Guide to the Papers of Philip S. Bernstein (1901-1985), undated, 1926-1995
 
*P-877

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bernstein, Philip S.
Title: Philip S. Bernstein, papers
Dates:undated, 1926-1995
Abstract: Contains addresses, agendas, articles, budgets, by-laws, correspondence, eulogies, interviews, minutes, newspaper clippings, obituaries, papers, photographs, reports, resolutions, speeches, telegrams, and tributes. Included are his writings, his role in the establishment of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the National Jewish Community Relations Council, and his years with the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. The articles and speeches were written and delivered over a 50 year span from the 1940s to the 1990s. The collection contains valuable information about many Jewish communal organizations, including unpublished documents concerning the merger of the United Jewish Appeal and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. The collection also contains Bernstein's correspondence with Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and Rabbi Milton Steinberg. The papers are valuable to researchers studying the following aspects of Jewish history: anti-poverty programs, Jewish communal service, interfaith activities, Israel and Zionism, public welfare, and social policy.
Languages: The collection is in English and Yiddish.
Quantity: 9.25 linear feet (18 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)
Identification: P-877
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note

Philip Sidney Bernstein (1901-1985)

Philip Sidney Bernstein was born in Rochester, New York on June 29, 1901, the son of Abraham M. Bernstein and Sarah Steinberg. Bernstein was a Rabbi and a Jewish civic leader. Bernstein graduated from Syracuse University (A.B., 1921) and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Rabbi, M.H.L.) in New York City. He also attended Cambridge University, Columbia University, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He married Sophy Rubin on June 11, 1925 and they had three children, Jeremy, Stephen, and Alice. In 1926, he was ordained as rabbi in the first graduating class of the Jewish Institute of Religion. Bernstein served as rabbi of the Temple Brith Kodesh in Rochester for almost half a century.

Bernstein was a committed pacifist until the German invasion of Poland, which forced him to rethink his views. During World War II, he was executive director of the committee on army and navy religious activities of the Jewish Welfare Board, a position he held until 1946. He was responsible for supervising the 300 rabbis serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. During his service, Rabbi Bernstein was the official adviser on Jewish affairs to United States Army commanders. His service propelled him into national Jewish life.

Bernstein served as a member of the Zionist Emergency Council and helped form the American Christian Palestine Committee. In 1946 he returned to his congregation in Rochester, only to leave again when he was appointed by President Truman as Jewish adviser to U.S. Army commanders in Europe (1946-1947), where he played a significant role at the time in alleviating deplorable conditions in displaced persons camps. Bernstein was best known for his work after the war, helping to find homes for over 200,000 displaced Jews. In his non-military role, he assisted in the moving of Jews from Russian-occupied Poland to American-occupied Germany.

In 1947 he returned to Rochester. He was president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis from 1950 to 1952. He was chairman (1954-1968) and subsequently honorary chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, then in its formative years. He was the author of What the Jews Believe (1951), which grew out of a series of articles published in Life Magazine. He also wrote Rabbis at War (1971), an account of his war years and the service of his colleagues to 600,000 American Jews who served in World War II.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Rabbi Bernstein served as president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, executive director of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds and chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Philip Bernstein was a leader of American Jewish cultural, civic, and philanthropic life as chief executive of the Council of Jewish Federations from 1955-1979, and afterwards as executive vice-president emeritus and consultant from 1979-1995. He helped establish the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the National Jewish Community Relations Council, reorganize the Jewish Agency for Israel and design Project Renewal to combat poverty in Israel. He provided guidance for the merger of the New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and the United Jewish Appeal, which created the world's largest Jewish communal service. Bernstein was active in the Zionist movement, American Jewish Congress, and other causes, national and local, as well as in the civic affairs of his city. From 1932 to 1933 he was President of the Rochester City Club.

Bernstein served on the following boards:
AFL-CIO, Community Services Committee
Brandeis University, Institute of Contemporary Jewish Affairs, Advisory committee
Citizens' Crusade against Poverty
Council for Social Planning and Progress Development
Empire Housing Foundation, New York
Interreligious Committee against Poverty, Social Welfare Assembly
National Assembly for Social Policy and Development
National Conference of Jewish Communal Services, President
National Conference on Social Welfare
National Interfaith Consultation on Social Welfare, Steering Committee
School of Advanced Social Studies, Board of Overseers
United Jewish Appeal - New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Chairman Social Services division
U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, ad hoc committee

In addition to writing a book To Dwell in Unity, Bernstein authored numerous articles both in Jewish and general publications, such as Harper's Magazine, The Nation, Opinion, Bnai Brith Magazine, American Hebrew, and Christian Century. He was also a contributor to several encyclopedias.

Bernstein died in Rochester, New York on December 3, 1985 of heart failure.

Sources:
"Bernstein, Philip Sidney." Encyclopedia Judaica, Second Edition, Volume 3, page 483
"Rabbi Philip Bernstein Helped Displaced Jews" http://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/21/nyregion/rabbi-philip-bernstein-helped-displaced-jews.html
Biographical Encyclopedia of American Jews, 1935. Ref. E184.J5 B55
Who's Who in American Jewry, 1938-1939. Ref. E184.J5 W6
The Concise Dictionary of American Jewish Biography, vol. 1, ed. by Jacob Rader Marcus

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Scope and Content Note

Contains addresses, agendas, articles, budgets, bylaws, correspondence, eulogies, interviews, minutes, newspaper clippings, obituaries, papers, photographs, reports, resolutions, speeches, telegrams, and tributes. Included are his writings, his role in the establishment of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the National Jewish Community Relations Council, and his years with the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. The articles and speeches were written and delivered over a 50 year span from the 1940s to the 1990s. The collection contains valuable information about many Jewish communal organizations, including unpublished documents concerning the merger of the United Jewish Appeal and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. The collection also contains Bernstein's correspondence with Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and Rabbi Milton Steinberg.

The papers are valuable to researchers studying the following aspects of Jewish history: anti-poverty programs, Jewish communal service, interfaith activities, Israel and Zionism, public welfare, and social policy.

The collection is in English and Yiddish.

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into seven series as follows:

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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

Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. Oral History Collection (I-59)
National Conference for Soviet Jewry (I-181, I-181A)
United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Records (I-433)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Philip S. Bernstein, papers; P-877; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Florence Bernstein, December 1998.

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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.

 

Series I: Interviews, addresses, papers, undated, 1938, 1942-1968, 1980, 1984, 1986-1987

English.
Box 1, Folder 1 -- Box 2, Folder 1.
Scope and Content:

This series contains interviews, addresses, and papers of Philip Bernstein. Box 1, Folders 1 and 2 contain interviews with Philip Bernstein as part of the Oral History Project of the Council of Jewish Federations. Box 1, Folders 3 and 4 consist of addresses given by Philip Bernstein. Box 1, Folders 5 to Box 2, Folder 1 contains papers and addresses from 1944 to 1968.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Interview with Philip Bernstein, Oral History Project of CJF, by Sanford Solender (1 of 2) July 2, 1986
1 2 Interview with Philip Bernstein, Oral History Project of CJF, by Sanford Solender (2 of 2) July 2, 1986
1 3 Philip Bernstein, Addresses 1938, 1942-1953
1 4 Philip Bernstein, Addresses undated, 1959-1960, 1962-1965, 1980, 1984, 1986-1987
1 5 Philip Bernstein Papers, addresses, etc. 1944-1954
1 6 Philip Bernstein Papers, addresses, etc. 1955-1964
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Philip Bernstein Papers, addresses, etc. 1965-1968
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Series II: Book: "To Dwell in Unity", undated, 1981-1986

English and Yiddish.
Box 2, Folders 2-5.
Scope and Content:

This series includes comments and reviews of Bernstein's To Dwell in Unity. It also contains documents of the Council of Jewish Federations and Jewish Publication Society of America.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 2 Book “To Dwell in Unity” CJF undated, 1983-1985
2 3 Book “To Dwell in Unity” Comments undated, 1982-1984, 1986
2 4 Book “To Dwell in Unity” JPS undated, 1981, 1983-1984
2 5 Book “To Dwell in Unity” Reviews undated, 1983-1986
  (contains Yiddish)   
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Series III: Organizations, undated, undated, 1932-1934, 1937-1939, 1941-1943, 1945-1947, 1949-1950, 1952-1967, 1969-1995

English and Yiddish.
Box 2, Folder 6 -- Box 14, Folder 7.
Scope and Content:

This series pertains to organizations that Philip Bernstein was actively involved with. These include Cleveland-Mandel Non-Profit Center, Committee to Explore the Future of UJA and Federation (CEFRUF), Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF), HIAS, Independent Sector (I.S.), Jewish Agency, Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Community Centers Association, Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Searches, National Conference on Soviet Jewry, Project Renewal, and UJA-Federation of New York.

Subseries A: Cleveland-Mandel Non-Profit Center, undated, 1983-1986

English.
Box 2, Folder 6-7.
Scope and Content:

The subseries contains correspondence, memorandums and reports of the Cleveland-Mandel Non-Profit Center. Currently, the Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations, the Center has one of the most fully developed programs in non-profit management.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 6 Mandel Non-Profit Center undated, 1983-1984
2 7 Mandel Non-Profit Center undated, 1985-1986

Subseries B: Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), undated, 1969-1979, 1987, 1989-1994

English.
Box 3, Folder 1 -- Box 4, Folder 4.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries contains addresses, articles, by-laws, correspondence, minutes, reports, and statements of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Of significance are the JDC's relations with CJF, HIAS, Israel, and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The JDC was also involved with the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, the United Israel Appeal, and the United Jewish Appeal.

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 JDC By-Laws, Legal Committee 1991, 1994
3 2 JDC Committees (Structure, Review) 1990
3 3 JDC-CJF Relations undated, 1990
3 4 JDC Federation Subcommittee 1990
3 5 JDC Governance 1990-1991
3 6 JDC Governance, Structure Subcommittee 1990
3 7 JDC HIAS 1990
3 8 JDC Implementation 1991-1994
3 9 JDC Interviews, Federation Executives undated, 1990
3 10 JDC Israel 1989-1991
3 11 JDC Jewish Agency for Israel undated
3 12 JDC Mission Statements 1992
3 13 JDC, National Conference on Soviet Jewry 1990
3 14 JDC ORT undated
3 15 JDC Philip Bernstein Report 1987, 1991
3 16 JDC Report 1991
3 17 JDC Report, “Compassion in Action: A Continuing Task” 1976
3 18 JDC United Israel Appeal (UIA) undated, 1990
3 19 JDC United Jewish Appeal (UJA) undated
3 20 JDC Western Europe 1987, 1990
3 21 Latin America – Interviews 1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 National Foundation for Jewish Culture, “Reports on the Jewish Cultural Field” 1990
4 2 Philip Bernstein, Addresses-Articles 1969-1979
4 3 Review Committee Minutes 1989-1991
4 4 Washington 1989

Subseries C: Jewish Agency for Israel, undated, 1980-1984, 1986

English.
Box 4, Folder 5 -- Box 5, Folder 6.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries consists of agendas, bylaws, correspondence, minutes, reports, and speeches of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The bulk of the subseries pertains to governance (Box 4, Folder 6-8 and Box 5, Folders 1-2). Of significance are the speeches of Max Fisher (Box 5, Folder 3), founding chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

BoxFolderTitleDate
4 5 By-Laws 1983
4 6 Commission on Governance – Reports undated, 1982-1984
4 7 Governance Agendas 1981-1982
4 8 Governance (Agreements-Disagreements) undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 Information for Commission on Governance 1981-1982
5 2 Legal Governance (Likhovski’s paper) 1981
5 3 Max Fisher Speeches undated, 1980-1981, 1983, 1986
5 4 Minutes (Commission on Governance) 1981-1983
5 5 Avraham Schenker undated, 1983
5 6 Summary Report 1984

Subseries D: National Conference on Soviet Jewry, undated, 1988-1989

English.
Box 5, Folders 7-8.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries consists of reports pertaining to the progress on implementation for CJF recommendations by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry.

BoxFolderTitleDate
5 7 Implementation undated, 1988-1989
5 8 Recommendations undated, 1988

Subseries E: UJA-Federation of New York Merger, undated, 1975, 1980-1987, 1993-1994

English.
Box 6, Folder 1 -- Box 8, Folder 3.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries contains abstracts, correspondence, notes, photographs, reports, and resolutions pertaining to the UJA Federation merger. Box 6, Folder 11-18 are concerned with the Federation’s board, executive committee, past presidents, presidents, trustees. Box 6, Folder 19 to Box 7, Folder 7 deals with governance.

BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 UJA-Fed. of New York, History (contains photograph) undated, 1986, 1993
6 2 Abstract UJA-Fed. 1985
6 3 Advantages-Disadvantages of Merger undated, 1983-1984
6 4 Allocations undated, 1980, 1985
6 5 Board Report 1984
6 6 Charge undated, 1983
6 7 Committee to Explore Future Relationship of UJA and Federation (NY) undated, 1983-1984
6 8 Council of Advisors 1985
6 9 Designated Agencies – Special Grants undated, 1981-1983
6 10 Endowment undated, 1983-1985
6 11 Federation Board, Daniel Shapiro 1985
6 12 Federation Board of Trustees 1985
6 13 Federation Board of Trustees undated, 1986
6 14 Federation Executive Committee 1985
6 15 Federation Past Presidents 1985
6 16 Federation Presidents and Executives 1985
6 17 Federation Resolution 1986
6 18 Federation Trustees at Large 1985
6 19 Governance undated, 1985, 1994
6 20 Governance undated, 1985
BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1 Governance & Structure undated, 1984
7 2 Governance – Notes undated, 1984-1985
7 3 Governance – Planning Sub-group undated, 1984-1985
7 4 Governance - Shalom-Shapiro 1985
7 5 Governance – Subcommittee February 2, 1985
7 6 Governance – Subcommittee March 6, 1985
7 7 Governance – Subcommittee March 20, 1985
7 8 Information for Committee to Explore the Future Relationship of UJA and Federation undated, 1975, 1980, 1983
7 9 New York Fund Raising Subcommittee undated, 1983-1984
7 10 New York United Jewish Appeal Federation Merger (1 of 3) 1986
7 11 New York United Jewish Appeal Federation Merger (2 of 3) 1986
7 12 New York United Jewish Appeal Federation Merger (3 of 3) 1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 Overview of the responsibilities of President and Chairman of the Board 1985
8 2 UJA-Fed. Board of Directors 1986-1987
8 3 UJA-Fed. Meeting May 26, 1983

Subseries F: Committee to Explore the Future of UJA and Federation (CEFRUF), undated, 1983-1986, 1989

English.
Box 8, Folders 4-18.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries contains correspondence and minutes of CEFRUF from 1983 to 1985 (Box 8, Folders 4-11). The subseries also consists of publicity on the merger of the UJA and the Federation of New York (Box 8, Folder 14). The subseries also has a file on Larry Tisch, founder of the United Jewish Appeal (Box 8, Folder 18).

BoxFolderTitleDate
8 4 CEFRUF March 27, 1985
8 5 CEFRUF – Minutes 1983-1984
8 6 CEFRUF July 28, 1983
8 7 CEFRUF September 13, 1983
8 8 CEFRUF October 4, 1984
8 9 CEFRUF November 12, 1985
8 10 CEFRUF – Final Report 1985
8 11 CEFRUF – Process 1984-1985
8 12 N.Y. Subcommittee undated, 1983-1984
8 13 Personnel – Subcommittee undated, 1983-1984
8 14 Publicity on Merger 1983, 1985-1986, 1989
8 15 Questions and Answers undated, 1985
8 16 Subcommittee Recommendations undated, 1984
8 17 Tables of Organization, N.Y. 1983
8 18 Larry Tisch 1984-1985

Subseries G: Project Renewal, undated, 1970-1971, 1977-1985, 1990

English.
Box 9, Folders 1-12.
Scope and Content:

Project Renewal was organized to fight poverty in Israel. The subseries has two copies of the book Project Renewal (Box 9, Folders 1-2), an annual report for the evaluation of Project Renewal (Box 9, Folder 3), consultation correspondence and reports (Box 9, Folder 4), and a follow-up on the report and twinning campaign (Box 9, Folder 11).

BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1 Project Renewal (copy 1) 1980
9 2 Project Renewal (copy 2) 1980
9 3 “The International Committee for the Evaluation of Project Renewal,” Annual Report for 1983 February 1984
9 4 Project Renewal – Consultation and Report 1979-1981
9 5 PR Evaluation undated, 1981-1983, 1985
9 6 PR Executive Search undated, 1980
9 7 PR Communication undated
9 8 Project Renewal undated, 1970-1971, 1977-1980
9 9 Project Renewal undated, 1980-1983
9 10 Monitoring undated
9 11 PR Follow-Up, Twinning undated, 1978, 1990
9 12 PR Planning Meeting Notes undated, 1980

Subseries H: Independent Sector (I.S.), undated, 1973, 1978-1995

English.
Box 10, Folder 1 -- Box 11, Folder 7.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries consists of correspondence, reports and speeches of the Independent Sector (I.S.). The Independent Sector is a coalition of corporations, foundations, and private voluntary organizations that works to strengthen America's non-profit organizations. Box 10, Folders 1 to 2 contain pertaining to membership and organizing committee of the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations. Box 10, Folders 3 and 4 pertain to John W. Gardner, American statesman and founding chair of the Independent Sector. Give 5 was launched with the I.S.'s Advisory Council, with the goal of giving five percent of income and volunteering for five hours per week (see Box 10, Folder 8).

BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (CONVO) Membership 1979
10 2 Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (CONVO) Organizing Committee 1978-1980
10 3 John W. Gardner Leadership Award 1992-1993
10 4 Gardner Speeches 1979-1984
10 5 Government Financial Relations 1979, 1981, 1983
10 6 I.S. – Budget Cuts 1981
10 7 I.S. – Charter Meeting March 5, 1980 undated, 1980, 1984
10 8 I.S. – Give 5, Measurable Growth undated, 1985-1987, 1989-1990, 1992
10 9 I.S. – Government Relations undated, 1983-1984
10 10 I.S. – Non-Profit Effectiveness 1990
10 11 I.S. – Reception 1981
10 12 I.S. – Reports 1980-1995
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1 Lobbying undated, 1976, 1987
11 2 Research 1980
11 3 Solicitation 1980-1982
11 4 Tax Exemption 1993
11 5 Tax Expenditures 1984
11 6 Tax Reform 1973, 1984-1986
11 7 Volunteers 1979-1981

Subseries I: Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF), undated, 1932-1934, 1937-1939, 1941-1943, 1945-1947, 1949-1950, 1952-1967, 1971-1973, 1978-1989

English and Yiddish.
Box 11, Folder 8 -- Box 13, Folder 4.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries consists mainly of correspondence and publicity of Philip Bernstein with the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. Philip Bernstein was CJFWF's executive director during the 1950s and 1960s. Of significance are Bernstein's appointment as Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations chairman (Box 11, Folder 17) and his receiving of the Hebrew Union College Honorary Degree (Box 11, Folder 18). Also of note are his publicity (Box 12, Folders 3 and 4), and retirement letters (Box 12, Folders 7 and 8). The subseries contains files pertaining to Bernstein's involvement in the Cleveland Jewish community (see Boxes 11, Folders 14-16). The subseries also contains a file on Carmi Schwartz (Box 12, Folder 9), executive vice-president of CJFWF and a file on his termination (Box 11, Folder 13).

BoxFolderTitleDate
11 8 Budget undated
11 9 CJF Search Committee undated, 1978, 1988-1989
11 10 CJF Search Committee undated, 1988-1989
11 11 CJFWF Position undated, 1938, 1942-1943
11 12 CJFWF Tax Testimony 1972-1973, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985
11 13 CJFWF Termination of Carmi Schwartz undated
11 14 Cleveland Community 1937
11 15 Cleveland, JWF Position 1946-1947
11 16 Cleveland Jewish Community Council undated, 1943
11 17 CONVO Chairman 1979
11 18 Hebrew Union College Honorary Degree 1979
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 1 Job Offers 1934, 1938-1939, 1941-1943
12 2 Liberty Magazine - Article 1942
12 3 Publicity 1943, 1945, 1949-1950, 1952-1962
12 4 Publicity undated, 1963-1965, 1967, 1971, 1979, 1981, 1984
  (contains Yiddish)   
12 5 Resource Book, CJF Board Leadership Institute, Jerusalem February 17-25, 1987
12 6 Retirement 1979
12 7 Retirement Letters 1978-June 1979
12 8 Retirement Letters July-December 1979
12 9 Schwartz, Carmi 1983-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 1 Sermon, Forest Hills Jewish Center 1953
13 2 University Neighborhood Centers 1934
13 3 Western Reserve University (RESTRICTED) 1932-1934, 1938-1939, 1966, 1985
13 4 Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia 1980

Subseries J: Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Searches, undated, 1986-1987

English.
Box 13, Folders 5-6.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries is composed of the Joint Distribution Committee’s searches for an executive vice-president and a search for a JDC Israel director. Bernstein was the Chair of the committee in the search of the Executive Director as well as JDC Israel Director.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 5 JDC Executive Search undated, 1986-1987
13 6 JDC Israel Search Process undated, 1986-1987

Subseries K: Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA), 1971, 1992-1994

English.
Box 13, Folders 7-13.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries consists of candidates, criteria, interviews and search committee for the position of executive vice-president of the Jewish Community Centers Association.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 7 Candidates 1971, 1994
13 8 Community Centers and Leaders 1992-1994
13 9 Criteria 1994
13 10 Expenses 1994
13 11 Interviews 1994
13 12 Search Committee 1994
13 13 Summary of Search Interviews 1994

Subseries L: HIAS, undated, 1991-1992

English.
Box 13, Folder 14.
Scope and Content:

The subseries contains correspondence, memoranda and reports regarding the search for executive vice president of HIAS.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 14 Search undated, 1991-1992

Subseries M: Jewish Agency, undated, 1969-1970, 1977, 1980-1981, 1984-1986

English.
Box 14, Folders 1-7.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The subseries is mainly composed of correspondence pertaining to the Jewish Agency. Box 14, Folder 3 is concerned with how the government bypassed the Jewish Agency in its request for a campaign and went straight to the UJA. Box 14, Folder 4 contains a history of the Jewish Agency for Israel and highlights of the legal status of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Box 14, Folder 7 deals with WZO's relationship to the Jewish Agency.

BoxFolderTitleDate
14 1 Budget 1986
14 2 CJF Jewish Agency Committee undated, 1981, 1985
14 3 Communication, Fleishman 1984-1985
14 4 Jewish Agency 1986
14 5 Planning undated
14 6 Reconstitution undated, 1977
14 7 World Zionist Organization undated, 1969-1970, 1980
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Series IV: Soviet Jews, undated, 1976, 1979-1981, 1995

English.
Box 14, Folders 8-9.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series deals with Bernstein’s involvement in the Soviet Jewry movement. Box 14, Folder 8 contains a Spring 1995 country report published by NCSJ, statistics of Jewish Emigration from the former Soviet Union, and a handwritten analysis by Zvi Gittelman. Box 14, Folder 9 is composed of reports and correspondence concerned with Soviet Jewish emigration and immigration.

BoxFolderTitleDate
14 8 Analyses 1995
14 9 Noshrim (“Drop-outs”), Emigration, Immigration undated, 1976, 1979-1981
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Series V: Bernstein Speeches, undated, 1942-1945, 1947-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1987, 1989, 1995

English.
Box 14, Folder 10 -- Box 17, Folder 6.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The bulk of this series are Philip Bernstein's speeches from the 1940s to the 1980s. Also included are various notes for speeches on the CJF.

BoxFolderTitleDate
14 10 Bernstein Speeches 1943, 1945, 1947-1949
14 11 Bernstein Speeches 1952-1955, 1959
14 12 Bernstein Speeches 1976
14 13 Bernstein Speeches undated, 1960, 1962-1967, 1969
BoxFolderTitleDate
15 1 Bernstein Speeches – CJF Actions 1950-1952
15 2 Bernstein Speeches – Jewish Community 1956, 1959-1960, 1962, 1974, 1987
15 3 Bernstein Speeches – Jewish Community Forums 1978-1980, 1984
15 4 Bernstein Speeches – Jewish Community Organization 1947, 1957-1958, 1962
15 5 Bernstein Speeches – Jewish Federations 1965, 1973-1974
15 6 Bernstein Speeches – Jewish Federations 1976-1978, 1980
15 7 Bernstein Speeches – Jewish Identity 1976
15 8 Bernstein Speeches – Lay Professional Relations 1981
15 9 Bernstein Speeches – Leadership undated, 1984, 1986
15 10 Bernstein Speeches – Multiple Appeals 1973
15 11 Bernstein Speeches – Overseas CJF 1961-1962
BoxFolderTitleDate
16 1 Bernstein Speeches – Personnel 1975, 1978
16 2 Bernstein Speeches – Planning 1960
16 3 Bernstein Speeches – Professional Service 1984
16 4 Bernstein Speeches – Professional Standards 1987
16 5 Bernstein Speeches – Small Cities 1968, 1973, 1975, 1983
16 6 Bernstein Speeches – Suburbia 1956
16 7 Bernstein Speeches – Summary of National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare 1942
16 8 Bernstein Speeches – Synagogue Relations 1976-1977
16 9 Bernstein Speeches – Unemployment and Settlement Houses undated
16 10 Bernstein Speeches – United Way 1973, 1977
16 11 Bernstein Speeches – Voluntary Sector 1975, 1980
16 12 Bernstein Speeches – Women, Role of 1944, 1956
16 13 Bernstein, Honors & Tributes undated, 1965-1966, 1968, 1971, 1976, 1978-1979, 1981
16 14 CJF Actions 1977
16 15 CJF & Israel 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1986
16 16 CJF Presidents Draft 1974
16 17 CJF Presidents Keynotes 1950, 1952, 1960-1962, 1965, 1967-1972, 1974-1978
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 1 Federations 1956-1962
17 2 FSJU – Fundraising – Principles and Skills 1981
17 3 Intermediate Cities 1975-1976, 1978
17 4 Jewish Agency – Long Range Planning 1957-1958, 1960, 1975-1976, 1978
17 5 Jewish Federations 1983
17 6 Tributes to Individuals undated, 1956, 1971, 1975, 1980-1981, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1995
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Series VI: Stephen S. Wise, undated, 1926-1942, 1945-1952, 1959-1960, 1962-1965, 1968, 1970-1974

English and Yiddish.
Box 17, Folder 7 -- Box 18, Folder 7.
Scope and Content:

The series is composed of eulogies, obituaries and tributes to Stephen S. Wise. Also included are correspondence with Stephen S. Wise and several photographs.

BoxFolderTitleDate
17 7 Stephen S. Wise Tributes 1949, 1952, 1959-1960, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1971-1974
17 8 Stephen S. Wise Tributes undated
  (contains Yiddish)   
17 9 Stephen S. Wise Centennial 1973-1974 1970
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 1 Stephen S. Wise CCAR Convention, Jerusalem 1974 1963, 1974
18 2 Stephen S. Wise Correspondence 1926-1938
18 3 Stephen S. Wise Correspondence undated, 1939-1942, 1945-1949
18 4 Stephen S. Wise Photographs undated, 1934, 1946
18 5 Stephen S. Wise Eulogies, Obits, Tributes 1937, 1949-1951, 1959, 1962
18 6 Stephen S. Wise Eulogies, Obits, Tributes undated, 1963-1964, 1968, 1970, 1974
18 7 Stephen S. Wise, Chair at Hebrew University undated, 1963, 1965
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Series VII: Milton Steinberg, undated, 1929, 1931-1934, 1936-1937, 1939-1942, 1947-1956, 1960, 1962-1965, 1970, 1972, 1979-1981

English.
Box 19.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

The series consists of Philip Bernstein's correspondence with Milton Steinberg, his wife Edith, his son Jonathan, and correspondence with Rabbi Simon Noveck and Bernard Martin. Also included is a file containing memorial service programs and eulogies after Milton Steinberg's death in 1950. The series also contains obituaries and photographs of Milton Steinberg.

BoxFolderTitleDate
19 1 Bernstein Miscellaneous Correspondence 1939, 1951, 1970, 1972, 1980-1981
19 2 Correspondence between Philip Bernstein and Bernard Martin 1980
19 3 Correspondence between Philip Bernstein and Rabbi Simon Noveck 1950-1953, 1979
19 4 Correspondence between Philip Bernstein and Edith Steinberg undated, 1950-1952, 1955-1956
19 5 Correspondence between Philip Bernstein and Jonathan Steinberg 1950-1951
19 6 Correspondence between Philip Bernstein and Milton Steinberg undated, 1929, 1931-1934, 1936-1937, 1939-1942, 1947-1950
19 7 Correspondence re Milton Steinberg – Portrait of a Rabbi by Simon Noveck 1980
19 8 Eulogy for Edith Steinberg 1970
BoxFolderTitleDate
19  9 Milton Steinberg undated, 1950, 1963, 1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
19 10 Milton Steinberg Lectures undated, 1963
19 11 Milton Steinberg Memorial Service Programs and Addresses/Eulogies undated, 1950-1952, 1954-1955, 1960, 1962-1965, 1981
19 12 Milton Steinberg Obituaries and Book Review undated, [1950]
19 13 Milton Steinberg Photographs 1937, early 1940s
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