Guide to the Papers of Grace Perlbinder
undated, 1971-1982

*P-942

Processed by Andrey Filimonov

American Jewish Historical Society

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in July 2012. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Perlbinder, Grace
Title: Grace Perlbinder Papers
Dates:undated, 1971-1982
Abstract: Papers of the Soviet Jewry movement activist Grace Perlbinder of Great Neck, NY reflect her activities as one of the leaders of the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry during the 1970s and early 1980s. The materials include speeches, notes, reports, a play script, information on trips to the USSR, correspondence, bulletins, memos, proposals, news clippings, newsletters and photographs.
Languages: The collection is in English and Russian (some).
Quantity: 3/4 linear foot (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box).
Identification: *P-942
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Papers of Grace Perlbinder represent one collection housed within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM). These papers reflect the effort, beginning in the 1960s through the late 1980s, of thousands of American Jews of all denominations and political orientations to stop the persecution and discrimination of Jews in the Soviet Union. The American Soviet Jewry Movement (ASJM) is considered to be the most influential movement of the American Jewish community in the 20th century. The beginnings of the organized American Soviet Jewry Movement became a model for efforts to aid Soviet Jews in other countries, among them Great Britain, Canada, and France. The movement can be traced to the early 1960s, when the first organizations were created to address the specific problem of the persecution and isolation of Soviet Jews by the government of the Soviet Union.

The collection contains the papers of Grace Perlbinder related to the activities of the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry during the 1970s and the early 1980s. Created by Inez and Sydney Weissman in the early 1970s, the East Meadow-based Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry became the pivotal grassroots group within the national coalition Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. Grace Perlbinder was one of the cadre of leaders of the LICSJ that included Inez Weissman, Toby Newman, Honey Karasyk and Lynn Singer. She served as the Committee’s Vice President and President. LICSJ worked to raise awareness of the plight of Jews in the USSR by keeping its community informed via its own newsletter, the Soviet Jewry Report. The group organized numerous demonstrations, vigils, sit-ins and benefit concerts on behalf of Soviet Jews. The Committee helped connect American and Soviet Jewish families with projects such as Adopt-A-Family and the Soviet Jewry Write-ins. They also arranged meetings between Jews in the USSR and the American travelers.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Grace Perlbinder reflect her work at the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry from 1971 to 1982. The materials include Perlbinder's speeches, notes, reports, a play script, information on her travels to the USSR, correspondence with Soviet Jews, bulletins, memos, proposals, news clippings and photographs.

The collection consists of one manuscript box and one half manuscript box.

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Arrangement

The collection consists of one manuscript box.

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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 Grace Perlbinder 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), The Jewish Chronicle Soviet Jewry Collection (I-523), B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum Soviet Jewry Movement Collection (I-529), Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry (I-530), 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), Leah Lieberman (P-869), 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), Myrtle Sitowitz (P-908), Kathleen M. Hyman (P-911), Babette Wampold (P-912), Rabbi David Goldstein and Shannie Goldstein (P-918), Leslie Schaffer (P-923), Arthur Bernstein (P-925), Dolores Wilkenfeld (P-927), Sylvia Weinberg (P-928) , Irwin H. Krasna (P-934) and Constance S. Kreshtool (P-935).

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 Newton Centre, 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); Grace Perlbinder Papers; *P-942; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Grace Perlbinder in 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.

 

Papers of Grace Perlbinder, undated, 1971-1982

English and Russian (some).
1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box.
Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Bulletins, Memoranda, Newsletters undated, 1971-1981
1 2 Correspondence undated, 1971, 1974-1977, 1981-1982
  (contains Russian)   
1 3 LICSJ - Miscellaneous Materials undated, 1974-1977, 1980
1 4 LICSJ Community Coordination undated, 1967, 1973, 1976
1 5 Newspaper Clippings on LICSJ Activities undated, 1972-1981
1 6 Projects of LICSJ - Operation "Soviet Jewry Write-In" undated, 1972-1976
1 7 Proposals 1974
1 8 Reports, Information Materials undated, 1973-1975, 1977, 1979-1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Speeches, Notes undated, 1971, 1973-1974, 1979
2 2 Stories, Dramatic Readings undated, 1971-1973
2 3 Travel to the USSR undated, 1974-1976, 1982
2 4 Photos undated, 1974-1975
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