Guide to the Goldie Milgram Papers,
undated, 1900-2016
(bulk 1980-2005)
P-885

Processed by Rachel S. Harrison as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation. Additional processing by Nicole Greenhouse.

American Jewish Historical Society

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Machine-readable finding aid was created by Rachel S. Harrison as MS Word and Excel 2000 documents in March 2010. Electronic finding aid was converted to EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in February 2010. Description is in English.
May 2015 Added note for imaged hard drive. June 2015 Noted changed location of ALEPH DVD. January 2017 4 linear feet of additional material was processed.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Milgram, Goldie, 1955-
Title: Goldie Milgram Papers
Dates:undated, 1900-2016
Dates:bulk 1980-2005
Abstract: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Goldie Milgram, including articles written by and about her, liturgical and teaching materials, correspondence, schoolwork and essays written by Milgram as well as schoolwork that was submitted to her as a teacher, clippings, and personal papers belonging to her and to her family members. These materials reflect her participation with the Jewish Renewal movement as well as her work teaching about Jewish spiritual practices.
Languages: The collection is in English, with some Hebrew, Russian, and Dutch.
Quantity: 21 linear feet (32 manuscript boxes, 1 half-size manuscript box, 1 record carton, and one oversize textile box)
Identification: P-885
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Portrait of Milgram, 2010

Portrait of Milgram, 2010

Gail Mara Milgram was born in Philadelphia on January 6, 1955, to Samuel Milgram and Leona Fradin Milgram. She officially changed her name to Goldie, her Yiddish name, as an adult. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, and an M.S.W. from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in 1979, for which she also completed some coursework at the Hornstein Program for Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University. Milgram also worked and volunteered at a number of Jewish communal organizations, including several positions within at Jewish Ys and Centers of Greater Philadelphia and the Jewish Federations, ultimately serving as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Cumberland County in New Jersey.

Milgram received rabbinical ordination and a master's in Hebrew letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1993, during which time she served as the part-time rabbi for Temple Beth El in Hammonton, NJ, a position in which she continued in after ordination. She served as the Dean of Admissions and Professional Development for the Academy for Jewish Religion from 1994-2002 and is a member of the OHALAH / ALEPH rabbinical ordination and Haspa’ah (Jewish spiritual director and guide) Program faculties. Milgram received a doctor of ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary in 2003. She received a private rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 2000 and a formal ordination as a spiritual director and as Schachter-Shalomi’s shaliach (Jewish legal emissary) in 2009.

In 2000, Rabbi Milgram founded reclaimingjudaism.org, a site through which Rabbi Milgram and Rabbi Shohama Wiener aim to teach Jewish spirituality and practice through online workshops, courses, retreats, resources, and teleconferences. She has also taught courses on Jewish Renewal at a number of retreats, Jewish Community Centers, congregations, universities, and institutes all over the world. Rabbi Milgram has written several books, including the Reclaiming Judaism three-volume series, Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah: A Personal Guide to Creating a Meaningful Rite of Passage and Living Jewish Life Cycle.

Rabbi Milgram was previously married to Robert G. Beitman, MD, with whom she has two sons, Adam and Mark. Together they wrote a weekly column on preventative medicine in the 1980s and early 1990s called “Health Watch”. Rabbi Milgram is currently married to Barry Bub, MD, author of Communication Skills that Heal: A Practical Approach to a New Professionalism in Medicine. They periodically teach courses and retreats on Jewish Renewal and couples together.

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Scope and Content Note

The Goldie Milgram Papers consist of correspondence, writings by Milgram and others, research materials, newspaper clippings, liturgy and reference materials that Rabbi Milgram uses in her teaching, schoolwork from Milgram as a student and that was submitted to her as a professor, personal papers of her and of her family, photographs and photographic slides, recorded music, several of Rabbi Milgram’s external hard drive, textiles, ceramics, and other artifacts. The materials in this collection date from 1900-2016, with the bulk dating from 1980-2005. The majority of the collection is in English, with some liturgical materials in Hebrew, Russian and Dutch.

The materials in this collection generally relate to Milgram’s Jewish Renewal and teaching work. There is also some of her academic work and personal papers and journals. Academic work that was not completed by Milgram has been restricted. The liturgy and teaching materials would be useful for researchers of Jewish Renewal and Jewish spirituality as well as those interested in newer rituals, such as those for miscarriages and gender reassignment surgeries, and newer interpretations of established rituals, such as baby namings and same-sex weddings. Researchers interested in the experiences of a female rabbi might also find some useful materials in this collection, particularly in terms of Rabbi Milgram’s experiences as a female rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and her involvement while there with the Jewish Women’s Studies Project, now called Kolot. Rabbi Milgram is also quite interested in Jewish meditation, Judaism and bioethics, ways in which to find a more personally meaningful connection to Judaism, respectful religious pluralism, and writing one’s own Torah commentary and lifecycle rituals; there are documents in this collection that reflect this.

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Arrangement

The collection has been divided by topic and format and is arranged alphabetically and, within this order, chronologically by earliest dated document. Writings by Milgram and photographs have been arranged chronologically by the earliest dated item within each folder. The collection has been divided into nine series, some of which have been further divided into subseries.

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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. Medical records and academic work not completed by Rabbi Milgram have been restricted until 2050. This includes certain material on the external hard drive. Permission to quote from the collection must be obtained from the originating source.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at reference@ajhs.org 24 hours in advance of needing access.

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

E-mail: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The Goldie Milgram Papers is one individual collection within the Counter Culture collections located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other counter culture collections at AJHS include the Arthur Ocean Waskow Papers (P-152), Leonard Fein Papers (P-582), Shira Eve Epstein Papers (P-776), Riv-Ellen Prell Papers (P-795), Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers (P-841), Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers (P-876), Jack Jacobs Papers (P-1020), Gerald Serotta Papers (P-1023), Jack Nusan Porter Papers (P-1024), Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers (P-1030), Jews for Urban Justice (Washington, D.C.) Records (I-159), Jewish Peace Fellowship Records (I-189), Jewish Student Press Service Records (I-248), Breira Records (I-250), American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records (I-326), North American Jewish Students Appeal Records (I-338), Jewish Labor Committee Records (I-377), New Jewish Agenda Records (I-393), Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records (I-449), Jewish Counter Culture Collection (I-504), Trees and Life for Vietnam Records (I-542), Lights in Action Records (I-560), Brit Tzedek v'Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace Records (I-587), and portions of the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

The AJHS library has copies of two of Rabbi Milgram’s books, Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah: A Personal Guide to Creating a Meaningful Rite of Passage and Living Jewish Life Cycle. The AJHS Archives has the Arthur I. Waskow Papers, P-152 as well as several of Waskow’s books. The YIVO and AJHS libraries have copies of some of Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s books.

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Separated Material

The following published books have been separated to the AJHS library:

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Goldie Milgram Papers; P-885; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the American Jewish Historical Society by Goldie Milgram in February 2009. An additional accession was donated to AJHS in 2016. The accession number associated with this accretion is 2016.014.

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Processing Note

When the materials came to the AJHS Archives, they were, in general, not organized in any way. Any materials that were grouped together or labeled have been left as they were. For example, the liturgy of “unusual rituals” was in a folder with that label. In addition, most of the newspaper clippings were grouped together and so they form their own subseries.

In May 2015, the external hard drive in box 26 was forensically imaged using FTK Imager and a USB write blocker.

In 2016, AJHS received additional materials from Milgram. These materials were incorporated into the existing series structure. Series IX's title was changed from Series IX: External Hard Drive to Series IX: Audiovisual Materials to include VHS tapes, cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, and other media in addition to hard drives.

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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: Liturgy and Teaching Materials, undated, 1944-2015

Scope and Content:

This series consists of liturgical and source materials that Milgram used as a congregational rabbi as well as in various courses and retreats she taught, including her trips to Amsterdam and Ukraine, the Kripalu Center, Elat Chayyim, and the New York Open Center. This includes translations of liturgy into both Dutch and Russian. There are also flyers, newsletters and announcements from some of the activities and events she was involved with professionally and as a volunteer, such as various Federation and YM/YWHA positions. In addition, there are some professional materials relating to her rabbinical work, such as notes for weddings at which she officiated, her work with Jewish bioethics and her involvement with Arthur Waskow's 75th birthday tribute.

Subseries 1: Holidays and Rituals, undated, 1944-2014

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains liturgical materials for various Jewish holidays as well as life cycle rituals, such as circumcisions, baby namings, weddings (including same-sex marriages and commitment ceremonies), and funerals. The folders for Shabbat contain religious services for Friday nights, Saturday mornings and Torah services. The High Holidays folders contain materials for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The folder of unusual rituals contains materials for rituals such as miscarriages, weaning a child, transgender surgeries, and turning off a terminal patient’s life support, among others.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Bar/Bat Mitzvah 1992-2009 request_box
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281Bar/Bat Mitzvah2002-2007request_box
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1 2 Birkat HaMazon undated, 1987 request_box
1 3 Brit Milah, Baby Naming, and Conversion 1973-2002 request_box
1 4 Brit Milah, Baby Naming, and Conversion undated request_box
1 5 Brit Milah, Baby Naming, and Conversion undated request_box
1 6 Death, Burial, and Mourning undated, 1973-1976, 1997 request_box
1 7 Dedicating a Home undated, 1999 request_box
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282Divorce1999-2009request_box
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1 8 Divorce undated request_box
1 9 Hanukkah 1977-2006 request_box
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283Hanukkah1990s-2000srequest_box
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1 10 Hanukkah undated request_box
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2 1 Havdalah undated, 1987-1989 request_box
2 2 Healing Rituals undated, 1995-1999 request_box
2 3 High Holidays 1973-2002 request_box
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284High Holidays2000srequest_box
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2 4 High Holidays undated request_box
2 5 High Holidays undated request_box
2 6 Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving 1996 request_box
2 7 Jewish Feminism 1971-1990 request_box
2 8 Jewish Feminism 1992-2008 request_box
2 9 Jewish Meditation and Spirituality 1973, 1993-2009 request_box
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3 1 Jewish Meditation and Spirituality undated request_box
3 2 Jewish Meditation and Spirituality undated request_box
3 3 Jewish Meditation and Spirituality undated request_box
3 4 Judaism and Focusing 2004-2006 request_box
3 5 Lag BaOmer undated request_box
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285Life Cycle Events2001-2013request_box
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3 6 Morning Services undated, 1993-1996 request_box
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286Ordination for First Class of all Womenundatedrequest_box
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3 7 Passover 1982-1989 request_box
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287Passover1984-2014request_box
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4 1 Passover 1992-2006 request_box
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288Passover1999-2004request_box
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4 2 Passover undated request_box
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289Prayers and Blessings1990s-2000srequest_box
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4 3 Purim 1944, 1973-1986 request_box
4 4 Purim 1990-1998 request_box
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2810Purim2000srequest_box
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4 5 Purim undated request_box
4 6 Purim undated request_box
4 7 Quotes 1995-2006 request_box
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5 1 Rosh Chodesh undated, 1976-1995 request_box
5 2 Shabbat 1982-1996 request_box
5 3 Shabbat 1998-2008 request_box
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2812Shabbat2000srequest_box
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5 4 Shabbat undated request_box
5 5 Shabbat undated request_box
5 6 Shabbat undated request_box
5 7 Shavuot 1971-1982 request_box
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2813Spiritual Education1998-2013request_box
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6 1 Sukkot and Simhat Torah 1956, 1979-1998 request_box
6 2 Tisha B'Av undated, 1987-1998 request_box
6 3 Tu B'Shevat 1974-1996 request_box
6 4 Tu B'Shevat undated request_box
6 5 The Unfolding Tapestry of My Life Exercise undated request_box
6 6 Unusual Rituals undated, 1989-1999 request_box
6 7 Wedding 1965-1985 request_box
6 8 Wedding 1988-2007 request_box
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7 1 Wedding undated request_box
7 2 Wedding undated request_box
7 3 Yom HaAtzma'ut 1997 request_box
7 4 Yom HaShoah 1986 request_box

Subseries 2: Teaching and Leadership Events, undated, 1967-2015

Scope and Content:

This subseries is made up of materials that Milgram used when teaching courses and at retreats, such as the Kripalu Center and Elat Chayyim, as well as in her rabbinical work at Bard and Gettysburg Colleges, Temple Beth El of Hammonton, NJ, and in her visits to Amsterdam and Ukraine with Project Kesher. There are also some medical brochures from conferences that Milgram attended and some reference materials that she may have used as resources for her teaching experiences on Jewish bioethics. Professional papers, such as flyers for events with the YM/WHA and Jewish Federations and resumes are also included.

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2814The Academy for Jewish Religion2010srequest_box
2815ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal2003-2014request_box
2816ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal—Kallah2009-2011request_box
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7 5 Amsterdam—Beit HaChidush 1998 request_box
7 6 Amsterdam—Beit HaChidush 1998 request_box
7 7 Bard College—Rabbi 2003-2004 request_box
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2817Classes, Institutes, and Workshops2000-2015request_box
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291Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE)2007-2012request_box
292Conferences1986-2015request_box
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7 8 Elat Chayyim 1994-2009 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
293Elat Chayyim/Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center2001-2011request_box
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7 9 Events in which Goldie Milgram participated 1967-2005 request_box
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8 1 Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County 1975-1991 request_box
8 2 Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County 1975-1991 request_box
8 3 Gettysburg College—Rabbi 1994 request_box
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294Havurah1995-2000request_box
295Jewish Life and Learning: An Evolving Prospectus for the 92nd Street Y2006request_box
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8 4 The Kripalu Center 1997-2000 request_box
8 5 The Kripalu Center 1997-2000 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
296Learning Important New Kinds of Skills (LINKS) Programs2000srequest_box
297Limmud2004-2015request_box
298Limmud2008-2009request_box
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8 6 Medical Papers and Brochures 1984-2002 request_box
8 7 National Havurah Committee 1995-2000 request_box
8 8 New York Open Center 1995-1998 request_box
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299Ohalah (Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal)2008-2013request_box
2910P'Nai Or2008-2010request_box
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8 9 Project Kesher 1994-1999 request_box
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9 1 Project Kesher 1994-1999 request_box
9 2 Project Kesher 1994-1999 request_box
9 3 Project Kesher undated, 2001-2005 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2911Project Kesher—Haggadah1995request_box
2912Project Kesher—Voyage on the Volga2004request_box
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9 4 Resumes undated request_box
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2913Resume and Statement of Purpose2014request_box
2914Retreats2010-2013request_box
2915Rosh Chodesh—Amsterdam2003request_box
2916Schedules2001-2012request_box
2917Scholar-in-Residence2009-2013request_box
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301Teacher and Training Institute—Bar/Bat Mitzvah Research2000srequest_box
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9 5 Temple Beth El Hammonton, NJ—Rabbi 1995-2005 request_box
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302Tikkun2013request_box
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9 6 Arthur Waskow's 75th Birthday Tribute 2008 request_box
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303Yesod Foundation—YOCA7 Conference2005request_box
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9 7 Young Men's/Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia 1974-1979 request_box
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Series II: Educational Papers, undated, 1960-2011

Scope and Content:

This series is comprised of educational papers, such as essays, school assignments, course notebooks, and report cards. Most of these papers relate to Rabbi Milgram’s own educational experiences as a student or as an educator. Those documents that were created by others, such as Milgram’s students or classmates, have been labeled as ‘student papers’ and have been restricted. The Jewish Women’s Studies Project at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College is now known as Kolot Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies. Rabbi Milgram was closely involved in its founding.

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10 1 The Academy for Jewish Religion 1966, 1984-2002 request_box
10 2 The Academy for Jewish Religion 1994-2008 request_box
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304Adult Education Kol HaNeshama2011request_box
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10 3 ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal undated, 1994 request_box
10 4 ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal 1994-2009 request_box
  

- includes a 2005 DVD of an ordination ceremony from ALEPH

 
10 5 Elementary School Papers 1960-1967 request_box
10 6 Hebrew School Papers 1962-1972 request_box
10 7 Hornstein Program at Brandeis University 1975-1976 request_box
10 8 Junior High and High School Papers 1968-1972, 1993 request_box
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11 1 New York Theological Seminary 2000-2003 request_box
11 2 Princeton University Course Evaluations 1993 request_box
11 3 Private Ordination from Zalman Schachter-Shalomi 1998 request_box
11 4 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 1986-2007 request_box
11 5 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 1988-1993 request_box
11 6 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 1988-1993 request_box
11 7 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 1988-1993 request_box
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12 1 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 1988-1993 request_box
12 2 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 1988-1993 request_box
12 3 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 1988-1993 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
305Reconstructionist Rabbinical College—"Biblical Manifestations of Disease: A Review of the Literature"1989request_box
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12 4 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College—Jewish Women's Studies Project 1989-1993 request_box
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13 1 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College—Jewish Women's Studies Project 1989-1993 request_box
13 2 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College—Jewish Women's Studies Project 1989-1993 request_box
13 3 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College—Jewish Women's Studies Project 1989-1993 request_box
13 4 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College—Jewish Women's Studies Project 1989-1993 request_box
13 5 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College—Jewish Women's Studies Project 1989-2001 request_box
13 6 Student Papers—RESTRICTED 1993-1999 request_box
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14 1 Student Papers—RESTRICTED 1999-2008 request_box
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306Term Papers1974-1979request_box
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14 2 University of Pennsylvania 1971-1975 request_box
14 3 University of Pennsylvania 1971-1975 request_box
14 4 University of Pennsylvania 1971-1975 request_box
14 5 University of Pennsylvania 1971-1975, 1991 request_box
14 6 Wurzweiler School of Social Work 1965-1987 request_box
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15 1 Wurzweiler School of Social Work 1977-1979 request_box
15 2 Wurzweiler School of Social Work 1977-1979 request_box
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Series III: Correspondence, undated, 1971-2016

Scope and Content:

This series consists of Milgram’s personal and professional correspondence, including courses and retreats that she taught, correspondence with her book publishers, professional contacts, and material about the Shlomo Carlebach and Lilith Magazine scandal. There is some overlap between the professional and the personal correspondence, since she is friendly with some of her professional contacts. Other correspondence also answers questions directed toward her about Judaism and spirituality. Correspondence titled "spiritual travelog" is correspondence written in response to her updates from her cross-country trip, which later became her "Rebbe on the Road" manuscript. A great deal of the correspondence consists of emails that have been printed out, including transcripts of Jewish Renewal and other listservs that she belongs to.

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15 3 Correspondence 1971-1987 request_box
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307Correspondence1970s-1980srequest_box
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15 4 Correspondence 1988-1994 request_box
15 5 Correspondence 1988-1994 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
308Correspondencecirca 1980s-2010srequest_box
309Correspondence1990-1994request_box
3010Correspondence1995-1999request_box
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15 6 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
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16 7 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
16 1 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
16 2 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
16 3 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
16 4 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
16 5 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
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17 1 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
17 2 Correspondence 1995-1999 request_box
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3011Correspondence2000request_box
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17 3 Correspondence 2000-2004 request_box
17 4 Correspondence 2000-2004 request_box
17 5 Correspondence 2000-2004 request_box
17 6 Correspondence 2000-2004 request_box
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18 1 Correspondence 2000-2004 request_box
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3012Correspondence2001request_box
3013Correspondence2002request_box
3014Correspondence2003-2004request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
311Correspondence2005request_box
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18 2 Correspondence 2005-2009 request_box
18 3 Correspondence 2005-2009 request_box
18 4 Correspondence 2005-2009 request_box
18 5 Correspondence 2005-2009 request_box
18 6 Correspondence 2005-2009 request_box
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312Correspondence2006-2007request_box
313Correspondence2008-2009request_box
314Correspondence2010request_box
315Correspondence2011request_box
316Correspondence2012request_box
317Correspondence2013-2016request_box
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19 1 Correspondence undated request_box
19 2 Correspondence undated request_box
19 3 Correspondence about Shlomo Carlebach and Lilith Magazine 1994-2004 request_box
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318Correspondence on Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi2003-2014request_box
319Correspondence related to Spiritual Travelog (1 of 2)1999request_box
3110Correspondence related to Spiritual Travelog (2 of 2)1999request_box
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19 4 Correspondence Jewish Renewal Contacts undated, 1995 request_box
19 5 Correspondence about Milgram's Books 1997-1999 request_box
19 6 Correspondence on Shabbat Ishah in upstate New York 1996-1998 request_box
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Series IV: Writings, undated, 1972-2011

Scope and Content:

This series is made up of articles and books by and about Rabbi Milgram, mostly those published in various periodicals. Three of her books are included, as well as a manuscript of Rebbe on the Road, her travel blog from the Reclaiming Judaism website. The writings by Milgram are arranged chronologically. There are also assorted newspaper clippings that she may have used as source materials or that are on topics of interest.

Subseries 1: Personal Writings, undated, 1972-2011

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains writings by and about Rabbi Milgram, including three of her books, her Rebbe on the Road manuscript, versions of her articles on leprosy and other biblical diseases, as well as correspondence about these articles, and various journals in which her writings were published.

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20 1 Writings by Goldie Milgram undated, 1972-1987request_box
20 2 Writings by Goldie Milgram 1995-2006 request_box
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3111Writings by Goldie Milgram2010-2011request_box
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20 3 Leprosy and Other Biblical Diseases 1991-2003 request_box
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3112Principles of Rebbetude2011request_box
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20 4 Rebbe on the Road Manuscript, part 1 1999 request_box
20 5 Rebbe on the Road Manuscript, part 2 1999 request_box
20 6 Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice 2004 request_box
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3113Reclaiming Judaism Website Materials2002-2011request_box
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20 7 Meaning and Mitzvah 2005 request_box
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21 1 Living Jewish Life Cycle 2009 request_box
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3114Special Olympics2000srequest_box
3115"A Translation and Background Statement on the Introduction to the Otzar Ha Hayyim by Rabbi Doctor Jacob Zahalon of Ferrara"circa 1990s-2000srequest_box
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21 2 Articles about Goldie Milgram undated, 1980-1989 request_box
21 3 Articles about Goldie Milgram 1990-2005 request_box

Subseries 2: Research Clippings, undated, 1973-2011

Scope and Content:

This subseries is comprised of newspaper clippings that Milgram collected together, perhaps as source materials for her books and teachings or for personal interest. Most of these clippings arrived at the AJHS Archives grouped together, so they have been left as their own subseries, rather than organized by topic within the rest of the collection. Milgram and her husband at the time, Robert Beitman, wrote a weekly column in the 1980s and early 1990s on preventative medicine called “Health Watch”, which was published in the Herald-Lantern-Dispatch newspaper of Cape May, New Jersey, although there are also many copies of this column that do not list Rabbi Milgram, then named Gail Beitman, as author.

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21 4 Assorted Clippings undated, 1973-2006request_box
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3116 Assorted Clippings1989-2011request_box
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21 5 Forward 1991-2002 request_box
21 6 Herald-Lantern-Dispatch—Health Watch 1983-1992 request_box
21 7 Herald-Lantern-Dispatch—Health Watch 1983-1992 request_box
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22 1 Jewish Chronicle of Cumberland County 1983-1985 request_box
22 2 Jewish Chronicle of Cumberland County 1986-1987 request_box
22 3 Jewish Chronicle of Cumberland County 1988-1989, 2001 request_box
22 4 New York Post 1983-1987, 2001 request_box
22 5 New York Times 1973-2003 request_box
22 6 Philadelphia Inquirer 1989-2006 request_box
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Series V: Personal Materials, undated, 1900, 1919-2012

Scope and Content:

This series is made up of personal documents belonging to Rabbi Milgram and her friends and family. These include the Bar Mitzvah services for both of her sons, various certificates that Milgram received over her lifetime for courses and activities she completed or participated in, drawings and poetry by Milgram and her friends and family, expired forms of identification such as student cards, driving licenses, passports, and organization membership cards, copies of family papers including her birth certificate, her parents’ marriage license, her father's school reports and army discharge papers, and Rabbi Milgram’s personal journals and writings.

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23 1 Adam and Mark Beitman's Bar Mitzvah Services 1997-1999 request_box
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321Books Advertising2004-2012request_box
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23 2 Certificates 1963-1998 request_box
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322Diplomas and Certificates1975-1979request_box
323Drawings and Photographs1990s-2000srequest_box
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23 3 Drawings and Poetry undated, 1971-1992 request_box
23 4 Drawings and Poetry undated request_box
23 5 Family Papers 1919-2006 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
324Finances and Earnings1999-2011request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
23 6 Identification 1900, 1965-2008 request_box
23 7 Journals undated, 1971-1994 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
325Journals1990-1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
23 8 Journals 1994-1996 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
24 1 Journals 1996-1997 request_box
24 2 Journals 1997-1998 request_box
24 3 Journals 2000-2004 request_box
24 4 Personal Correspondence undated, 1955, 1971-1983request_box
24 5 Personal Correspondence 1990-1993 request_box
24 6 Personal Correspondence 1993-1996 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
25 1 Personal Correspondence 1996-1998 request_box
25 2 Personal Correspondence 1997-2006 request_box
25 3 Personal Writings undated, 1984, 2003request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
336Siddur Presented to Milgram for Confirmation1970request_box
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Series VI: Printed Materials, undated, 1918, 1943-2016

Scope and Content:

This series consists of printed materials given to Rabbi Milgram, such as her mother’s hymnal, assorted sheet music, a scrapbook given to her by the members of a congregation in Amsterdam where she taught, a South African cookbook, and a comic book. Rabbi Milgram labeled some of these items but does not appear to have otherwise written in them.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
326Aquarian Minyan2000srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
25 4 Friday Evening Melodies Hymnal 1918 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
327Jewish Book Council Network2015-2016request_box
328Kagan, Ruth Gan—"Melitz Yosher: Introduction to Intercession"2005request_box
329Klagsbrun, Joan—"Focusing: A Healing Practice for Care of Self and Others"1990s-2000srequest_box
3210Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women's and Gender Studies2000-2001request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
25 5 Lyrics and Sheet Music undated, 1943-2000request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3211Meta-Pashiot1994-1995request_box
3212Meta-Pashiot1995-1996request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
331Meta-Pashiot1996-1998request_box
332Newsletters1993-2016request_box
333Newsletters edited for Aquarian Minyan and Network of Jewish Renewal Communities1986-1996request_box
334Newsletters edited for Aquarian Minyan and Network of Jewish Renewal Communities, Part 21986-1996request_box
335Saxe, Susan—"Same Sex Counseling for Marriage/Commitment Ceremonies1998request_box
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25 6 Scrapbook from Teaching Rosh Chodesh in Amsterdam 2006 request_box
25 7 Shaloman Comic Book 1994 request_box
25 8 The Singing Kettle Cookery Book 1982 request_box
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Series VII: Photographs, undated, 1976-2005

Scope and Content:

This series contains photographs relating to Rabbi Milgram’s personal and professional activities. These include professional trips and family vacations, family photos, her teaching trips to Ukraine, an art exhibit which she was involved, a protest by Reconstructionist Rabbinical College students, and photographic slides, both those made from photographs that Rabbi Milgram took and those slides that were bought. This series has been arranged chronologically. Photos have been removed to the AJHS Photo Collection.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
34 1 Miscellaneous Photos undated, 1976-2005 request_box
34 2 Photographic Slides undated, 1979-1985 request_box
34 3 Assistant Director of Jewish Federation of Atlantic County, NJ 1980s request_box
34 4 Women Rabbis Protest Bosnian Rape Camps 1990s request_box
34 5 Ordination from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College 1993 request_box
34 6 Portraits of Goldie Milgram 1993-2001 request_box
34 7 Project Kesher, First Year in Vinnytsia, Ukraine 1995 request_box
34 8 Photos and Letters from Temple Beth El, brought on Project Kesher 1996 request_box
34 9 The New Images of Women's Leadership Art Contest, funded by the Anne Frank Foundation undated request_box
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Series VIII: Personal Artifacts, undated, 1989-2009

1 textile box.
Scope and Content:

This series consists of physical items, rather than documents. These include a quilt given to Rabbi Milgram by the congregation of Temple Beth El on her departure from that synagogue, her ordination outfit, her bat mitzvah dress, an additional dress, a prayer shawl and several yarmulkes, two mugs, one of which was made by a member of her ordination class, a tote bag, a school pennant and cross-country patch, a matzah package from Ukraine, and a roof tile from the Rabbi Levi Yitzchak shul in Berditchev. In 2016, Milgram donated additionally clothing, including t-shirts from Ruach Hamidbar and the Yiddish Book Center, a wedding dress and modesty shawl, a tallit, garments worn during High Holidays, and kippot. Rabbi Milgram included explanatory notes for many of these items, which have been retained in the series.

Box TitleDate
27   Clothing and Artifacts undated, 1989-2009
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Series IX: Audiovisual Materials, 1955-2013

Processing Information:

In May 2015, the COMPUSA hard drive was forensically imaged using FTK Imager. In February 2017, the Western Digital external hard drive, a Western Digital Caviar computer hard drive, and the laptop were forensically imaged using FTK Imager. Access to certain files may be restricted. Researchers interested in looking at the hard drive should contact the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Materials on the CDs and floppy disks were ingested and linked to in the finding aid unless copyrighted.

Scope and Content:

This series contains multiple hard drives and a laptop, including a full backup of Milgram's computer’s hard drive in 2004-2005 the contents of which were put onto a 2 GB external hard drive. The majority of the contents are text documents, including backups of emails sent and received, sermons and religious services, personal and professional correspondence, a copy of her dissertation on Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, business agreements for herself and her husband, and journals and personal writings. There are also some family photographs. Other materials in this series include CDs, floppy disks, DVDs, VHS tapes, film, and audiocassettes containing research as well as music from colleagues. Most of the contents of these materials consist of personal home movies of Milgram as a child, as well as films of her sons. Other materials document conference proceedings and interviews.

Box TitleDate
26 2 external hard drives and 2 hard drives2000s-2010s
Box TitleDate
AVC 105 "Abundance" by Shefa Pelicrow1989
  

Cassette Tape

 
AVC 105 Adam #11984
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Adam #2circa 1980s-1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Adam and Marks Belated Party at Amusement Park1989 August
  

Sony Video Hi8

 
AVC 105 Adam for Milgramscirca 1980s-1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Adam-CTcirca 1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Adam's Third Birthdaycirca 1980s-1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Atlantic City1957
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Atlantic City/Philadelphia Zoo1957-1958
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Barry's 50th Birthdaycirca 1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Clergy in Cancer Managementcirca 1980s-1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 "Create Out of Nothing" by Margot Stein Azen1991
  

Cassette Tape

 
AVC 105 Dr. Judith Baskinundated
  

Sony Video Hi8

 
AVC 105 Family Passover—Mount Airy1994
  

Sony Video Hi8

 
AVC 105 First Birthday1956
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Forum 40 on Health1991
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Forum 40 on Health—Alcoholism and Lyme Disease1991
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Forum 40 on Health—Maternity Clinic1991
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Gail1956 Fall
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Gail1955
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Gail Almost Two Months1955
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Gail at 7 monthscirca 1955
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Gail at 9-12 monthscirca 1956
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Gail at One Year Old1956
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Gail at Three Years Old1958
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Gail at Two Years Old1957 January
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Gail in Pool at 18 months1956
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Graduation1958
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 High Holiday Kids1989
  

Sony Video Hi8

 
AVC 105 Holiday Cycle—Goldie Milgram and Shohoma Wiener (1 of 3)1995
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Holiday Cycle—Goldie Milgram and Shohoma Wiener (2 of 3)1995
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Holiday Cycle—Goldie Milgram and Shohoma Wiener (3 of 3)1995
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Holocaust Archive of Cumberland Co.—Interview with Joan Lemel1986
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Holocaust Archive of Cumberland Co.—Interview with Leon Pancis1987
  

VHS

 
AVC 105aa-p885-005Images of Sam1998
  

3.5" Floppy

 
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AVC 105 "Jerusalem is Mine" by Kenny Karen1976
  

45" LP

 
AVC 105 Juliette's Bat Mitzvah1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Karate, Green Belt—Adam1991
  

Maxell EX-M 120

 
AVC 105 Kids1989 December
  

Sony Video Hi8

 
Box TitleDate
35 Laptop1955
Box TitleDate
AVC 105 Leona's Family1955
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Leona's Family and Pregnancy1955
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Mark #1circa 1980s-1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Mark and Adam Start Summer1987
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Maternal Family Film1956
  

Kodachrome 8mm Film

 
AVC 105 Milgram/Bub Wedding1997 October
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Ordination1993
  

Sony MP 120

 
AVC 105 Our Family Memoriescirca 1980s-1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105aa-p885-003Portraits2010
  

CD

 
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AVC 105 Project Kesher Seder—Chicago1996
  

Cassette Tape

 
AVC 105 Rabbinical Studentscirca 1980s-1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College—Interviews of Students—Nevins, Goldman, B. Field, S. Kaminsky1991
  

Sony Video Hi8

 
AVC 105 Research Proposalcirca 1980s-1990s
  

Cassette Tape

 
AVC 105aa-p885-001Seth Brody Dissertation—RESTRICTED1991request_box
  

CD

 
AVC 105 Telethon #11987
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 The Milgram Storycirca 1980s-1990s
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 The Spirit of Woodbine, the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage2000s
  

DVD

 
AVC 105 "To Remember to Return, a spiritual journey home Carola de Vries Robles"2013
  

DVD

 
AVC 105 Undescribedcirca 1980s-1990s
  

Sony MP 120

 
AVC 105 Urinary Incontinence1988
  

VHS

 
AVC 105 Wedding of Juliette E. Bub and Constantine Aristides1994
  

VHS

 
AVC 105aa-p885-002"Welcome to the Talmud! (A Musical Tale)" by David Schechter and Ned Ginsburg2002request_box
  

CD

 
AVC 105aa-p885-004Writings by Goldie Milgram2002-2004
  

3.5" Floppy

 
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