Guide to the Papers of Philip Lax (1920-2012), undated, 1915, 1917, 1944-2003, 2005-2008 (bulk 1970s-1980s)
 
*P-915

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lax, Philip, 1920-2012
Title: Philip Lax, papers
Dates:undated, 1915, 1917, 1944-2003, 2005-2008 (bulk 1970s-1980s)
Abstract: The papers of Philip Lax document his work with four major organizations: the American Jewish Historical Society, B'nai B'rith International, National Conference on Soviet Jewry, and Ellis Island Restoration Commission. The collection documents the years 1915 to 2008, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s and 1980s. The papers contain photographs, correspondence, speeches, publications, subject files, and organizational records, such as minutes, financials, memorandums, agendas, and reports.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 9.5 linear feet (19 manuscript boxes, 1 OS1F folder, 1 OS2F folder)
Identification: P-915
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note

Philip Lax (1920- )

Philip Lax was born in Newark, New Jersey, on April 22, 1920, to Nathan and Beckie Lax. He graduated from New York University with a BS degree in 1940 and completed postgraduate work at the university from 1941 to 1942. He worked for Lax & Co. of Newark, New Jersey, from 1942 to 1977 and served as vice president of the company from 1950 to 1977. He is currently, as of 2011, president of Chathill Management, Inc., a land development and realty management company, a position he has held since 1977.

Philip Lax married Mildred Baras, with whom he had two daughters, Corinne Ellen and Barbara Ann. Mildred passed away in March 2003. On June 13, 2004, Lax married Madeline Blondman.

Throughout his life, Philip Lax has been a prominent member of a number of Jewish organizations, especially B'nai B'rith International. He served as president of the B'nai B'rith Center in Rochester, Minnesota, from 1965 to 1970, and is now honorary president of the Center. In 1966, he was also a member of the New Jersey region executive board of the Anti-Defamation League. He has been a trustee of the B'nai B'rith Foundation since 1967 and a trustee of the B'nai B'rith Henry Monsky Foundation since 1968. Lax was instrumental in the creation of the Rutgers University Hillel. He personally raised over a half-million dollars for the building fund; the building was dedicated in 1971. He has been a trustee of Rutgers University Hillel and president of the Rutgers University Hillel Foundation Building Corp. since 1969. He was vice president of the B'nai B'rith Supreme Lodge from 1968 to 1971 and a member of the international board of governors starting in 1971. Lax served as co-chairman of the B'nai B'rith International Council from 1979 to 1984 and chairman from 1982 to 1994. He represented the International Council of B'nai B'rith-as a non-governmental organization (NGO)-in the United Nations to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). He attended the UNESCO Conference in Mexico in 1982 with the International Council of B'nai B'rith. Lax ran for president of B'nai B'rith International in 1986, a contest he lost to Seymour Reich. He was named an honorary chair of the B'nai B'rith Center for Public Policy in 1999. The Philip Lax Archive at the B'nai B'rith Klutznick Museum is named in his honor.

Lax was also heavily involved in campaigns to restore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. He was appointed to the planning team of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island by President Carter. He has been a member of the steering committee to restore Ellis Island since 1977 and national president of the Ellis Island Restoration Commission since 1978. He was responsible for planning, funding, and operating the Family History Center on Ellis Island. He was additionally a member of the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Centennial Commission and chairman of the board of the Committee of Architecture and Restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Lax has also served many other Jewish organizations. He was chairman of the United Jewish Appeal of Maplewood, New Jersey, in 1966 and 1976. From 1968 to 1971, he served as trustee of the Leo N. Levi Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was a trustee and member of the executive committee of the New Jersey section of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) in 1981. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Friends of Touro Synagogue, and has been vice president of Touro Synagogue since 2000. He was also on the board of directors for the Hebrew Immigration Society (HIAS) and a trustee of the American Jewish Historical Society and a member of the American Society of Israel Philatelists.

He has received many awards, including the Cavaliere Ufficiale (Knighted) Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy. He received B'nai B'rith's Humanitarian Award in 1969 and the President's Gold Medal in 1975. He received the Pro Mundi Beneficio medal from the Brazilian Academy of Humanities in 1976. Lax also received many awards for bringing in new members to B'nai B'rith, including 16 consecutives "Bennies" for bringing in 50 or more members per year. He was also the national membership champion for recruiting 109 members in one year and national co-chairman the following year for his role in signing up 296 members.

Philip Lax died on April 17, 2012. He was survived by his wife, Madeline (nee Rosenthal), daughters Corinne Lax German and Barbara Lax Krantz, and step-sons, Alan and Mark Blondman.

References:
Campaign brochure draft, undated, Papers of Philip Lax, P-915, Box 6, Folder 1, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.
"Paid Notice: Deaths; Lax, Mildred." New York Times, March 8, 2003.
Who's Who in the World. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 2006.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Philip Lax document his work with four major organizations: the American Jewish Historical Society, B'nai B'rith International, National Conference on Soviet Jewry, and Ellis Island Restoration Commission. The collection documents the years 1915 to 2008, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s and 1980s. The papers contain photographs, correspondence, speeches, publications, subject files, and organizational records, such as minutes, financials, memorandums, agendas, and reports.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into six 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
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Related materials can be found in the American Jewish Historical Society's National Conference on Soviet Jewry Records (I-181 and I-181A); Touro Synagogue Newport, Rhode Island Collection Records (I-461); Papers of Label A. Katz (P-92); Papers of William Korey (P-903); National Association of Hillel Directors Records (I-41); and the Leo Baeck Institute's B'nai B'rith Collection (AR 4087).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Philip Lax, papers; P-915; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Philip Lax in June 2008.

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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: American Jewish Historical Society, undated, 1969-1970, 1977, 1982-1994, 1996-2003, 2007-2008

The Series is in English.
Box 1, Folder 1 -- Box 3, Folder 8.
Arrangement:

Arranged into three subseries.

Scope and Content:

This series comprises the records of the American Jewish Historical Society. The series is divided into three subseries:

Subseries 1: Board of Trustees, Executive Council, and Committee Meetings
Subseries 2: Annual Meetings and Conferences
Subseries 3: Organizational Records

Subseries 1: Board of Trustees, Executive Council, and Committee Meetings, 1984-1994, 1998-2002, 2007

The Subseries is in English.
Box 1, Folder 1 -- Box 2, Folder 18.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items in this subseries are located in Boxes 1 and 2, ranging from Box 1, Folder 1 to Box 2, Folder 18. The subseries is comprised of materials relating to the meetings of the following types of boards and committees of the American Jewish Historical Society: Academic Council, Ad Hoc Location Committee, Administrative Committee, Board of Trustees, Executive Council, History of American Jewish Civilization Committee, Library Committee, and Library and Archives Committee. Folders in this series are arranged alphabetically by type of meeting, then chronologically, with each distinct meeting in its own individual folder. For additional meetings, see Series I: American Jewish Historical Society, Subseries 2: Annual Meetings and Conferences.

The types of materials present from these meetings include: minutes, budgets, lists of planned programs and exhibits at the Society, correspondence about when and where meetings will take place, agendas, lists of committee members and officers, reports, annual reports on the status of the AJHS library, audits of the Society's financial statements by CPAs, memorandums, statements of revenues and expenditures, nominations for committees and boards, recommendations concerning expenditures of restricted funds, financial reports, Statement of Accession and Deaccession Polices and Procedures, and the Society's Constitution and By-Laws.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Academic Council Meeting June 19, 1987
1 2 Academic Council Meeting June 14, 1999
1 3 Ad Hoc Location Committee Meeting January 20, 1994
1 4 Administrative Committee Meeting June 18, 1984
1 5 Administrative Committee Meeting September 19, 1984
1 6 Administrative Committee Meeting July 16, 1987
1 7 Board of Trustees Meeting October 28, 1984
1 8 Board of Trustees and Administrative Committee Meeting December 10, 1984
1 9 Board of Trustees Meeting March 3, 1985
1 10 Board of Trustees Meeting June 8, 1985
1 11 Board of Trustees Meeting August 4, 1985
1 12 Board of Trustees Meeting November 11, 1985
1 13 Board of Trustees Meeting May 16, 1986
1 14 Board of Trustees Meeting July 28, 1986
1 15 Board of Trustees Meeting December 8, 1986
1 16 Board of Trustees Meeting March 9, 1987
1 17 Board of Trustees Meeting October 12, 1987
1 18 Board of Trustees Meeting January 8, 1988
1 19 Board of Trustees Meeting April 29, 1988
1 20 Board of Trustees Meeting June 17, 1988
1 21 Board of Trustees Meeting February 7, 1989
1 22 Board of Trustees Meeting May 19, 1989
1 23 Board of Trustees Meeting September 14, 1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Board of Trustees Meeting January 14, 1991
2 2 Board of Trustees Meeting May 30, 1991
2 3 Board of Trustees Meeting October 4, 1991
2 4 Board of Trustees Meeting January 12, 1992
2 5 Board of Trustees Meeting September 15, 1992
2 6 Board of Trustees Meeting January 17, 1993
2 7 Board of Trustees Meeting April 29, 1993
2 8 Board of Trustees Meeting April 27, 1998
2 9 Board of Trustees Meeting February 8, 1999
2 10 Board of Trustees Meeting May 18, 1999
2 11 Board of Trustees Meeting June 5, 2000
2 12 Board of Trustees Meeting May 17, 2001
2 13 Board of Trustees Meeting October 17, 2001
2 14 Board of Trustees Meeting June 25, 2007
2 15 Executive Council Meeting March 4, 1984
2 16 History of American Jewish Civilization Committee Meeting April 24, 1989
2 17 Library Committee Meeting March 11, 1984
2 18 Library and Archives Committee Meeting October 2, 2002

Subseries 2: Annual Meetings and Conferences, 1983-1989, 1992

The Subseries is in English.
Box 2, Folders 19-26.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items in this subseries are located in Box 2, Folders 19-26. This subseries is comprised of materials relating to annual meetings and national conferences of the American Jewish Historical Society. Folders in this series are arranged alphabetically by type of meeting, then chronologically, with each distinct meeting in its own individual folder. For additional meetings, see Series I: American Jewish Historical Society, Subseries 1: Board of Trustees, Executive Council, and Committee Meetings.

The types of material present from these meetings include: minutes, registration information, information packets, agendas, a report of the executive director, a list of organization records in the Society's collection, a list of individual and family records in the Society's collection, budgets, statements of revenues and expenditures, nominations for awards, nominations for committees, committee appointments, reports on the status of the library, speeches, a draft of a Preservation Planning Survey, memorandums, and the Society's Constitution and By-Laws.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 19 Annual Meeting April 24, 1983
2 20 Centennial Conference May 14-17, 1992
2 21 National Conference May 12-14, 1984
2 22 National Conference June 8-11, 1985
2 23 National Conference May 18-20, 1986
2 24 National Conference June 12-14, 1987
2 25 National Conference April 29-May 2, 1988
2 26 National Conference May 18-20, 1989

Subseries 3: Organizational Records, undated, 1969-1970, 1977, 1982-1994, 1996-2003, 2008

The Subseries is in English.
Box 2, Folder 27 -- Box 3, Folder 8.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items from this subseries are located in Boxes 2 and 3, ranging from Box 2, Folder 27 to Box 3, Folder 8. The subseries represents general information about the American Jewish Historical Society and its functions as well as some special events.

Among the general information is a fact sheet with a brief history of the Society as well as information concerning its core functions. There are also pamphlets profiling AJHS and its services, including the library, genealogical resources, publications, and outreach programs. Also included is a list of members of the American Jewish Historical Society and their addresses. General correspondence in this subseries concerns meetings of the Society, membership dues, fundraising, long-range planning, award nominations, publications, special events and exhibits, and the creation of an archive on Jews in sports.

Publications from this series include: News from the American Jewish Historical Society, American Jewish Historical Quarterly, American Jewish Historical Society Heritage, American Jewish History, and Local Jewish Historical Society News. There is also a lengthy proposal for a five-volume publication entitled The American Jewish Civilization Series. There are also three newspaper clippings about the Society as well as two relevant journal articles: "The Holocaust as an American Jewish Experience" (Peter Novick) and "We Are What We Collect, We Collect What We Are: Archives and the Construction of Identity" (Elisabeth Kaplan). Lastly, director of AJHS Michael Feldberg wrote a series of vignettes entitled "Chapters in American Jewish History," which are also included.

The last two folders of the series relate to special events of the American Jewish Historical Society, the first being a celebration of the 350th anniversary of Jewish Settlement in the United States. Included are a report about how AJHS planned to participate in the celebration of this milestone, correspondence related to the anniversary, a report on celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Jewish settlement in the United States, and a report on a project of conservation and microfilming of AJHS's colonial American Jewish collections undertaken in anticipation of the 350th anniversary. Lastly, this subseries contains correspondence about, speeches given at, and programs from the Society's annual Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award Dinners.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 27 American Jewish Civilization Series undated
2 28 Fact Sheet undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Membership undated
3 2 Publications 1969-1970, 1984, 1986-1988, 1996
3 3 General Correspondence 1977, 1982-1994, 1998-2001
3 4 Pamphlets undated, 1983-1988, 1992-1993, 1997, 2001
3 5 Articles 1986, 1997-1998, 2000
3 6 Michael Feldberg, “Chapters in American Jewish History” undated, 1999-2000
3 7 AJHS Celebration, 350th Anniversary of Jewish Settlement in America 2002
3 8 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award Dinner 1986-1987, 1989, 1996, 2000-2003, 2008
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Series II: B'nai B'rith International, undated, 1959-1975, 1977-1996, 2007

The Series is in English.
Box 3, Folder 9 -- Box 15, Folder 24.
Arrangement:

Arranged into seven subseries.

Scope and Content:

This series comprises the records of B'nai B'rith International. The series is divided into seven subseries:

Subseries 1: Organizational Records
Subseries 2: Campaign
Subseries 3: Correspondence
Subseries 4: Board of Governors, Executive Committee, District, Other Meetings
Subseries 5: Rutgers-Douglass Hillel Foundation
Subseries 6: Speeches
Subseries 7: Publications

Subseries 1: Organizational Records, undated, 1961-1974, 1977, 1979-1994, 1996

The Subseries is in English.
Box 3, Folder 9 -- Box 5, Folder 15.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items in this subseries are located in Boxes 3-5, ranging from Box 3, Folder 9 to Box 5, Folder 15. The subseries contains records on the day-to-day operations of B'nai B'rith International and its many sub-organizations. Sub-organizations represented in this subseries are districts, including District Grand Lodge No. 3, District 5, and District 7; lodges, including, the South Mountain Lodge and Leo Baeck Lodge; B'nai B'rith Hillel, including the Syracuse University Hillel; sub-organizations, including the International Council of B'nai B'rith, the Center at Rochester, Grass Roots Action Network (GRAN), and Youth Organization; committees, including the Membership Cabinet, Committee for Legacy Development, Leadership Training and Development, Commission on Community Volunteer Services, International Committee on Senior Citizens' Housing, and the Joint Planning Committee; and cultural institutions, including the Klutznick Museum and B'nai B'rith Sports Hall of Fame. Information about these many sub-organizations includes reports, lists of committee members, correspondence, agendas, minutes, proposals, budgets, resolutions, appointments, member directories and speeches. Additionally, a folder concerning the Klutznick Museum's search for a director includes correspondence about potential candidates, as well as those candidates' résumés.

Additional information in this subseries is information on the founding and history of B'nai B'rith, programs from awards dinners, statistics on Jewish and B'nai B'rith populations and membership, a financial report, fundraising calendar, and correspondence about awarding grants.

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 9 Hillel undated
3 10 International Council of B’nai B’rith undated
3 11 South Mountain Lodge 1961-1963
3 12 Center at Rochester undated, 1963-1968
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 Membership Cabinet undated, 1967, 1970-1971, 1982
4 2 Award Dinners 1967-1969, 1972-1974, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984
4 3 Supreme Lodge of B’nai B’rith, New Departments 1968-1969
4 4 District Grand Lodge No. 3 1968-1970
4 5 Committee for Legacy Development 1969
4 6 Financial Report 1969
4 7 Leadership Training and Development 1969
4 8 Klutznick Museum 1980-1993
4 9 Grass Roots Action Network undated, 1979-1984
4 10 Jewish and B’nai B’rith Populations 1980-1982
4 11 Membership Statistics 1980-1992
4 12 B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations Budget 1981
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 Syracuse University Hillel 1981-1983
5 2 Commission on Community Volunteer Services 1981-1984
5 3 Grants March-October 1982
5 4 B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations Fiscal 1983 1983
5 5 ICBB 1985 Budget undated, February-March 1984
5 6 District 5 1985
5 7 International Committee on Senior Citizens’ Housing 1985
5 8 Youth Organization undated, 1985
5 9 Fundraising Calendar 1985-1986
5 10 Joint Planning Committee undated, 1985-1986
5 11 District 7 1986
5 12 Leo Baeck Lodge of B’nai B’rith March-May 1986
5 13 Klutznick Museum Search Committee 1990-1993
5 14 B’nai B’rith Sports Hall of Fame May 1991
5 15 History undated, 1994, 1996

Subseries 2: Campaign, undated, 1985-1986

The Subseries is in English.
Box 6, Folders 1-20.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items from this subseries are located in Box 6, Folders 1-20. The subseries concerns Philip Lax's campaign for President of B'nai B'rith International in 1986. Eight of 20 folders in the series contain campaign speeches that Lax gave at the conventions of B'nai B'rith districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 22 in 1985 and 1986. Each of these speeches is unique. An additional folder contains an address to the B'nai B'rith Women. A separate folder includes campaign talking points, as well as public speaking pointers. A final folder includes questions from International Jewish Monthly about Lax's decision to run for president, along with his answers.

Folder 1 of the series contains a draft of Lax's campaign brochure; the final brochures can be found in Folder 16. Also included in the latter folder is the campaign publication of Lax's competitor, Seymour Reich.

Two folders deal with campaign meetings. These folders contain correspondence about the dates and locations of the meetings, agendas, a roster of attendees for the 1984 B'nai B'rith National Convention, information on the leadership and membership statistics of each B'nai B'rith district, and headshots of Philip Lax. There is additionally a folder with an invitation and list of invitees for a dinner Lax and his wife had after the election to thank his supporters.

Correspondence in this series is composed of requests for Lax to appear at district conventions, testimonials and letters of support before the election, and letters of consolation and support afterwards. Newspaper clippings concern the campaign and the candidates.

The election took place at the 1986 B'nai B'rith International Convention. Materials relating to the convention include a program, Summary of the Thirty-Third General Convention, roster of attendees, and Book of Reports.

BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 Campaign Brochure Draft undated
6 2 Campaign Talking Points undated
6 3 District 4 Convention Speech undated
6 4 B’nai B’rith Organization Directory 1985
6 5 District 6 Convention Speech August 1985
6 6 Campaign Meeting October 24, 1985
6 7 District 22 Convention Speech January-March, June 1986
6 8 Address to B’nai B’rith Women March 1986
6 9 Campaign Meeting March 5, 1986
6 10 District 1 Convention Speech April-May 1986
6 11 District 7 Convention Speech April, June 1986
6 12 District 2 Convention Speech June 1986
6 13 Questions and Answers for International Jewish Monthly June 1986
6 14 District 3 Convention Speech July 1986
6 15 District 5 Convention Speech July 1986
6 16 Campaign Publications August 1986
6 17 B’nai B’rith International Convention August 24-29, 1986
6 18 Campaign Dinner Party September-October 1986
6 19 Campaign Correspondence undated, 1986
6 20 Campaign Newspaper Clippings 1985-1986

Subseries 3: Correspondence, undated, 1959-1971, 1973, 1977-1993, 1996

The Subseries is in English.
Box 6, Folder 21 -- Box 9, Folder 6.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Content:

Items in this series are located in Boxes 6-9, ranging from Box 6, Folder 21 to Box 9, Folder 6. The subseries contains both individual and general correspondence. Individual correspondence begins the subseries; these folders are arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's last name. General correspondence follows; these folders are arranged chronologically.

Individual correspondence in this subseries concerns B'nai B'rith meetings and conventions, committee appointments, award nominations and dinners, and Philip Lax's campaign for president of B'nai B'rith International. General correspondence concerns they daily operations of B'nai B'rith and its constituent organizations, including daily governance, meetings, appointments, fundraising membership, finances, awards, memorandums, budgets, resolutions, and some correspondence concerning infighting in and among the sub-organizations.

BoxFolderTitleDate
6 21 Closter, Sidney Correspondence 1981-1982, 1984
6 22 DeRose, Charles Correspondence May 1987
6 23 Doron, Shalom Correspondence 1981-1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1 Eisenberg, Warren Correspondence 1980-1986
7 2 Frenkel, Isaac Correspondence undated, 1981-1985
7 3 Friedlander, Gunter Correspondence August, October 1982
7 4 Holzer, Ricardo Correspondence 1981, 1984
7 5 Iaccoca, Lee Correspondence 1984, 1986
7 6 Levenfeld, David Correspondence 1981-1982
7 7 Levitch, Harry Correspondence 1981, 1984
7 8 The National Council on the Aging Correspondence 1989-1990
7 9 Raskas, Stuart Correspondence 1981-1983
7 10 Reich, Seymour D. Correspondence September 1986
7 11 Shusterman, Murray Correspondence 1981-1982, 1985-1986
7 12 Smith, Helen Correspondence 1983-1984
7 13 Spitzer, Jack Correspondence 1980-1982
7 14 Thursz, Daniel Correspondence 1980-1983, 1985
7 15 Wasserman, Michael Correspondence April-June 1993
7 16 Worms, Fred Simon Correspondence 1979-1981
7 17 General Correspondence, ADL June-August 1982
7 18 General Correspondence, District 3 1968-1970
7 19 General Correspondence 1959-1968
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 General Correspondence January-September 1969
8 2 General Correspondence October-December 1969
8 3 General Correspondence January-April 1970
8 4 General Correspondence May-July 1970
8 5 General Correspondence August-September 1970
BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1 General Correspondence October-December 1970
9 2 General Correspondence 1971
9 3 General Correspondence 1973
9 4 General Correspondence December 1977-May 1982
9 5 General Correspondence June 1982-May 1983
9 6 General Correspondence June 1983-1993, 1996

Subseries 4: Board of Governors, Executive Committee, District, Other Meetings, 1965, 1967-1970, 1973, 1979-1989, 1991, 1993

The Subseries is in English.
Box 10, Folder 1 -- Box 12, Folder 13.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Scope and Content:

Items in this series are located in Boxes 10-12, ranging from Box 10, Folder 1 to Box 12, Folder 13. Folders in this series are arranged alphabetically by type of meeting, then chronologically, with each distinct meeting in its own individual folder. The types of meetings represented in this subseries include: Anti-Defamation League National Executive Committee Meeting, B'nai B'rith Administrative Committee Meeting, Board of Governors Leaders Conference, Board of Governors Meeting, Caucus of Jewish NGOs, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, B'nai B'rith Conventions, District 3 Conventions, District 20 Convention, Ethiopian Jewry Conference, Financial Management Committee Meeting, Meeting of the Fundraising Cabinet, Grass Roots Action Network (GRAN) Meetings, Hillel Meeting, International Council of B'nai B'rith (ICBB) Board of Governors Meeting, ICBB Executive Committee Meetings, ICBB Plenary Meetings, Meeting of the Latin American Section of ICBB, Supreme Lodge Board of Governors Conference, Youth Services Fund Raising Division Committee Meeting, and the Washington Meeting.

Materials pertaining to these committees include correspondence, programs, minutes, reports, budgets, agendas, speeches, resolutions, memorandums, rosters of attendees, notes, financial reports, constitution and by-laws, travel itineraries, proposals, lists of committee members, registration information, and press releases.

BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 140th Anniversary October 1983
10 2 ADL National Executive Committee Meeting October 12, 1969
10 3 Administrative Committee Meeting May 7-8, 1970
10 4 Board of Governors Leaders Conference March 14-24, 1970
10 5 Board of Governors Meeting January 17-19, 1970
10 6 Board of Governors Meeting February 10-12, 1979
10 7 Board of Governors Meeting May 15-17, 1982
10 8 Board of Governors Meeting May 28-31, 1983
10 9 Board of Governors Meeting December 3-6, 1983
10 10 Board of Governors Meeting May 19-21, 1984
10 11 Board of Governors Meeting December 14-16, 1985
10 12 Board of Governors Meeting January 10-12, 1987
10 13 Board of Governors Meeting May 15-17, 1993
10 14 Caucus of Jewish NGOs December 9, 1986
10 15 Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations February 11-17, 1984
10 16 Convention September 2-6, 1984
10 17 Convention 1988
10 18 District 3 Convention June 15, 1965
10 19 District 3 Convention May 19-22, 1968
10 20 District 3 Convention June 15-18, 1969
10 21 District Grand Lodge No. 3 Convention May 20-23, 1973
10 22 District 3 Convention May-June 1982
10 23 District 3 Convention July 4-7, 1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1 District 20 Convention August 14-18, 1985
11 2 Ethiopian Jewry Conference March 1983
11 3 Financial Management Committee Meeting December 12-13, 1985
11 4 First Meeting of the Fundraising Cabinet June 27, 1967
11 5 31st General Convention October 17-22, 1982
11 6 GRAN Meeting November 12, 1981
11 7 GRAN Meeting November 18-19, 1982
11 8 GRAN Meeting October 22-24, 1983
11 9 Hillel Meeting May 1988
11 10 ICBB Board of Governors Meeting May 18-21, 1985
11 11 ICBB Executive Committee Meeting (1 of 2) March 1-4, 1982
11 12 ICBB Executive Committee Meeting (2 of 2) March 1-4, 1982
11 13 ICBB Executive Committee Meeting March 12-14, 1983
11 14 ICBB Executive Committee Meeting May 17-18, 1984
11 15 ICBB Executive Committee Meeting August 16-18, 1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 1 ICBB Plenary Meeting June 3-6, 1980
12 2 ICBB Plenary Meeting (1 of 2) August 15-19, 1981
12 3 ICBB Plenary Meeting (2 of 2) August 15-19, 1981
12 4 ICBB Plenary Meeting January 13-15, 1987
12 5 ICBB Plenary Meeting October 6-8, 1991
12 6 ICBB Plenary Meeting May 17-19, 1993
12 7 IJCIC Meeting September 1983
12 8 Lord Marcus Sieff Award Dinner March 7, 1982
12 9 Meeting of the Latin American Section of ICBB November 10-13, 1983
12 10 Sports Hall of Fame Dinner May 1991
12 11 Supreme Lodge Board of Governors Conference March 30, 1973
12 12 Youth Services Fund Raising Division Admin. Committee Meeting May 7-8, 1970
12 13 Washington Meeting October 29, 1981

Subseries 5: Rutgers-Douglass Hillel Foundation, undated, 1962, 1965-1966, 1969-1971, 1974-1975, 1977-1978, 1980-1990, 1992-1993

The Subseries is in English.
Box 12, Folder 14 -- Box 13, Folder 17.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items in this subseries are located in Boxes 12 and 13, ranging from Box 12, Folder 14 to Box 13, Folder 17. The subseries concerns the building of Rutgers-Douglass Hillel building and its upkeep, governance of the Rutgers-Douglass Hillel, and special events at the foundation.

General information in this subseries includes a B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations Accreditation Self-Study Questionnaire; an essay on B'nai B'rith's Hillel Commission; a list of the board of trustees; job descriptions of the Hillel director and associate director; a Zeta Beta Tau membership directory; minutes of the Rutgers-Douglass Hillel Building Corp.; a report on Hillel's activities in B'nai B'rith District 3; and a speech given by international director of Hillel Foundations Rabbi Oscar Groner entitled "Hillel's Unfinished Agenda." Published materials include newsletters and information on scheduled activities on-campus. General correspondence concerns whether an organization affiliated with a specific religion can build on the grounds of a state university, construction of the Rutgers-Douglass Hillel, Hillel's budget and finances, repairs to the building, retirement and hiring of rabbis, scheduling of committee meetings, and fundraising.

Financial information in the subseries includes fundraising brochures, records of receipts and disbursements, correspondence about and receipts for building maintenance, budgets and combined funds budget reports, and a report on the appraisal of the insurable replacement cost of the Rutgers-Douglass Hillel building.

There are materials pertaining to a wide variety of special events at the Hillel. There is a poster for a lecture entitled "Jewish Roots of Christianity;" an invitation to and speech given at the dedication of a flag pole in memory of Daniel Kessler; the program for a testimonial dinner in honor of Philip Lax; correspondence about and an invitation to the burning of the Rutgers-Douglass Hillel building mortgage; a report on the dedication of the Rutgers Hillel Foundation; invitations to the Rutgers University Hillel Annual Ball; and correspondence about a fundraising event held at Liberty State Park.

Photographs in this series show the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rutgers-Douglass Hillel Foundation building; construction of the building; and the interior and exterior of the building directly after its completion. People identified in these photographs include: Philip Lax, Isadore Horowitz, Arthur J. Sills, Benjamin Shachat, Steve Papadatos, Alan M. Shapiro, Sidney Piller, Morris Rohrberg, Irving Chvat, and Rabbi Norman Weitzner.

BoxFolderTitleDate
12 14 Accreditation Self-Study Questionnaire undated
12 15 B’nai B’rith’s Hillel Commission undated
12 16 Board of Trustees undated
12 17 Fundraising Brochures undated
12 18 Hillel in District No. 3 undated
12 19 “Jewish Roots of Christianity” undated
12 20 Job Descriptions undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 1 General Correspondence 1962, 1965, 1970, 1977-1978
13 2 Publications undated, 1966, 1974
13 3 Photographs 1969-1970
13 4 Dedication of Rutgers Hillel Foundation December 3-5, 1971
13 5 Zeta Beta Tau Membership Directory 1974
13 6 Testimonial Dinner Honoring Philip Lax April 20, 1975
13 7 Minutes 1974, 1980-1982, 1987-1988
13 8 Burning the Mortgage 1975, 1977-1978
13 9 Receipts and Disbursements September 1980-June 1981
13 10 Hillel’s Unfinished Agenda May 17, 1981
13 11 Annual Ball 1981, 1983
13 12 Building Maintenance 1981-1990
13 13 Appraisal of Insurable Replacement Cost of Hillel Building December 1986
13 14 Liberty State Park Fundraising Event October-November 1986
13 15 Daniel Kessler Flag Pole Dedication August-September 1987
13 16 Budget 1988-1990
13 17 Combined Funds Budget Reports 1992-1993

Subseries 6: Speeches, undated, 1963, 1967, 1979, 1981-1986, 1995

The Subseries is in English.
Box 13, Folder 18 -- Box 14, Folder 33.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items in this subseries are located in Boxes 13 and 14, ranging from Box 13, Folder 18 to Box 14, Folder 33. Each individual speech is contained its own folder. A complete list of speeches can be found on page 24. The vast majority of the speeches were given by Philip Lax, but there are also speeches of B'nai B'rith president Gerald Kraft, Sam H. Hoffenberg, Sheldon Steinhauser, B'nai B'rith president Jack J. Spitzer, and Governor Thomas H. Kean. Of particular interest is the transcript of a discussion between B'nai B'rith president Jack J. Spitzer and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1979.

Almost all of the remaining speeches are explicitly identified as being given by Philip Lax, though a handful of the speeches are not.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 18 “The Big ‘M’: Membership Growth and Problems of the Existing Lodge” undated
13 19 Brian Chamish undated
13 20 Drafts undated
13 21 Draft of President Kraft’s Remarks in Houston undated
13 22 Introduction of Arye Dulzin undated
13 23 Introduction of Carl Gersham undated
13 24 Introduction of Justin Finger undated
13 25 “A Judophobic Forgery: 50 Years Later” undated
13 26 Meet the Press undated
13 27 Remarks undated
13 28 S. Hoffenberg Speech to the General Conference 24th Session undated
13 29 Speech Notes undated
13 30 United Nations undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 1 Report of ICBB 1963
14 2 Address to First Plenary Special Session 1967
14 3 B’nai B’rith Leadership Discussion with Anwar Sadat May 1979
14 4 Philip Lax on Ethiopian Jewry December 10, 1981
14 5 Introduction Speeches March 1982
14 6 Remarks to ICBB Meeting March 1-4, 1982
14 7 Installation of Jeff Ruddy at South Mountain Lodge June 29, 1982
14 8 UNESCO July 1982
14 9 Remarks by Sheldon Steinhauser to ADL Staff Mission July 9, 1982
14 10 Jack Spitzer Statement September 8, 1982
14 11 Address September 20, 1982
14 12 Remarks to ICBB Plenary October 1982
14 13 Remarks to ICBB Meeting October 14, 1982
14 14 Remarks to ICBB Meeting March 12, 1983
14 15 Remarks on the 100th Anniversary of B’nai B’rith in Germany June 5, 1983
14 16 Remarks to District 25 Convention November 12, 1983
14 17 Address to Relatives of Prisoners of Conscience and Refuseniks June 1984
14 18 Remarks to District 15 Convention November 24-25, 1984
14 19 Remarks of Governor Thomas H. Kean April 1985
14 20 Israel Breakfast Program, District 3 Convention July 1985
14 21 Remarks to District 3 Convention July 6-10, 1985
14 22 Remarks to District 6 Convention August 1985
14 23 Remarks of Gerald Kraft to the District 20 Convention August 1985
14 24 Remarks to the Northern NJ Council October 1985
14 25 Address to the ICBB Plenary 1986
14 26 Remarks at the Installation of the Northern NJ Council 1986
14 27 Speeches at the UN Session, ICBB Plenary 1986
14 28 Introduction of Benjamin B. Ferencz January 15, 1986
14 29 Address to B’nai B’rith Women March 1986
14 30 Acceptance Remarks by Sam H. Hoffenberg August 1986
14 31 Remarks to Chancellor Robert Muller October 1986
14 32 Remarks Honoring Governor Thomas Kean November 12, 1986
14 33 Remarks of Philip Lax at ICBB meeting January 23, 1995

Subseries 7: Publications, undated, 1966-1967, 1970-1971, 1973-1975, 1980-1986, 1988, 1991-1994, 2007

The Subseries is in English.
Box 14, Folder 34 -- Box 15, Folder 24.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items in this subseries are located in Boxes 14 and 15, ranging from Box 14, Folder 34 to Box 15, Folder 24. The subseries comprises individual copies of a wide variety of B'nai B'rith publications; the subseries does not contain runs of any one publication. Each publication is assigned its own folder. A list of the publications can be found on page 26.

BoxFolderTitleDate
14 34 Action Program for B’nai B’rith International Affairs undated
14 35 ADL Brochures undated
14 36 A Bicentennial Constitutional Sabbath undated
14 37 B’nai B’rith Hillel undated
14 38 B’nai B’rith International Council Fact Sheet undated
14 39 B’nai B’rith International News undated
14 40 B’nai B’rith Salute to 150 Outstanding Volunteers undated
14 41 B’nai B’rith Senior Citizens Housing Program undated
14 42 Father Flanagan and Henry Monsky: Men of Vision undated
14 43 Preliminary Plans for B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem undated
14 44 Uniting Jews Worldwide: The International Council of B’nai B’rith undated
14 45 Update undated
14 46 Rochester B’nai B’rith Center News December 1966
14 47 “American Policy in the Middle East” 1967
BoxFolderTitleDate
15 1 ADL Bulletin 1970-1971, 1973-1974
15 2 Jews in the American Revolution March 1974
15 3 B’nai B’rith: Fifty Years of Achievement 1975
15 4 ICBB World Reports 1980-1982
15 5 BBIC World Briefs 1981-1982
15 6 B’nai B’rith in Europe: A Centennial Tribute 1982
15 7 For Your Eyes Only 1982
15 8 ADL International Report: Europe May 1982
15 9 ADL Press Releases 1982-1983
15 10 B’nai B’rith Journal, District 19 1983-1985
15 11 Face to Face: An Interreligious Bulletin 1983, 1985
15 12 B’nai B’rith Action Alert: Combating the Zionism-Racism Lie 1985
15 13 B’nai B’rith, District 20 August 1985
15 14 B’nai B’rith Insider July, September 1985
15 15 ADL Special Report, The LaRouche Political Cult Spring 1986
15 16 In the Spirit of Tradition: The B’nai B’rith Klutznick Museum September 1988
15 17 B’nai B’rith World Report 1991-1992, 1994
15 18 Report on B’nai B’rith Mission to the Soviet Union January 1991
15 19 Opposing Extremism at Home: France October 1991
15 20 B’nai B’rith 150th Anniversary Week October 1993
15 21 New Global Perspectives: A Summary of Discussions and Presentations November-December 1993
15 22 B’nai B’rith Biennial Report August 1994
15 23 The Quest for Pluralism: Jews in a Changing Latin America December 1994
15 24 B’nai B’rith Magazine Summer 2007
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Series III: Ellis Island Restoration Commission, undated, 1978-1979, 1988-1993, 1998-2003, 2005-2007

The Series is in English.
Box 15, Folder 25 -- Box 16, Folder 7.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Items in this series are located in Boxes 15 and 16, ranging from Box 15, Folder 25 to Box 16, Folder 7. The series includes items pertaining to the Ellis Island Restoration Commission, of which Philip Lax has been president since 1978. Included in the boxes are copies of the interior and exterior layouts for the restored Ellis Island; a list of the members of the Ellis Island Restoration Commission; information about the computerized immigration and genealogical information available at the Ellis Island Family History Center; newspaper clippings about the progress of the restoration of Ellis Island; a booklet from a dinner to honor Francesco Cossiga, president of Italy, which was organized by the Ellis Island Restoration Commission; a copy of the Supreme Court case State of New Jersey v. State of New York, granting jurisdiction over Ellis Island to New Jersey; and a proposal for a monorail system at Liberty State Park.

The two most substantial folders in this series are General Correspondence and Bob Hope Memorial Library. The general correspondence mostly concerns the progress of Ellis Island's Family History Center. Of particular note are letters from President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of the Interior Donald Paul Hodel congratulating the Commission on their plans for the Center. Also included is some correspondence about the dinner honoring Francesco Cossiga and a letter about a Commission meeting, with minutes attached. The folder concerning the Bob Hope Memorial Library contains correspondence about the original idea of the creation of the Bob Hope Family Heritage Center and the eventual passage of a bill (H.R. 323, 109th Congress) designating the Bob Hope Memorial Library at Ellis Island. Included are letters from Bob Hope and President Gerald Ford regarding the Family Heritage Center.

There are also two publications in this series: an issue of Historic Preservation, which includes an article on the restoration of Ellis Island, and Statue of Liberty: Heritage of America, a book about the history of the Statue of Liberty.

BoxFolderTitleDate
15 25 Designs undated
15 26 Ellis Island Restoration Commission Members undated
15 27 Historic Preservation April-June 1978
15 28 Statue of Liberty: Heritage of America 1979
BoxFolderTitleDate
16 1 General Correspondence 1979, 1988-1993, 1999-2002, 2006
16 2 Ellis Island Family History Center 1988-1989
16 3 Bob Hope Memorial Library 1988-1991, 2003, 2005-2006
16 4 Newspaper Clippings 1988-1992, 1998, 2007
16 5 Dinner in Honor of Francesco Cossiga October 1989
16 6 State of New Jersey vs. State of New York 1998
16 7 Monorail Transportation System 1999
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Series IV: Soviet Jewry, undated, 1966-1967, 1970, 1980-1984, 1986-1987

The Series is in English.
Box 16, Folder 8 -- Box 17, Folder 9.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

The items in this series are located in Boxes 16 and 17, ranging from Box 16, Folder 8 to Box 17, Folder 9. The series concerns efforts by American Jews to aid Jews in the Soviet Union during the 1980s. The bulk of the material in this series is related to the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ). This includes information pertaining to NCSJ Policy Conferences in 1981 and 1982, Executive Committee Meetings in 1982 and 1983, Leadership Assemblies in 1983 and 1984, and a Board of Governors Meeting in 1987. Materials for these meetings include correspondence about the date and location of the meetings, speeches given at the meetings, resolutions and declarations adopted, agendas, and minutes. There are also two folders concerning the Third International Conference on Soviet Jewry, originally scheduled for October 1982 and postponed until March 1983. They contain correspondence regarding the date and location of the conference, a list of incomes/expenditures for NCSJ, a report on the Second International Conference on Soviet Jewry, conference registration information, declarations adopted at the conference, the conference schedule, transcripts of speeches, and a statement of President Ronald Reagan to the conference. Lastly, there is a 1984 Statement to the Democratic National Committee and a 1987 NCSJ report entitled "Rescuing Soviet Jewry in Light of 'Glasnost:' A Mid-Year Survey."

There are also folders concerning individual refuseniks-Norman Z. Syrkin and Vladimir Feltsman-as well as a list of 28 prisoners of conscience along with their "crimes" and sentences.

Two folders deal with American politicians making trips to the Soviet Union. One contains a list of politicians that accompanied Representative Thomas Foley (D-WA) to the Soviet Union. The second contains a speech given by Congressman Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) to members of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR at the Kremlin on the topic of human rights in the Soviet Union.

The limited amount of correspondence in this series deals with the plight of prisoners of conscience and refuseniks in the Soviet Union, letters concerning Philip Lax's nomination to the Executive Committee of NCSJ for 1982-1983 and 1983-1984, and a letter from Ronald Reagan received on the occasion of the inaugural event of the 98th Congressional Class for Soviet Jewry.

Newspaper clippings in this series concern the plight of Jews in the Soviet Union. Press releases come from B'nai B'rith International and NCSJ. They relate to the general plight of Jews in the Soviet Union, emigration from the Soviet Union, arrests and releases of individual Soviet Jews, official policies of the Soviet Union, and highlights of NCSJ conferences. Memorandums come almost exclusively from the International Council of B'nai B'rith. They concern emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union, Soviet policy pertaining to Jews, the general plight of Soviet Jewry, proceedings of Senate Hearings on Soviet Anti-Semitism, resolutions adopted by B'nai B'rith, and Hillel Foundations projects relating to Soviet Jewry.

Publications in this series originate from a variety of Jewish organizations as well as individuals. Publications include: "Trapped in the Soviet Union: Jewish Prisoners of Conscience and Refuseniks" (Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith); Soviet Jewry Fact Sheet and "Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning" (NCSJ); "Soviet Discrimination against the Jew" (B'nai B'rith); "The Plight of the Jews in the Soviet Union" (David W. Weiss); "Will Soviet Jewry Survive?" (Elie Wiesel); "Soviet Jewry" in the Joint Program Plan for Jewish Community Relations, "Voices of Soviet Jewish Women," and "The Menorah of Concern: A Dramatic Reading for Soviet Jewry on the Chanukah Festival" (NJCRAC); Source Book on Soviet Jewry: An Annotated Bibliography (Sylvia Orenstein); and Soviet Jewish Affairs (Institute of Jewish Affairs).

Essays likewise originate from multiple Jewish institutions as well as unidentified sources. They include: "The Jews in the Soviet Union: A Dream of Yesterday, A Goal for Today" (Jerry Goodman, NCSJ); "Guide for Action on Soviet Jewry," "The Plight of Soviet Jewry," and "Keep the Gates Open" (B'nai B'rith); and "Soviet Jewish Scholars Face a New Threat" and "Soviet Jewry: Hostage to U.S.-U.S.S.R. Relationships" (unidentified).

BoxFolderTitleDate
16 8 Essays undated
16 9 Publications undated, 1966-1967, 1981-1983
16 10 Dr. Norman Z. Syrkin 1970
16 11 Newspaper Clippings undated, 1980-1983, 1987
16 12 Press Releases 1980-1983, 1986-1987
16 13 National Conference on Soviet Jewry Policy Conference May-June 1981
16 14 Memorandums 1981-1984
16 15 National Conference on Soviet Jewry Policy Conference May 1982
16 16 Third International Conference on Soviet Jewry October 24-26, 1982
16 17 National Conference on Soviet Jewry Executive Committee Meeting November 1982
16 18 NCSJ Officers and Executive Committee 1982
16 19 Vladimir Feltsman 1982
16 20 Correspondence undated, 1982-1984
16 21 Prisoners of Conscience 1982, 1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 1 Third International Conference on Soviet Jewry March 15-17, 1983
17 2 National Conference on Soviet Jewry Leadership Conference April 24-26, 1983
17 3 Remarks of Congressman Henry A. Waxman at the Kremlin July 1983
17 4 Rep. Foley Trip to Soviet Union July 1983
17 5 National Conference on Soviet Jewry Executive Committee Meeting December 7, 1983
17 6 Statement to the Democratic National Committee April 1984
17 7 National Conference on Soviet Jewry Leadership Assembly October 21-23, 1984
17 8 National Conference on Soviet Jewry Board of Governors Meeting July 1987
17 9 “Rescuing Soviet Jewry in Light of Glasnost: A Mid-Year Survey” July 1987
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Series V: Subject Files, undated, 1915, 1917, 1960, 1965-1968, 1972, 1976-1977, 1980-1987, 1990-1994, 1996-2000

The Series is in English.
Box 17, Folder 10 -- Box 19, Folder 27.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by folder name.

Scope and Content:

Items in this series are located in Boxes 17-19, ranging from Box 17, Folder 10 to Box 19, Folder 27. The series is comprised of subjected files created and maintained by Philip Lax covering individuals, countries, and organizations. The files are arranged alphabetically. A complete list of subject files can be found on page 30.

BoxFolderTitleDate
17 10 Africa February, July 1984
17 11 American Merchant Marine Museum Foundation 1990, 1992
17 12 American Red Cross undated
17 13 Black Power undated
17 14 Civil Rights 1967-1968
17 15 Costa Rica undated, 1982
17 16 Cuba March 1981
17 17 Cults 1976, 1982
17 18 Daughters of the American Revolution February 1983
17 19 Egypt January 1983
17 20 Epstein, Benjamin R. 1972
17 21 Ethiopia undated, 1980-1986
17 22 Flag Day 1983, 1985
17 23 France undated, 1960
17 24 Geneva Summit December 1985
17 25 German-Americans 1983-1986
17 26 Gersham, Carl 1981-1982
17 27 Ginsburg, Yankel, B’nai B’rith Mural 1981-1983
17 28 “Good Guys” March 1983
17 29 Greek Ambassador March 1982
17 30 Hacohen, Mordecai 1981-1982
17 31 Haig, Alexander 1981-1982
17 32 Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) 1992-1993
17 33 Helsinki Forum undated, 1983, 1986
17 34 Hollings, Ernest, Senator December 1981
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 1 Holocaust undated, 1981, 1983
18 2 Human Rights 1984
18 3 Iran September, November 1981
18 4 Iraq September 1980, September-October 1982
18 5 Israel undated, 1966-1967, 1981-1982
18 6 Israel 1983-1986, 1993-1994
18 7 Jackson-Vanik Amendment June-July 1983
18 8 Jerusalem undated, 1980-1982
18 9 Jewish National Fund February 1985
18 10 Jordan 1982-1983
18 11 Kahane, Meir August 1983
18 12 Klutznick, Philip M. 1960, 1981-1982, 1985-1987, 1993
18 13 Kraft, Gerald 1982-1986
18 14 Latin America 1983, 1986
18 15 Lebanon undated, March-December 1982
BoxFolderTitleDate
19 1 Louis Farrakhan Speech July 30, 1984
19 2 McCloskey, Paul March 1983
19 3 Mexico undated
19 4 Moynihan-Kemp undated
19 5 National Conference of Christians and Jews 1977
19 6 National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council 1982
19 7 Ohr Somayach September 1981
19 8 Poland undated, 1982
19 9 Reagan, Ronald 1982, 1984
19 10 Romania 1981-1982
19 11 Ross, Herb 1982
19 12 Saudi Arabia 1981-1982
19 13 Schoenberg, Harris O. 1982
19 14 South Africa 1985-1986
19 15 Spain 1982-1983
19 16 Spectre, George L. undated, 1983, 1991
19 17 Syria 1981, 1983
19 18 Tax Exempt Organizations October 1982
19 19 Tel Aviv 1982
19 20 Terrorism June 1984, April-May 1986
19 21 Touro Synagogue undated, 1996-2000
19 22 Turkey 1981-1982, 1986
19 23 University for Peace December 1985
19 24 UN Resolution 3379 1991-1992
19 25 Vatican Council 1965
19 26 World War I 1915, 1917
19 27 Yugoslavia May 1982
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Series VI: Photographs, undated, 1944-1985

1 folder.
Scope and Content:

This series comprises one folder, the last of Box 19. The photographs that are dated range in date from 1944 to 1985. All of the photographs in the series, except three, are black and white. While the majority of photographs are original, there are a small number of photocopies of original photographs.

The vast majority of photographs concern B'nai B'rith International, particularly the Hillel Foundation. There is a photograph of the celebration of Hillel's 30th anniversary, with an accompanying newspaper clipping. Photographs also include multiple lectures given at different college campuses, including Mordecai Kaplan addressing the University of Michigan Hillel, David Ben-Gurion addressing the Hillel Foundation in Chicago in 1967, and Eleanor Roosevelt visiting the Hunter College Hillel in the 1960s. There are also several photographs of Eleanor Roosevelt, on a separate occasion, addressing a large audience. The photographs are stamped as belonging to B'nai B'rith, but it is unclear if this is a Hillel or other B'nai B'rith event. Mrs. Roosevelt is joined on the stage by a variety of religious and military personnel.

There are also a variety of photographs of dinners, speeches, and conventions of B'nai B'rith International. These include many group photographs, with those in the groups oftentimes unidentified. Most interesting are photographs of Golda Meir and David Ben-Gurion speaking at a B'nai B'rith International Convention in Tel Aviv. Photographs of Philip Lax visiting a kibbutz in Israel are also included.

Other photographs in the series include the 1963 Brandeis University Convocation, pictures of Philip Lax at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the cornerstone ceremony of the Penn State Interfaith Chapel, and Rabbis Kahn and Kaplan and Dr. Gottschalk placing a spray at President John F. Kennedy's grave.

The following people can be found in this photograph series: Philip Lax, Dr. and Mrs. Abram L. Sachar, Professor Edward Chauncey Baldwin, Isaac Kuhn, Golda Meir, Albert Z. Elkes, Harold Staenberg, Alan Silbergleit, Edward E. Grusd, Abraham Brenman, George Melnick, Milton Packer, David Ben-Gurion, Eleanor Roosevelt, Stephen S. Wise, William Earl Singer, Mordecai Kaplan, Mrs. Myron Goddard, Morris Sostrin, Maier Levin, Governor Christian Herter, Maurice Zigmond, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Milton Eisenhower, Philip W. Lown, Rabbi Abraham Heschel, Label A. Katz, Dr. William Haber, Louis Gottschalk, Mrs. Maurice (Rose) Turner, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, Judge David Coleman, Philip Klutznick, Senator Howard Metzenbaum, Dr. William Korey, and Arthur Sills.

For headshots of Philip Lax, see Series II: B'nai B'rith International, Subseries 2: Campaign, Box 6, Folder 6.

For photographs of Rutgers-Douglass Hillel, see Series II: B'nai B'rith International, Subseries 5: Rutgers-Douglass Hillel Foundation, Box 13, Folder 4.

BoxFolderTitleDate
19 28 Photographs undated, 1944-1985
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Oversized Material

Scope and Content:

The collection also contains three oversized items: a large printed poster of a drawing of David Ben-Gurion, a packet of information regarding the campaign to save Touro Synagogue, and a set of posters of Ellis Island, including pictures of Ellis Island and immigrants there in the early 1900s as well as schematics of the restoration of Ellis Island.

BoxFolderTitleDate
OS1F Ellis Island Posters
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS1F Touro Synagogue Information
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS2F David Ben-Gurion Poster
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