Guide to the Records of Jewish Counter Culture Collection, undated, 1966-2010 (bulk 1967-1972)

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Christine McEvilly as MS Word document, January 13, 2011. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on January 18, 2011. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jewish Counter Culture, collection
Title: Jewish Counter Culture Collection
Dates:undated, 1954, 1964-2002, 2009-2010 (bulk 1967-1972)
Abstract: This collection includes materials documenting the activities and publications of independent and activist American Jewish organizations. Sample news publications from a variety of independent presses are included, as are a variety of home-published newsletters and flyers. The collection addresses anti-war protests and U.S. draft avoidance; American Jewish activism on Israel; feminist involvement in Judaism; socialism and radicalism; and international affairs. Materials include newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, news clippings, articles, limited correspondence, speech notes, reports, and flyers.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 3.6 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized box)
Identification: I-504
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Jewish Counter Culture movement consisted of the struggles of Jewish individuals, the majority of whom were young people, not only to interpret and understand their past, but to evaluate and foster an appreciation for their future. During a tumultuous period in American history (1965-1975), student groups and community organizations banned together, found their voice, and produced publications that spoke volumes with regard to their beliefs, concerns, and commitment to paving the way for positive change. As these movements were inherently local in origin, the collection materials were created by many small contributing organizations. A number of the Collection's publications received articles from the Jewish Student Press Service, founded in 1970 in New York to provide articles to American Jewish campus periodicals. Many materials were created by Jewish students who brought their Jewish identity to the prevailing movement of campus protests and unrest. Independent organizations, generally devoted to local or liberal causes, also contributed much material.

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Scope and Content Note

The Jewish Counter Culture Collection consists of materials which acted as an outlet for creativity and freedom of expression. They also are a tangible representation of history and anthropology. Among the wide range of topics covered in this collection are the following: religion, spirituality, racial inequality, feminism, the Vietnam War, politics, bureaucracy, poetry, music, artwork, and the desire to actively pursue freedom and justice. The publications also provided an opportunity for organizations to announce rallies, demonstrations, concerts, lectures, and even group travel plans. Often working with very small budgets and limited resources, these dedicated individuals created and distributed powerful tools with which to explore and expound upon issues that are just as relevant and controversial today as they were 40 years ago.

Along with many publications (including newspapers, pamphlets, and flyers), this collection also contains organizational notes, correspondence, articles, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other similar items related to social commentary, international law, and personal faith.

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The collection is arranged into five series as follows:

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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

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Related Material

The following collections in the AJHS archives contain material of similar subject matter to that of the Jewish Counter Cultural Collection.

Jewish Student Organizations (I-61)
Jewish Student Press Service Records (I-248)
Meyer Greenberg Papers (P-358)
North American Jewish Students Appeal (I-338, I-338A)
Riv-Ellen Prell Papers (P-795)
Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers (P-841)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jewish Counter Culture Collection; I-504; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Collection donated by:
Isa Aron
Elaine Barnatt-Goldstein
R. Laurence Edwards
Shira Epstein
Brenda Gevertz
Lori Lefkovitz
Beth Packman
Riv-Ellen Prell
Deborah G. Roher
David Roskies
Jane Rothstein
Ida Schwarcz
Rabbi Gerald Serotta
Steve Shaw
Shelly Tenenbaum
Suzi Wizowaty
Meredith Woocher
Bob Zacks
Jewish Student Press Services (Daniel Treiman)
Unknown donor

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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.


Series I: General Publications, undated, 1967-1980, 2001-2002, 2007

The Series is in English.
Boxes 1 (oversized), 2, and 3 (folders 1-12).

Publications are arranged into two groups principally by size (oversized newsprint and pamphlets), then alphabetical by title within each group.

Scope and Content:

This series includes newsprint, journals, pamphlets, and magazines on current events that affected the Jewish community, the views of Jews from different political and cultural traditions, and the activities of general Jewish organizations. The publications are produced by activist groups, university student Jewish organizations, and for-profit presses. Most publications were intended for a wide audience beyond the members of the publishing organization. Publications arranged alphabetically by title.

1 1 Bas-Kol (Brooklyn, NY) 1970
1 1 Coexistence (London, U.K.) 1970
1 1 Dawn (New York, NY) 1970
1 1 Elul (London, U.K.) 1971-1972
1 1 Exodus II (Little Neck, NY) undated
1 1 Fourth World (Ontario, Canada) 1971
1 2 Golem (Jerusalem, Israel) 1970
1 2 Hamagen (New York, NY) 1972
1 2 Hevra (Montreal, Canada) 1972
1 2 Masada (Toronto, Canada) 1970-1972
1 3 OR (Toronto, Canada) 1970-1971
1 3 Other Stand (Montreal, Canada) 1969-1971
1 4 The Other Way (New York, NY) 1971
1 4 Shirayim (Ottawa, Canada) undated
1 4 The South End (Detroit, MI) 1972
1 4 Survival (Melbourne, Australia) undated, 1970
2 1 Ba-Golah in Exile (Skokie, IL) undated
2 2 Confrontation (Coral Gables, FL) 1971
2 3 Congress: A Journal of Opinion and Jewish Affairs (New York, NY) 1966-1967
2 3a Conservative Judaism (New York, NY) 1974
2 4 Dissent (New York, NY) 1967
2 5 The Electric Jew (New York, NY) 1969
2 6 Encounter (London, U.K.) 1968
2 7 Encounters in the Month of Elul (Philadelphia, PA) 1971-1973
2 8 Fabrangen (Washington, DC) 2007
2 9 Friends of Jewish Students North American Jewish Students Appeal, New York, NY) 1972
2 10 Heeb: The New Jew Review (New York, NY) 2002
2 11 InterChange (Breira of New York, NY) 1976-1977
2 12 Israel and the New Left (Tel Aviv, Israel) undated, 1970
2 12a Israel Horizons (New York, NY) 1984
2 13 Jewish Currents (New York, NY) 1967-1968
2 14 Jewish Socialist Critique (Berkeley, CA) 1979-1980
2 15 Jewish Student Press Digest (New York, NY) 1972
2 16 JTA Daily News Bulletin (New York, NY) 1969
2 17 Levels Magazine (Syracuse, NY) 1968
2 18 Liberation (New York, NY) 1967
2 19 Lillit (Jerusalem, Israel) 1971
2 20 Menorah (Washington D.C.) 1982-1985
3 1 The Minority of One (New York, NY) 1967
3 2 Muslim News International (Pakistan) 1969
3 3 New Left Review (London, U.K.) 1967
3 4 New Politics (New York, NY) 1967
3 5 New University Thought (Detroit, MI) 1968
3 6 News Views: United Synagogue Youth of the United Synagogue of America (New York, NY) 1967
3 7 Ramparts (San Francisco, CA) 1967
3 8 The Rise and Fall of the Sunrise Commune (Rockville, MD) 1979
3 9 Schmear the Queer (New York, NY) 2001
3 10 Shalom Dialogues (London, U.K. and Berlin, Germany) 1970
3 10a Sh'ma (Port Washington, NY) 1974-1987
3 11 Tadmit Newsletter (Tel-Aviv, Israel) 1970
3 12 The Voice of ATID: The College Age Organization, United Synagogue of America (New York, NY) 1967
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Series II: Collection of Feminist Haggadot and Ritual Material on Women's Issues, undated, 1976-1980, 1984-1991, 1993-1995, 1999-2000

The Series is in English.
Boxes 3 (folders 13-18) and 4.

Arrangement is chronological and by type.

Scope and Content:

This series included Haggadot, prayers, newsletters, pamphlets, clippings, and articles relating to feminist and women's issues. Many Haggadot in the series are designed to be gender neutral and pro-feminist. Other materials discuss how Jewish law applies to women's issues, list Sabbath prayers for women, or address the growing role of women in the Jewish religious community. Materials arranged chronologically.

3 13 Siddur Nashim, Brown University 1976
314Blessing the Birth of a Daughter, Toby Fishbein Reifman and Ezrat Nashim1976
315Before There Was a Before, Arthur, David and Shoshana Waskow1976
3 16 Call them Builders, Reconstructionist Federation of Congregations and Havurot 1977
3 17 Tu b’Shevat Seder 1977-1978, 1984, 1987
3 18 Shavuot, Task Force on Equality of Women in Judaism 1978
4 1 Yom Kippur, University of Chicago 1979
4 2 Haggadah, Women’s Institute for Continuing Jewish Education 1980
4 3 A Jewish Lesbian Seder, Bobbeh Meisehs Press 1984
4 4 A Women’s Haggadah, Oberlin College 1984
4 5 Articles, Lesbian Feminist Passover 1985-1986
4 6 A Liberation Seder, Goddard Community 1986
4 7 Brochure, Passover Peace Coalition 1989
4 8 Flyer and Introductory Remarks; Community Seder of Kadima, WA 1991
4 9 Women’s Seder, Durham, NC 1999
4 10 Passover Haggadah, Burlington, VT 2000
4 11 Shabbos Morning Davenin, Aquarian Minyan of Berkeley, CA undated
4 12 The Stolen Legacy, A Women’s Haggadah undated
4 13 Materials re: “Women of the Wall” 1988-1990
4 14 Materials re: Female Rabbis 1993-1995
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Series III: Jewish Student Organizations, 1967-1980

The Series is in English.
Box 4 (Folders 15-17).

Arrangement is chronological.

Scope and Content:

This series includes material on a wide variety of Jewish and liberal student organizations. Materials include flyers, correspondence, reports, newsletters, and ephemera. Topics include national organizations, liberal publications, the U.S. draft, Jewish welfare and charity, and university-student relations.

4 15 Jewish Student Press Service articles and correspondence (including a list of publications) 1969-1971
4 16 B’Nai B’rith Hillel; correspondence and records 1976-1979
4 17 Jewish liberal student organizations; correspondence, ephemera, and publications 1967-1980
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Series IV: Jewish Schools, undated, 1970-1979

The Series is in English.
Box 5 (Folders 1-2).

Arrangement is alphabetical by name of school.

Scope and Content:

This series includes press cuttings, newsletters, internal reports and drafts, narrative accounts and correspondence from Jewish institutions dedicated to studying and teaching Jewish laws and traditions.

5 1 Collection of Havurah School, NY undated, 1976-1979
5 2 Havurat Shalom House of Study, Somerville, MA undated, 1970s
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Series V: Miscellaneous Materials, undated, 1954, 1964-1986, 1994, 2002, 2009-2010

The Series is in English.
Box 5 (Folders 3-16).

Arrangement is by type.

Scope and Content:

This series includes some publications like those in series one, but mostly is composed of ephemera, correspondence, newsletters, reports, and clippings from a variety of publications. Subjects include opposition to the Vietnam War, International affairs, events in the Middle East, reports and speeches on leftist culture, and modern Haggadot. Items arranged by type and subject.

5 3 Newspaper clippings (International affairs and the Middle East) undated, 1966-1969
5 4 Magazine clippings and articles (International affairs and the Middle East) undated, 1964-1985
5 5 Brochures, pamphlets, flyers, and ephemera undated, 1967-1980
5 6 “Jews, Judaism, and the New Left” speech and article by Robert J. Saks, with his notes 1967-1968
5 7 The Radius Institute and the 92nd Street Y, brochures undated, 1980-1986
5 8 Steve Shaw Collection on the Radius Institute undated, 1970-1994
5 9 Haggadot, various sources 1971-2002
5 10 Sharon Girard Collection; Haggadah and Songbook of the San Francisco Kindershule and a family Haggadah 1954, 1985
5 11 American Jewish Committee Information Service articles 1967
5 12 Jewish Liberation Information Service; articles and correspondence 1971
513The Future of Jewish Peoplehood: A report from the Project on American Jewish Institutions of the Public Resource Center1977
514Tzedek Tzedek, correspondence, publications, event materials, and notes from a Washington D.C. Jewish community organization1976-1978
515Jewish Peace Fellowship, pamphlets on Conscientious Objection2009, 2010
516Havurat Shalom, Position Paper, Somerville MA, donated by David G. Roskiesundated
517American Jewish Feminism materials, including clippings and articles 1974-1989
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