Guide to the Papers of Doris H. Goldstein (1935- ), 1979, 1981, 1987-1988, 2009

*P-887

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Goldstein, Doris, H.
Title: Doris H. Goldstein Papers
Dates:1979, 1981, 1987-1988, 2009
Abstract: The papers of Doris H. Goldstein represent the activities of the American Soviet Jewry Movement activist from Atlanta, GA. The collection contains notes, photos and memorabilia from two trips to the USSR to meet with the Soviet Jews, a DVD recording of the program presented at an Atlanta rally on behalf of Soviet Jewry in 1987, local press coverage of Doris H. Goldstein’s activism, her correspondence and memos of the Atlanta Jewish Federation regarding Jews in the Soviet Union. Materials include memorandums, correspondence, clippings, photographs, a DVD and a scrapbook.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 0.25 linear foot (1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: P-887
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Papers of Doris H. Goldstein 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.

Mrs. Doris H. Goldstein (1935- ) was a member of the Board of Directors and a chairperson of the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, and served on the executive committee of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry.

Mrs. Goldstein became aware of the plight of the Soviet Jewry from reading Elie Wisel’s book The Jews of Silence. She was inspired to take active part in the Soviet Jewry Movement by the activities of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry.

In 1979 Mrs. Goldstein and her husband Dr. Martin Goldstein took the opportunity to travel to the USSR with a group of American dermatologists. The real purpose of the trip for the Goldsteins was to meet Soviet Jews. They visited Moscow, as well as the Asian part of the Soviet Union—the cities of Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand in Uzbekistan, and Dushanbe in Tajikistan. During the trip they met many Refuseniks, including Abe Stolar and Gregory Goldstein. The ample and valuable information gathered by the Goldsteins during their travels made them an authority on the issue of the Soviet Jewry in the Atlanta Jewish community and was reviewed in the local press. Mrs. Goldstein was named the chairperson of the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Atlanta Jewish Federation.

The committee sponsored an annual Simchat Torah Rally on behalf of Soviet Jews and introduced a special Women’s Plea for Soviet Jewry Committee. Partnered with ORT in their Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning program, sponsored Soviet Jewry poster contest in Jewish schools, and promoted Adopt-A-Refusenik program with the local organizations and synagogues. Among the successful outreach activities the committee was the interreligious Soviet Jewry Congressional petition campaign, held in cooperation with the Church Women United. The campaign yielded several thousand signatures collected at shopping malls, community gatherings and via door-to-door neighborhood walks. The petition was accepted by Rep. Wyche Fowler (D GA), who became a strong Congressional supporter of Soviet Jewry.

In 1987 Mrs. Goldstein visited the USSR once again. This time she was accompanying Rep. Connie Morella (R MD), who chaired the House Coalition for Soviet Jewry, on her trip organized by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Mrs. Goldstein and Rep. Morella visited Moscow and Leningrad, meeting Soviet government officials and American diplomats, as well as many Refuseniks, including Ida Nudel, Lev Shapiro and Vladimir Slepak.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Doris H. Goldstein represent the activities of the American Soviet Jewry Movement activist from Atlanta, GA. The collection contains notes, photos and memorabilia from two trips to the USSR to meet with the Soviet Jews, a DVD recording of the program presented at an Atlanta rally on behalf of Soviet Jewry in 1987, local press coverage of Doris H. Goldstein’s activism, her correspondence and memos of the Atlanta Jewish Federation regarding Jews in the Soviet Union. Materials include memorandums, correspondence, clippings, photographs, a DVD and a scrapbook.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:

American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, N.Y., 10011 email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The Papers of Doris H. Goldstein 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), Shaul Osadchey (P-882) 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).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Doris H. Goldstein Papers ; P-887; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Doris H. Goldstein 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 Doris H. Goldstein, 1979, 1981, 1987-1988, 2009

English.
5 folders, 1 oversized folder.
Scope and Content:

See the collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Activities Re Soviet Jewry Movement1979
12"A Journey of Body and Soul", Essay by Doris H. Goldstein 2009
13"The Mask of Glasnost" DVD, Simcha Peretz Productions1988
14Photographs1981, 1987
15Trip to USSR with Rep. Constance Morella (R. MD)1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
CB-41Scrapbook1979, 1987
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