Guide to the American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records,
1959-1988
I-326

Processed by Marvin Rusinek

American Jewish Historical Society

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Marvin Rusinek as MS Word document, March 21, 2006. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on August 13, 2009. Finding aid written in English.
February 2017 Historical Note and other top level description added by Nicole Greenhouse.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York)
Title: American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records
Dates:1959-1988
Abstract: The American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism Collection consists of correspondence, articles, pamphlets, speeches, lectures, and reports issued by the organization lobbying its stance on Jewish anti-Zionism as a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1959 to 1988.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)
Identification: I-326
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

The American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (JAZ) was organized in February 1969. The organization was dedicated to conducting an education program that applies Jewish values of justice to the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. They also worked to advance peace in the Middle East through the rejection of Jewish nationality attachment to all Jews to Israel. JAZ believed that the separation of church and state would lead to peace in the Middle East. Key officers of the organization included Elmer Berger, Mrs. Arthur Gutman, Mrs. Isaac Witkin, and Harry Lesser. Berger was the president of the organization from the organization's founding until at least 1990. Berger also was the executive director and then executive vice president of the American Council for Judaism from 1943-1967, which was also an anti-Zionist organization opposed to the founding of the state of Israel.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, articles, pamphlets, speeches, lectures, and reports issued by the organization lobbying its stance on Jewish anti-Zionism as a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Most of the organization's reports, as well as accounts of Rabbi Elmer Berger's speaking tours, his writings, and reprinted news coverage of Berger’s work can also be found in the collection. The reports cover stories related to U.S. media coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict, American diplomatic and military aid to Israel, Palestinian organizational leadership, oil politics between the Middle East and Europe/the U.S., activities of American Zionist organizations, conflicts, peace negotiations, the debate around anti-Semitism, and arguments about Zionism’s role in the conflict.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

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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

The American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism Collection is one individual collection within the Counter Culture collections located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other counter culture collections at AJHS include the Arthur Ocean Waskow Papers (P-152), Leonard Fein Papers (P-582), Shira Eve Epstein Papers (P-776), Riv-Ellen Prell Papers (P-795), Ruth Abusch-Magder papers (P-841), Jews for Urban Justice (Washington, D.C.) Records (I-159), Jewish Peace Fellowship Records (I-189), Jewish Student Press Service Records (I-248), Breira records (I-250), North American Jewish Students Appeal (I-338), Jewish Labor Committee Records (I-377), New Jewish Agenda Records (I-393), Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records (I-449), Jewish Counter Culture Collection (I-504), Trees and Life for Vietnam Records (I-542), Lights in Action Records (I-560), and portions of the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records; I-326; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Collection, 1959-1988

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Articles, reprints, speeches undated, 1970-1981 request_box
1 2 Berger, Elmer—Articles, essays, lectures undated, 1959-1981 request_box
1 3 Correspondence undated, 1969-1986 request_box
1 4 Report #1-11 undated, 1969-1971 request_box
1 5 Report #12-16 1971-1973 request_box
1 6 Report #17-21 1973-1974request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 7 Report #22-25 1975 request_box
2 8 Report #26-30 1975-1977 request_box
2 9 Report #31-34 1977-1978 request_box
2 10 Report #35-38 1979-1980 request_box
2 11 Report #41-43 1981-1982 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 12 Report #39-40 1980-1981 request_box
3 13 Report #44 1982 request_box
3 14 Report #47/48, #53 1984, 1988 request_box
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