United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection
Scope and Content Note
The collection reflects the involvement in the American Soviet Jewry movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), the primary organization of synagogues practicing Conservative Judaism in North America. The materials include a booklet for a Soviet Jewry vigil sponsored by United Synagogue Youth, a program for the International Convention on Soviet Jewry in 1978 and materials documenting the Soviet Jewish Prayer Vigil at Aeroflot Airlines in 1981. Also included are reports on Soviet Jewry, pamphlets, newsletters, a play script, poetry, correspondence and photos of Refuseniks and USCJ Soviet Jewry events.
- undated, 1965, 1967, 1970-1971, 1977-1978, 1981
- United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and Hebrew.
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.
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, N.Y., 10011 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection represents 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 United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) was founded in 1913 by Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schechter in order to bring together congregations to develop and perpetuate Conservative Judaism. In 1985 USCJ consisted of over 850 congregations. USCJ works in the fields of Jewish education, youth activities, congregational standards and action and Israel affairs. The USCJ sponsors United Synagogue Youth (USY), a youth group with chapters all over the United States and Canada.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 folder)
The collection reflects the involvement in the American Soviet Jewry movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), the primary organization of synagogues practicing Conservative Judaism in North America. The materials include pamphlets, newsletters, reports, play scripts, poetry, correspondence and photographs.
The collection is arranged into a single series.
Donated by Jules A. Gutin in 2007 and 2008.
- Guide to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Soviet Jewry Collection, undated, 1965, 1967, 1970-1971, 1977-1978, 1981 *I-543
- Processed by Andrey Filimonov
- © 2013
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- Language of description note
- Description is in English.