondence1998-1999
  

folder 1 of 2

 
22Court documents, correspondence1998-1999
  

folder 2 of 2

 
23Court documents, correspondence1998-1999
24Court documents, correspondence1998-1999
25Court documents, correspondence2000
26Court documents, correspondence2001
27Deposition of Barry Krugel1998
28Deposition of Steven Rambam1997
BoxFolderTitleDate
31Printed materialsundated, 2001
32Subpoenasundated

Subseries 2: New York (State). Supreme Court: Steven Rambam vs. Jewish Defense Organization, 1977-2002

This subseries is in English.
3.75. linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes court materials pertaining to the legal case against the Jewish Defense Organization initiated by Steven Rambam. This case was conducted in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Included here are legal documents, such as depositions, subpoenas, transcripts, correspondence between lawyers and the Jewish Defense Organization, and printed materials.

Additionally there is a small amount of materials, legal and other, pertaining to Steven Rambam's trial that took place in 1977.

BoxFolderTitleDate
33Appendix of Threatening E-Mails1999
34Appendix of Threatening E-Mails2000
35Correspondence1977-2001
36Correspondence1998-2001
37Correspondence1998-2001
38Correspondence2001
39Correspondence, court materials1999-2002
310Correspondence, court materials2001-2004
311Court documents1976-2001
BoxFolderTitleDate
41Court documents1999
42Court documents1999-2000
43Court documents1999-2002
44Court documents1999-2002
45Court documents2000
46Court documents2000
47Court documents2000
48Court documents2000-2001
49Court documents2000-2002
BoxFolderTitleDate
51Court documents2001
52Court documents2002
53Court documents2002
54Court documents2002
55Court documents2002
56Court documents, correspondence1990-2002
57Court documents, correspondence1997-2000
58Court documents, correspondence1997-2000
59Court documents, correspondence1999-2000
510Court documents, correspondence2000-2002
511Court documents, correspondence2001
BoxFolderTitleDate
61Defendants-Appellants' Appendix2002
  

Vol I

 
62Defendants-Appellants' Appendix2002
  

Vol II

 
63Deposition of Alan J. Weberman2000
64Deposition of Alan J. Weberma2001
65Printed materialsundated, 1990-2000s
66Various1997-2001

Subseries 3: Other Court Cases, 1977-2003

This subseries is in English.
1.75
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes court materials dealing with trials of suspected terrorists that were collected by Mordechai Levy and were probably used by him and other members Jewish Defense Organization at the time of their trials.

Additionally, there are legal documents pertaining to a number of other cases against the Jewish Defense Organization.

Furthermore, there are materials dealing with the 1977 trial of Steven Rambam.

BoxFolderTitleDate
67Paul Mooney vs Jewish Defense Organization2001-2002
68Paul Mooney vs Jewish Defense Organization2001-2002
BoxFolderTitleDate
71Paul Mooney vs Jewish Defense Organization2001-2002
72Rosenberg Diamond Development Corpundated, 2000
73United States of America vs Steven Rombom1976-1977
74United States of America vs Steven Rombom
75United States of America vs Steven Rombom1976-1977
76United States of America vs Alan Weberman2000
77United States vs suspected terrorists, Sami Amin Al-Ariancirca 2000
78United States vs suspected terrorists, Elsayyid Nasair2002
79United States vs suspected terroristscirca 1990s
710United States vs suspected terroristscirca 1990s
711United States vs suspected terroristscirca 1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
81United States vs suspected terrorists1989-2003
82United States vs suspected terrorists1993-2003
83United States vs suspected terrorists1994
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Series II: General, 1977-2002

This series is in English with some Hebrew.
2.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series II: General includes materials pertaining to various activities of the Jewish Defense Organization and consists of official correspondence and correspondence dealing with Mordechai Levy's arrest, financial and legal documents, notes, photographs, and audio-visual materials documenting the organization’s work.

There is a substantial amount of lists of right wing organizations and their members. The lists were collected and compiled by the JDO staff.

Additionally, there is a small amount of materials dealing with memberships and information on Neo-Nazis.

BoxFolderTitleDate
91Addresses [members]undated
92Audio tapes[1980s]
93Audio tapes[1980s]
94Camp Judoundated
95Computer discs1980s
96Correspondence1981-1996
97Correspondence1984-1991
98Document sheetundated
99Documents, general1982-2002
BoxFolderTitleDate
85Documents, financial1977-2000
  

includes correspondence

 
86Legal documents1980s
87Levy, Mordechai, arrest
88Levy, Mordachai, correspondenceundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
2617Lists1980s-1990s
  

lists of right wing organizations and their members

folder 1 of 4

 
2618Lists1980s-1990s
  

lists of right wing organizations and their members

folder 2 of 4

 
2619Lists1980s-1990s
  

lists of right wing organizations and their members

folder 3 of 4

 
2620Lists1980s-1990s
  

lists of right wing organizations and their members

folder 4 of 4

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
89Membership1970s
BoxFolderTitleDate
101Neo-Nazisundated
  

phone numbers

 
102Neo-Nazis, phone numbersundated
103notesundated
104Photographs1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
2611Protests1980s
  

video recording

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
105Variousundated
106Weberman, A. J.1990s
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Series III: Jewish Defense Organization's Publications, 1980s-1999

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

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series III: Jewish Defense Organization's Publications includes the organization's publications, such as leaflets and newsletters.

Also included here are posters and flyers.

BoxFolderTitleDate
107Leafletsundated, 1980s
108Leafletsundated, 1980s
109Leafletsundated, 1980s
1010Leafletsundated, 1980s
1011Leafletsundated, 1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
111Leafletsundated, 1980s
112Leafletsundated, 1980s
113Leafletsundated, 1980s
114Leafletsundated, 1980s
115Leafletsundated, 1980s
116Leafletsundated, 1980s
117Leafletsundated, 1983-1993
118Leafletsundated, 1988-1993
119Leafletsundated, 1990s
1110Leafletsundated, 1991-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
121Leaflets1980s
122Leaflets1980s
123Leaflets1980s
124Leaflets1980s-1990s
125Leaflets1980s-1999
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Series IV: Printed materials, 1980s-1999

This series is in English with some Russian.
14 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series IV: Printed Materials is by far the largest section of the collection and consists of newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, leaflets, flyers, posters, and clippings.

All the printed materials pertain to various expressions of political or religious radicalism.

The topics most represented here include Anti-Semitism, Israel, Middle East, terrorism, Islam, labor movement, conservatives, right wing extremism, racism, and Soviet Jews.

There is a wealth of materials related to such organizations as Jewish Defense League, Jewish Defense Organization, Ku Klux Klan, Palestinian Liberation Organization, and Nation of Islam.

BoxFolderTitleDate
126Abu-Jamal, Mumia1995-1996
127Afrikan resistance1991-1993
128Americans for a Safe Israel1987-1989
129Anti-Nazi1980s
1210Anti-Semitism1974-1990s
1211Anti-Semitism1981-1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
131Anti-Semitism1995-1996
132Anti-Semitism in academia1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
2615Arab terrorism1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
133Aryan Nations1990s-2003
134Beranson, Lori1987-1990
135Black Anti-Semitism1980s-1990s
136Black History Week1996
137Black press1982-1997
138Black people vs Asian people1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
2612Black September1971
  

publication by PLO

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
139Brichner, Balfour1980s-1990s
1310Buchanan, Pat1990-1992
BoxFolderTitleDate
141Christian Neo-Nazis1980s
142Chirch of the Creator1990s
143Clark, Ramsey1980s
144Columbia Daily Spectator1986-1995
145Columbia Daily Spectator1990
146Columbia University1991-1997
147Crown Heights1990s
148Crown Heights1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
268Death to the Klan1979-1981
BoxFolderTitleDate
149Derickson, Ulrike1985
1410Duke, David1980s-1990s
1411Duke, David1988-1991
1412Duke, David1989-1992
BoxFolderTitleDate
151Dube, Ernst1980
152Europe1988-1991
153Foxman, Abraham1990-2001
154Freddy's Fashion Mart1995
155Forwards1990s
156Fuchs, Israel1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
2614Hamas1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
157Hatfill, Steven Jay2002-2003
158Holocaust1980s-1990s
159Houser, Rita1980s
1511Human Events1991-1992
1512Iran1982-1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
2616Iran and Iraq1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
1513Iraq and Syria1981-2001
1514Israel1980
1515Israel1989-1995
1516Jackson, Jesse1990s
1517Jeffries, Leonard1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
161Jeffries, Leonard1990s
162Jeffries, Leonard1990s
163Jewish Athletic Club1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
269Jewish Currents1981-1997
BoxFolderTitleDate
164Jewish Defense League1971-1980s
165Jewish Defense League1973-1988
166Jewish Defense League1973-1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
2610Jewish Defense League1980s-1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
167Jewish Defense League1981-1986
168Jewish Defense League1981-1993
169Jewish Defense League1984-1994
1610Jewish Defense League1988-1992
BoxFolderTitleDate
171Jewish Defense Organizationundated, 1980s
172Jewish Defense Organizationundated, 1982-1993
173Jewish Defense Organization1970s-1996
174Jewish Defense Organization1980s
175Jewish Defense Organization1980s
176Jewish Defense Organization1980s
177Jewish Defense Organization1982-1986
178Jewish Defense Organization1986-1989
179Jewish Defense Organization1986-1995
1710Jewish press1981-1990s
1711Jewish press1984
1712Jewish press1986-1997
1713Jewish Radical Educational Project1990s
1714Jewish students1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
181Keenen, Edward1980s
182Ku Klux Klan1980s-1990s
183Ku Klux Klan19890s-1990s
184Kunstler, William1991-1996
BoxFolderTitleDate
193Lane, Markundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
185Leftistsundated
186Leftists1970s-1980s
187Leftists1980s
188Leftists1980s
189Leftists1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
191Leftists1982-1987
192Leftist support of PLO1983-1992
194LaRouche, Lyndon
195The Link1978-1984
196Middle East1980s-1990s
197Middle East1980s-1990s
198The Monitorundated
199Mordechai Levy arrest1981-1984
1910Muhammad Speaksundated
1911Nation of Islam1984-1997
1912Nation of Islam1985-1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
201Nation of Islam1985-1988
202Nation of Islam1988-1997
203Nation of Islam1991-1998
204Nation of Islam1994-1996
205The National Alliance1980s
206The National Alliance1983-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
211The National Alliance1984-1987
212The National Alliance1986-1987
213The National Alliance1986-1988
214The National Alliance1987-1988
215The National Alliance1987-1988
216The National Alliance1987-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
221National Alliance Party1981-1991
222Neo-Nazis1970s-1980s
223Neo-Nazis1980s-1991
224New Jewish Agenda1980s
225New York Post1986-1997
226New York Times1990s-2003
227New York University1990-1991
228Norman Thomas High School1995
229Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1989-1990
2210Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1990
2211Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1990
2212Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1991-1992
2213Новое Русское Слово (Novoe Ruskoe Slovo)1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
231Outpost1991-1994
232Overthrow1983-1989
233Palestine Focus1983-1990
234Palestinian terrorism1984-2002
235Palestinian terrorism1988-1997
236"Peace" Now1980s
237Peace negotiations, Oslo1998
238PLO1980-1988
239PLO1980-1988
2310PLO1983-1988
2311Pollard, Jonathan1980s-1990s
2312Rappers against Jews1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
241Religious Jews against Israel1980s
242Revolutionary Worker1983-1993
243Revolutionary Worker1993-1999
244Right wing1980s
245Russian language periodicals1989-1991
246Savage, Gus1990s
247South Africa1986-1990
248South Africa1986-1992
249South Africa1990s
2410The Shadow1989-1992
BoxFolderTitleDate
251Sharpton, Al1980s-1990s
252Siegman, Henry1988
253Skinheads, right wing1991-1992
254The Spotlight1990s
255The Spotlight1991-1992
256The Spotlight1991-1992
257The Spotlight1991-1992
258The Spotlight1991-1992
259Soviet Union, Jews1980s
2510Soviet Union, Jews1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
261Soviet Union, Jews1980s
2613Task of the New Stage1973
  

publication by PLO

 
262Terrorism1980s-1990s
263Toure, K.1980s
267Village Voice1990s
265Workers Vanguard1988-1992
266Washington Post1990s
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