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Records of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism

Identifier: I-70

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials relating to the various activities of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, including yearbooks, anniversary albums, the correspondence of Mordecai M. Kaplan, Ira Eisenstein, and Jack J. Cohen, newspaper clippings, and photographs, among others. Materials found in the five scrapbooks (1923-1957) include announcements and programs of events, letters to the Board of Directors, songbooks, newspaper clippings, and materials relating to the career of Mordecai M. Kaplan. Also includes a near-complete run of the SAJ Bulletin for 1928-1970.


  • 1922-1970


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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Historical Note

The Society for the Advancement of Judaism was founded in 1922 by Dr. Mordecai M. Kaplan in order to reconcile traditional Judaism with modern life. The Society, which affiliates itself with the Reconstructionist Judaism movement, is not only an organization but also a synagogue, which is located in New York, NY.

The SAJ synagogue held the first ever American Bat Mitzvah on Saturday morning, March 18, 1922 for Mordecai Kaplan's daughter Judith.


8.05 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, 4 oversized boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains several types of materials relating to the various activities of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, including published bulletins, yearbooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, audio recordings, and photographs. This collection also contains disbound scrapbooks, some of which are extremely fragile.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Related Material

The American Jewish Historical Society also holds the records of the Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation:

Guide to the Records of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, 1922-1970
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2016-10-31: PDF box list converted to dsc. Finding aid encoding revised by Janine Veazue.
  • January 2021: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States