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Series IV Digital and AV, 1996-2019


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The AVI CHAI Collection contains a breadth of files relating to the administrative and outreach activities of the organization, from its founding in 1984 through 2019.

The AVI CHAI records stored at the AJHS relate to the foundation's activities in North America. The records relating to the AVI CHAI's activities in Israel are stored at the archives of the National Library of Israel.

The records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, financial documents, digital files, and printed materials that chronicle AVI CHAI’s administrative communication and outreach programming. The collection consists of physical paper records (see detailed breakdown below), born-digital files (including computer files), as well as audiovisual materials such as audiocassettes, microcassettes and DVDs. There are some 35mm slides, but otherwise very few photographic prints or negatives. Of note in the collection are materials that outline the foundation’s research on, and enthusiastic support of, Jewish day schools, camps, teacher training and libraries.

Administration files include by-laws, incorporation documents, and insurance policies, among others.

Board records are comprised of meeting materials, such as minutes and agendas. They document the philosophy, direction and activities of the organization.

Communications files consist primarily the files of Deena K. Fuchs. They include media kits, graphics, working files for annual reports, and other materials.

Files related to AVI CHAI finances include investment portfolio documentation as well as quarterly and annual reports.

The core of the foundation’s history can be found in its Programs files which document the various programs initiated or supported by AVI CHAI. They include detailed files on the foundation’s loans to schools (including building programs) and to summer camps. Also included in this series are files relating to AVI CHAI communications activities, such as media kits, graphics, working files for annual reports, and other materials.


  • 1996-2019


  • From the Collection: Avi Chai (Organization)

Conditions Governing Access

Due to the requests of the donor, there is a 10 year restriction on the majority of this collection. The two exceptions to this rule are the Publications series which is currently open to all researchers, and selected files throughout the collection that carry a 72 year restriction due to privacy considerations.

PROGRAMS: 10 years. Selected files in this series are subject to a longer period (72 years) of restriction.




DIGITAL FILES: 10 years.

PUBLICATIONS: Open to all researchers.

The collection will be open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society after their respective restrictions have elapsed.

This collection is housed at an off-site storage location, within a climate and humidity controlled environment. Please be advised: you will need to request this material at least two (2) business days in advance of your visit in order to use this material in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room. Boxes can be requested through the box and folder listings that accompany each series. For further information, please email:


From the Collection: 63 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

From the Collection: Hebrew

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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