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Records of the American Association for Jewish Education

Identifier: RG 1550

Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily contains minutes of the meetings of the different branches of the organization. It also includes budget reports, which contain detailed accounts of organizational activities and reflect the debates that took place during the period, as well as providing financial information. These reports detail what offices and departments were created and what their purposes would be. There is also a small amount of publication material, namely newsletters, reports, and press releases.


  • 1939-1969

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Permission to use the collection must be obtained from the YIVO Archivist.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained from the YIVO Archives. For more information, contact:

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Historical Note

Founded in 1939, the American Association for Jewish Education (AAJE) was an organization that attempted to coordinate the efforts of Jewish educational institutions throughout the United States, so as to standardize teaching practices, and support more isolated communities. Groups such as Yeshiva University, B’nai B’rith, the United Synagogue of America, Hadassah, Religious Zionists of America, the Sholem Aleichem Folk Institute, Workmen’s Circle, and the National Jewish Welfare Board were constituents. The AAJE conducted and published surveys and evaluations of Jewish schools throughout the country, helped train and place teachers, and held conferences where educators and administrators could learn from one another. It was a part of the mid-century bureaucracy that was established to support America’s transition from a militarized society following WWII to civilian life. In 1981, the AAJE reorganized itself and renamed itself the Jewish Education Service of America (JESNA). JESNA closed in 2013.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes)


The records of the American Association for Jewish Education contain meeting minutes, budget reports, and newsletters issued by the AAJE in the course of their activities, which centered around supporting and organizing Jewish schools throughout America.


The folders are arranged by type of subject, and chronologically within each subject.

Acquisition Information

These records were received in 1999.

Related Material

There are additional materials from the American Association for Jewish Education at the American Jewish Historical Society, RG I-337, Subgroup II: Jewish Community Centers, Series E, Jewish Education Programs, Subseries 3: Jewish Education.

Guide to the Records of the American Association for Jewish Education 1939-1969 RG 1550
Processed by Beatrice Kornblatt; Additional processing and EAD encoding by Sarah Ponichtera in 2013, made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History."
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States