Guide to the Papers of Pamela B. Cohen, undated, 1968-2005, 2007, 2009

*P-897

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cohen, Pamela B.
Title: Pamela B. Cohen, papers
Dates:Papers, undated, 1968-2005, 2007, 2009 (bulk 1978-1996)
Abstract: Pamela B. Cohen Papers document activities of the prominent activist of the American Soviet Jewry Movement. Pamela B. Cohen began her activity through the independent grass roots council, Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry (CASJ) and in 1978, served with Marillyn Tallman as co-chair until 1986, when she became the national president of the Washington-based Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ). She served in that capacity for 10 years. The Pamela B. Cohen papers include materials from the late 1960s through 2009, and the bulk of the collection is dated 1970s-1980s. The documents include correspondence, notes, memoranda, publications, news clippings, photographs, ephemera, audio and video recordings and 3-D objects.
Languages: The collection is in English, Russian, Hebrew, and Icelandic.
Quantity: 23.27 linear feet (46 manuscript boxes, 1 MAP folder)
Identification: P-897
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Papers of Pamela B. Cohen represent one collection housed within the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement (AASJM). These papers reflect the effort, beginning in the 1960s through the late 1980s, of thousands of American Jews of all denominations and political orientations to stop the persecution and discrimination of Jews in the Soviet Union. The American Soviet Jewry Movement (ASJM) is considered to be the most influential Movements of the American Jewish community in the 20th century. The beginnings of the organized American Soviet Jewry Movement became a model for efforts to aid Soviet Jews in other countries, among them Great Britain, Canada, and France. The movement can be traced to the early 1960s, when the first organizations were created to address the specific problem of the persecution and isolation of Soviet Jews by the government of the Soviet Union.

Pamela Cohen was an activist in the Soviet Jewry Movement from the early 1970s through 1996. She began her activity through the independent grass roots council, Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry (CASJ) and in 1978, served with Marillyn Tallman as co-chair until 1986, when she became the national president of the Washington-based Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ). She served in that capacity for 10 years.

Beginning in 1978, Mrs. Cohen traveled throughout the U.S.S.R. to visit Jewish emigration activists and Refuseniks, Jews who were refused emigration visas, to bring out information and to develop strategies for UCSJ's grass roots support. In 1989 Mrs. Cohen led an international delegation, representing five countries, to the Soviet Union to hold the historic first open meeting between Jews of the Soviet Union and Jews of the West and Israel. Later that year, at the request of the Refusenik activists, she traveled again to Moscow for the opening of the Solomon Mikhoels Cultural Center. In 1991, she returned to Russia for a Round Table of Human Rights, co-sponsored by the Union of Councils, with participation of indigenous human rights and democratic leaders. She also led a UCSJ team to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to assess the situation of Jews in the Soviet Moslem Republics and returned to Kyrgyzstan the following year with a UCSJ delegation to conduct an International Symposium on Human Rights as requested by local Jewish leadership. In the same year, she participated in a Human Rights Experts meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, co-sponsored by UCSJ.

Mrs. Cohen has participated in numerous international and national conferences on the issues of Soviet Jewish emigration, Soviet anti-Semitism, and the right to Jewish identity in the former U.S.S.R.. On behalf of the Union of Councils, she attended three separate sessions of the Vienna Follow-Up Meeting of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE); the 1989 CSCE Paris Conference of the Human Dimensions; the Paris CSCE Summit 1990; the Copenhagen Conference of the Human Dimension in 1990; the 1991 Moscow Conference of the Human Dimension and served as a public member of the official U.S. delegation to the CSCE Conference on Minorities in Geneva, Switzerland in 1991. She traveled to Israel on bi-annual basis with UCSJ activists to debrief Jews who were able to receive visas.

Pamela Cohen established networks for transferring information to and from Refuseniks throughout the U.S.S.R. and maintained regular telephone contacts with activists during the darkest days for Soviet Jewry. She testified at Congressional hearings on the state of Soviet emigration policy and state-sponsored anti-Semitism during the Soviet era and participated regularly in briefings for the Congress, the White House, departments of State, Commerce and Defense. She participated in briefings for President Reagan, Secretaries of the State Schultz, Baker and for Condoleezza Rice, during her tenure with the National Security Council. In 1992 she was a guest at the White House for the State dinner during the Summit between Presidents George Bush and Boris Yeltsin.

During the course of her service, Mrs. Cohen has received the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award from the Raoul Wallenberg Committee of Chicago in 1981 and the Edward J. Sparling Award from Roosevelt University's Alumni Association. In 1989, during the UCSJ Conference in Moscow, Mrs. Cohen was given the Medal of Honor by grass roots Soviet Jewish activists and leaders for her achievements on behalf of Soviet Jewry. In 1997, she received a degree of Doctor of Human Letters from Spertus College of Judaica.

In 1995, Pamela Cohen and Rabbi Ezra Belsky co-founded Komimiyus, the Deerfield, Illinois-based North Shore Torah Center, an independent grass roots education center dedicated to Jewish classical education for adults in the Chicago area.

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Scope and Content Note

The Pamela B. Cohen papers include materials from the late 1960s through 2009, and the bulk of the collection is dated 1970s-1980s. The documents include correspondence, notes, memoranda, publications, news clippings, photographs, ephemera, audio and video recordings and 3-D objects.

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Arrangement

The collection is divided into twelve series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

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

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

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Related Material

The Papers of Pamela B. Cohen 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 ofJoel 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 on Soviet Jews (BACSJ), Seattle Action for Soviet Jews, Houston Action for Soviet Jews, Chicago Action for Soviet Jews, Colorado Committee of Concern for Soviet Jews and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. Interviewees include accounts by Lillian Forman (BACSJ), Ann Polunsky, Morey Schapira, Myrtle Sitowitz, Deborah Turkin, David Waksberg, Sylvia Weinberg and Dolores Wilkenfeld. In addition, posters related to the Soviet Jewry Movement can be found in the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

Additional materials from other collections include records dealing with the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) located within the North American Jewish Students Appeal (NAJSA, I-338) and the records of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC, I-172). Related records are also located at the AJHS in Newton Centre, MA including memorabilia and ephemera of the New England Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (I-237) and the Records of the Student Coalition for Soviet Jewry - Brandeis University (I-493).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Pamela B. Cohen, papers; P-897; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Pamela B. Cohen in 2009.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Correspondence, Memos, Notes, Speeches, News Clippings, undated, 1978-1998, 2005

This series is in English.
70 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series I contains documents reflecting Pamela Cohen's personal involvement in the American Soviet Jewry movement amassed from the time of her initial engagement with the Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry in the late 1970s, throughout her presidency of Union of Council of Soviet Jews and into the late 1990s. The documents in the series include Pamela B. Cohen's notebooks and memos, correspondence with Soviet Jews, fellow human rights activists and U.S. government officials; materials on her travels to the U.S.S.R., transcripts of her speeches and clippings of news stories related to her activism.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Appeals and Open Letters From and on Behalf of Soviet Jews1978-1985
12Appeals and Open Letters From and on Behalf of Soviet Jews1986-1987
13Appeals and Open Letters From and on Behalf of Soviet Jewsundated, 1988-1989
14Contactsundated, 1980-1981, 1987, 1991
15Correspondence: Congressional and Governmental1983
16Correspondence: Gilbert, Martin1984-1985, 1988-1989
17Correspondence: Letters from the Refuseniks1978-1979
18Correspondence: Letters from the Refuseniks1980-1982
19Correspondence: Letters from the Refuseniks1983-1986
110Correspondence: Postal Return Receipts1978-1985, 1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Letters and Appeals from Soviet Jewsundated, 1976, 1982-1988, 1994-1998
22Notes1992
23Notes1992-1993
24Notesundated
25Outline for a Book on the American Soviet Jewry Movementundated
26Pamela Cohen's Speeches1982-1983
27Pamela Cohen's Speeches1986-1989, 1991, 1997, 2005
28Pamela Cohen's Speechesundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
31Pamela Cohen's Speechesundated
32Pamela Cohen's Timeline of the American Soviet Jewry Movementundated
33Personal File1987-1989
34Personal File1978, 1981-1986
35Personal File1990-1995
36Personal Fileundated, 1996-1997
37President's File1978-1979, 1981-1982
38President's File1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
41President's File1981
42President's File1981
43President's File1981
44President's File1983
45President's File1983
46President's File1983
47President's File1984
BoxFolderTitleDate
51President's File1984
52President's File1984
53President's File1985
54President's File1985
55President's File1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
61President's File1986
62President's File1987
63President's File1987
64President's File1987
65President's File1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
71President's File1987
72President's File1987
73President's File1987
74President's File1988
75President's File1989
76President's File1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
81President's File1989
82President's File1989
83President's File1990
84President's File1990
85President's File1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
91President's File1991
92President's File1992
93President's File1993
94President's File1993
95President's File1994
BoxFolderTitleDate
101President's File1994
102President's File1995
103President's File1996
104President's File1996
105President's File1996
BoxFolderTitleDate
111President's File1998
112President's File, 1988 Trip1988
113President's File, Annual Meeting in Moscow1989
114President's File, Annual Meeting in Moscow1989
115President's File, UCSJ Meetings1987
116President's File, UCSJ Meetings1987
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Series II: Phone Conversations with the Refuseniks, 1983-1986

This series is in English.
4 folders.
Arrangement:

Chronological.

Scope and Content:

Series II contains notes taken during phone conversations with Refuseniks in the U.S.S.R.-one of the most important ways of monitoring the conditions of Soviet Jews and obtaining the information, useful to help them emigrate from the U.S.S.R.

BoxFolderTitleDate
121Records of Phone Conversations with the Refuseniks in the U.S.S.R.1983-1984
122Records of Phone Conversations with the Refuseniks in the U.S.S.R.1984
123Records of Phone Conversations with the Refuseniks in the U.S.S.R.1985
124Records of Phone Conversations with the Refuseniks in the U.S.S.R.1985
125Records of Phone Conversations with the Refuseniks in the U.S.S.R.1986
126Records of Phone Conversations with the Refuseniks in the U.S.S.R.1986
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Series III: Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry, 1983, 1988-1993

This series is in English.
5 folders.
Arrangement:

Chronological.

Scope and Content:

Series III contains press releases from the Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry.

BoxFolderTitleDate
131Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry: News and Press Releases1983
132Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry: News and Press Releases1988
133Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry: News and Press Releases1989-1990
134Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry: News and Press Releases1991-1992
135Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry: News and Press Releases1993
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Series IV: Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, undated, 1968-1981, 1983, 1985-1995, 1998

This series is in English.
15 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series IV contains memos, press releases, brochures and statements of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews.

BoxFolderTitleDate
141Affairs Materials: UCSJ Brochures, Leaflets, Post Cards, Handoutsundated, 1976-1977, 1980-1981, 1983, 1990-1991
142Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1972
143Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1973
144Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1974
145Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1975
146Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1976
147Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1977
148Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1978
149Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1978
BoxFolderTitleDate
151Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1979
152Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Historic Documents1968-1972, 1980, 1998
153Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Historic Documents1985-1986
154Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Historic Documents1987-1988
155Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Historic Documents1989-1990
156Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Historic Documentsundated, 1991-1995
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Series V: Individual Case Files on Soviet Jewish Refuseniks, undated, 1977-1989, 1994, 1998

This series is in English, Russian and Hebrew.
21 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series V includes individual case files of several Refusenik families and individuals, detailing their struggle to emigrate from the U.S.S.R., and work on their behalf by Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry, Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, and by Pamela Cohen personally. The files contain correspondence, memos, notes and news clippings.

BoxFolderTitleDate
161Blitshtein, Levundated, 1979-1983, 1985-1988
  

(contains Russian)

 
162Chernobilsky, Borisundated, 1984, 1987-1989
  

(contains Russian and Hebrew)

 
163Gorodetsky, Yakovundated, 1977-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1987
  

(contains Russian)

 
164Gorodetsky, Yakovundated, 1984-1986
165Gorodetsky, Yakovundated, 1982-1984, 1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
171Gorodetsky, Yakovundated, 1984-1986
  

(contains Russian)

 
172Gorodetsky, Yakovundated, 1983, 1985
  

(contains Russian)

 
173Khassin Family1979, 1982, 1985-1987
  

(contains Russian)

 
174Khassin Familyundated, 1986-1988
  

(contains Russian)

 
175Khassin Familyundated, 1986-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
181Poltinnikov Familyundated, 1979-1980, 1983, 1994, 1998
182Volvovsky, Leonid Anayevichundated, 1978-1987
  

(contains Hebrew)

 
183Volvovsky, Leonid Anayevichundated, 1979-1980, 1982, 1985-1987
184Volvovsky, Leonid Anayevichundated, 1978, 1986-1987
185Volvovsky, Leonid Anayevichundated, 1985-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
191Volvovsky, Leonid Anayevichundated, 1977-1980, 1982-1983, 1985-1987
  

(contains Hebrew)

 
192Zunshine, Zacharundated, 1984-1986
  

(contains Russian)

 
193Zunshine, Zacharundated, 1984-1986
  

(contains Russian)

 
194Zunshine, Zacharundated, 1983-1986
  

(contains Russian and Hebrew)

 
195Zunshine, Zacharundated, 1984-1986
  

(contains Russian)

 
196Zunshine, Zacharundated, 1984-1985
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Series VI: Subject Files, undated, 1972-1973, 1976, 1978-1994, 1996-2001, 2003

This series is in English.
25 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series VI: comprise materials on a number of issues, individuals and events connected with Soviet Jewry. The Subject Files include information on Soviet Anti-Semitism, prisoners of conscience, Jewish culture in the U.S.S.R., profiles of U.S. politicians and human rights activists, and other subjects. The documents include correspondence, memos, notes and brochures.

BoxFolderTitleDate
201Antisemitismundated, 1978, 1980, 1988, 1990-1991, 1998
202Antisemitismundated, 1980-1990, 1993
203Golempolsky, Tankredundated, 1989, 1992-1994, 1996
204Holocaust on Soviet Territory1976, 1981, 1983, 1985
205Interviewsundated, 1979, 1987, 1994, 1997, 1999-2001, 2003
  

(contains 3 audio cassettes)

 
206International Parliamentary Group for Human Rights in the Soviet Union (IPG)undated, 1980, 1983-1987
207Lein Trialundated, 1981
208Leningrad Trialundated, 1979, 1987, 1996, 1998
  

(contains audio cassette)

 
209Mikveh of Mariyna Roscha Synagogue, Moscowundated, 1995, 1998
2010Miscellaneous Subjectsundated, 1983-1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
211Moscow Olympicsundated, 1972-1973, 1976-1980
212News Articles on Soviet Jewry1987-1988
213News Articles on Soviet Jewry1989-1990
214Poor Relatives Groupundated, 1989
  

(contains Russian)

 
215Porter, John E., Congressman1982-1983
216Prisoners of Conscienceundated, 1979, 1981-1985, 1988-1989, 1999
217Rabbinic Actions1984-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
221Rapoport, Louisundated, 1986-1990
222Reagan, Ronaldundated, 1985-1988
223Secrecy Refusalsundated, 1987
224Sharansky, Anatoly1979, 1981, 1984, 1986-1988
225Sister Cities1987-1989
226Struggle for Jewish Culture in the U.S.S.R.undated, 1979-1980, 1982, 1984-1985, 1988, 1997
  

(contains audiocassette)

 
227Utevsky, Levundated, 1983-1985
228Vaad Hatzolah Chabad1998-2000
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Series VII: Projects and Events, undated, 1980-1992, 1994, 2009

This series is in English and Icelandic.
28 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series VII documents meetings and activities related to events important to the Soviet Jewry movement, such as the meetings of U.S. President Ronald Reagan with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, the U.S. elections of 1988 and other events. The series also contains documents on special projects, such as direct mail efforts, and on cooperation with other human rights groups. The documents include memos, notes, correspondence and news clippings.

BoxFolderTitleDate
231A. B. Data Direct Martketing Servicesundated, 1989-1996
232Abram-Bronfman Agreement, 3/19871985-1987
233American-Soviet Jewish Bureau for Emigration, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law1990
234American-Soviet Jewish Bureau for Emigration, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law1990
235American-Soviet Jewish Bureau for Emigration, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
241CSCE (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) Helsinki Meetingsundated, 1980, 1982, 1985-1989
242CSCE (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) Helsinki Meetingsundated, 1980, 1987-1991
243CSCE (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) Helsinki Meetings1989-1990
244CSCE (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) Helsinki MeetingsMay 1990
245Direct Mail Samples1991-1992, 1994
246Direct Mail Samples1995
247Direct Mail Samples1996
248Direct Mail Samplescirca 1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
251Elections 19881988
252Finnish Christians, Edward Usoskinundated, 1983-1987, 2009
253Jerusalem-Munich-Vienna MeetingsFebruary 1988
254Madrid Review Conference of the Helsinki Agreement1980-1981, 1983, 1992
255Moscow International Seminar on Human Rights and Soviet-American Governmental Commission undated, 1987-1988
256Reykjavik Summitundated, 1985-1986
257Reykjavik Summit: Morgunbladit Newspaper1986
  

(contains Icelandic)

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
261Reykjavik Summit: News Articlesundated, 1986
262Reykjavik Summit: Union of Councils for Soviet Jewsundated, 1986
263Summit Meeting, Helsinki1988
264Summit Meeting, Washington1987
265Summit: Washington, DC Rally Mobilization Task Force1987
266Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Annual Leadership Meeting1991-1992
267Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Meetings in Israel1980, 1982, 1986-1987
268World Conference on Soviet Jewry, Presidiumundated, 1983-1984, 1986-1988
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Series VIII: American Soviet Jewry Movement: History, Controversial Issues, Interaction Among Organizations, Relationship with Israel, undated, 1972, 1975, 1977-2000, 2003-2004, 2007

This series is in English and Russian.
16 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series VIII contains materials on the history of the Soviet Jewry Movement in the United States, on the relationship among American Soviet Jewry Movement organizations, and their relations with the Israeli government and organizations responsible for repatriation of Soviet Jews. The series contains documents on controversial and much disputed subjects, such as the issue of the Noshrim (Hebrew word for "dropouts"), the Soviet Jews who left the U.S.S.R. on an Israeli visa, but instead of going to Israel chose a different destination, usually the United States. The documents include correspondence, memos and notes.

BoxFolderTitleDate
271Chicago Jewish Federation and Chicago Conference on Soviet Jewry1982-1990
272Confidentialundated, 1977, 1979, 1982-1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2009
  

(contains Russian)

 
273Conflicts Among Soviet Jewry Movement Organizations1978-1979, 1981-1983, 1986-1988, 1993, 1995-1996, 1999-2000, 2007
274Drop Outs (Noshrim)1979, 1982
275History of the Soviet Jewry Movement in the U.S.undated, 1975
276History of the Soviet Jewry Movement in the U.S.1980, 1984, 1986-1989
277History of the Soviet Jewry Movement in the U.S.1992-1994, 1997, 2004
278Israel File1977, 1979-1985
BoxFolderTitleDate
281Israel Fileundated, 1988-1990, 1994-1996, 1999
282Israel File1986
283Israel File1987
284Lishkat Hakesher (Nativ)1972, 1979-1980, 1987-1989, 1991, 1993, 1996-1998, 2003
285National Conference on Soviet Jewry1988-1989, 1995-1996
286Pamela Cohen's Timeline of the American Soviet Jewry Movementundated
287Public Activity Versus Quiet Diplomacy Regarding Soviet Jewsundated, 1986-1987, 1991
288Women's Movementundated, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1984-1987, 1998
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Series IX: Travel to U.S.S.R., undated, 1978, 1980-1989

This series is in English.
33 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series I is divided into two subseries.

Subseries A contains information intended for the American Jews who wished to visit Jews in the U.S.S.R. to supply them with material and spiritual aid, and to gather information for the American Soviet Jewry Movement organizations. These documents include the UCSJ Travel Program outline and lists of Refuseniks to visit. The subseries also contains American travelers' articles and personal accounts of violations and unusual experiences with Soviet officials. The documents include memos, notes, news clippings and articles.

Subseries B includes Trip Reports of the American visitors of Soviet Jews in the U.S.S.R.

Subseries A: Information for American visitors of Soviet Jews in the U.S.S.R., undated, 1978, 1980-1984

This subseries is in English.
3 folders.
BoxFolderTitleDate
291Travel Program Informationundated, 1978, 1983-1984
292Tourist Violationsundated, 1980-1984
293Tourist Law1981-1984

Subseries B: Trip Reports of the American Visitors of Soviet Jews in the U.S.S.R., undated, 1981-1989

This subseries is in English.
32 folders.
BoxFolderTitleDate
294Abramson, Carole; Cohen, Gail; Gittleman, Mark; Muchin, Karen; Singer, Lynn1988
295Anisfeld, Michael1987-1988
296Anschel, Hillary; Ross, Kenundated, 1985
297Berlowitz, Jack; San, Bernard1985
298Cowen,Ruth, Wally; Rapp, Marsha and Mr. (first name unknown)undated, 1989
299Cantor, Nelson and Cohen, Lynnundated, 1985
2910Domsky, Judy and Ron1984
2911Feig, Konnilyn; Wilhelm, Lisaundated, 1985
2912Freed, Michael and Jean1984
2913Freed, Michael and Jean1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
301Gamoran, Saul, Reuben1982
302Gilatundated
303Edelheit, Joe and Gilman, Samundated, 1984
304Kahn, Betty and Opper, Lynnundated, 1984
305Katz, Betsy and Grey, Lanaundated, 1986
306Kenney, Jim and Miller, Ron1984
307Kohn, Sandra and Spinner, Nancy1985
308Kurtz, Vernon and Simon, Mordecaiundated, 1981-1983
309Lewis, Michael and Valerieundated, 1984
3010Lewis, Valerie and Arzti, Donnaundated, 1987
3011Mednick, Robert and Susan; Janger, Dick and Lois1982
3012Morris, Mitchell; Shapiro, Ronaldundated, 1983
3013Motew, Marty; Winick, Alundated, 1986
3014Oberman, Marty1981
BoxFolderTitleDate
311Opper, Linda; Tallman, Marillyn; Waksberg, Davidundated, 1988
312Peshkin, Frances and Murrayundated, 1989
313Rizowry, Carlos and Halbkram, Harryundated, 1982
314Rosenfeldundated
315Rosenfeld: Nancy, Martin1982
316Stein, Jay1986
317Stern, Barbara and Canadian Delegation1984
318Taussig, Elaine and Stuart1983
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Series X: Soviet and American Policies Affecting Soviet Jews, undated, 1978-1991, 1993-1996

This series is in English, Russian and Hebrew.
18 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series X contains materials on Soviet and American laws and policies that affected Immigration of Soviet Jews and Jewish life in the U.S.S.R.. The documents include memos, press releases and news clippings.

BoxFolderTitleDate
321Jackson-Vanik Amendment1978-1979, 1983, 1985-1986
322Jackson-Vanik Amendment1987
323Jackson-Vanik Amendment1987
324Jackson-Vanik Amendment1988
325Jackson-Vanik Amendment1989
326Jackson-Vanik Amendment1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
331Jackson-Vanik Amendment1989
332Jackson-Vanik Amendment1989
333Jackson-Vanik Amendment1989
334Jackson-Vanik Amendment1990
335Jackson-Vanik Amendment1991, 1993-1995
336Jackson-Vanik Amendment: 20th Anniversary1994-1995
337Repatriation1983-1985
  

(contains Russian and Hebrew)(contains 1 cassette)

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
341Soviet Anti-Zionist Committeeundated, 1978, 1980, 1983-1995
  

(contains Russian)

 
342Soviet Disinformation and Propaganda1978, 1981-1989, 1992, 1996
  

(contains Russian)

 
343Soviet Emigration Policy1981-1986
344Soviet Emigration Policyundated, 1987-1989
345Stevenson Amendment1985, 1988-1989
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Series XI: Publications, 1975, 1977-1991, 1993, 1996-1997

This series is in English, Russian and Hebrew.
18 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series XI contains newsletters and reports on Soviet Jews published in America, Europe and Israel.

BoxFolderTitleDate
35135's [Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry]1981
352Alert [Union of Councils for Soviet Jews]January-May 1979
353Alert [Union of Councils for Soviet Jews]June-December 1979
354Alert [Union of Councils for Soviet Jews]January-June 1980
355Alert [Union of Councils for Soviet Jews]July-December 1980
356Alert [Union of Councils for Soviet Jews]1981
BoxFolderTitleDate
361Alert [Union of Councils for Soviet Jews]1982-1986
362Antisemitism in the Former Soviet Union, 1995-1997, Report by Union of Councils for Soviet Jews1997
363Antisemitism in the U.S.S.R.1979
364Antisemitism in the U.S.S.R.1979
365Antisemitism in the U.S.S.R.1980
366Antisemitism in the U.S.S.R.1986
367Information [Israel]1979-1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
371Information [Israel]1991-1993
372Insight: Soviet Jews, Vol. 1, Nos 2, 3, 5; Vol. 4, No. 111975, 1978
373Jews in the U.S.S.R.January-June 1977
374Jews in the U.S.S.R.July-December 1977
375Jews in the U.S.S.R.January-June 1978
376Jews in the U.S.S.R.July-December 1978
377Jews in the U.S.S.R.February-June 1979
378Jews in the U.S.S.R.July-December 1979
379Jews in the U.S.S.R.1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
381Jews in the U.S.S.R.1981
382News Bulletin [Scientists Committee of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry]1978-1980
383News Bulletin [Scientists Committee of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry]1981
384News Bulletin [Scientists Committee of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry], Nos. 3, 4, 61996
385Refusenik: Information from Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry1979-1980
386Refusenik: Information from Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry1981-1982
387Refusenik: Information from Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry1983-1984
BoxFolderTitleDate
391Refusenik: Information from Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry1985-1987
392Refusenik: Information from Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry1990-1991, 1993
393Soviet Jewry Education and Information Center Bulletin1984-1986
394Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry1978-1979
395Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry1980-1981
396UCSJ Quarterly Report1983-1986
397U.S.S.R. News Brief [Editor Cronid Lubarsky]1986
398U.S.S.R. News Brief [Editor Cronid Lubarsky]1987-1988
399U.S.S.R. News Brief [Editor Cronid Lubarsky]1989
3910U.S.S.R. News Brief [Editor Cronid Lubarsky]1990
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Series XII: Audio, Visual and Oversize Materials, 3-D Objects, undated, 1976-1994, 1998, 1999

This series is in English,Russian and Hebrew.
Scope and Content:

Series XII is divided into five subseries.

Subseries A contains photographs taken during Pamela B. Cohen’s travels in the U.S.S.R. and during various events related to the American Soviet Jewry Movement.

Subseries B contains videocassettes of television broadcasts and other video materials related to Soviet Jews, including an oral history interview with Pamela B. Cohen, taken in 2009.

Subseries C includes audio- and microcassettes containing recordings of conversations with Soviet Jews and the proceedings of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews conference in Israel.

Subseries D contains three metal bracelets stamped with names of Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience and one plastic pin, commemorative of the Conference of Jewish Organizations and Communities of U.S.S.R., Moscow 1989.

Subseries E contains Soviet Jewry Movement posters and broadsides.

Subseries A: Photographs, undated, 1976-1994, 1999

This subseries is in English.
23 folders.
BoxFolderTitleDate
401Photographs1978-1979
402Photographs1980-1989
403Photographs 1990-1992, 1994, 1999
404Photographs 1991
405Photographs 1991
406Photographs1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
411Photographsundated
412Photographsundated
413Photographsundated
414Photographs: Azerbaijan1994
415Photographs: Bishkek, Kirghizia, Human Rights Meeting1991
416Photographs: Chernobylsky Familyundated, 1985, 1987-1989
417Photographs: Cohen, Pamela and Leonard Trip to the U.S.S.R.1978
BoxFolderTitleDate
421Photographs: Gorodetsky, Yakovundated
422Photographs: Greenberg, Mosheundated
423Photographs: Khassin Familyundated, 1979, 1982, 1985-1987
424Photographs: Lazaris, Vladimirundated, 1976-1977
425Photographs: MoscowMay-June 1990
426Photographs: Moscow1992
BoxFolderTitleDate
431Photographs: Moscow1993
432Photographs: Moscow, UCSJ Meeting1989
433Photographs: Opening of the Mikhoels Cultural Center in Moscow1989
434Photographs: Volovsky Familyundated, 1978, 1986-1987
435Photographs: Reykjavik Summit1986
436Photographs: Sharanskyundated, 1984, 1987
437Photographs: Sharansky DedicationOctober 1982
438Photographs: Stolar, Abe in Chicagoundated
439Photographs: UCSJ Human Rights Meeting in Kiev1992
4310Photographs: Women's Movementundated

Subseries B: Video, undated, 1984-1986, 2002

1 box.
BoxFolderTitleDate
441DVD: Oral History Interview with Pamela B. Cohen2009
442Videocassette: Natan Sharansky Release Interview, PBC1986
443Videocassette: Avital Sharansky at the Chicago Action for Soviet JewryMarch 1984
444Videocassette: Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry: Marty Obermanundated
445Videocassette: Lev Roitburd (Odessa)undated
446Videocassette: Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry: Orlov-Sharansky Human Rights Violationsundated
447Videocassette: Re-Remembering, Chicago Action for Jews in the Former Soviet Union2002
448Videocassette: Betty Kahn and Pam Cohenundated
449Videocassette: Pamela Cohen on "Friends" with Mike Heiderman, on Channel 5 Late News and Today Show1985
4410Videocassette: Kevin Klose, Washington Post: Leningrad Broadcastundated

Subseries C: Audio Materials,  undated, 1984-1987, 1998-1999

BoxFolderTitleDate
451Audiocassette: "Abe Stolar 3/21"undated
452Audiocassette: "Songs--Volovsky, Ebsteins (Moscow 7/20/81)"July 20, 1981
453Audiocassette: "Volovsky 1. Ed, Dem. Tel Aviv"undated
454Audiocassette: "Volovsky"June 28, 1982
455Audiocassette: "Lynn-Volovsky"undated
456Audiocassette: "Ari Volovsky, Letter"Spring 1979, March 1981
457Audiocassette: "Volovsky, July 1, 1980; Stolar, Abe, June 19, 1980"1980
458Audiocassette: "Volovsky"undated
459Audiocassette: "Tatiana Zunshain"undated
4510Audiocassette: "Tatiana Zunshain, Orleans, France"undated
4511Audiocassette: "Tanya's Letter to Pres."undated
4512Audiocassette: "Yale/Addresses"undated
4513Audiocassette: "Tatiana Zunshain"undated
4514Audiocassette: "Tatiana Appeal"undated
4515Audiocassette: "Gorod. John Porter"August 13, 1985
4516Audiocassette: "Lifshitz"September 23, 1985
4517Audiocassette: "Volovsky Letter, 42 Signatures, November 28, 1985: Burshtein's Release From Prison" 1985
4518Audiocassette: "Zunshain"March 15, 1985
4519Audiocassette: "Imp. English Statement"undated
4520Audiocassette: "Zunshain, 3/17/1986, Intervention/Sud 3/17/1986"1986
4521Audiocassette: "Zunshain-Begun, May 19"undated
4522Audiocassette: "Tanya Zunshain"April 1, 1986
4523Audiocassette: "Tanya Zunshain-Mitterrand/April 4, Yasha-Tourists"undated
4524Audiocassette: "Zunshain"undated
4525Audiocassette: "Zunshain Post Card to Deputies"May 16, 1985
4526Audiocassette: "Tanya Zunshain, Stachenko (Dobrovensky)"undated
4527Audiocassette: "Volovsky, May 28, Hawkes"undated
4528Audiocassette: "Abe Stolar 8/81 Master, Lev Blitshtein--Original"undated
4529Audiocassette: "Abe Stolar, 72nd Birthday, Message to Mayor of Washington"December 18, 1983
4530Audiocassette: "Volovsky, Michael Sherbourne, Mesh Called in Dec. 82."1982
4531Audiocassette: "Abe Stolar to Mayor Byrne, Moscow"December 8, 1980
4532Audiocassette: "Volovsky"September 10, 1979
4533Audiocassette: "Israel Conference UCSJ: Families--Moscow"1980
4534Audiocassette: "Israel Conference UCSJ: Grigory Kanovich"1980
4535Audiocassette: "Israel Conference UCSJ: Emigration, Drop Outs, Ben Fein"1980
4536Audiocassette: "Israel Conference UCSJ: Anatoly Altman, Families"1980
4537Audiocassette: "Israel Conference UCSJ: David Shipler--Effects of Polish Crisis, Michael Sherbourne, Barras"1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
461Audiocassette: "Volovsky"January 1984
462Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky, Gene, 21"1984
463Audiocassette: "Lev Goldfarb"April 27, 1984
464Audiocassette: "Mila, Red Cross"undated
465Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky, 3/22/83/Tatiana Zunshain 3/23/84"1983-1984
466Audiocassette: "Nellie Mai"May 2, 1984
467Audiocassette: "Ari Volovsky"undated
468Audiocassette: "Mila Volovsky"undated
469Audiocassette: "Yasha"November 14, 1984
4610Audiocassette: "Yasha 6/6/1984; Gorodetsky"1984
4611Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky--June 15"undated
4612Audiocassette: "KGB--Yasha--Aug. 20, 1984 Use in Case of Trial"1984
4613Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky Arrest, Pratt, Khassina"September 1984
4614Audiocassette: "Leningrad Appeal"undated
4615Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky"undated
4616Audiocassette: "Tanya, Helsinki Letter April; Revised Women's Letter"undated
4617Audiocassette: "Yasha: I Can Help You"undated
4618Audiocassette: "Yasha Gorodetsky: Messenger Call Interrupted 8/5/85; Porter, Aug. 13, 1985"1985
4619Audiocassette: "Yasha, Defomation"May 20, 1985
4620Audiocassette: "Burshtein; Alla P."undated
4621Audiocassette: "Alla Praisman; Vasserman, June 25"undated
4622Audiocassette: "Edward; Yasha"July 24, 1985
4623Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky--Usoskin"undated
4624Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky Signatures, 19/09/84; Pam Cohen-Usoskin"1984
4625Audiocassette: "Yiddish Songs in German, N. Ratner"April 23, 1987
4626Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky, April 3"undated
4627Audiocassette: "Yasha, Repatriation, Repeat"October 15, 1985
4628Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky and Porter"undated
4629Audiocassette: "Yasha"September 11, 1985
4630Audiocassette: "Yasha Gorodetsky" February 24, 1985
4631Audiocassette: "Yasha Gorodetsky"undated
4632Audiocassette: "Tanya Zunshain"January 10, 1985
4633Audiocassette: "Yasha"undated
4634Audiocassette: "Women to American Congress"undated
4635Audiocassette: "Dina Beilina 3/24"undated
4636Audiocassette: "Gorodetsky; Zulshtein, Arrest"undated
4637Audiocassette: Unlabeledundated
4638Audiocassette: "Leningrad Appeal to Israel, Russian"undated
4639Audiocassette: Unlabeledundated
4640Audiocassette: "Chicago Action for Soviet Jewry Refuseniks: Heroes of History"
4641Audiocassette: "Letters to Jews in the West, 1985; Natasha Bechkan: Complaints, Fanya Berenshtein, Tanya Edelstein, Dec. 26, 1984" 1984-1985
4642Audiocassette: "Beilina-John Hatch, Grassoly Boshewitz"undated
4643Audiocassette: "P. Cohen--Debriefing Speech"undated
4644Audiocassette: "Lev Suel; Dima Beilina--Message from Ilona Khassina"undated
4645Audiocassette: "Give up Citizenship, Mairobi; The Reasons for Establishing Process of Repatriation"October 18, 1985
4646Audiocassette: "Vlad L.--History of Persecution"undated
4647Audiocassette: "Shapiro Case; Tanya"undated
4648Audiocassette: "Dr. Michael Wasserman and Consulate re: Sharansky; Ari Volovsky, October 21st"undated
4649Audiocassette: "Candidates, Congress, Nepomnishaya"undated
4650Audiocassette: "Natasha Khassina"undated
4651Audiocassette: "Meshkov 3-24"undated
4652Audiocassette: "Ari Volovsky Singing"undated
4653Microcassette: "Shauli--G. Farber"undated
4654Microcassette: "Gennady/Joseph E."undated
4655Microcassette: "M. Sherbourne"undated
4656Microcassette: "Shmucler"undated
4657Microcassette: "Simcah-Dinitz"undated
4658Microcassette: "Rabbi Chazan"August 16, 1998
4659Microcassette: "Chaim Burshtein"January 4, 1998
4660Microcassette: "KGB"1999
4661Microcassette: "Bronfman-Sharansky"undated
4662Microcassette: "Alex Pyatetsk I"undated
4663Microcassette: "Rabbi Greenberg Interview, Would not Talk"August 17, 1998
4664Microcassette: "Yesh. Anug Min. Foreign Affairs; Nechemiah, Levanon"undated
4665Microcassette: "Rabbi Chazan Interview"August 17, 1998
4666Microcassette: Unlabeledundated
4667Microcassette: Unlabeledundated
4668Microcassette: Unlabeledundated
4669Microcassette: "Isobin"undated
4670Microcassette: "Mendeleev 5/25"undated
4671Microcassette: Unlabeledundated
4672Microcassette: Unlabeledundated
4673Microcassette: "Ouda History"undated
4674Microcassette: "Semenovsky 5/16"undated
4675Microcassette: Unlabeledundated
4676Microcassette: "Ann Shenkaz (?)"undated
4677Microcassette: Unlabeledundated
4678Microcassette: "Alex IV"undated
4679Microcassette: "Alex III"undated
4680Microcassette: Unlabeledundated

Subseries D: 3-D Objects, undated, 1989

This subseries is in English.
2 folders.
BoxFolderTitleDate
4681Pin: Conference of Jewish Organizations and Communities of U.S.S.R., Moscow 1989
  

(contains Russian and Hebrew)

 
4682Three Metal Bracelets with Names of Soviet Jewish Prisoners of Conscience: Judith Ratner, Aryeh Volvosky, Eduard Kuznetsovundated

Subseries E: Oversize Materials, undated, 1985-1986

This subseries is in English.
1MAP folder.
BoxFolderTitleDate
MAP11Poster: "How Many Years Can Some People Exist Before They're Allowed to Be Free," by Student and Academic Campaign for Soviet Jews, London, UK, 17"x24", b/wundated
MAP11Poster: "Hosting Human Rights Conference; Denying Human Rights to Soviet Jews," by Student and Academic Campaign for Soviet Jews, London, UK, 17"x24", colorundated
MAP11Poster: Prisoner of the Soviet Secret Police Mikhail Kornblit, Soviet Jew, by Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, by Student Struggle for Soviet Jews, 11"x17", b/wundated
MAP11Broadside: International Herald Tribune, "There are Still 370,000 Hostages in the Soviet Union"October 9, 1986
MAP11Broadside: The Wall Street Journal, "Secretary Shultz: Seventy-Three Women and Men are Risking Their Lives by Running this Ad Today"January 2, 1985
MAP11Poster: "UCSJ Network of Human Rights Bureaus in Russian and the Newly Independent Nations of the Former Soviet Union," 11"x17", colorundated
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