Guide to the Papers of Shaul Osadchey, undated, 1968-1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1992

*P-882

Processed by Andrey Filimonov

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 294-6160

Fax: (212) 294-6161

Email: reference@ajhs.org

URL: http://www.ajhs.org

© 2014, American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY. All Rights Reserved.
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Andrey Filimonov in October 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Osadchey, Shaul
Title: Shaul Osadchey Papers
Dates:undated, 1968-1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1992 (bulk 1970-1988)
Abstract: Papers of Rabbi Shaul Osadchey cover the period from the late 1960’s to the early 1990’s and reflect the activities of Houston Action for Soviet Jewry, co-founded by Rabbi Osadchey. The collection also contains print and near print materials from various American and European Soviet Jewry Movement organizations, and background information on the situation of Jews in the Soviet Union during that period. The documents include correspondence, memos, minutes, publications, news clippings, pins, stickers and a kippah.
Languages: The collection is in English and Russian.
Quantity: 2 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Identification: P-882
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Return to the Top of Page

Historical Note

The Papers of Rabbi Shaul Osadchey 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 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.

A native of Los Angeles, Rabbi Shaul Osadchey has served the Jewish community of Houston, TX for over 30 years as Director of the Houston B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation and Rabbi of Congregation Brith Shalom, Congregation Or Hadash and Congregation Or Ami. Rabbi Shaul Osadchey began his involvement with the Soviet Jewry Movement while a student in Los Angeles Hebrew High School in San Fernando valley of Los Angeles, influenced by the founders of the Southern California Council for Soviet Jewry Si Frumkin and Zev Yaroslavsky. His first activity related to the Movement was participation in a peaceful disruption of a USA performance of the Soviet Moiseyev Ballet. A number of Soviet Jewy Movement activists, including Rabbi Osadchey, attended the event, wearing prisoners’ uniforms under their regular clothes and proceeded to reveal the prison garb during the show, before making their exit. Rabbi Osadchey continued with the activities on behalf of Soviet Jews while a student at University of California, Berkeley. In the Summer of 1971 Rabbi visited Soviet Union with Rabbi Douglas Kahn, meeting with the prominent Soviet Jewish activists in Moscow, Kiev and Odessa. Upon his return Rabbi Osadchey formed a group on campus called the Chevra for Soviet Jewry and worked in cooperation with the Radical Jewish Union and the Oakland Jewish Federation.

Over the next decade, while in rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College, and as a Hillel director at Washington University in St. Louis, Rabbi Osadchey made frequent public speeches and organized many other activities on behalf of Soviet Jewry. In the Summer of 1972 he took advantage of a special permission to visit the Soviet Jewry transit camp at Schonau Castle in Austria. During Simchat Torah in 1983 Rabbi took his second trip to the USSR with 6 congregants from his Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire, Houston, TX. He co-founded Houston Action for Soviet Jewry with several members of the Congregation. Rabbi Osadchey played a key role in organizing a chartered planeload of congregants to join in the March on Washington of 1987. He continued his work with resettlement and acculturation of Soviet Jews efforts in Houston.

Return to the Top of Page

Scope and Content Note

Papers of Rabbi Shaul Osadchey cover the period from the late 1960’s to the early 1990’s and reflect the activities of Houston Action for Soviet Jewry, co-founded by Rabbi Osadchey. The collection also contains print and near print materials from various American and European Soviet Jewry Movement organizations, and background information on the situation of Jews in the Soviet Union during that period. The documents include correspondence, memos, minutes, publications, news clippings, pins, stickers and a kippah.

The collection is arranged in one series.

Return to the Top of Page

Arrangement

The collection is organized into one series, arranged alphabetically.

Return to the Top of Page

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 email: reference@ajhs.org

Return to the Top of Page

Related Material

The Papers of Rabbi Shaul Osadchey 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, I-410A), 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), Si Frumkin (P-871), Elaine Pittell (P-873), Sanford A. Gradinger (P-880) and Leonard S. Cahan (P-883).

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).

Return to the Top of Page

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Shaul Osadchey Papers ; P-882; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

Return to the Top of Page

Acquisition Information

Donated by Rabbi Shaul Osadchey in 2009.

Return to the Top of Page

Access Points

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

Container List

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

 

Papers of Shaul Osadchey, undated, 1974-1991, 1993-1994

English with some Russian.
35 folders, 1 oversized folder.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11All-Party Parliamentary Committee for the Release of Soviet Jewry—"A Bar Mitzvah Gift for Leonid Slepak", 7" Vinyl Record.1983
12American Soviet Jewry Movement Study Guides, Mobilization and Action Materials undated, 1973, 1975, 1983, 1986
13Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'rith: A Uniquely Jewish List: The Refuseniks of Russia. (931 Pages)1986
14Articles, Reports and News Clippings on Soviet Jewryundated, 1969, 1971
15Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1983
16Center for Russian Jewry with Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, New York, NYundated, 1975, 1977, 1985, 1988
17Chevra for Soviet Jewry, Berkley, CAundated, 1972-1973, 1975-1976, 1983
  (contains Russian)   
18Cleveland Council on Soviet Anti-Semitism--Hear the Cry of the Oppressed: A Handbook on Soviet Antisemitism.
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Houston Action for Soviet Jewry--Action Newsletter1984-1991, 1993-1994 (with gaps)
22Houston Action for Soviet Jewry: Correspondenceundated, 1983-1988, 1991
23Houston Action for Soviet Jewry: Generalundated, 1984-1990, 1992
24Houston Action for Soviet Jewry: Pamphletsundated
25Hunger Strikes of Soviet Jewish Activists1984, 1988
26Jews in Eastern Europe: A Periodical Survey of Events [European Jewish Publications, London, UK]1968-1971 (with gaps)
27Kippah with the words "Free Soviet Jews" Stenciled on itundated
28National Conference on Soviet Jewryundated, 1969-1972, 1974, 1980-1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990
29Newsletters from Various Soviet Jewry Movement Organizationsundated, 1968, 1970, 1971-1973, 1977-1978
  (contains Russian)   
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Pamphlets, Brochures, Postcards re Soviet Jewry undated, 1970, 1983, 1985, 1987
3 2 Pins and Stickers with Soviet Jewry Movement Logos undated
3 3 Publications on Conditions of Jews in the USSR undated, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1984
3 4 San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council 1970, 1972
3 5 Southern California Council for Soviet Jewry undated, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1984, 1990
3 6 Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry: General undated, 1971, 1973-1974, 1976, 1981, 1983, 1986
3 7 Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry: News From Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Newsletter 1975, 1983-1984 (with gaps)
3 8 Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry: News From Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Newsletter 1985 (with gaps)
3 9 Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry: News From Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Newsletter 1986 (with gaps)
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry: News From Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Newsletter 1987 (with gaps)
4 2 Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry: News From Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Newsletter 1988 (with gaps)
4 3 Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry: News From Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Newsletter 1989, 1990 (with gaps)
4 4 Svet Magazine [Svet Publishers, Brooklyn, NY], 1 issue October 1981
  (in Russian)   
4 5 Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Alert Newsletter 1981, 1983-1984, 1986 (with gaps)
4 6 Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Exodus Newspaper 1973-1975 (with gaps)
4 7 Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: General undated, 1971-1972, 1975-1976, 1981, 1983, 1985-1987, 1989
4 8 Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Quarterly Report 1983-1986, 1989 (with gaps)
4 9 World Union of Jewish Students, London, UK undated, 1972
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS1F1Soviet Jewry Bumper Stickersundated
Return to the Top of Page