Guide to the Papers of Leah Lieberman, 1970-1971, 2009

*P-869

Processed by Andrey Filimonov

American Jewish Historical Society

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in September 2011. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lieberman, Leah
Title: Leah Lieberman Papers
Dates:1970-1971, 2009.
Abstract: The papers and the oral history of Leah Lieberman reflect the creation and the early activities of the Brooklyn Coalition for Soviet Jewry. Materials include minutes, memorandums, correspondence, photos and a DVD.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 folder, 1 DVD
Identification: P-869
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

A Zionist community leader from London, UK, Leah Lieberman moved to Brooklyn, NY in the late 1960s. Mrs. Lieberman got involved with the Brooklyn Jewish community and in the Soviet Jewry movement. Upon witnessing the activities of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry led by Jacob Birnbaum, Mrs. Lieberman realized the need for an adult organization with the similar purpose, but with more visibility and power in the national political arena. Her idea was to create Brooklyn Coalition for Soviet Jewry in order to unite local Jewish leadership to spearhead and fortify the efforts for Soviet Jewry. She had reached out to local Jewish community organizations and individual activists, most of whom agreed to join the Coalition. In 1971, with help from Yaakov Birnbaum, Mrs. Lieberman had organized a series of meetings and information events in local synagogues, Jewish community centers and in Brooklyn College, aimed at raising public awareness to the plight of Soviet Jews. At the end of 1971 Leah Lieberman disengaged herself from the Brooklyn Coalition for Soviet Jewry and continued her involvement in the Soviet Jewry movement in the private capacity.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Leah Lieberman focus on her role in the creation and the early activities of the Brooklyn Coalition for Soviet Jewry. The collection also includes Mrs. Lieberman's correspondence with the mayor of the city of Worms, Germany, in which she urges the West German leadership to use diplomacy to help ease the oppression of Jews in the USSR. The collection features a DVD video oral history interview with Leah Lieberman conducted at the offices of the American Jewish Historical Society on May 12, 2009.

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Arrangement

The collection consists of one folder and one DVD with oral history interview.

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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

The Papers of Leah Lieberman is one individual collection within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM) located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other Soviet Jewry Movement collections at AJHS include the records of Action for Soviet Jewry (I-487), the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ; I-181 and I-181A), the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (I-410, I-410A), Houston Action for Soviet Jewry (I-500), Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews (I-505), Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry (I-507), Medical Mobilization for Soviet Jewry, the papers of Joel Ackerman (P-787), Julia Mates Cheney (P-806), Jerry Goodman (P-863), Laurel and Alan J. Gould (P-866), Carolyn W. Sanger (P-870), Si Frumkin (P-871), Elaine Pittell (P-873), Sanford A. Gradinger (P-880), Shaul Osadchey (P-882), Leonard S. Cahan (P-883), Doris H. Goldstein (P-887), David H. Hill (P-888), Margery Sanford (P-889), Pinchas Mordechai Teitz (P-891), David Waksberg (P-895), Pamela B. Cohen (P-897), Moshe Decter (P-899), William Korey (P-903), Morey Schapira (P-906), Charlotte Gerper Turner (P-907) and Myrtle Sitowitz (P-908).

Individual accounts of activities within the Soviet Jewry Movement are preserved in the UJA Oral History Collection (I-433), which includes accounts from members of the following organizations: the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, Bay Area Council on Soviet Jews (BACSJ), Seattle Action for Soviet Jews, Houston Action for Soviet Jews, Chicago Action for Soviet Jews, Colorado Committee of Concern for Soviet Jews and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Interviewees include accounts by Lillian Forman (BACSJ), Ann Polunsky, Morey Schapira, Myrtle Sitowitz, Deborah Turkin, David Waksberg, Sylvia Weinberg and Dolores Wilkenfeld. In addition, posters related to the Soviet Jewry Movement can be found in the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

Additional materials from other collections include records dealing with the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) located within the North American Jewish Students Appeal (NAJSA, I-338) and the records of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC, I-172). Related records are also located at the AJHS in Boston, MA including memorabilia and ephemera of the New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (I-237) and the Records of the Student Coalition for Soviet Jewry – Brandeis University (I-493).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Leah Lieberman Papers ; P-869; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Leah Lieberman in 2009.

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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.

 

Papers of Leah Lieberman, 1970-1971, 2009

English.
1 folder, 1 DVD.
Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
CB-41Papers of Leah Lieberman1970-1971, 2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
Phono 1 1DVD Video: Oral History with Leah Lieberman (in Papers of Jerry Goodman, P-863).2009
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