Alan L. Cohen Papers
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains 203 photographs taken by Rabbi Alan Cohen during his 1989 trip to Moscow, Leningrad, and Riga, including photographs of a protest demonstration that a group of Refuseniks organized in front of the Moscow Kremlin. Also included are three videocassettes recordings made by Rabbi Cohen during his trips to the Former Soviet Union in 1989 and 1993.
The collection consists of one manuscript box.
- 1989, 1993
- Cohen, Alan, L. (Person)
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The Papers of Rabbi Alan L. Cohen 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.
Alan Cohen's rabbinic career spanned nearly four decades of congregational work. For nineteen years, he was the Rabbi for Congregation Beth Shalom (Kansas City, Missouri) and also worked in the non-profit sector of Jewish communal service as the director of Interreligious Affairs of the Jewish Community Relations Bureau of the American Jewish Committee, a position in which he developed partnering opportunities with clergy of many faiths.
Alan Cohen took two trips to the Former Soviet Union. On the first trip that occurred in April of 1989, Rabbi Cohen and his colleague from South Florida, Rabbi Ed Farber, visited Moscow, Leningrad, and Riga. The rabbis met with many Refuseniks and brought them a number of religious items. They attended a protest demonstration that a group of Refuseniks organized in front of the Moscow Kremlin. In 1993, Rabbi Cohen returned to Russia with a UJA Rabbinic Cabinet Mission.
1 Manuscript Boxes (1/2 linear foot)
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The collection contains photographs and video recordings taken by Kansas City, Missouri rabbi, Alan L. Cohen, during his trips to visit the Jewish Communities in the Former Soviet Union in 1989 and 1993. Included in Rabbi Cohen’s papers are photographs of a protest demonstration organized by Refuseniks in front of the Moscow Kremlin in 1989.
The collection is arranged into a single series.
Located in AJHS New York, NY
Donated by Rabbi Alan L. Cohen in 2010.
In 2014-2015, folders 1-7 were digitized in their entirety with the exception of duplicates. All videocassettes were digitized and made fully accessible in 2016-2017.
- Guide to the Alan L. Cohen Papers, 1989, 1993 *P-973
- Processed by Andrey Filimonov
- © 2013
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- Digitization of photographs in the Papers of Alan L. Cohen (P-973) was made possible through a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Digitization of videocassettes was made possible through the generous support of the Blavatnik Foundation.
- May 2015: dao links added by Eric Fritzler.
- July 2017: dao links for video added, filename simplified, digitization note added, sponsor statement updated by Leanora Lange.
- November 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.