Guide to the Papers of Esther Fleishman


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

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 548-4486



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Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in March 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Esther Fleishman
Title: Papers of Esther Fleishman
Abstract: This is a collection of travel brochures compiled by Esther Fleishman after she took an Elderhostel tour to Jewish sites in Spain and Portugal in spring 2000.
Languages: The collection is in English, Spanish and Hebrew.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Identification: ASF AR-43
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
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Biographical Note

Esther Fleishman is a volunteer at the American Sephardi Federation.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of travel brochures about Jewish sites in Spain and Portugal as well as notes written by Esther Fleishman, articles about Iberian Jews and maps. There are also some travel documents and instructions, postcards and a cassette tape of Spanish Jewish music. The materials were originally organized in four folders by country, but the folders have been broken up by document type.

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The collection is arranged in one series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Related Material

The American Sephardi Federation has many books and other materials about the Jews of Spain and Portugal, as do the American Jewish Historical Society and the YIVO library.

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Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of Esther Fleishman; ASF AR-43; box number; folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Acquisition Information

Papers presented to the American Sephardi Federation by Esther Fleishman.

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Access Points

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Container List


Papers of Esther Fleishman, 1984-2000, undated

11 folders
1 1 Spain – Study Journey’s Folder, compiled by Patronat "Call de Girona" Centre Bonastruc ca Porta Institut d’Estudis Nahmanides (The Institute, housed in a former synagogue (associated with Nachmanides), is funded by the city of Girona and conducts research on the history of the Jews of Girona., in an attempt to learn about its own history of the late Middle Ages.): handwritten notes and printed chronology on Kingdom of Catalonia from 10th/11th century -14th century, "Golden Age of Jews in Catalonia"; photocopied maps of the expansion of the Crown of Aragon, 1213 – 1327 and the Jewish communities and settlements in the Crown of Aragon (i.e. Catalonia)2000
1 2 Spain – The Golden Age of Aragonese Jewry by Yom Tov Assis, London 1997, plus four-page glossary of terms; chronology of the Jews of Spain, 1280 - 14921997
1 3 Spain – Illustrated travel brochures: Cordoba, including a Hebrew map of Cordova published by Tourist Office of Spain with many illustrations of Jewish significance and an illustrated photographic brochure of Sights of Jewish significance in Cordova; Besalu (contains Call Miqwe) "Jewish purifying baths" situated in Romanesque building (12th century) in the Jewish quarter (not far from Barcelona); Illustrated photographic brochure “The Jews of Girona”1984, undated
1 4 Portugal – Chronology of the History of Portugal and of the Jews in Portuguese Society and Cultureundated
1 5 Portugal – Illustrated photographic brochures: “Journey to Jewish Portugal” published by the Portuguese Tourist Office; “Castel de Vide”, containing remains of a one-time Jewish quarter1997, undated
1 6 Portugal – Synagogue of Tomar, brochure on a restored synagogue in the town of Tomar (The synagogue had been used as a hay-loft for storing grain since the expulsion of the Jews. In about 1920 it was restored to look like a synagogue again and is now a national monument.)undated
1 7 Portugal – Article on Aristides de Sousa "The Portuguese Wallenberg" (As Portuguese consul in Bordeaux during WW II, De Sousa Mended issued numerous visas to fleeing Jews allowing them to enter Portugal which was neutral in WWII, thereby saving them from the Germans who occupied France.) (2 copies)undated
1 8 Envelope of eight assorted picture postcards of Jewish significance from Spain and Portugalundated
1 9 Audio tape of "Mazal Bueno A Portrait in Song of the Spanish Jews" sung by the Western Wind and narrated by Tovah Feldshuh1992
1 10 Assorted papers on travel instructions and schedules2000
1 11 Business card of “Comunidade de Judaica del Belmonte (The Jews of Belmonte were conversos and have openly rejoined Judaism only in recent times. They now have a modern synagogue, and a rabbi trained in Israel.)undated
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