Guide to the Papers of Joel Sandberg (1943- ) and Adele Sandberg (1944- ), undated, 1974-1988, 1992, 1994-1995, 2009

*P-872

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in October 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sandberg, Joel and Sandberg, Adele
Title: Joel Sandberg (1943- ) and Adele Sandberg (1944- ), papers
Dates:undated, 1974-1988, 1992, 1994-1995, 2009 (bulk 1975-1988)
Abstract: The collection contains papers of Joel Sandberg and Adele Sandberg, among the co-founders of the South Florida Conference on Soviet Jewry. It covers the period from the mid-1970's to the early 1990's and documents the Sandbergs' activities as leaders of the South Florida Conference on Soviet Jewry, as well as their individual efforts in the American Soviet Jewry movement. The documents include correspondence, memos, minutes, news clippings and photos.
Languages: The collection is in English and Russian.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)
Identification: P-872
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Papers of Joel and Adele Sandberg 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 one of the most influential movements 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.

Adele Sandberg (1944- ) was one of the founders of the South Florida Conference on Soviet Jewry (SFCSJ) in 1972. She developed its Adopt-a-Family program, which connected families in the U.S. with refusenik families in the USSR. At that time this Adopt-a-Family program for Soviet Jews was the largest in the country. In 1975, she spearheaded international support for the hunger strike of Vladimir and Masha Slepak in Moscow. From 1979 to 1988 she was a co-editor of a series of books which documented case histories of refuseniks, an essential resource for activists all over the world as well as the U.S. Congress.

Joel Sandberg M.D. (1943- ) was the second chairman of the SFCSJ. As head of the tourist briefing program, he briefed hundreds of tourists from South Florida who were traveling to the USSR, including Congressmen, public officials and community leaders. Dr. Sandberg, an ophthalmologist and Voluntary Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, directed the SFCSJ's physicians group for Soviet Jews and was the Southeast Regional Coordinator of the national Medical Mobilization for Soviet Jewry. Dr. Sandberg has been on the board of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews for 30 years and served as Vice-President and on the executive committee.

In May 1975, Adele and Joel traveled to outlying cities to visit Soviet Jews who rarely got to meet American activists. They were detained and interrogated in Kishinev, then expelled from the USSR. For many years, their home was a center of activity for Soviet Jewry. They were active in organizing protests and rallies, community education and community speaking, congressional education, campaigns for individual refusenik families and public relations for the cause.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers of Joel Sandberg and Adele Sandberg cover the period from the mid-1970's to the early 1990's and document their activities as the leaders of the Soviet Florida Conference on Soviet Jewry, as well as their individual efforts in the American Soviet Jewry Movement. The documents include correspondence, memos, minutes, and news clippings.

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into one series 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, N.Y., 10011 reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The Papers of Joel Sandberg and Adele Sandberg 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), 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) and Si Frumkin (P-871).

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 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); Joel Sandberg (1943- ) and Adele Sandberg (1944- ), papers; P-872; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Joel and Adele Sandberg 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 Joel Sandberg and Adele Sandberg, undated, 1974-1988, 1992, 1994-1995, 2009

English and Russian.
15 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Activities of South Florida Conference on Soviet Jewryundated, 1976-1986
12Adopt-A-Family Program by South Florida Conference on Soviet Jewry1974-1978
13Bar and Bat Mitzvah Twinning of Sheryl, David and Michelle Sandberg1978, 1980-1983, 1986
14Case of Alexander Drukundated, 1975-1977
15Case of Mark Abramovich and Activities on His Behalfundated, 1975-1976
16Letters to the Editor by Adele and Joel Sandberg1976-1979, 1982
17Medical Mobilization for Soviet Jewry undated, 1976-1978, 1984-1986, 1988
18Photographs undated, 1975
19Projects--Soviet Jewry1975, 1977-1979
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Public Relations--Newspaper Articlesundated, 1975-1988, 1992
22South Florida Conference on Soviet Jewry Newsletter1977-1979
23Soviet Jewry Jokesundated, 1975-1988, 1992
24Speeches by Adele and Joel Sandbergundated, 1976-1983
25Tourist Briefing Papers Given to Miami Tourists Prior to Their Visiting Soviet Jewsundated, 1976
26Trip to the Soviet Union in 1975 Taken by Adele and Joel Sandbergundated, 1975, 1982, 2009
27Trip to Vilnius in 1994 Taken by Adele and Joel Sandbergundated, 1994-1995
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