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Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers

Identifier: P-841

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Abusch-Magder's involvement in Jewish student and Jewish feminist groups. Included is Abusch-Magder's senior Bachelors of Arts thesis written for Barnard College titled "The First National Jewish Women's Conference: a Study of the Early Jewish Feminist Movement" and a Jewish Feminist Resource Book that Abusch-Magder compiled with Abigail Weinberg from various published sources. Articles within the Jewish Feminist Resource Book relate to abortion, anti-Semitism, Arab women's liberation, domestic violence, infertility, intermarriage, poverty, sexuality, sexual stereotypes, and Zionism. Among the organizations represented in these papers are American Zionist Youth Foundation; National Jewish Council of Jewish Women, New York Section; North American Jewish Students' Network-Canada; and World Union of Jewish Students. Abusch-Magder was active in Soviet Jewry protests, demonstrations against Ernst Zundel, support for Israel, and discussions on intermarriage. Materials include North American Jewish Students' Network Annual Central Region conference held in 1982 and the North American High School Organization-Network's Second Annual Leadership Convention held in 1987. Also included is a publication issued by the Jewish Education Service of North America in 1987: "First Census of Jewish Schools in the Diaspora 1981/2-1982/3, Canada."


  • 1978, 1984-1992


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Biographical Note

Ruth Abusch-Magder is a rabbi and educator. She grew up in Ontario, Canada. As a teenager, she was involved in Jewish youth leadership organizations, such as the North American High School Organization-Network (NAHON) and the Jewish Students' Network. She attended Barnard College as an undergraduate and earned her doctorate at Yale University. As of this writing (2016), she is the Director of Education and Rabbi-in-Residence at Be'chol Lashon.


.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the papers of Ruth Abusch-Magder, mostly documenting her Jewish feminist and activist work as a high school and college student from 1984-1992.


The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to AJHS in 2004 by Ruth Abusch-Magder. The accession number associated with this collection is 2004.012.

Processing Information

In 2016, top-level description was added and a container list was created. Original folder titles were retained.

Guide to the Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers, 1978, 1984-1992 P-841
Processed by Nicole Greenhouse
© 2016
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 2016: Container list and top-level description was added to the finding aid.
  • October 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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