Guide to the David Waksberg (1956- ) Papers,
1970-1997 (bulk 1982-1995)

P-895

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

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Finding aid was created by Rachel Miller in MS Word and Excel 2000 and converted to EAD 2002 in July 2010. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: David Waksberg (1956- )
Title: David Waksberg Papers
Dates:1970-1997 (bulk 1982-1995)
Abstract: The David Waksberg Papers are comprised of materials generated while Waksberg served in a variety of leadership roles in the American Soviet Jewry Movement in the 1980s and early 1990s: Executive Director of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews (BACSJ); National Vice-President of Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ); member of the UCSJ Board of Directors; Director of the Center for Jewish Renewal; Director of Development and Communication of UCSJ; a founder of the Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights in Moscow. The materials primarily consist of correspondence, reports, grant proposals, notes, clippings, newsletters and photographs.
Languages: The collection is primarily in English, with some Russian throughout, and a few items in Hebrew, Yiddish, and French.
Quantity: 18 manuscript boxes
Quantity:9 linear feet
Accession number: P-895
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical and Biographical Note

The David Waksberg Papers 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 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.

David Jonathan Waksberg, born December 14, 1956 in New York City, was involved in the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry before moving to California, where in 1981 he began working for the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews (BACSJ) as Assistant Director. In 1982 Waksberg became BACSJ's Executive Director, supervising all organizational activities, which included: public and political advocacy on behalf of Soviet Jews; research and monitoring of the living conditions of Soviet Jews; administration of financial, medical and legal aid to refuseniks and prisoners of conscience; demonstrations and vigils; preparing travelers for visits to refuseniks; and fundraising. By 1983 he was on the Board of Directors of BACSJ's umbrella organization, the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ), and he then became National Vice-President of UCSJ in 1985.

In his work for the BACSJ and UCSJ, Waksberg made frequent trips to the Soviet Union and the Former Soviet states in the 1980s and 1990s. He led numerous protests outside the Soviet consulate in San Francisco. He supported the Soviet Jewry movement also in deeply personal ways; in 1983, for example, his marriage to Ellen Bob was a theatrical display of protest. They staged their traditional Jewish wedding in San Francisco's Union Square, standing under the chuppah as proxies for a refusenik couple, Yuri and Olga Tarnopolsky, who were not allowed by Soviet authorities to marry in a Jewish wedding ceremony.

In 1990, UCSJ established the US-USSR Center for Jewish Renewal and headquartered the programming arm of the Center in BACSJ’s office in San Francisco. Waksberg devoted three days a week of his BACSJ time to the new position of Director of the Center for Jewish Renewal (CJR). The initial mission of the CJR revolved around the promotion of renewal and development of Jewish life in the Soviet Union and later Former Soviet Union (FSU). However, the CJR’s mission shifted slightly from purely cultural, religious and educational initiatives to instead address the emigration rights, human rights and resettlement needs of Jews in the transitioning FSU. The CJR together with BACSJ and UCSJ supported the openings and operations of a network of human rights and emigration bureaus in major FSU cities.

When Waksberg stepped down as Executive Director of BACSJ in 1994, he became a member of the BACSJ's Board of Directors, and he also took on the role of Director of Development and Communication of the UCSJ.

Waksberg left the non-profit world in 1995, working at Descartes Systems Group for twelve years, until he accepted the position of Executive Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education of San Francisco in 2007.

References

Palevsky, Stacey. "Soviet Jewry activist chosen to head BJE." j. June 8, 2007. Accessed June 14, 2010 from: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/32685/soviet-jewry-activist-chosen-to-head-bje/

Pine, Dan. "Soviet Jewry movement celebrates 40th anniversary." j. December 10, 2007. Accessed June 14, 2010 from: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/33978/soviet-jewry-movement-celebrates-40th-anniversary/

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Scope and Content Note

The David Waksberg Papers most substantially reflect Waksberg’s work for BACSJ, UCSJ and CJR in the late 1980s and early 1990s on behalf of Soviet Jews. The collection documents the BACSJ’s, UCSJ's and CJR’s activities, goals, reactions to events, and shifts in policy, as well as general topics such as refuseniks, prisoners of conscience, emigration law, anti-Semitism, US-USSR relations and the Jackson-Vanik Amendment.

The papers are of a purely professional nature, not related to Waksberg’s personal life aside from items about his politically staged marriage in 1983 (Box 11, Folder 14). Waksberg interfiled most material generated in connection with his intersecting leadership roles, with the exceptions of separate clusters of materials on the human rights bureaus in Series III and UCSJ fundraising activities in Series IV. Document types consist of correspondence, reports, grant proposals, notes, clippings and photographs.

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Arrangement

Approximately half of David Waksberg’s incoming papers had been organized by him into subject files, and the other half was largely unfiled and unfoldered. They have been arranged into six series.

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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 David Waksberg Papers 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), Pinchas Mordechai Teitz (P-891) and Pamela B. Cohen (P-897).

Over 322 linear feet of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews Records are currently being processed (as of July 2010).

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, 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 David Waksberg, Lillian Forman, Ann Polunsky, Morey Schapira, Myrtle Sitowitz, Deborah Turkin, 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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Separated Material

Standard weekly packets issued between March 1986 and December 1992 by the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ) for Member Councils, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee were deaccessioned because the packets in this date range already exist in the UCSJ Records and because Waksberg had made no notations on them.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); David Waksberg Papers; P-895; 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 on July 9, 2008 (accession #2008.35).

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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.

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Correspondence, 1982-1997

1.75 linear feet. Boxes 1-4.
Arrangement:

Chronological.

Scope and Content:

David Waksberg’s interoffice, incoming, and outgoing correspondence richly documents the BACSJ’s and UCSJ’s activities, goals, reactions to events, and shifts in policy. A substantial portion of the correspondence was deemed confidential at the time. Frequent correspondents include Marillyn Tallman, Morey Schapira, Mitchell Platt, Micah Naftalin and Pamela Braun Cohen. Between 1985 and 1987 there is extensive correspondence related to trips made to the USSR on behalf of refuseniks. Large amounts of correspondence can also be found in Series II, III and IV.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Correspondence 1982 request_box
1 2 Correspondence 1983 request_box
1 3 Correspondence 1984 request_box
1 4 Correspondence 1985 request_box
1 5 Correspondence 1985 request_box
1 6 Correspondence 1986 request_box
1 7 Correspondence 1986 request_box
1 8 Correspondence 1986 request_box
1 9 Correspondence 1987 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Correspondence 1987 request_box
2 2 Correspondence 1987 request_box
2 3 Correspondence 1988 request_box
2 4 Correspondence 1988 request_box
2 5 Correspondence 1988 request_box
2 6 Correspondence 1988 request_box
2 7 Correspondence 1988 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1 Correspondence 1988 request_box
3 2 Correspondence 1989 request_box
3 3 Correspondence 1990 request_box
3 4 Correspondence 1990 request_box
3 5 Correspondence 1991 request_box
3 6 Correspondence 1992 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 1 Correspondence 1993 request_box
4 2 Correspondence 1994 request_box
4 3 Correspondence 1995 request_box
4 4 Correspondence 1996 request_box
4 5 Correspondence 1997 request_box
4 6 Correspondence undated request_box
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Series II: Subject Files, 1970-1996

5.25 linear feet. Boxes 4-14.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Waksberg maintained his subject files in such a way that their contents frequently relate to all of his organizational roles. In addition to files on general subjects, this series include files on individuals, projects, places, events and publications. Topics covered include refuseniks, prisoners of conscience, emigration law, anti-Semitism, US-USSR relations, the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, direct flights from the USSR to Israel, the mock Sharansky Tribunal and UCSJ’s Commission of Inquiry. Material types consist of reports, correspondence, proposals, notes, clippings, general mailings, information packets, newletters, and speeches.

The trip reports in Boxes 11 and 12 detail clandestine visits to refuseniks in the USSR by American travelers briefed by BACSJ and UCSJ. These reports are rich in anecdotes and details about the lives of refuseniks. Early on Waksberg maintained a file he labeled “Confidential” (Box 6, Folder 16). Much of the contents regard intra-organizational issues, some related to the KGB, such as concern over one volunteer’s possible connection to the KGB.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 7 Abram, Morris 1987 request_box
4 8 Advocacy -- Refusenik Casework Overview 1990 request_box
4 9 Aish HaTorah 1995 request_box
4 10 Albats, Yevgenia 1995 request_box
4 11 American Bar Association and Association of Soviet Lawyers 1986-1987 request_box
4 12 AMI 1990 request_box
4 13 Analysis of Jewish Emigration from the USSR 1990-1991 request_box
4 14 Andizhan, Uzbekistan 1990 request_box
4 15 Anti-Semitism 1983-1994 request_box
4 16 Anti-Semitism -- Personal Accounts 1990-1992 request_box
4 17 Anti-Semitism Research Project 1991 request_box
4 18 Arzt, Donna 1987-1988 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 1 BACSJ -- Adoption of a Refusenik 1985 request_box
5 2 BACSJ -- Allocation Request to Jewish Federation of San Jose 1988 request_box
5 3 BACSJ -- "BACSJ: A Market Research Analysis" 1986 request_box
5 4 BACSJ -- "BACSJ and the Soviet Coup" Press Coverage 1991 request_box
5 5 BACSJ -- Board of Directors 1988-1993 request_box
5 6 BACSJ -- Bonner Reception 1986 request_box
5 7 BACSJ -- Committees undated request_box
5 8 BACSJ -- Creative Strategy 1987 request_box
5 9 BACSJ -- Declaration of Custodian of Records 1987 request_box
5 10 BACSJ -- Events 1986-1991 request_box
5 11 BACSJ -- Executive Committee 1987-1993 request_box
5 12 BACSJ -- Financials 1987-1993 request_box
5 13 BACSJ -- General undated, 1986-1991 request_box
5 14 BACSJ -- Law Suit 1986-1988 request_box
5 15 BACSJ -- Media Campaign 1987 request_box
5 16 BACSJ -- Media Notebook 1984 request_box
5 17 BACSJ -- Meetings undated, 1988-1992 request_box
5 18 BACSJ -- Outcry 1985-1991 request_box
5 19 BACSJ -- Press Kit 1990 request_box
5 20 BACSJ -- Press Releases 1986-1989 request_box
5 21 BACSJ -- "Prosecution of Jewish Emigration Activists in the USSR" Study 1986 request_box
5 22 BACSJ -- Staff Meeting Minutes 1988 request_box
5 23 BACSJ -- Symposia Series undated request_box
5 24 Begun, Yosef 1995 request_box
5 25 Bloch, Ruth 1983-1985 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 1 Bob, Steven M. 1988 request_box
6 2 Bogolmolny Family 1985-1986 request_box
6 3 Bolshakov, Vladislav and Michael Shapiro 1992 request_box
6 4 Book Publishing 1989-1994 request_box
6 5 Boxer, Barbara 1991 request_box
6 6 Carlebach, Shlomo 1989 request_box
6 7 Center for Human Rights Advocacy 1992-1994 request_box
6 8 Center for Jewish Renewal (CJR) 1990-1992request_box
6 9 CJR News Brief 1991-1992 request_box
6 10 Center for US-Soviet Jewish Friendship and Exchange undated request_box
6 11 Chechnya 1995 request_box
6 12 Civil Liberties Act of 1988 1988 request_box
6 13 Cohen, Pamela Braun -- "A Decade of Leadership" 1996 request_box
6 14 Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe 1986 request_box
6 15 Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe 1988-1989 request_box
6 16 Confidential 1983-1985 request_box
6 17 Congress of Jewish Organizations and Communities of the USSR 1989 request_box
6 18 Criminal Justice Advocacy Institute 1993-1994 request_box
6 19 Direct Flights to Israel from USSR 1987-1989 request_box
6 20 Disinformation 1988-1989 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 1 Documentary Proposals 1989-1990 request_box
7 2 Dorf, Julie 1992-1994 request_box
7 3 "Embassy Nine" Trial Documents 1986 request_box
7 4 Emigration Law 1992 request_box
7 5 Emigration Law and Figures 1989-1991 request_box
7 6 Enger, Daniel 1985 request_box
7 7 Ethiopian Jewry 1986-1988 request_box
7 8 Evans, Mike 1984-1985 request_box
7 9 Expenses 1989 request_box
7 10 Fattakhov, Dmitry 1995 request_box
7 11 File Directories 1986 request_box
7 12 Food Project 1992 request_box
7 13 "Freedom of Movement for All" Symposium 1989 request_box
7 14 Fundraising Letters 1988 request_box
7 15 Glasnost Information Bulletin 1987 request_box
7 16 Goble, Paul 1993-1994 request_box
7 17 Gopstein, Yevsey Yefimovich 1991 request_box
7 18 Gulko, Bella 1994 request_box
7 19 Holocaust Oral History Project undated request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 1 Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) 1988-1991 request_box
8 2 Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) 1988-1991 request_box
8 3 Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) 1991-1993 request_box
8 4 Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) 1992-1995 request_box
8 5 Insurance 1987 request_box
8 6 Interfaith Conference to the USSR 1988-1989 request_box
8 7 Interfaith Sharansky Briefing 1987 request_box
8 8 International Children's Day 1987 request_box
8 9 International Foundation for the Survival and Development of Humanity 1988 request_box
8 10 Jackson-Vanik Amendment 1979-1989 request_box
8 11 Jazz Group -- Bob Murphy 1987 request_box
8 12 Jewish Agency for Israel 1992 request_box
8 13 Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco 1970, 1987 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
9 1 Jewish Cultural Association 1988-1989 request_box
9 2 Job Descriptions undated request_box
9 3 Kamenev, Valentin 1988-1990 request_box
9 4 Kaplan, Sunny undated request_box
9 5 Kelman, Boris 1989-1990 request_box
9 6 Kharkov News from Cincinnati 1989 request_box
9 7 Kontouri 1990 request_box
9 8 Kotler, Igor 1993 request_box
9 9 Lazarus, Irwin 1984 request_box
9 10 Leningrad Art Show in United States 1988-1989 request_box
9 11 Leningrad Society for Jewish Culture 1990 request_box
9 12 Lezov, Sergey and Borovaya, Olga 1990-1995 request_box
9 13 Lifeline 1987-1990 request_box
9 14 Lists of Refuseniks and Prisoners of Conscience 1988-1992 request_box
9 15 Miscellaneous 1983-1994 request_box
9 16 Moscow Jewish Film Festival 1989 request_box
9 17 Moscow Refusenik Scientific Seminars 1988-1989 request_box
9 18 "(Mostly) Funny Stories about a Serious Struggle" by Si Frumkin undated request_box
9 19 Muravchick, Joshua 1991 request_box
9 20 Music 1989-1991 request_box
9 21 Musicians 1982-1990 request_box
9 22 Naaseh Seminar 1993 request_box
9 23 Nadgorny, Nina 1993-1994 request_box
9 24 National Conference on Soviet Jewry 1988-1995 request_box
9 25 National Food Drive 1995 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
10 1 Naymark, Ronald 1992-1995 request_box
10 2 Night of Murdered Poets 1985-1986 request_box
10 3 Notes undated, 1985request_box
10 4 Nudel, Ida 1986-1990 request_box
10 5 Office Budgets 1990 request_box
10 6 OVIR Monitoring Committee 1989 request_box
10 7 Pamyat 1988-1989 request_box
10 8 Parallel Seminar on Jewish Culture in the USSR -- Agenda and Minutes 1976 request_box
10 9 Petition to President Reagan undated request_box
10 10 Platt, Marshall 1985-1986 request_box
10 11 Poor Relatives 1988-1989 request_box
10 12 Presentations and Remarks by Waksberg 1984-1991 request_box
10 13 Presentations and Remarks [by Waksberg?] undated request_box
10 14 Press Club Glasnost 1987-1988 request_box
10 15 Prisoners 1987-1989 request_box
10 16 "Problems of the Soviet Jews Conference" Conference in Riga 1988 request_box
10 17 Project Freedom 1989 request_box
10 18 Project Kesher 1995 request_box
10 19 Radio Maccabee undated request_box
10 20 Refusenik Profiles undated, 1986-1987 request_box
10 21 Riga, Latvia 1988-1989 request_box
10 22 Schapira, Morey 1983-1989 request_box
10 23 Separated Families Initiative 1987-1991 request_box
10 24 Sharansky, Natan 1978-1986, 1995 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11 1 Sharansky Tribunal 1983-1986 request_box
11 2 Sherbourne, Michael 1995 request_box
11 3 Sister City Conference 1987 request_box
11 4 Sister City Program 1987-1990 request_box
11 5 South Africa 1978-1982 request_box
11 6 Soviet Jewry Education and Information Center 1986-1988 request_box
11 7 Soviet Jewry Legal Advocacy Center 1987-1989 request_box
11 8 Soviet Jewry Zionist Forum 1988-1989 request_box
11 9 Soviet Jewry Zionist Forum 1994 request_box
11 10 Soviet Trends 1985-1989 request_box
11 11 State Secrets Project 1987-1988 request_box
11 12 Study Units on Jewish Customs and Traditions Proposal undated request_box
11 13 Talking Points 1985-1989 request_box
11 14 Tarnopolsky Family 1982-1987 request_box
11 15 Telecommunications and Email Issues 1991 request_box
11 16 Testimonials about UCSJ 1986-1995 request_box
11 17 Trade 1982-1985 request_box
11 18 Trips -- April 1990 request_box
11 19 Trips -- Jewish History Professional Trip to Poland and Ukraine undated request_box
11 20 Trips -- July 1990 request_box
11 21 Trips -- Preparation undated, 1986 request_box
11 22 Trips -- Trip Reports 1985-1986 request_box
11 23 Trips -- Trip Reports 1987-1988 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12 1 Trips -- Trip Reports 1990-1992 request_box
12 2 Trips -- Trip Reports undated request_box
12 3 Trips -- UCSJ Trip Report 1991 request_box
12 4 Trips -- Waksberg Visa Application 1990 request_box
12 5 UCSJ -- Advertisements 1984-1985 request_box
12 6 UCSJ -- Alert 1986-1986request_box
12 7 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1984 request_box
12 8 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1985 request_box
12 9 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1987 request_box
12 10 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1988 request_box
12 11 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1989 request_box
12 12 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1991 request_box
12 13 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1992 request_box
12 14 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1993 request_box
12 15 UCSJ -- Annual Meeting 1996 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
13 1 UCSJ -- Board Meeting and Congressional Briefing 1989 request_box
13 2 UCSJ -- Board Meeting and Congressional Briefing 1991 request_box
13 3 UCSJ -- Board of Directors Correspondence 1988-1986 request_box
13 4 UCSJ -- Board of Directors Meetings 1984, 1989 request_box
13 5 UCSJ -- Commission of Inquiry -- Logistics 1986-1987 request_box
13 6 UCSJ -- Commission of Inquiry -- Proposal 1986 request_box
13 7 UCSJ -- Commission of Inquiry -- Public Hearing Proceedings 1987 request_box
13 8 UCSJ -- Commission of Inquiry -- Research 1987 request_box
13 9 UCSJ -- "Early Documents from the UCSJ Archives" Memo 1980 request_box
13 10 UCSJ -- Executive Committee 1985-1989 request_box
13 11 UCSJ -- Fax Network 1989 request_box
13 12 UCSJ -- Financials 1983-1994 request_box
13 13 UCSJ -- Foreign Policy Symposium 1992 request_box
13 14 UCSJ -- General 1985-1992 request_box
13 15 UCSJ -- Meeting Notes and Minutes 1984-1985request_box
13 16 UCSJ -- Packets Sep 1994 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14 1 UCSJ -- Packets Jan-May 1996 request_box
14 2 UCSJ -- Packets Jun-Aug 1996 request_box
14 3 UCSJ -- Press Releases 1984-1985 request_box
14 4 UCSJ -- Proposal for Policy Guidelines 1984-1985 request_box
14 5 UCSJ -- Statement of Policy on Emigration and the Treatment of Soviet Jews 1985 request_box
14 6 UCSJ -- Task Force on Policy 1985 request_box
14 7 UCSJ -- "UCSJ: An Assessment of Its Standing and Image as a Political Presence in Washington" by Rosenbaum and Associates 1985-1986 request_box
14 8 UCSJ -- Website 1995 request_box
14 9 United States Department of State 1987-1989 request_box
14 10 United States Emergency Committee for the Rescue of Soviet Jews 1991 request_box
14 11 United States-Soviet Postal Relations 1984-1985 request_box
14 12 United States-Soviet Summit 1985 request_box
14 13 United States-Soviet Summit 1986 request_box
14 14 United States-Soviet Summit 1987 request_box
14 15 VA'AD 1988-1990 request_box
14 16 Violence Documentation Project 1993 request_box
14 17 Wiesel, Elie 1992-1993 request_box
14 18 Women 1985-1989 request_box
14 19 Writings by Waksberg 1985-1991 request_box
14 20 Yad l'Yad Program 1990-1994 request_box
14 21 Yemen 1989 request_box
14 22 Youth Exchange 1989 request_box
14 23 Zionist Organization of America 1989 request_box
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Series III: Human Rights Bureaus in the Former Soviet Union, 1990-1996

0.75 linear feet. Boxes 15-16.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Under the administrative umbrella of the UCSJ, Center for Jewish Renewal (CJR), as well as BACSJ, the Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights was founded and opened in Moscow in October 1990. In 1991 an emigration center opened in St. Petersburg. In 1992 the Ukrainian-American Bureau for the Protection of Human Rights was established in Kiev, and in 1993, human rights bureaus were opened in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This network of bureaus aimed to provide general legal and emigration assistance to Soviet Jews, to monitor anti-Semitism in the Former Soviet Union, and to educate Soviet Jews in Jewish traditions, culture and history in an effort to counteract decades of forced assimilation. Documents include correspondence, reports and notes. For more on the human rights bureaus, see 1990s correspondence in Series I, as well as the Center for Jewish Renewal folders (Box 6, Folders 8-9) in Series II and grant proposals that brought in funding for the bureaus in Series IV.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
15 1 General 1990-1993 request_box
15 2 General 1993-1994 request_box
15 3 Kazakhstan-American Bureau on Human Rights 1994-1996 request_box
15 4 Moscow Research Center for Human Rights 1993 request_box
15 5 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- Anti-Fascist Campaign 1995 request_box
15 6 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- Assessment of Soviet Compliance with the Vienna Concluding Document, Vol. 3 and 4 1991 request_box
15 7 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- Correspondence from Leonid Stonov 1992-1995 request_box
15 8 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- Correspondence from Maureen Greenwood 1995 request_box
15 9 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- Correspondence from Maureen Greenwood and Alexander Lieberman 1995 request_box
15 10 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- Correspondence from Yuri Semenovsky 1992 request_box
15 11 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- General 1990-1992 request_box
15 12 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- PIK Publishing 1993 request_box
15 13 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- Reports and Budget 1991-1994 request_box
15 14 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- "Russia Inside" Emails 1992 request_box
15 15 Russian-American Bureau on Human Rights -- Russian Political Review 1992 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
16 1 Ukrainian-American Bureau for the Protection of Human Rights 1992-1994 request_box
16 2 Ukrainian-American Bureau for the Protection of Human Rights 1992-1994 request_box
16 3 Ukrainian-American Bureau for the Protection of Human Rights 1994-1995 request_box
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Series IV: Fundraising and Projects, 1987-1996

0.75 linear feet. Boxes 16-18.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

By 1995, Waksberg was serving as the Director of Development and Communication of the UCSJ, and the materials in this series appear to have been generated or collected in connection with that position. The series is comprised of grant proposals, materials created during preparation for those grants, progress reports for the funding agencies, drafts for mail and phone solicitations, correspondence and notes.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
16 4 American Legal Consortium 1994 request_box
16 5 Anti-Fascist Coalition and Public Campaign 1994 request_box
16 6 Barnett, Harvey 1995 request_box
16 7 Daniels, June and Ron 1995 request_box
16 8 Eurasia Foundation 1994 request_box
16 9 Ideas 1994 request_box
16 10 Jackson Foundation 1994-1995 request_box
16 11 Koret Foundation 1987-1995 request_box
16 12 Levin, Ariel 1995 request_box
16 13 Levinson Foundation 1990 request_box
16 14 Levinson Foundation 1993-1995 request_box
16 15 Lviv Bureau Proposal 1995 request_box
16 1 Mail and Phone Solicitations 1994-1995 request_box
16 2 Meals on Wheels for the Elderly in Lviv, Ukraine 1994 request_box
16 3 Moriah Fund 1995 request_box
16 4 National Endowment for Democracy 1989-1995 request_box
16 5 National Endowment for Democracy 1993-1994 request_box
16 6 National Endowment for Democracy 1995 request_box
16 7 Programs, Goals and Budgets 1990-1995 request_box
16 8 Rosenberg Foundation 1995 request_box
16 9 Stonov, Leonid 1993-1994 request_box
16 10 UCSJ Monitor and Donor Base 1993-1996 request_box
16 11 UCSJ's Financial Crisis 1995 request_box
16 12 USAID 1993-1995 request_box
16 13 Yad L'Yad Program 1994-1995 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
17 1 Yad L'Yad Program -- Levinson Foundation Report 1995 request_box
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Series V: Clippings, 1980-1995

0.5 linear feet. Box 18.
Arrangement:

Chronological.

Scope and Content:

Waksberg was sent and collected clippings from local, national and international newspapers, magazines, newsletters and scholarly journals. They cover BACSJ and UCSJ’s activities and involvements in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally, as well as general topics, such as anti-Semitism, Soviet Jews and general events and conditions in the USSR. Clippings about Waksberg himself are in the last folder of the series.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
17 2 Clippings 1980-1981 request_box
17 3 Clippings 1984 request_box
17 4 Clippings 1985 request_box
17 5 Clippings 1986 request_box
17 6 Clippings 1987 request_box
17 7 Clippings 1988 request_box
17 8 Clippings 1989 request_box
17 9 Clippings 1990 request_box
17 10 Clippings 1991 request_box
17 11 Clippings 1992 request_box
17 12 Clippings 1993 request_box
17 13 Clippings 1994 request_box
17 14 Clippings 1995 request_box
17 15 Clippings undated request_box
17 16 Clippings about Waksberg 1986-1991 request_box
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Series VI: Photographs, undated, 1986-1995

1 folder.
Scope and Content:

Photographs of individuals in this series include David Waksberg, Selma Light, Hanna Liberman, Alec and Galina Zelichenok, Natalia Khassin, Lev Gorodetsky and Pavel Liburkin from approximately 1986 through 1990. Also there are three rolls of negatives and contact sheets of a 1986 tribute to Andrei Sakharov at San Francisco City Hall, as well as a dozen photos of an anti-Semitic, pro-fascist rally in the FSU in 1995.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
37Photographsundated, 1986-1995request_box
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