Dolores Wilkenfeld Papers
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The papers of Dolores Wilkenfeld reflect her work on the Women’s Plea for Human Rights for Soviet Jewry event in Houston, Texas. They include organizational materials developed and utilized locally, as well as those from the Leadership Conference of National Jewish Women’s Organization, the original “umbrella” coordinating body for the event. The script and the printed program for the observance and a copy of the Proclamation declaring December 6, 1971 to be Women’s Plea for Human Rights for Soviet Jewry Day in Houston, signed by past mayor of Houston, Louis Welch, are also included. The collection contains news clippings with press coverage of the event.
The materials include correspondence, memos, pamphlets, proclamations, programs (documents), transcripts, petitions, clippings.
- Wilkenfeld, Dolores (Person)
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The Papers of Dolores Wilkenfeld 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 Movement 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 collection contains materials related to the Women’s Plea for Human Rights for Soviet Jewry, an event organized by Dolores Wilkenfeld on December 6, 1971 in Houston, Texas. The interreligious event was organized on behalf of of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (Presently Women of Reform Judaism) via its local affiliates, Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood and Temple Emanu El Sisterhood. The public observance that took place in the University of St. Thomas was one of twenty-seven such events in major cities across America held on the same date. The program featured readings of letters from Jews in the U.S.S.R. and other dramatic readings, speeches by a former Soviet Refusenik and by prominent female activists from Houston’s Jewish and non-Jewish communities and, and several musical numbers. The event concluded with reading of the resolution for women of all faiths to join in an urgent plea for Soviet Jewry. The participants were asked to sign a petition demanding the right for Soviet Jews to emigrate and freely practice Judaism.
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Papers of the Soviet Jewry movement activist Dolores Wilkenfeld of Houston, TX. The materials reflect the Women’s Plea for Human Rights for Soviet Jewry--an interreligious event to promote Soviet Jewry movement, organized by Mrs. Wilkenfeld on December 6, 1971 in Houston, TX. The materials include correspondence, memos, petitions, proclamations, programs (documents), transcripts, pamphlets and clippings.
The collection is arranged into a single series.
Located in AJHS New York, NY
Donated by the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007.
- Guide to the Dolores Wilkenfeld Papers, 1971 *P-927
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