Guide to the Records of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America
1939, 1961-2009
(bulk 1990-2007)

ASF AR-11

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, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 294-8350

Fax: (212) 294-8348

Email: info@AmericanSephardiFederation.org or
Rbelinfante@ASF.CJH.org

URL: http://www.americansephardifederation.org

©2010 American Sephardi Federation. All rights reserved.
Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel S. Harrison in April 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Yemenite Jewish Federation of America
Title: Records of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America
Dates:1939, 1961-2009
Abstract: This collection contains the minutes, correspondence and financial records of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America, an organization that aims to provide cultural enrichment and financial support to Jews of Yemenite heritage living in Israel and the United States. There is also a fair amount of information about grants that the Federation sought, their scholarship program and various fundraisers and events that the YJFA sponsored or participated in.
Languages: The collection is in English and Hebrew.
Quantity: 9 linear feet
Identification: ASF AR-11
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
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Historical Note

The Yemenite Jewish Federation of America was founded in 1995 by the descendants of Jews who had immigrated to the United States from Yemen, mainly in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This wave of immigration was spurred in large part by hopes of greater opportunities and religious freedom outside of Yemen, particularly in the wake of the increasingly dangerous living situation for Jews in Yemen after the 1947 United Nations partition of Palestine and the 1948 establishment of the State of Israel. In addition, there are members who are Yemenite Jews who first immigrated to Israel and later immigrated to the United States and some who came directly from Yemen in later years. The Federation sponsors educational and cultural activities and provides social services for the children and grandchildren of Yemenite immigrants in an effort to promote an appreciation of the cultural and historical traditions of Yemenite Jews. The Federation also provides educational scholarships and emergency support for Yemenite Jewish families in need in Israel and the New York Metropolitan area. The Yemenite Jewish Federation of America moved into American Sephardi Federation space at the Center for Jewish History in 2000. While the Federation has since moved to a location in Brooklyn, they remain affiliated with both ASF and CJH.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of membership and dues receipts, correspondence, drafts, membership and scholarship applications, photos, receipts, bills, newspaper clippings, form letters, handwritten notes, bank statements, committee and board meeting minutes, programs, invitations and event announcements, and letters to existing and potential contributors and donors.

Much the collection is made up of information about membership, academic scholarships given by the YJFA, financial assistance provided to needy members, and community events in the greater New York area, including the Federation’s yearly gala fundraiser event. The materials have been arranged into a single series, reflecting the fact that the majority of the collection pertains to the organization’s finances, including dues and donations paid to the YJFA and financial assistance and sponsorship of individuals and other organizations by the YJFA. This includes events and programs sponsored by the Federation as these events were usually formulated as membership and fundraising drives. In addition, the Yemenite Federation applied for numerous grants from Jewish and other organizations and foundations in order to cover operating costs and to be able to pass the money on to those in need. This collection contains many of these grant applications as well as responses to the grants.

The materials in this collection date from 1939-2009 with the bulk dating from 1990-2007. The majority of the collection is in English, with some documents in Hebrew. The collection consists of 18 manuscript boxes, comprising 9 linear feet.

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Arrangement

At the time of accession, the materials in this collection were arranged in rough chronological order within Paige boxes, although the boxes themselves were not in any order. The materials were mostly in labeled folders reflecting the creator of the file, such as former president Sampson Giat, current president Ephraim Isaac, or Dalia Krinsky, assistant to the president, or by the main topic or individual represented in the folder. These folder titles have been retained. Unlabeled folders were given titles in accordance with existing titles. The collection is arranged in one series alphabetically and, within this order, chronologically by earliest dated document.

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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
email: info@AmericanSephardiFederation.org or Rbelinfante@ASF.CJH.org

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Related Material

The American Sephardi Federation and YIVO both have many books about the Jews of Yemen, as well as music and video recordings. The ASF Archives have the Papers of Dina Dahbany-Miraglia, ASF-AR 42, which contain articles about the Jews of Yemen and the Records of the American Sephardi Federation, ASF AR-6, which contain a small amount of information about the YJFA.

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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); Records of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America; ASF AR-11; box number; folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Acquisition Information

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Records of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America, 1939, 1961-2009

210 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 92 Street Y Appeal 2004-2005
1 2 A/R Cash Receipts Journal 1998
1 3 Accountant Services 2000
1 4 Accountant Services 2000-2002
1 5 Administrative Assistant Position 2002
1 6 Advertisements for Souvenir Journal 1999
1 7 Alaska Airlines 2002-2005
1 8 American Friends of the YJFA 1999
1 9 American Friends of Tzohar 1995-2002
1 10 American Sephardi Federation 1994-2005
1 11 Hedva Amrani 1994-1996
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Arab-American Heritage Week 2005
2 2 Ezra Arussi of Kiryat Ono 1993-1999
2 3 Rabbi Ratzon Arussi 2003-2005
2 4 Association for Society and Culture, Documenting and Research in Israel 1999
2 5 Association for Society and Culture, Documenting and Research in Israel-Yemenite Jewry Forest 1994-1995
2 6 Bet Moreshet Yahdut Teman Israel 2000-2002
2 7 Bills Paid 1999
2 8 Bills Paid 2000
2 9 Bills Paid 2001
2 10 Bills Paid 2003
2 11 Bills Paid 2004
2 12 Bills Paid 2005
2 13 Biographical Sketches for the Journal 1999
2 14 Board Meetings and Agendas 1992-1993
2 15 Board Meetings and Agendas 1993
2 16 Board Meetings and Agendas 1996-1999
2 17 Board Meetings and Agendas 1999
2 18 Board Meetings and Agendas 2000
2 19 Board Meetings and Agendas 2001
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Board Meetings and Agendas 2002
3 2 Board Meetings and Agendas 2003
3 3 Board Meetings and Agendas 2004
3 4 Board Meetings and Agendas 2005
3 5 Board Member Correspondence 1992-2005
3 6 Board Member Correspondence 1999-2005
3 7 Board of Directors Election 1996
3 8 Joel Breslauer Correspondence 1994-1997
3 9 By-Laws 1990
3 10 By-Laws 1999-2000
3 11 California Yemenite Jews 2001
3 12 Center for Jewish History 1999-2007
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 Certificate of Incorporation 2002
4 2 Charitable Involvements 1994-1998
4 3 Charities Registration 1994-2006
4 4 Check Stubs 1995-2000
4 5 Common Application Form/General Support Request 2001
4 6 Computer Order 1999
4 7 Congregation Achvat Achim 1999-2001
4 8 Congregation Ohel Shalom 1999-2004
4 9 Congregation Tifereth Yisrael Yemenite Shabbaton 2002
4 10 Contributions 2000-2002
4 11 Contributions 2003
4 12 Contributions 2004
4 13 Contributions 2005
4 14 Contributors 2005
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 Correspondence 1992-1993
5 2 Correspondence 1999
5 3 Correspondence 2000
5 4 Correspondence 2001
5 5 Correspondence 2002
5 6 Correspondence 2003
5 7 Correspondence 2004
5 8 Correspondence 2005
5 9 Correspondence 2006
5 10 Dance Grants 2002
BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 Disability Benefits Insurance 2001-2005
6 2 Dues and Donations 1990-1997
6 3 Dues Paid 2003
6 4 Dues Paid 2004
6 5 Dues Paid 2005
6 6 Ethnic Arts Center - Inbal Journal 1999
6 7 Events for Fundraising 2003
6 8 Executive Credit Card undated
6 9 Fashion Show 2002
6 10 Finances 1992-1996
6 11 Finances 1996
6 12 Finances 1997
BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1 Finances 1997-1999
7 2 Finances 1998
7 3 Finances 2000-2001
7 4 Finances 2001-2002
7 5 Finances 2001-2002
7 6 Finances 2002-2004
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 Finances 2005-2007
8 2 Finances 2005-2009
8 3 Finances-Check Register 2004-2005
8 4 Finances-Financial Ledgers 2001-2002
8 5 Finances-Tax Documents 1998-2003
8 6 Gala Fundraiser 1995
8 7 Gala Fundraiser 1998-1999
8 8 Gala Fundraiser 1999
8 9 Gala Fundraiser 2000
BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1 Gala Fundraiser 2000
9 2 Gala Fundraiser 2002
9 3 Gala Fundraiser 2005
9 4 Gala Fundraiser Honorees 1998
9 5 Geradi Family Legal Aid Fund 2000-2004
9 6 Gesher Banquet 2003-2004
9 7 Gesher Banquet 2004
9 8 Gesher Project Simchat Torah Donations 2004
9 9 Gesher: the Bridge to Better Your Life 2003
BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 Gesher: the Bridge to Better Your Life 2003-2006
10 2 Sampson Giat Files 1993-1994
10 3 Sampson Giat Files 1994-1996
10 4 Sampson Giat Files 1994-1999
10 5 Sampson Giat Files 1997-1999
10 6 Grafi costumes 1994
10 7 Grant Information 1999-2004
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1 Zipporah Greenfield Program 2002
11 2 Halichot Am Yisrael 2003
11 3 Halichot Am Yisrael Kiryat Ono Architectural Plans undated
11 4 Hanukkah Party 2000
11 5 Hanukkah Party 2001
11 6 Orna Hasid Program 2001-2002
11 7 Ofra Haza Memorial 2000
11 8 High Holidays Appeal 2004
11 9 HSBC Bank Account 2003-2005
11 10 HSBC Event 2003-2005
11 11 HSBC Event Donations 2003
11 12 Immigration Forms 2001
11 13 In Satmar Custody movie 2003-2004
11 14 Inbal Dance Theater Event 2002
11 15 International Sephardic Education Foundation brochure 2003
11 16 Ephraim Isaac Files 1961-1990
11 17 Ephraim Isaac Files 1990-2007
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 1 Ephraim Isaac Files 1990-2007
12 2 Ephraim Isaac Lecture about Yemenite Jewry 1998
12 3 Israel Consulate Speakers Bureau Request Form 2004
12 4 Israel Day Parade 2000-2002
12 5 Israel Day Parade 2003-2005
12 6 Talia Jacoby Scholarship 2004
12 7 Jewelry Exhibit 2005
12 8 Jews and Arabs in Yemen Conference 2002
12 9 Rabbi Yosef Kafach's Death 2000
12 10 Avigdor Kahalani 2001
12 11 Iddo Katz-Aliyah Center 2004
12 12 Timothy C. Kennell Lawsuit 2007
12 13 Dalia Krinsky files 1995-2005
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 1 Dalia Krinsky files 2000-2005
13 2 Le Marais Restaurant Dinner 2000
13 3 Lease with the American Sephardi Federation 2002-2004
13 4 Letterhead 2001-2003
13 5 Letters About Situation in Yemen 1990-1995
13 6 Letters in Hebrew 1997-1999
13 7 Letters to Board Members 2000
13 8 Letters to Board Members 2001
13 9 Letters to Board Members 2002
13 10 Letters to Board Members 2004
13 11 Letters to Doctors 2002-2003
13 12 Letters to Synagogues 2002-2003
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 1 Luncheon for the President of Yemen 2000
14 2 Maccabi Dinner 2004
14 3 Membership and Dues 1999-2000
14 4 Membership Cards undated
14 5 Membership, Dues, Press Releases 1991-1996
14 6 Monmouth Reform Temple dance program 2003-2004
14 7 Hanna Moskoske 1997-2000
14 8 Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Film Event 2001
14 9 Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Tour 2000
14 10 Asher Naim 2004
14 11 Newsletter 1998-1999
14 12 Newsletter 2000-2003
14 13 Newsletter 2005
14 14 Newspaper Clippings 2007
14 15 Achinoam Nini Concert 2001
14 16 Devora Okashi 2002
14 17 On Eagles' Wings Conference 2000
14 18 Or Chadash Girl's Town 2000
BoxFolderTitleDate
15 1 Passover Appeal 2003-2004
15 2 Passover Appeal 2007
15 3 Payroll Tax Forms 2006
15 4 Purim Party 2000
15 5 Questionnaire 2003
15 6 Raleigh Hotel-Yemenite Weekend Experience 1993-1995
15 7 Replies to Grant Requests 2001-2002
15 8 Replies to Grant Requests 2001-2002
15 9 Rosh Hashana Newsletter 5762 2001
15 10 David and Chaya Saity Videocassette 2002
BoxFolderTitleDate
16 1 Salah Film Event 2001
16 2 Scholarship Fund 2002-2003
16 3 Scholarship Fund 2004-2005
16 4 Scholarship Fund 2005
16 5 Rabbi Serel's book 2002-2003
16 6 Shabbat Across America 1997
16 7 Boaz Sharabi Event 2000
16 8 Mazal Shlomi 2000-2001
16 9 Talmud Torah Boro Park 1993-1994
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 1 Tax-Exempt Organization Certificate 1999-2003
17 2 Tehuda - Association for Society and Culture in Israel Journal 1992-1993
17 3 The Gift of Giving Tzohar Dinner 1999
17 4 The Second Front Documentary 2002
17 5 Miriam Tsafri 2002-2004
17 6 Shoshana Tubi Concert 2002
17 7 Avinoam Tzabari 2004-2005
17 8 United Jewish Appeal Communities Photo Exhibit 1994
17 9 UJA-Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Grant for the Gesher Project 2002-2006
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 1 Unity in the Yemenite Community 2003-2004
18 2 Volunteer Referral Center 2000-2002
18 3 Yaldei Teiman Book 2002
18 4 Yemenite Copy for Center for Jewish History Journal 2000-2001
18 5 Yemenite Evening Mona Ackerman 2001
18 6 Yemenite Jewish Heritage House 2004
18 7 Yemenite Jews in the Press 1939, 1994-2005
18 8 Yemenite Ladies Aid Society 2001-2005
18 9 Yemenite Torah Scrolls 2005
18 10 YJFA Website 2005
18 11 YJFA Young Professionals Group 2004-2005
18 12 Anat Zohar Visa 2002-2004
18 13 Zohara Women's Dance Ensemble 2002-2004
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