Guide to the Records of the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry
1966-1997
(bulk 1984-1993)

I-500

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

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Houston Action for Soviet Jewry
Title: Records of the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry
Dates:1966-1997 (bulk 1984-1993)
Abstract: This collection contains the institutional records of the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry, mainly news clippings, correspondence, files about refuseniks, and various materials and programs for events which Houston Action for Soviet Jewry sponsored or was involved with. There are also some materials from other organizations set up to aid Soviet Jewry, including the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews, the Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. Many of these materials concern the situation of Jews in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as in the 1990s, soon after the end of the Soviet Union.
Languages: The collection is in English, with some Russian, Hebrew, German, and French.
Quantity: 30 manuscript boxes, 2 SB1 card file boxes, 3 SB2 card file boxes, 1 mailing tube
Quantity:18.5 linear feet
Accession number: I-500
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical and Historical Note

The Records of the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry (HASJ) is one of the collections within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM) at the American Jewish Historical Society. 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 one of 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.

The Houston Action for Soviet Jewry was founded by Rabbi Shaul Osadchey and several of the congregants from Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire, Houston, TX circa 1983. The aim of HASJ was to support Jews living in the Soviet Union and to aid their efforts to either express their religious rights within the Soviet Union or to be allowed to emigrate. In the beginning, their efforts focused almost entirely on aiding Jews within the USSR, but they soon began to work on emigration and resettlement efforts as well. HASJ was affiliated with the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews and, as such, shared some information and resources with Soviet Jewish aid organizations in other areas, including Chicago, the Bay Area, CA and Colorado. These included biographical profiles of refuseniks, those who had applied to emigrate but were not allowed to, as well as biographical profiles of prisoners of conscience, those who had been imprisoned for dissident beliefs. These organizations also shared publicity and programming materials for their events and projects.

Among the HASJ’s main programs were the Adopt-a-Family program, which connected families in the U.S. with refusenik families in the USSR and the Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program, in which members of various Houston synagogues preparing for their bar or bat mitzvah would be assigned a Soviet “twin” to symbolically share the experience with, as children in the Soviet Union were not able to participate in these religious ceremonies. HASJ also participated in sending books, religious materials, food, and medicine to the Soviet Union, worked to raise awareness of the situations of various refuseniks and prisoners of conscience among the greater Houston and Texas community, took part in several protests and rallies, including a March on Washington ahead of a 1987 summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, and maintained a connection with the Jewish community of Baku, Azerbaijan, a sister city of Houston, including aiding that community in educational and social action programs. The HASJ helped several Jews emigrate to Houston and other cities in the United States.

After the fall of communism, the HASJ continued to support the Jews who remained in the former Soviet Union, providing those who chose to stay with Jewish religious and educational materials and community resources while continuing to help those who wanted to emigrate. They also helped Jews secure food and medicine, which were sometimes difficult to obtain in the instability that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of materials related to the running of the organization, such as committee and board meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, materials related to various projects and programs run by the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry, including the Soviet Bar / Bat Mitzvah twinning program and Adopt-a-Soviet Family, the sister-city program with Baku, Azerbaijan, some membership materials, index card catalogs, pins, bumper stickers, a large plastic banner, photographs, audio and video cassettes, photographic slides, newspaper clippings, public relations and publicity materials, form letters, newsletters, programs, invitations and event announcements, and letters to existing and potential contributors and members.

Much of the collection is made up of biographical information about refuseniks and prisoners of conscience. Many of these refusenik files were created by other Soviet Jewry agencies, including the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews, Seattle Action for Soviet Jews, Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry, Colorado Committee of Concern for Soviet Jews and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Many of these organizations were known by multiple names over several years, such as the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry, which was also known as the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. The materials in this collection date from 1966-1997, with the bulk dating from 1984-1993. The majority of the collection is in English, with some documents in Russian, German, French, and Hebrew. The collection consists of 30 manuscript boxes, 2 SB1 card file boxes, 3 SB2 card file boxes, and a mailing tube, comprising 18.5 linear feet.

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Arrangement

When the collection arrived at the American Jewish Historical Society Archives, some of the materials were arranged in folders labeled by the main topic or individual represented in the folder, although the folders themselves were not generally arranged in any order. A great deal of the material was grouped together, either with rubber bands, binder clips, or between file dividers, but was not in folders and a majority of the folders were not labeled. Labeled folders have retained their titles and unlabeled folders were given titles in accordance with existing titles. All folders that contain biographical information about refuseniks have been labeled ‘refusenik biographies,’ although some of the materials inside these folders are labeled with other titles, such as ‘refusenik files’ or ‘refusenik profiles.’ The only exceptions to this are the refusenik profile exhibit displays. The collection is arranged alphabetically and, within this order, chronologically by earliest dated document. Clippings have been arranged chronologically, other than the materials from two bound press books, which have been left in their original order. The collection has been organized into five 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, 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, NY 10011

E-mail: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The Records of the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry 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), Leonard S. Cahan (P-883), Doris H. Goldstein (P-887), David H. Hill (P-888), Margery Sanford (P-889) and Pinchas Mordechai Teitz (P-891). 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 for Soviet Jews (BACSJ), Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry, Houston Action for Soviet Jewry, Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry, 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 Boston, 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); Records of the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry ; I-500; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

The records were donated by the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: Organizational Files, 1966, 1980-1997

111 folders, 1/2 SB1 box, 1 SB2 box
Scope and Content:

This series contains the main institutional records of the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry, including issues of their newsletter, Action, information about programs the HASJ sponsored or was involved in, minutes and agendas, and correspondence with members and with other Soviet Jewry organizations. There are two sets of index cards from card catalogs containing information about the Bar / Bat Mitzvah twinning program and the Adopt-a-Family / Birthday Greetings Project. The dates and some of the information on these cards overlap, which may indicate that the card catalogs originated in different offices.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Action Newsletter 1984-1987
1 2 Action Newsletter 1988-1990
1 3 Action Newsletter 1991-1994
1 4 Action Newsletter - Materials to be Included 1983-1993
1 5 Adopting a Soviet Family 1984-1988
1 6 Adopting a Soviet Family - Response Forms 1987
1 7 Advisory Board 1985-1987
1 8 Aeroflot Souvenir Postcards of the Capitals of the Republics of the USSR undated
1 9 Appeal Postcards 1988
1 10 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program 1981-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program 1982-1986
2 2 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program 1986-1990
2 3 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program 1986-1990
2 4 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program 1991-1992
2 5 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program 1991-1992
2 6 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program - Certificates 1984-1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program - List 1989-1994
BoxFolderTitleDate
31 (SB1) Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program and Adopt-a-Family / Birthday Greetings Project - Card Catalog 1987-1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
33 (SB2) Bar / Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program and Adopt-a-Family / Birthday Greetings Project - Card Catalog 1985-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 2 Birthday Greetings Project 1986-1992
3 3 Board Meeting Materials 1990-1996
3 4 Board Meeting Materials 1990-1996
3 5 Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1984-1986
3 6 Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1984-1988
3 7 Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1984-1989
3 8 Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas 1991-1992
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1 Book about Archeological Dig in Azerbaijan (Russian) 1986
4 2 Briefings for Joyce Gilbert (President) 1986-1989
4 3 Bumper Sticker Project 1985-1986
4 4 Chanukkah Cards undated
4 5 Chernobyl Scientists 1966, 1984-1987
4 6 Committee of Concerned Scientists 1984-1988
4 7 Community Events in Houston 1984-1988
4 8 Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater Houston 1986-1989
4 9 Congregation Beth Israel - Community Service 1993-1995
4 10 Congregation Beth Israel - Social Action Committee 1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 Congressional Briefings 1993
5 2 Congressional Legislation Related to Soviet Jewry 1983-1989
5 3 Correspondence 1984-1990
5 4 Correspondence 1984-1990
5 5 Correspondence 1984-1990
5 6 Correspondence - Letters from the Soviet Union 1990
5 7 Correspondence - Telegrams 1990-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 Educational Materials 1981-1987
6 2 Educational Materials 1982-1985
6 3 Educational Materials undated
6 4 Executive Board 1987-1989
6 5 Houston Action for Soviet Jewry Stickers undated
6 6 International Physician's Commission for the Protection of Prisoners - Houston Chapter 1987-1988
6 7 Jewish Community in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan 1995-1997
6 8 Jewish National Fund Tree Project 1984-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1 Joyce Gilbert's Congressional Liason Files 1990-1997
7 2 Joyce Gilbert's Congressional Liason Files 1990-1997
7 3 Kathy Reiser's Presidential Files - Agendas, Minutes, Correspondence 1990-1992
7 4 Kathy Reiser's Presidential Files - Agendas, Minutes, Correspondence 1990-1992
7 5 Kathy Reiser's Presidential Files - Agendas, Minutes, Correspondence 1990-1992
7 6 Kathy Reiser's Trip to Moscow 1986-1988
7 7 Kathy Reiser's Trip to Moscow 1986-1988
7 8 Kathy Reiser's Trip to Moscow 1986-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 Maps and Travel Brochures of the Soviet Union 1980-1989
8 2 March for Soviet Jews - December 1987 1987
8 3 Medicine and Medical Needs in the Former Soviet Union 1992-1994
8 4 Membership Materials 1985, undated
8 5 National Conference on Soviet Jewry - Traveling to the Soviet Union 1985-1988
8 6 National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry 1985-1988
8 7 National Summit Mobilization for Soviet Jews 1987
8 8 Pen Pals Program in Baku, Azerbaijan 1988-1992
8 9 Phone Calls to Baku, Azerbaijan 1993-1996
8 10 Project Chai 1992-1993
8 11 Project Chai 1992-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1 Project Sefer 1991
9 2 Proposed Club Alef in Israel 1991
9 3 Psychiatric Abuse in the Soviet Union - Galina Satsevich Correspondence 1991-1992
9 4 Psychiatric Abuse Monitoring Commission 1991-1996
9 5 Public Relations and Mailings 1984-1989
9 6 Public Relations and Mailings 1984-1989
9 7 Public Relations and Mailings 1985-1987
9 8 Public Relations and Mailings 1985-1992
9 9 Public Relations and Mailings - Templates 1985-1988
9 10 Public Relations and Mailings - Templates 1985-1988
9 11 Public Relations and Mailings - Templates 1987
9 12 Rallies and Demonstrations 1984-1987
9 13 Sending Books to the Soviet Union 1989-1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 Sending Mail to the Soviet Union 1981-1985
10 2 Sending Mail to the Soviet Union 1985-1987
10 3 Sending Mail to the Soviet Union 1988-1990
10 4 Sending Mail to the Soviet Union 1988-1990
10 5 Sending Mail to the Soviet Union - Interference 1985-1988
10 6 Sending Mail to the Soviet Union - Interference 1985-1988
10 7 Sending Mail to the Soviet Union - Interference 1985-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1 Sending Mail to the Soviet Union - Phone Calls and Packages 1985-1988
11 2 Sister Cities 1987-1988
11 3 Speakers' Biographies 1985-1989
11 4 Speeches Given 1983-1988
11 5 Staff Trip to Vilna (Vilnius) 1989
11 6 Staff Trips to the Soviet Union 1984-1989
11 7 Staff Trips to the Soviet Union 1988-1993
11 8 Staff Trips to the Soviet Union 1988-1993
11 9 Staff Trips to the Soviet Union - Debriefings 1983-1988
11 10 Staff Trips to the Soviet Union - Debriefings 1983-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 1 Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry Buttons 1986
12 2 Synagogue Outreach 1986-1988
12 3 Ulpan in Baku, Azerbaijan 1987-1988
12 4 Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry - Meeting Fall 1985 1984-1986
12 5 Union of Councils for Soviet Jews - Prisoners Commission 1996-1997
12 6 Unions and Organizations 1986-1989
12 7 Vladimir Scherbitzky Visit to Texas 1985
12 8 Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training) 1984-1988
12 9 Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training) 1984-1988
12 10 Yad L'Yad in Baku, Azerbaijan 1990-1996
12 11 Yad L'Yad in Baku, Azerbaijan 1990-1996
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Series II: Refusenik Files, 1981-1995, undated

132 folders
Scope and Content:

This series consists of case files about refuseniks and prisoners of conscience as well as displays from an exhibit about refuseniks, which include photos and short biographical sketches. Some of these materials were originally in binders and have been removed. The date ranges and many of the contents of the folders overlap, which seems to indicate that the materials came from several different offices at the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry, as well as from other Soviet Jewry organizations, including the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews and the Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry.

Subseries 1: Refusenik Biographies, 1981-1995

115 folders
Scope and Content:

This subseries contains biographical case files about refuseniks and prisoners of conscience. The materials were mainly in unlabeled folders when they came into the AJHS Archives. Those folders that were labeled ‘refusenik biographies’ were left as such and the remainder of the materials were also given this title, although some of the documents have other labels, such as ‘refusenik files’ or ‘refusenik profiles,’ for example.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13 1 Refusenik Biographies 1984-1988
13 2 Refusenik Biographies 1985-1988
13 3 Refusenik Biographies 1985-1988
13 4 Refusenik Biographies 1985-1988
13 5 Refusenik Biographies 1985-1988
13 6 Refusenik Biographies 1985-1988
13 7 Refusenik Biographies 1985-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
14 1 Refusenik Biographies 1985-1988
14 2 Refusenik Biographies 1987-1990
14 3 Refusenik Biographies 1988-1994
14 4 Refusenik Biographies 1989-1990
14 5 Refusenik Biographies 1989-1995
14 6 Refusenik Biographies 1989-1995
14 7 Refusenik Biographies 1989-1995
14 8 Refusenik Biographies 1990-1994
BoxFolderTitleDate
15 1 Refusenik Biographies 1990-1994
15 2 Refusenik Biographies 1991-1994
15 3 Refusenik Biographies - A 1981-1993
15 4 Refusenik Biographies - A 1981-1993
15 5 Refusenik Biographies - A 1981-1993
15 6 Refusenik Biographies - A 1982-1987
15 7 Refusenik Biographies - A 1987-1995
15 8 Refusenik Biographies - B 1981-1993
15 9 Refusenik Biographies - B 1981-1993
15 10 Refusenik Biographies - B 1981-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
16 1 Refusenik Biographies - B 1981-1993
16 2 Refusenik Biographies - B 1981-1993
16 3 Refusenik Biographies - B 1982-1987
16 4 Refusenik Biographies - B 1983-1988
16 5 Refusenik Biographies - C 1981-1993
16 6 Refusenik Biographies - D 1981-1993
16 7 Refusenik Biographies - D 1983-1988
16 8 Refusenik Biographies - D 1987-1995
16 9 Refusenik Biographies - E 1981-1993
16 10 Refusenik Biographies - E 1983-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 1 Refusenik Biographies - F 1981-1993
17 2 Refusenik Biographies - F 1981-1993
17 3 Refusenik Biographies - F 1983-1988
17 4 Refusenik Biographies - F 1987-1995
17 5 Refusenik Biographies - G 1981-1993
17 6 Refusenik Biographies - G 1981-1993
17 7 Refusenik Biographies - G 1981-1993
17 8 Refusenik Biographies - G 1981-1993
17 9 Refusenik Biographies - G 1981-1993
17 10 Refusenik Biographies - G 1981-1993
17 11 Refusenik Biographies - G 1981-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 1 Refusenik Biographies - G 1982-1987
18 2 Refusenik Biographies - G 1987-1995
18 3 Refusenik Biographies - H 1983-1988
18 4 Refusenik Biographies - I 1981-1993
18 5 Refusenik Biographies - I 1987-1995
18 6 Refusenik Biographies - J 1981-1993
18 7 Refusenik Biographies - K 1981-1993
18 8 Refusenik Biographies - K 1981-1993
18 9 Refusenik Biographies - K 1981-1993
18 10 Refusenik Biographies - K 1981-1993
18 11 Refusenik Biographies - K 1981-1993
18 12 Refusenik Biographies - K 1982-1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
19 1 Refusenik Biographies - K 1983-1988
19 2 Refusenik Biographies - K 1987-1995
19 3 Refusenik Biographies - L 1981-1993
19 4 Refusenik Biographies - L 1981-1993
19 5 Refusenik Biographies - L 1982-1987
19 6 Refusenik Biographies - L 1983-1988
19 7 Refusenik Biographies - L 1983-1988
19 8 Refusenik Biographies - L 1987-1995
19 9 Refusenik Biographies - M 1981-1993
19 10 Refusenik Biographies - M 1981-1993
19 11 Refusenik Biographies - M 1981-1993
19 12 Refusenik Biographies - M 1982-1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
20 1 Refusenik Biographies - M 1987-1995
20 2 Refusenik Biographies - N 1981-1993
20 3 Refusenik Biographies - N 1982-1987
20 4 Refusenik Biographies - N 1987-1995
20 5 Refusenik Biographies - O 1981-1993
20 6 Refusenik Biographies - O 1982-1987
20 7 Refusenik Biographies - O 1987-1995
20 8 Refusenik Biographies - P 1981-1993
20 9 Refusenik Biographies - P 1981-1993
20 10 Refusenik Biographies - P 1982-1987
20 11 Refusenik Biographies - P 1987-1995
20 12 Refusenik Biographies - R 1981-1993
20 13 Refusenik Biographies - R 1981-1993
20 14 Refusenik Biographies - R 1981-1993
20 15 Refusenik Biographies - R 1982-1987
20 16 Refusenik Biographies - R 1983-1988
20 17 Refusenik Biographies - R 1987-1995
20 18 Refusenik Biographies - S 1981-1993
20 19 Refusenik Biographies - S 1981-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
21 1 Refusenik Biographies - S 1981-1993
21 2 Refusenik Biographies - S 1981-1993
21 3 Refusenik Biographies - S 1981-1993
21 4 Refusenik Biographies - S 1982-1987
21 5 Refusenik Biographies - S 1983-1988
21 6 Refusenik Biographies - S 1983-1988
21 7 Refusenik Biographies - S 1983-1988
21 8 Refusenik Biographies - S 1987-1995
21 9 Refusenik Biographies - T 1981-1993
21 10 Refusenik Biographies - T 1982-1987
21 11 Refusenik Biographies - T 1983-1988
21 12 Refusenik Biographies - T 1987-1995
21 13 Refusenik Biographies - U 1981-1993
BoxFolderTitleDate
22 1 Refusenik Biographies - V 1981-1993
22 2 Refusenik Biographies - V 1981-1993
22 3 Refusenik Biographies - V 1981-1993
22 4 Refusenik Biographies - V 1982-1987
22 5 Refusenik Biographies - V 1987-1995
22 6 Refusenik Biographies - W 1987-1995
22 7 Refusenik Biographies - Y 1981-1993
22 8 Refusenik Biographies - Y 1981-1993
22 9 Refusenik Biographies - Y 1987-1995
22 10 Refusenik Biographies - Z 1981-1993
22 11 Refusenik Biographies - Z 1982-1987
22 12 Refusenik Biographies - Z 1983-1988
22 13 Refusenik Biographies - Z 1987-1995

Subseries 2: Refusenik Profiles, undated

17 folders
Scope and Content:

This subseries is comprised of felt-covered display boards from an exhibit about refuseniks, which include photographs and short biographical sketches.

BoxFolderTitleDate
23 1 Refusenik Profile: Abramovich, Pavel Peretzovich undated
23 2 Refusenik Profile: Alber, Solomon undated
23 3 Refusenik Profile: Bogomolny, Veniamin undated
23 4 Refusenik Profile: Brailovsky, Viktor undated
23 5 Refusenik Profile: Geishis, Grigory undated
23 6 Refusenik Profile: Khassin, Natalia undated
23 7 Refusenik Profile: Kosharovsky, Yuli undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
24 1 Refusenik Profile: Lemberg, Grigory undated
24 2 Refusenik Profile: Lerner, Aleksandr undated
24 3 Refusenik Profile: Mai, Arkady undated
24 4 Refusenik Profile: Nepomniaschy, Mark undated
24 5 Refusenik Profile: Ovsischer, Lev undated
24 6 Refusenik Profile: Rozenshtein, Grigory undated
24 7 Refusenik Profile: Scharansky, Anatoly undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
25 1 Refusenik Profile: Shukhgalter, Alexander undated
25 2 Refusenik Profile: Taratuta, Abe undated
25 3 Refusenik Profile: Tufeld, Vladimir and Isolde undated
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Series III: Clippings, 1984-1996

22 folders
Scope and Content:

This series is made up of newspaper and magazine clippings, mainly about refuseniks and prisoners of conscience, the situation of Jews in the Soviet Union under Communism as well as after the fall of Communism, events occurring in Houston, and local bar and bat mitzvahs. There were originally two bound press books of clippings. These press books have been taken apart and the pages have been left in their original order within folders.

BoxFolderTitleDate
25 4 Clippings 1984-1985
25 5 Clippings 1985
25 6 Clippings 1986
25 7 Clippings 1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
26 1 Clippings 1987
26 2 Clippings 1987
26 3 Clippings 1987-1988
26 4 Clippings 1987-1992
26 5 Clippings 1988-1989
26 6 Clippings 1988-1989
26 7 Clippings 1989-1991
26 8 Clippings 1989-1996
26 9 Clippings 1990-1995
BoxFolderTitleDate
27 1 Press Book 8/16/84-8/13/87 1984-1985
27 2 Press Book 8/16/84-8/13/87 1985-1986
27 3 Press Book 8/16/84-8/13/87 1986
27 4 Press Book 8/16/84-8/13/87 1986
27 5 Press Book 8/16/84-8/13/87 1986-1987
27 6 Press Book 8/16/84-8/13/87 1987
27 7 Press Book 8/20/87-2/8/90 1987
27 8 Press Book 8/20/87-2/8/90 1988
27 9 Press Book 8/20/87-2/8/90 1989-1990
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Series IV: Exhibits and Events, 1982-1989

23 folders
Scope and Content:

This series consists of files about exhibits and other events that the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry sponsored. The majority of these files concern “Survival of the Spirit: Jewish Lives in the Soviet Union,” a 1987 photography exhibit that originated in Houston, before traveling to other cities.

BoxFolderTitleDate
28 1 By Spirit Alone Exhibit 1982-1987
28 2 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Bills 1987-1989
28 3 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Bookings 1987-1989
28 4 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Conditions Reports 1987-1989
28 5 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Educational Materials undated
28 6 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Exhibit Text undated
28 7 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Funding 1987
28 8 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Galveston Arts Center 1987
28 9 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Insurance and Shipping 1987-1989
28 10 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Janice and Nomi Correspondence 1987-1988
28 11 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Legal Materials 1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
29 1 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Possible Bookings 1987-1988
29 2 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Proposal for Publication 1988
29 3 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Publicity and Public Relations 1986-1988
29 4 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Publicity and Public Relations 1987-1989
29 5 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Publicity and Public Relations 1987-1989
29 6 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Publicity and Public Relations 1987-1989
29 7 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Repairs 1988-1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
30 1 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Set-Up Instructions undated
30 2 Survival of the Spirit Exhibit - Slide Captions undated
30 3 Theater Project - Dear Irina 1984-1988
30 4 Theater Project - Dear Irina 1987
30 5 A Tree Still Stands Exhibit 1986-1987
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Series V: Audiovisual and Memorabilia, 1971, 1984-1994, undated

6 folders, 1.5 SB1 boxes, 2 SB2 boxes, 1 poster tube
Scope and Content:

This series contains non-print materials, including photographs, audiocassettes, videocassettes, a phonograph record, slides from exhibits, and a plastic banner.

Subseries 1: Photographs, 1992, undated

3 folders
Scope and Content:

The photographs appear to have been taken in the former Soviet Union, possibly by staff members visiting from the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry.

BoxFolderTitleDate
30 6 Photographs: Elderly Jews in Moscow 1992
30 7 Photographs: Kachol ve Lavan Documentary undated
30 8 Photographs: Russian Psychoanalytic Association, Bekhterev Institute for Psychoneurological Research 1992

Subseries 2: Audio Materials, 1971, 1985-1991, undated

1.5 SB1 boxes
Scope and Content:

The audiocassettes consist mainly of interviews of former refuseniks. The cassettes each contain interviews with multiple refuseniks, often in chronological order, the names and dates of which have been separated by a semi-colon. The cassettes themselves have been arranged alphabetically according to the first name on the A side of the tape. Because the interviews are generally chronological by cassette, individuals who were interviewed multiple times can be found on several different cassette tapes. The phonograph record has been removed to the Papers of Jerry Goodman, P-863.

BoxFolderTitleDate
31 (SB1) Audiocassette: Baku 3/14/91, 4/4, 4/18; Kosharovsky 4/11; Baku 4/25 1991
31 (SB1) Audiocassette: Cantor 10/18; Genis 10/30; Drabovsky 11/1; Kantor 11/1; Genis 11/13; Grushovsky 11/13 undated
31 (SB1) Audiocassette: Club Aleph 1/19, 1/31; Kosharovsky 1/17; Genis 2/5; Baku 2/7, 2/14, 2/21; Genis 2/12; Kosharovsky 2/14 undated
31 (SB1) Audiocassette: Drabovsky (Passman) undated
31 (SB1) Audiocassette: Drabovsky 11/29, 12/13; Kosharovsky 12/6; Kantor 12/13; Kantor 12/20/90; Club Aleph 12/27/90; Genis 1/18/91 1990-1991
31 (SB1) Audiocassette: Genis 1/2/90, 1/16/90, 1/30/90; Genis 2/13, 2/27, 3/27; Raiz 3/16 1990
31 (SB1) Audiocassette: Genis 10/11 undated
31 (SB1) Audiocassette: Genis 10/25, 11/8, 11/22; Raiz 11/1; Raiz 11/29; Uspensky 11/29; Genis 12/6; 12/20; Raiz 12/13 undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Genis 2/14, 2/28; Kremen 2/28; Conversations with Women 3/7; Genis 3/14 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Genis 8/7, 8/21; Skyrnnik 8/28; Drabovsky 8/9; Sukholutsky 8/30; Kosharovsky 8/30, 9/13; Genis 9/18 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Grushovsky 3/29; Tessler 3/29; Genis 4/10; Grushovsky 4/12; Genis 4/24; Talal 4/26; Grushovsky 4/26; Drabovsky 5/3; Genis 5/15 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Grushovsky 7/5; Genis 7/10; Sukholutsky 7/12; Drabovsky 7/12; Genis 7/17; Grushovsky 7/19; Drabovsky 7/26; Sukholutsky 7/26 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Jaance Tessler 5/22; Groshovsky 5/24, 6/7; Genis 5/29; Drabovsky 5/31; Genis 6/12; Grushovsky 6/21, 7/5 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Kremen 4/26/88; Nadja 4/10/87 1987-1988
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Kremen 5/31; Nadgornyi 6/1; Soshia 6/2; Zieman 6/3; Kremin 6/14; Kremin 6/28; Evgeny Kremen 5/2; Mikhail Kremen 5/10; Nadgornyi 5/18; Zieman 5/19 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Kremen 7/5, 7/12; Genis 10/4, 9/29 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Mazel Tov / Soviet Jews undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Nadia Vatis 12/28/86; Nadia Vatis 2/5/87 1986-1987
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Raiz 12/27, 1/10; Genis 1/3, 1/17; Genis 1/31/89; Kremer 1/31/89; Raiz 2/7; Sheiba 2/7 1989
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Raiz 3/23, 5/16; Genis 5/23; Raiz 5/30; Genis 6/6, 7/4, 7/18, 8/1, 8/15 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Raiz 8/22, 9/19; Genis 8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/3; Raiz 11/14, 11/28; Futoryanskaya 11/21; Genis 11/21, 12/12; Tessler 11/28 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Rimma 2/16/88-2/17/88; Yuri Rodin 3/22/88; Rimma 4/18; Mikhail Kremin 3/24/88, 4/18/88; Zieman 4/19 1988
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Ron James on KPFT's Mazel Tov! 3/85; Judy Goldman on KPFT's Mazel Tov! 4/30/85 1985
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Skrynnik 9/25; Kantor 9/27, 10/4; Genis 10/2; Drabovsky 10/4; Kantor 10/11; Genis 10/16; Drabovsky 10/18 undated
32 (SB1) Audiocassette: Vladimir Raiz 8/25/88, 9/6; Raiz 9/22, 10/6, 10/18 1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
Phono 1 Record: Silent No More: Jewish Underground Songs from Soviet Russia by Theodore Bikel (in Papers of Jerry Goodman, P-863) 1971

Subseries 3: Videocassettes, 1986-1994, undated

2 SB2 boxes
Scope and Content:

The videocassettes are programs and events recorded from television, recordings of events sponsored by HASJ, video interviews, and some educational materials. Some of the materials are entirely in Russian. The videos have been arranged alphabetically by the first title listed.

BoxFolderTitleDate
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Baku, Club Aleph undated
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Baku, Concert of Friendship 1994
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews: Little Building; Family (version 1); Hebrew School; Family (version 2) 1989
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Channel 2 6pm News 12/6/86; Rothko Chagall Awards 12/86; Candle in the Wind; Janice Rubin on Channel 8 re: Photo Exhibit 1986
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Chanukkah undated
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Dear Irina undated
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews: Let Our People Go! undated
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Glasnost and Nationality - Dr. Yuri Stern 1988
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Interviews with Refuseniks in USSR 1987
34 (SB2) Videocassette: Interviews with Soviet Jewish Refuseniks undated
34 (SB2) Videocassette: McNeil/Lehrer News Hour 1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Mothers for Freedom 1987
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Natan Scharansky - Soviet Jewry Under Glasnost 1988
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Scharansky: The Struggle Continues 1988
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Simchat Torah - Moscow 1988
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Soviet Jewry Update: The Slepaks are Free undated
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Special Order on Freedom for Soviet Jews 1987
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Transcriptions of Tapes from Jewish Community of Baku 1993
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Transcriptions of Tapes from Jewish Community of Baku undated
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Transcriptions of Tapes from Jewish Community of Baku undated
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Untitled undated
35 (SB2) Videocassette: Zion's Captives 1988

Subseries 4: Slides, 1984, undated

3 folders
Scope and Content:

This subseries contains three folders of slides from slide shows presented by the HASJ. The "Refuseniks: Heroes of History" slide show also has a typed introduction and audiocassette containing the accompanying text and music for the slide show.

BoxFolderTitleDate
30 9 Slides: "A Children's Tale," Slide Show by Soviet Jewry Information Centre 1984
30 10 Slides: "Refuseniks: Heroes of History," with typed instructions and accompanying audiocassette, Slide Show by Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry undated
30 11 Slides: "Refuseniks: Their Faces, Their Fate," Slide Show by Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry undated

Subseries 5: Memorabilia, undated

1 poster tube
Scope and Content:

This subseries consists of a plastic banner of the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry, most likely made for a conference or exhibit. The banner can be found in the American Jewish Historical Society museum collection under the accession number AJHS.2010.018A.

BoxFolderTitleDate
Houston Action for Soviet Jewry Banner undated
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