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American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-326

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, articles, pamphlets, speeches, lectures, and reports issued by the organization lobbying its stance on Jewish anti-Zionism as a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Most of the organization's reports, as well as accounts of Rabbi Elmer Berger's speaking tours, his writings, and reprinted news coverage of Berger’s work can also be found in the collection. The reports cover stories related to U.S. media coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict, American diplomatic and military aid to Israel, Palestinian organizational leadership, oil politics between the Middle East and Europe/the U.S., activities of American Zionist organizations, conflicts, peace negotiations, the debate around anti-Semitism, and arguments about Zionism’s role in the conflict.

Dates

  • 1959-1988

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

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

email: reference@ajhs.org

Historical Note<extptr actuate="onload" altrender="Cover of American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism Report #53, August 1988" href="http://digital.cjh.org/webclient/DeliveryManager?pid=4709910" show="embed" title="Cover of American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism Report #53, August 1988"/>

The American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (AJAZ) was organized in February 1969. The organization was dedicated to conducting an education program that applies Jewish values of justice to the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. They also worked to advance peace in the Middle East through the rejection of Jewish nationality attachment to all Jews to Israel. AJAZ believed that the separation of church and state would lead to peace in the Middle East. Key officers of the organization included Elmer Berger, Mrs. Arthur Gutman, Mrs. Isaac Witkin, and Harry Lesser. Berger was the president of the organization from the organization's founding until at least 1990. Berger also was the executive director and then executive vice president of the American Council for Judaism from 1943-1967, which was also an anti-Zionist organization opposed to the founding of the state of Israel.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Overview

The American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism Collection consists of correspondence, articles, pamphlets, speeches, lectures, and reports issued by the organization lobbying its stance on Jewish anti-Zionism as a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1959 to 1988.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY
Title
Guide to the American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records, 1959-1988 I-326
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Marvin Rusinek
Date
© 2017
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2017: Historical Note and other top level description added by Nicole Greenhouse.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States