Guide to the American Council for Judaism collection, undated, 1943-1991

*I-344

Processed by Marvin Rusinek

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Marvin Rusinek as MS Word document, January 2007. Finding aid was encoded by Marvin Rusinek on August 12, 2009. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:American Council for Judaism
Title:American Council for Judaism collection
Dates:undated, 1943-1991
Abstract:This collection is comprised of correspondence, invitations, programs, fliers, pamphlets, reports, memorandum, membership applications and a directory of publications. The documents in this collection describe resolutions and reports concerning organizational issues, reports concerning reaction to ACJ from other organizations and general promotional materials. Of special interest to researchers will be the correspondence that addresses the 1963 60 Minutes television program "A Tyranny of Minorities." Another topic discussed in the correspondence is David Ben Gurion's visit to Boston in 1967 on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal. Included in the collection are the following publications: Brief (1958), The Council News (1949-1957), Education In Judaism (1967), Information Bulletin (1943-1967), Issues (1966-1991), News (1947-1967), and Blueprint (I & II).
Languages:The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)
Identification:I-344
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The American Council for Judaism was founded in 1943 by Americans of Jewish faith who believed that Judaism was a religion and not a nationality. The founding of the ACJ partly resulted from the refusal of the American Jewish Committee to clearly oppose Zionism in the 1940s. Many of the council's early leaders came from an upper class German Jewish socioeconomic group that also formed the basis of the American Jewish Committee's leadership. ACJ's philosophy supports the integration of Jews into the civic culture of America unhampered by the segregationism of Zionism. The ACJ's ideology reflects the universalistic platform of nineteenth-century Reform Judaism, coupled with a concern over the issue of dual loyalty.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of correspondence, invitations, programs, fliers, pamphlets, reports, memorandum, membership applications and a directory of publications. The documents in this collection describe resolutions and reports concerning organizational issues, reports concerning reaction to ACJ from other organizations and general promotional materials. Of special interest to researchers will be the correspondence that addresses the 1963 60 Minutes television program "A Tyranny of Minorities." Another topic discussed in the correspondence is David Ben Gurion's visit to Boston in 1967 on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal. Included in the collection are the following publications: Brief (1958), The Council News (1949-1957), Education In Judaism (1967), Information Bulletin (1943-1967), Issues (1966-1991), News (1947-1967), and Blueprint (I & II).

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into a single series.

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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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); American Council for Judaism collection; I-344; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Note

Unknown.

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Note

Note

Old call#: MS-NAT.A2

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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.

 

Records of the American Council for Judaism, undated, 1943-1991

English.
Boxes 1-3.
Scope and Content:

See Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Annual Conference - Resolutions 1963
1 2 Annual Report 1956
1 3 Annual Spring Dinner Meeting - Program 1959
1 4 Application for Membership undated
1 5 American Jewish Committee - Budget Report 1966-1967
1 6 Miscellaneous Correspondence undated, 1954, 1956-1959, 1963, 1965-1968, 1977
1 7 Correspondence/Reports undated, 1945-1947, 1949-1950
1 8 Directory - Publications undated
1 9 Invitations - Miscellaneous Events 1968
1 10 Governance - Principles and Program, adopted January 19, 1948 1948
1 11 Jewish National Finance Structure - Graph undated
1 12 Memorandum 1947-1968
1 13 Miscellaneous Promotional Materials undated, 1949, 1956-1957, 1969
1 14 Publicity, undated; Reaction to American Council for Judaism (ACJ) undated
1 15 Publications - Brief 1958
1 16 Publications - The Council News 1949-1957
1 17 Publications - Education in Judaism February 1967-September 1967
1 18 Publications - Information Bulletin 1943-1947
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Publications - Information Bulletin 1965-1967
2 2 Publications - Issues 1966, 1985-1991
2 3 Publications - Blueprint I and II undated
2 4 Publications - Individual undated, 1943-1944, 1946-1947, 1950, 1955, 1959, 1965, 1967-1968
2 5 Publications - Individual undated, 1945-1946, 1948, 1950, 1957, 1962-1963, 1967
2 6 Publications - Issues 1994
2 7 Publications - News 1947-1967
2 8 Publications - Special Interest Report 1972-1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Publications - Special Interest Report 1980-1990
3 2 Publications - Textbook Analyses undated
3 3 Reports - Report #49 May 1985
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