Guide to the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Records,
1911-1915, 1925-1997 (bulk 1933-1992)


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
Title: Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Records
Dates:1911-1915, 1925-1997 (bulk 1933-1992)
Abstract: The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Records document the activities and missions of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA) primarily during the presidencies of William Weiss (1933-1942), Samuel Nirenstein (1942-1948) and Moses Feuerstein (1954-1965), and Rabbi Pinchas Stolper’s tenure as Executive Vice President (1976-1994). Founded in 1898, the UOJCA, also known as the Orthodox Union, serves as the leader, organizer and voice of affiliated Orthodox Jewish congregations in North America. Divisions of the UOJCA reflected most prominently in the collection include the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, the Women’s Branch, the Kashruth Division, the Department of Synagogue Services, the Israel Center, as well as regional branches. Subjects addressed include Sabbath and high holiday observance, dietary laws, Baal Teshuva, slaughterhouse legislation, funeral standards, education, synagogue management and outreach. Materials include correspondence, minutes, clippings, speeches, UOJCA publications, financial documents and a few photographs.
Languages: The collection is in English, with a few items in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian.
Quantity: 46 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 2 microfilm reels.
Quantity:23.25 linear feet.
Accession number: I-66
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

In 1898 Rabbi Henry Pereira Mendes of Shearith Israel and representatives of fifty Orthodox congregations founded the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA), also widely known as the Orthodox Union (OU). The organization’s founding mission was to perpetuate and preserve Modern Orthodox Judaism and to unify Jewish immigrant populations by connecting and strengthening Orthodox synagogue congregations across the United States, as well as Canada. The UOJCA steadily grew in scope and influence, especially following World War II.

From its inception, the UOJCA has worked to integrate Orthodox traditions more seamlessly and in pace with changing American lifestyles. Their success is due to the breadth of their efforts and approaches. They have standardized and enabled easy access to trustworthy information – in lending their easy-to-spot kosher insignia to food labels and in the regular publication (and now web presence) of a kosher products directory and mikvah directory. Starting in 1956 they commissioned designs for prefabricated synagogues, which could then be quickly erected by new congregations, especially in suburban communities. At that same time regional branches were developed to encourage cooperation between synagogues in shared locales in order to better solidify communities outside of major metropolitan areas and strengthen the presence of the Orthodox community in suburban America. In response to rising rates of intermarriage, the UOJCA began organizing singles events. The UOJCA has also actively supported Jewish education with scholarships (particularly for American college students studying abroad in Israel), lectures and educational programs.

A major function of the Union is to speak out on a public and national level on behalf of Orthodox Jews, responding to such wide-ranging topics as Sabbath and slaughterhouse legislation, U.S. policy in the Middle East, Soviet Jewry, funeral standards and the role of women in Orthodox Judaism. In addition to advocacy, another cornerstone of UOJCA’s strength and influence has been its outreach to youth and the disabled.

Over the years the UOJCA created a number of auxiliary branches. The histories of five major branches reflected in the present collection are summarized below.

In 1923, during Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein’s tenure as UOJCA President, the Women’s Branch was founded, with the primary goal of networking synagogue sisterhoods in North America, as well as increasing the understanding and practice of Orthodox traditions and rituals among Jewish women and youth. The Women’s Branch works towards these goals by sponsoring educational and social activities, leadership events and scholarships for women. Rabbi Goldstein’s wife, Rebecca Fischel Goldstein, was the Women’s Branch’s first President.

The UOJCA’s well-known role in the kosher food industry and certification process began with a Kashruth Committee formed by the Women’s Branch between 1923 and 1925. The committee approached food manufacturers, analyzed the Kashruth of their products and also worked to persuade manufacturers to replace non-kosher with kosher ingredients. Building on the Committee’s exploratory efforts, in 1925 the UOJCA officially started their non-profit supervision service and certification process under the auspices of the Kashruth Division. Heinz ketchup was the first product to sport UOJCA’s certified kosher symbol.

The UOJCA formed the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) in 1954 with the intent to nationally organize Orthodox synagogue adolescent youth groups and formally affiliate those youth groups with the UOJCA. With time NCSY broadened its target community to adolescents of all Jewish affiliations, especially those coming from nonobservant families, and introduced them to Orthodox Judaism through social, educational, cultural and religious communal activities. NCSY developed regional branches within the U.S. and international programs as well in Israel and the Ukraine. The group contributed to the development of outreach programs, Our Way and Yachad, for disabled youth and the deaf in particular. NCSY played a significant role in the Teshuva movement and resurgence of Orthodoxy in the 1960s and after.

Rabbi Pinchas Stolper was a founder of NCSY in 1954, and Stolper became NCSY’s first National Director in 1959, a position he would carry until 1976 when he became the Executive Vice President of UOJCA until 1994. He returned to the position of NCSY National Director between 1994 and 1998. Rabbi Stolper (1931- ) graduated from Brooklyn College in 1952 and was ordained at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in 1956. Later Stolper was Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies at Touro College, and he authored and edited books and manuals for Jewish youth.

The Israel Center, also known as the OU/NCSY Israel Center, opened in Jerusalem in 1978 originally as a community center for NCSY college students studying abroad in Israel for a year. Though youth remains at its core, the Center has also expanded beyond that original mission and target group to reach out also to Russian immigrants and senior citizens. The Center offers social, educational, cultural and religious programming intended to aid foreigners (whether students, travelers or immigrants) in integrating into life in Israel and strengthening their Jewish identities.

The Department of Synagogue Services liaises with UOJCA’s constituent congregations, providing synagogue administration advice and programming. The Department of Synagogue Services had been formerly known as the Division of Synagogue Services, the Synagogue Services Commission, and perhaps also the Synagogue Service Bureau and the Synagogue Relations Division. Around 1980 Rabbi Stolper proposed the UOJCA revamp the department, and in 1983 Rabbi Bertram Leff was hired to lead the department in that revitalization.

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Scope and Content Note

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Records document the activities and missions of the UOJCA, as well as its auxiliary branches. Materials include correspondence, press releases, educational pamphlets, manuals, directories, minutes, newsletters, notes, speeches, reports, a few photographs and product packaging.

The collection is divided into two subgroups. The date range of materials in Subgroup I: General Administrative Records begins in 1911 and ends in 1995, but the bulk of materials cover the period between 1933 and 1968, during the presidencies of William Weiss (1933-1942), Samuel Nirenstein (1942-1949) and Moses Feuerstein (1954-1966). This subgroup is particularly strong in materials related to annual and regional conventions, Women’s Branch and Jewish Life.

Subgroup II: Rabbi Pinchas Stolper’s Records range in date from 1961 to 1997, with materials markedly increasing when Rabbi Pinchas Stolper became UOJCA’s Executive Vice President in 1976 and trickling off after 1992. This subgroup reflects the aspects and branches of the UOJCA in which Rabbi Pinchas Stolper was administratively or tangentially active across three and a half decades, including NCSY, the Israel Center, the Department of Synagogue Services and the Kashruth Division.

Documentation cutting across both subgroups includes general administrative, regional, Kashruth and youth materials.

Eight-inch floppy diskettes from 1979-1981 were discarded. For a partial list of files included on these diskettes see “Diskettes, 1979-1981” [Box 17, Folder 6].

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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


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Related Material

Synagogue Council of America Records; I-68; American Jewish Historical Society, Newton Centre, MA and New York, NY.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Records; I-66; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

The first subgroup may have been donated in installments in the late 1980s and early 1990s by UOJCA Administrator Saul Bernstein, and this subgroup was arranged by AJHS as a box and folder list between 1994 and 1997. Rabbi Pinchas Stolper donated the second subgroup, accretion # 2002.035, on June 4, 2002.

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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.


Subgroup I: General Administrative Records, 1911-1915, 1923-1995 (bulk 1933-1968)

7.75 linear feet. Boxes 1-16 and 2 reels of microfilm.

Arranged into eight series: Series 1: Administrative; Series 2: Conventions; Series 3: Women’s Branch; Series 4: Jewish Life; Series 5: Publications; Series 6: Financials; Series 7: Microfilmed Materials; Series 8: Photographs.

Scope and Content:

This subgroup most comprehensively reflects the activities of the UOJCA between 1933 and 1968. Represented UOJCA departments include the Executive Committee, Administrative Committee, Women’s Branch, Armed Forces Commission, Education Commission, Funeral Standards Committee, Synagogue Service Department, Kashruth Committee, Jewish Life and the regions.

Meeting minutes are the primary records of the UOJCA in the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1950s and 1960s the documentation of organizational activity picks up in another form with extensive administrative correspondence and convention materials. The Women’s Branch is documented with manuals and mailings and Jewish Life with editorial correspondence and rejected article submissions.

Materials also include press releases, educational pamphlets, directories, newsletters, notes, speeches, reports, a few photographs and product packaging.

Series 1: Administrative, undated, 1911, 1913, 1926-1988

1.75 linear feet. Boxes 1-4.

Alphabetical by format or topic.

Scope and Content:

This series includes correspondence, minutes, reports and press releases created by or for the Executive Committee or miscellaneous branches of the UOJCA. UOJCA branches with larger quantities of materials are represented later in their own series. Most correspondence was written between 1960 and 1966, with a scattering of letters from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and the bulk of correspondence is between UOJCA Administrator Saul Bernstein and President Moses I. Feuerstein. Minutes cover the period between 1933 and 1948, primarily reflecting William Weiss’s and Dr. Samuel Nirenstein’s roles and actions while President.

Topics touched on in the series include Jewish funeral laws and practices, UOJCA’s Passover effort to deliver matzoh to Jews in the former USSR, UOJCA’s exhibit at the World’s Fair in 1964 and 1965, their prefabricated synagogue program and Shechitah.


11Armed Forces Commission1963-1965
12Chief Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman’s Visit1966
13Ecumenical Movement1964, 1967
14Education Commissionundated, 1958-1963
15Executive Committee1940-1947
16Fair Sabbath Law1952-1954, 1958, 1963
17Feuerstein, Moses1960-1966
18Funeral Standards Committee1960-1968
19Funeral Standards Committee1960-1968
110General1926, 1933-1967
21Humane Slaughter Legislationundated, 1958-1967
23Jaffe, Mauriceundated, 1961-1964
24Mendes, Rabbi H. Pereira [general mailings]1911, 1913
25National Community Relations Advisory Council (NCRAC)1957-1966
26Religious Reconstruction Committee – Penitence Seals1934
27Soviet Jewryundated, 1962-1966
28Synagogue Bombings1958, 1960
29Synagogue Council of America1963-1964
210Synagogue Design1956-1964
211Synagogue Service Department1960-1963
212Synagoguesundated, 1959-1962
31Weiss, Samson1959-1965
32World’s Fair1962-1966
34Yeshiva University1954, 1958, 1962-1964
35Young Israel1958-1959, 1964
36Zim Lines1963-1964


37Administrative Committee1933-1939
38Administrative Committee1940-1948
39Administrative Committee1957-1959
310Board of Directors1956
311Executive Committee1933-1934
312Executive Committee1935-1939
313Executive Committee1940-1945
314Executive Committee1946-1948, 1962
315Funeral Standards Commission1960, 1963
41Kashruth Committee1933, 1940-1948
42Miscellaneous Committees1934-1942, 1947

Activities and Press Releases

43Dinners and Conferencesundated, 1928, 1946, 1961-1968, 1983-1987
44Press Releasesundated, 1950-1988
45Reports of Activities1939, 1950-1956
46Tripsundated, 1952-1975

Series 2: Conventions, 1915, 1925, 1951-1978

3 linear feet. Boxes 5-10.

Arranged by date of convention or UOJCA regional branch.

Scope and Content:

This series includes materials from UOJCA’s biennial national conventions and annual regional conventions. Most conventions represented here occurred between 1954 and 1962, during Moses Feuerstein’s presidency. A large portion of the correspondence was received or generated by Saul Bernstein, the UOJCA Administrator. Materials include programs, resolutions, proceedings, correspondence, speeches and press releases.

Subseries A: Biennial National Conventions, 1915, 1925, 1951-1978

2 linear feet. Boxes 5-8.

Arranged by year of convention.

Scope and Content:

At their biennial national conventions, the UOJCA set resolutions, installed new leadership, gave awards, held workshops and lectures and presented exhibits. Convention handbooks and proceedings are rich in information on UOJCA’s shifts in self-definition and project and auxiliary branch development.

There is correspondence to and a telegram from President Dwight D. Eisenhower in “Convention 1958 – Correspondence, 1958.”

See Series 7 for convention reports from 1913, 1914 and 1915 on microfilm.

51Convention 1915 – Convention Handbook 1915
52Convention 1925 – Convention Program and Invitation1925
53Convention 1951 – Convention Handbook and Proceedings1951
54Convention 1954 – Correspondence1954-1955
55Convention 1954 – Correspondence1954-1955
56Convention 1954 – Program and Speeches1954
57Convention 1956 – Convention Handbook1956
58Convention 1956 – Correspondence and Proceedings1956
59Convention 1958 – Charter of Honor Award1958
510Convention 1958 – Convention Handbook and Program1958
511Convention 1958 – Correspondence1958
61Convention 1958 – Participants’ Biographical Sketches1958
62Convention 1958 – Resolutions1958
63Convention 1958 – Speeches and Minutes1958
64Convention 1960 – Awards1960
65Convention 1960 – Budget1956-1960
66Convention 1960 – Charter of Honor1960
67Convention 1960 – Convention Handbook and Program1960
68Convention 1960 – Correspondence1960
69Convention 1960 – General Mailing1960
610Convention 1960 – National Convention Committee1960
71Convention 1960 – Proceedings1960
72Convention 1960 – Proceedings, B-J1960-1961
73Convention 1960 – Proceedings, K-P1960-1961
74Convention 1960 – Proceedings, R-W1960-1961
75Convention 1960 – Resolutions1960
76Convention 1960 – Synagogue Delegation Forms1960
77Convention 1962 – Awards1962
78Convention 1962 – Budget and Pledges1962
81Convention 1962 – Convention Handbook and Program1962
82Convention 1962 – General Mailing1962
83Convention 1962 – National Convention Committee1962
84Convention 1962 – Nominations Committee1962
85Convention 1962 – Program Drafts1962
86Convention 1962 – Regional Branch Personalities1957-1962
87Convention 1962 – Resolutions1962
88Convention 1962 – Synagogue Delegations Forms1962
89Conventions 1966, 1970, 1974, 1976, 1978 – Programs1966-1978

Subseries B: Regional Conventions, 1958-1969

1 linear foot. Boxes 9-10.

Alphabetized by regional branch of UOJCA.

Scope and Content:

At the 1951 Biennial National Convention, the UOJCA formed the Commission on Regions, with the intent to develop regional branches in order to make UOJCA a more tightly-knit, locally-relevant organization. The Commission on Regions also aimed to foster the creation of new congregations and aid in the development of existent congregations within each region. The bulk of the records in this subseries are the product of UOJCA’s national headquarters, which coordinated and executed the initial, annual regional conventions. Materials include programs, resolutions, correspondence and press releases.

91Atlantic Seaboard Regional Convention 19621959-1963
92Atlantic Seaboard Regional Convention 19621959-1963
93Atlantic Seaboard Regional Convention 19621959-1963
94Eastern Pennsylvania District Conference 19621961-1962
95Midcontinent Conclave and National Leadership Conference 19691969
96Midwest Regional and Great Lakes Regional Joint Convention 19591959
97Midwest Regional Convention 19601959-1960
98Midwest Regional Convention 19611960-1961
101Midwest Regional Convention 19621961-1962
102Pacific Coast Regional Conventions 1958 and 19591958-1960, 1966
103Rocky Mountains Regional Convention 19601959-1960
104Southeast Regional Convention 19581958
105Southeast Regional Convention 19591959-1960
106Southeast Regional Convention 19601960
107Southeast Regional Convention 19611961
108Southeast Regional Convention 19621959-1963
109Southwest Regional Convention 19591959-1960

Series 3: Women’s Branch , undated, 1925-1985

0.5 linear feet. Box 11.

Alphabetical by format, title or branch.

Scope and Content:

This series represents material generated by the Women’s Branch of UOJCA, as well as documents related to or created by youth organizations. Much can be gleaned regarding Orthodox views on the roles of women. Homemaking and religious education are emphasized. Materials include manuals, yearbooks, newsletters, poems, prayers, speeches, pamphlets, scripts, reports, and information sheets on Sabbath and holiday observance. The correspondence present is not extensive. The bulk of the items are either educational or the product of various events and conventions. One regional office of the Women’s Branch, the New England Region, founded in 1946, is represented.

Items of potential note include a “Record of Periods” form intended to encourage observance of family purity, or the laws of niddah, and a 15-page pamphlet, Women’s Branch UOJCA: Its Background and History and a Glimpse into the Future, which gives a helpful historical overview of the Women’s Branch, its projects, structure and goals up until the 1960s. Especially interesting is Rabbi Philip Goodman’s 131-page Habanoth Manual: A Guide for Jewish Girls' Clubs (published circa 1937), which suggests programs, activities, songs, games and resources for youth groups. Goodman had been director of the boys youth group, Habonim. Habanoth was the Women's Branch’s national organization of clubs for high school girls between 1937 and 1945. Issues of The Orthodox Union follow the start and development of both youth groups in Series 7.

112Habanoth and Habonimundated, 1932, 1938
113Habanoth Manual: A Guide for Jewish Girls’ Clubs, Rabbi Philip Goodman[1937]
114Mailings, Forms, Pamphlets, and Programsundated, 1925, 1940, 1959-1970
115Manual for Junior Groups and Orthodox Leaguesundated
116National Conference of Synagogue Youthundated, 1959, 1972, 1985
117New England Regionundated, 1946-1980
118New England Regionundated, 1946-1980
119Newslettersundated, 1962-1969, 1979
1110Women’s Branch UOJCA: Its Background and History and a Glimpse into the Future1962, 1966
1111Yearbooks and Sisterhood Prayers for All Occasions [photocopy]1957-1964

Series 4: Jewish Life, undated, 1951-1964

1 linear foot. Boxes 12-13.

Alphabetical by format or topic.

Scope and Content:

The UOJCA published Jewish Life between 1946 and 1983. Issues of Jewish Life featured literature, nonfiction, book reviews, opinion pieces, reports on meetings, poems, recipes and a Kashruth Directory. The items in this series consist primarily of editorial correspondence and mostly unpublished short story, poetry and nonfiction manuscripts. Much of the correspondence is to and from Saul Bernstein who was the editor starting in 1947. There is especially extensive material – both correspondence and manuscripts – in historian Cecil Roth’s file. There are no issues of Jewish Life in this series or collection.

General Administration

123Editorial Committee1955-1958
125Letters to the Editorundated, 1956-1963

Correspondence and Manuscripts

128Bernstein, Saul1960-1964
1210Cohen, Jules1957-1959
1211Cohen, Sam I.1958-1960
1213Diskind, Zalman1962
1214Dluznowsky, Moshe1960
1215Dushinsky, Eugene1956
1217Eisenmayer, Louis1951-1953
1219Fox, Marvin1957-1958
132Hausdorff, Davidundated
133Kaufman, Michaelundated
134Kranzler, Gershon1952-1962
137Rackman, Rabbi Emmanuel1957
138Robin, Maxundated
139Rosenstock, Michael1962
1310Roth, Cecil1951-1960
1312Stone, Morris1958-1959
1314Taslitt, Israel I.1958-1959

Series 5: Publications, undated, 1923-1995

1 linear foot. Boxes 14-15.

Alphabetical by title or format.

Scope and Content:

Educational publications, Kosher product and service directories and a small sampling of newsletters put out by different branches of the UOJCA represent the bulk of this series. The educational publications, primarily pamphlets and brochures, address such topics as holidays, prayers, guidelines for Sabbath, funerals and Shechitah. Titles include “Jewish Family Life: The Duty of the Woman,” “Prayer for Government and Country,” “Circumcision: Brith or Surgery?,” “The Jewish Concept of Marriage,” “Mixed Pews,” “Modernity and Mitzvot,” “I Send My Child to Hebrew School,” “On Being a Torah-True Jew,” “Housing in Israel,” David de Sola Pool’s “The Faith of a Jew” and Rabbi Leo Jung’s “Essentials of Judaism.” The Division of Community Activities published Prakim: A Monthly Program for Synagogue Activity, which offered suggestions for services, prayers, and activities, as well as organization announcements – as a reference for rabbis and congregations for community events for Jewish holidays. The Golden Jubilee Yearbook contains registries for different divisions of the UOJCA, for example the synagogue sisterhoods registered with the Women’s Branch. “Universal Jewish Encyclopedia – UOJCA Entry, undated, 1957” contains drafted historical summaries of UOJCA, its affiliates and the Staten Island Orthodox community.

For more publications see Series 7 for The Orthodox Union from 1933 to 1946 and in Subgroup II, Series 8.

141Catalogues of Publicationsundated, 1968
142Educational Bulletin1932
143General Educational Publicationsundated, 1929-1983
144General Educational Publications -- Holidaysundated, 1942-1981
145General Publications about UOJCAundated, 1923-1981
146Golden Jubilee Year Book1948
147Hachayil: The Jewish Serviceman’s Newspaper1935
148Institute for Public Affairs1990
149Kosher Directoriesundated, 1952-1961
1410Kosher Directories1967-1971
1411Kosher Directories1974-1982
151Kosher Directories1983-1988
152Kosher Directories1990-1995
153Kosher Handbooks and Guidesundated, 1951-1991
154OU News Reporter [Kosher newsletter]1956, 1958, 1965, 1974, 1976, 1995
155NCSY Publications
156Pocket Diaries and Stuhmer’s Almanacs1950-1960
157Prakim: A Monthly Program for Synagogue Activity1951-1957
158Universal Jewish Encyclopedia – UOJCA Entryundated, 1957

Series 6: Financials, 1941-1961

0.5 linear feet. Box 16.


Scope and Content:

The series consists of budgets, financial statements and a few pieces of correspondence. Income, expenditure and budgets for the Kashruth Committee, the Women’s Branch, Jewish Life and other branches are included in the breakdowns.

161Financial Records1941, 1945-1948
162Financial Records1950-1951
163Financial Records1952-1953
164Financial Records1954
165Financial Records1958-1961

Series 7: Microfilmed Materials, 1913-1915, 1933-1946

2 reels. Located in the microfilm drawers near the Reading Room.
Scope and Content:

Reel 1 consists of UOJCA’s newsletter, The Orthodox Union, which UOJCA began publishing at the start of William Weiss’s presidency in 1933. Between 1933 and 1946, the newsletter shifted from monthly to bimonthly, issues grew from 8 to 33 pages and featured special Women’s, Youth and Kashruth columns or pages. The newsletter documents UOJCA’s response to the growing Nazi persecution of the Jews better than any other materials in the collection. In addition to meeting reports, reprinted letters from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other political figures, and various advice pieces, the newsletter features articles on a wide array of topics: bar mitzvahs, Communism and Jews, President Lincoln’s Jewish contacts, Jewish student populations at American universities, Jews in India, the status of Orthodox Judaism in America, and so on. In 1946, the UOJCA’s magazine became Jewish Life.

Reel 2 consists of information-rich reports from early UOJCA conventions.

Box TitleDate
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 1, no. 1-11August 1933-July 1934
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 2, no. 1-11August 1934-August 1935
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 3, no. 1-12September 1935-September 1936
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 4, no. 1-10October 1936-July/August 1937
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 5, no. 1-9September 1937-July/August 1938
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 6, no. 1-8September 1938-June/July 1939
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 7, no. 1-7August/September 1939-July/August 1940
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 8, no. 1-6September/October 1940-July/August 1941
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 9, no. 1-6September/October 1941-August 1942
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 10, no. 1-5October 1942-June 1943
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 11, no. 1-5October 1943-June 1944
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 12, no. 1-5October 1944-June 1945
Reel 1 The Orthodox Union, Vol. 13, no. 1-5October 1945-June 1946
Box TitleDate
Reel 2 Report of the 6th ConventionJune 29, 1913
Reel 2 Report of the 8th ConventionMay 30-31, 1915
Reel 2 Report of the 7th ConventionJune 20-21, 1914

Series 8: Photographs, 1959-1960

1 folder. AJHS Photography Collection: “Prints from I and P Collections.” Box 1 of 1.


Scope and Content:

Photographs of synagogue design and an UOJCA awards ceremony in 1960.

1I-66Convention 1960 – Awards1960
1I-66Stained Glass Synagogue Windows1959
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Subgroup II: Rabbi Pinchas Stolper’s Records, 1961-1997 (bulk 1976-1992)

15.5 linear feet. Boxes 17-47.

The arrangement scheme for this subgroup begins with series that reflect the organizational structure of UOJCA: Series 1: Administrative; Series 2: National Conference of Synagogue Youth; Series 3: Israel Center; Series 4: Department of Synagogue Services; Series 5: Kashruth Division; Series 6: Correspondence; Series 7: Subjects and Events; Series 8: Publications; Series 9: Financials; Series 10: Photographs.

Scope and Content:

Rabbi Pinchas Stolper generated or collected the documents in this subgroup solely in connection with his professional activities as NCSY National Director and UOJCA Executive Vice President. Although the majority of these records were authored by Stolper, auxiliary creators include Rabbi Bertram Leff and Yitzok Rosenberg of the Department of Synagogue Services, Rabbis Mordechai Grunberg and Menacham Genack of the Kashruth Division, and UOJCA Presidents Sidney Kwestel, Harold Jacobs and Julius Berman.

In Subgroup I there are a few items by Stolper among the later convention and NCSY materials, and in Box 1, Folder 10.

Series 1: Administrative, undated, 1963-1996

1.5 linear feet. Boxes 17-19.

Alphabetical by branch or format.

Scope and Content:

This series includes documents created by or for the Executive Committee, National Officers or miscellaneous branches of the UOJCA. UOJCA branches with larger quantities of materials are represented later in their own series.

171Aliyah Department1979-1981
172Aliyah Department1982-1984
173Constitution1969, 1989
174Convention Programs1974-1996
175Directoriesundated, 1978
177Executive Committee and National Officers1974-1982
178Executive Committee and National Officers1983-1992
181Executive Committee and National Officers – Minutes1975-1984
182Funeral Standards Commission1963-1991
183Joint Scholarship Committee1987-1988
184Ketubah Marriage Commissionundated, 1983-1994
185Miscellaneous Committees1977-1978
186Nominations Committee1976-1980
191Regional Directors – Memoranda1976-1979
192Regions – New York1982-1993
193Reports1974, 1980, 1988, 1990
195Soviet Jewry Commission1990-1995
196Soviet Jewry Commission1990-1995
197Women’s Branch1990

Series 2: National Conference of Synagogue Youth, undated, 1961-1997

1.5 linear feet. Boxes 20-22.

Alphabetical by topic, format or event.

Scope and Content:

As an NCSY founder, an NCSY National Director (1959-1976; 1994-1998) and also as UOJCA Executive Vice President (1976-1994), Rabbi Stolper oversaw NCSY through periods of substantial change and momentum. Given his role as NCSY National Director for 22 years in total, one would expect extensive files from this period, but Stolper’s materials in this series document NCSY unevenly. However, this series also includes materials generated by Rabbi Raphael Butler, who also served as National Director of NCSY.

This series includes correspondence, reports, grant applications, member feedback, newspaper clippings and pamphlets. Summarized histories of the deaf outreach program, Our Way, and the outreach program for the developmentally disabled, Yachad, can be found in “Our Way and Yachad, undated, 1975, 1983, 1991-1993.”

In Subgroup II see also Series 3 and Stolper’s correspondence in Series 6 and 7 for more on NCSY. In Subgroup I see “Education Commission, undated, 1958-1963” [Box 1, Folder 4], “National Conference of Synagogue Youth, undated, 1959, 1972, 1985” [Box 11, Folder 6] and convention materials regarding the development of NCSY in Series 2.

During the processing of this collection the archivist watched for and came across nothing directly related to the victims of and charges of abuse against NCSY’s Director of Regions, Rabbi Baruch Lanner, who was sentenced to prison in 2002 for the sexual abuse of minors following decades of complaints. There are a few pieces of correspondence by or addressed to Lanner throughout the collection, but not relevant to the case. However, every document was not read, and therefore it's not outside the realm of possibility that a Lanner-related item was overlooked.

201Annual Reports1976, 1988, 1990
202Book Coverundated
203Collegiate Commission, 1980-1989
204Collegiate Commission, 1980-1989
207Correspondence – Weiss, Samson1964-1971
208Covenant Grants1991-1994
209Department of Youth Services Grants1992
2011Hungarian Teenage Girls Passover Visit1991
211Israel Study Abroad Participants1975
212Israel Tour1976
213Jerusalem Experience1986-1988
214Member Biographies and Interviews1969, 1974-1975
215National Directory1997
216Neve Yerushalayim College for Women1976-1979
217Our Way and Yachadundated, 1975, 1983, 1991-1993
218Pamphlets and Programs1963-1989
219Programs and Projects in Need of Supportundated, 1971-1973
2110Project Catch Drop-In Centerundated
2111Prospectus – Testimonialsundated, 1969-1972
2112Public Relationsundated, 1970-1971
222Regions – Chicago1980-1986
223Regions – Chicago1980-1986
224Regions – Events Calendar1980-1981
225Reportundated, 1975-1976
226Science and Torah1968-1981
227Shabbaton for the Disabled – Scrapbook [photocopies]1976
228Teen Torah Center1980, 1987-1993
229World Conference on Soviet Jewry1976
2210Yarchei Kallah – Scholars Program1991-1992
2211Youth Commission1983, 1992

Series 3: Israel Center, undated, 1977-1991

1 linear foot. Boxes 23-24.

Alphabetical by format or topic.

Scope and Content:

Much of the material in the series was generated for three grant applications submitted in 1987, 1988 and 1990 to the Jewish Agency for Israel. During this time, Shai Solomon was the director of the Israel Center, and Rabbi Stolper as Executive Director of UOJCA was involved in the three grant applications. The series includes extensive materials related to NCSY programs in Israel. See also Box 22, Folder 1 for 1978 materials on the early development of the Israel Center.

232Interim Reports1988
233Interim Reports1989
234Jewish Agency for Israel 1988-1989 Proposal1986-1987
235Jewish Agency for Israel 1988-1989 Proposal1986-1987
236Jewish Agency for Israel 1988-1989 Proposal1986-1987
241Jewish Agency for Israel 1988-1989 Proposal1986-1987
242Jewish Agency for Israel 1989-1990 Proposal1988-1989
243Jewish Agency for Israel 1989-1990 Proposal1988-1989
244Jewish Agency for Israel 1991-1992 Proposal1990-1991
245Nitzotz Program1988
246Program Portfolio1984
247Program Portfolio1984
248Program Portfolioundated
2410Reports1979, 1984

Series 4: Department of Synagogue Services, undated, 1948, 1957-1964, 1977-1994

0.5 linear feet. Box 25.

Alphabetical by topic.

Scope and Content:

The Department of Synagogue Services provides synagogue administration advice and programming to constituent congregations. Advice covers such how-to topics as building the relationship between rabbis and congregations, designing synagogue interiors (such as mechitzahs), writing a synagogue bulletin, creating publicity, observing holidays creatively and insuring synagogues. Programming consists of shabbatons, leadership conferences, regional retreats and lectures.

Rabbi Bertram Leff was hired in 1983 as the National Director of Synagogue Services and continued in that post until at least May 1994. Though Stolper generated some of the material, Leff created the bulk of the material in this series.

Projects in which Synagogue Services had a hand are also represented in Series I. See also the Department’s newsletter, Synagogue Spotlight, in Series 8.

251Congregational-Rabbinical Relationships and Contractsundated, 1992-1993
252Generalundated, 1980-1984
254Leff, Bertram – Speechesundated, 1984
255Miscellaneous Reference Materials – Manuals and Guidesundated, 1960-1964, 1977
256National Leadership Conference of Synagogues of Smaller Jewish Communities1991-1994
258Purim – Manuals and Programsundated, 1948, 1957, 1980
2510Round Robin Lectures1988-1989

Series 5: Kashruth Division, undated, 1974-1990

0.5 linear feet. Box 26.

Alphabetical by topic or format.

Scope and Content:

This series is comprised of files kept and created not only by Rabbi Stolper, but also by leaders of the Kashruth Division, Rabbis Mordechai Grunberg and Menacham Genack. Includes correspondence, applications for kosher certification, clippings about kosher product issues, and product packaging from applicants.

See Subgroup I: Series 5 for older materials of the Kashruth Division, such as their kosher food directories. See also “Kashruth Committee, 1933, 1940-1948” [Box 4, Folder 1].

261Applicants – American Bakeries Company1982
262Applicants – Erco1987
263Applicants – Fink Baking and S.B. Thomas1987
264Applicants – Francesco Caterers1986-1987
265Applicants – Marzipan Specialties1985-1987
266Applicants – Medley Distilling1985-1986
267Applicants – Sturgis Pretzel House1986-1987
268Applicants – Tohar1987
269Applicants – Van Camp Seafood and Deltown Chemurgic1987
2610BAF Summaries1986
2611Clippingsundated, 1974-1987
2614List of Foreign Companiesundated
2615Unauthorized Use of U Symbol1986

Series 6: Correspondence, 1976-1995

7.5 linear feet. Boxes 27-39.


Scope and Content:

The largest series in the collection, the materials here cover the full breadth and depth of Rabbi Stolper’s Executive Vice-Presidential duties, which included day-to-day management and responses to issues in the press and politics important to the UOJCA’s agenda. The series is primarily made up of outgoing UOJCA correspondence written by Stolper or copied to Stolper. Addressees include prominent politicians and UOJCA leaders such as Harold Jacobs, Sidney Kwestel and Julius Berman. Among the outgoing correspondence, scattered meeting agendas, press releases and incoming correspondence can also be found.

Topics covered include observance of Jewish law, abortion, kosher certification, and emergency aid to areas hit by natural disasters. UOJCA leaders often responded to key issues of the times, such as Apartheid and events in Israel and Palestine. Much of the correspondence pertains to UOJCA’s Jewish Action and the Israel Center.

There are some gaps in materials, especially for the years 1980 and 1985. Stolper stopped maintaining chronological files after December 1989, even though his positions at the UOJCA and NCSY continued until 1998. The few pieces of correspondence following 1989 were added by the archivist from otherwise unfiled materials. See Series 7 for other correspondence broken down by topic and event.

271CorrespondenceSeptember 1976-December 1976
272CorrespondenceJanuary-June 1977
273CorrespondenceJuly-October 1977
274CorrespondenceJune-October 1978
275CorrespondenceFebruary-December 1979
276CorrespondenceFebruary-December 1980
277CorrespondenceMarch 1981
278CorrespondenceApril 1981
281CorrespondenceMay 1981
282CorrespondenceJune 1981
283CorrespondenceJuly-August 1981
284CorrespondenceSeptember 1981
285CorrespondenceOctober 1981
286CorrespondenceNovember-December 1981
291CorrespondenceJanuary-February 1982
292CorrespondenceMarch-April 1982
293CorrespondenceMay-June 1982
294CorrespondenceJuly-August 1982
295CorrespondenceSeptember 1982
301CorrespondenceOctober 1982
302CorrespondenceNovember 1982
303CorrespondenceDecember 1982
304CorrespondenceJanuary 1983
305CorrespondenceFebruary 1983
306CorrespondenceMarch 1983
311CorrespondenceApril 1983
312CorrespondenceMay 1983
313CorrespondenceJune 1983
314CorrespondenceJuly 1983
315CorrespondenceAugust 1983
316CorrespondenceSeptember 1983
317CorrespondenceOctober 1983
321CorrespondenceNovember 1983
322CorrespondenceDecember 1983
323CorrespondenceJanuary 1984
324CorrespondenceFebruary 1984
325CorrespondenceMarch-July 1984
326CorrespondenceMay-November 1985
327CorrespondenceFebruary-March 1986
328CorrespondenceApril 1986
331CorrespondenceMay 1986
332CorrespondenceJune 1986
333CorrespondenceJuly-August 1986
334CorrespondenceSeptember 1986
335CorrespondenceOctober 1986
336CorrespondenceNovember-December 1986
337CorrespondenceJanuary 1987
341CorrespondenceFebruary 1987
342CorrespondenceMarch 1987
343CorrespondenceApril 1987
344CorrespondenceMay 1987
345CorrespondenceJune 1987
346CorrespondenceJuly 1987
351CorrespondenceAugust 1987
352CorrespondenceSeptember 1987
353CorrespondenceOctober 1987
354CorrespondenceNovember 1987
355CorrespondenceDecember 1987
356CorrespondenceJanuary 1988
357CorrespondenceFebruary 1988
361CorrespondenceMarch 1988
362CorrespondenceApril 1988
363CorrespondenceMay 1988
364CorrespondenceJune 1988
365CorrespondenceJuly 1988
366CorrespondenceAugust 1988
371CorrespondenceSeptember 1988
372CorrespondenceOctober 1988
373CorrespondenceNovember 1988
374CorrespondenceDecember 1988
375CorrespondenceJanuary 1989
376CorrespondenceFebruary 1989
381CorrespondenceMarch 1989
382CorrespondenceApril 1989
383CorrespondenceMay 1989
384CorrespondenceJune 1989
391CorrespondenceJuly 1989
392CorrespondenceAugust 1989
393CorrespondenceSeptember 1989
394CorrespondenceOctober 1989
395CorrespondenceDecember 1989
396CorrespondenceNovember 1990-June 1995

Series 7: Subjects and Events, undated, 1959-1995

3 linear feet. Boxes 40-45.

Alphabetical by topic or event.

Scope and Content:

This series encompasses a wide range of topics addressed and events organized by the UOJCA, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. Subjects on which Rabbi Stolper and/or the UOJCA speak out include creationism, women’s participation on synagogue boards, mechitzah and homosexuality. The series consists of both incoming and outgoing correspondence, as well as programs, press releases, clippings, notes and manuals.

U.S. and Israeli government correspondence and press releases may be of special interest to the researcher. “U.S. Government – Correspondence, 1978-1995” includes correspondence to Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton, as well as Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of State James Baker and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The only incoming direct presidential correspondence (i.e. not from presidential assistants) comes from Clinton and does not address any specifically Jewish issues, but instead discusses U.S. relations with Vietnam. Other subjects addressed in presidential correspondence include the Gulf War, Israeli settlements in Palestine, Reagan’s visit to the Bitburg cemetery in Germany and a request for the pardon of Jonathan Pollard. There is a photocopy of a photo of UOJCA leaders with President George H.W. Bush. “Israeli Government – Correspondence, 1977, 1989, 1993” includes correspondence to Benjamin Netanyahu and Misha Arens. Some of the above materials, as well as “Mission to Washington, 1979,” were products of UOJCA’s Institute of Public Affairs, earlier known as the Political Coalition, and headed by Dr. Mandell Ganchrow. More government correspondence can be found throughout Series 6.

Rabbi Stolper created the “Sexual Harassment” folder, but it only contains a 1993 New York Times article and nothing related specifically to Rabbi Baruch Lanner.

40124-Hour Torah Study Vigil1991
40224-Hour Torah Study Vigil1991
40324-Hour Torah Study Vigil – Newspaper Clippings1991
404Accredited Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools1982-1985
405Adoption1983, 1990, 1995
406Adult Education Guidesundated, 1961, 1978-1979
407Adult Torah Retreat Manualsundated
408Baal Teshuvaundated, 1978, 1986
409Berman, Juliusundated, 1975-1982
4010Calendar Diaries1977-1986
4011Chofetz Chaim Memorial Convocation1984
411Clippingsundated, 1978-1991
412Condolences and Obituaries1965-1989
413Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty1978-1979
414Creationism vs. Evolution1979-1986
415Crown Heights1991
416Death and Organ Transplants1991
417Emunah Symposium1992
418Eruv Construction1993
421Hurricane Andrew Response1992
422Israeli Government – Correspondence1977, 1989, 1993
423Jerusalem Post Ad – Conference on Jewish Solidarity1989
424Jewish Action1985-1986
425Jewish Action1987
426Jewish Action1988-1991
427Jewish Community Relations Council1975-1988
428Jewish Community Relations Council1975-1988
431Joseph K. Miller Memorial Lectures1991-1994
432Luach Limud Torah Diary1980-1990
433Max Stern Division of Communal Services – Reports1986-1988
434Mechitzahundated, 1982-1994
435Mechitzah – Beth Medrosh Hagodol Congregation (Denver, CO)1987-1988
436Meeting with President Jimmy Carter1977
437Membershipundated, 1989-1990
438Mikvahsundated, 1965-1992
441Mission to Washington1988-1989
442Mitzvah Projects1979-1989
443Model Constitution for Synagogues1979-1983
444National Dinners1967-1980
445New York Times Responses1979
446Non-UOJCA Pamphlets and Programsundated, 1959, 1976-1988
447Notesundated, 1980-1984
448Orthodox Presidents’ Club1977
449Outreach1981-1986, 1991-1992
451Presidents of Orthodox Organizations Meeting – On Violence in Israel1986
452Senior Citizens1972-1975, 1983-1987
453Sexual Harassment1993
454Shabbos Event1984
456Taste of Torah Recordings1989-1993
458U.S. Government – Correspondence1978-1995
459Weddings1978-1979, 1984, 1995
4510Women and Judaismundated, 1983, 1991
4511Women on Synagogue Boards1979-1989
4512World Zionist Organization1978-1990
4513Writingsundated, 1979-1992

Series 8: Publications, undated, 1974-1997

0.5 linear feet. Box 46.

Alphabetical by title.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of a variety of UOJCA publications, primarily newsletters. However, there are no full runs of publications, but intermittent issues. Synagogue Spotlight, a Department of Synagogue Services newsletter, featuring information and programming ideas for synagogues, is the most complete. Correspondence related to Jewish Action can be found in Series 7. For earlier publications in Subgroup I see Series 5 and 7.

461Keeping Posted with NCSY1994
462Leadership Briefing1992-1996
463Miscellaneous Booklets and Pamphletsundated, 1977-1997
464Our Wayundated, 1974-1975
465Synagogue Leadership Seriesundated
466Synagogue Spotlight1981-1993

Series 9: Financials, 1966-1991

0.5 linear feet. Box 47.

Alphabetical by format or branch.

Scope and Content:

Contains correspondence, spreadsheets, reports and budgets generated by members of the Financial Committee and various branches of the UOJCA.

471Budgets and Reports1966-1980
472Budgets and Reports1978-1982
473Financial Committee1976-1980
474Financial Committee1983-1984
475Kashruth Division1978
476Wills and Bequests1984-1991

Series 10: Scrapbook and Photographs, 1976, 1991-1992

1 folder. AJHS Photography Collection: “Prints from I and P Collections.” Box 1 of 1.

Arranged according to the series from which the photographs originated.

Scope and Content:

Black and white and color photographs of UOJCA and NCSY events.

1I-66National Conference of Synagogue Youth -- Subar, Rebecca1976
1I-66National Conference of Synagogue Youth -- Hungarian Teenage Girls Passover Visit1991
1I-66National Conference of Synagogue Youth -- Shabbaton for the Disabled Scrapbook [photos removed from notebook paper]1976
1I-66Subjects and Events -- 24-Hour Torah Study Vigil1991
1I-66Subjects and Events -- Hurricane Andrew Response1992
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