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Coffee & Bagels as Organizing Tools: the Tzedek, Tzedek Collective and Wholly Bagel Coffeehouse

The late 1960s and early 1970s were, in part, characterized by the counterculture that swept through the United States during those years. Catapulted by the growth of social movement activism was an increased awareness of and desire to fix the problems plaguing American society, such as racism, sexism, poverty and the exploitation of labor. This period of American history was full of new and…

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The Records of HIAS (I-363) are officially live!

AJHS and CJH Archivists are happy to announce that the finding aid for the records of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) I-363 is online and ready to use! After three years of surveying, organizing, rehousing, and encoding, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History are proud to present a processed collection of documents, photographs, and audio/visual materials representing nearly 100…

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#1Lib1Ref

This week, CJH Archivists participated in #1Lib1Ref, a collaborative Wikipedia project encouraging all information professionals around the country to edit one page, add at least one new link or citation, or start a brand new page to further the reach of their archival holdings. Here’s a breakdown of the amazing CJH partner collections that are now immeasurably more accessible thanks to their efforts!: Georg…

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Shad Polier and the Civil Rights Movement

To commemorate the end of Black History Month, our new intern Poorvi Buller looked through an American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) collection of Shad Polier’s papers for quotes that are emblematic of this lawyer and activist’s commitment to protecting civil rights. Tomorrow, we will be tweeting these quotes out to remind all those in our community of the lasting significance of the civil rights movement, and…

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A Night at the Ballpark

By James Benjamin Nadel, Communications Outreach Associate The Chicago Cubs took center stage in the world of baseball, winning their first World Series Championship in 108 years. But the Cubs are not the only baseball team that has recently achieved a first. Late last month, on a Sunday night at MCU Park in Brooklyn, where the luminescent rides of Coney Island tower over the…

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Get Out the Vote: Jewish History and Past Elections in the Great Treasures in the Great Hall Case

By James Benjamin Nadel, Communications Outreach Associate As the nation prepares to head to the polls this November 8th, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Yeshiva University Museum have developed a display of their materials that demonstrate Jewish involvement in political elections of the past. The items included, which span across nearly a century of American history, exemplify the various political activities in…

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Stories from the Collections: AJHS connects Bat Mitzvah twins

In celebration of Archives Week 2016, Center and partner staff collected and recorded stories about the collections and services at the Center and its partners. If you have ever wondered why archives matter and how archives can change lives, just have a listen. In this recording, archivists Boni Joi Koelliker of the American Jewish Historical Society and Leanora Lange of the Center for Jewish…

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Stories from the Collections: Former AJHS Executive Director on the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement and finding his Bar Mitzvah twin

In celebration of Archives Week 2016, Center and partner staff collected and recorded stories about the collections and services at the Center and its partners. If you have ever wondered why archives matter and how archives can change lives, just have a listen. In this recording, archivists Andrey Filimonov and Leanora Lange of the Center for Jewish History talk with Evan Kingsley about his…

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Chutzpah in Style: Hats and Deeds of Rose Halprin

#Out of the Archives By Andrey Filimonov  "Rose Halprin’s joie de vivre was reflected in her love of the arts and of people. The resplendence and distinctiveness of her hats was proverbial, but beneath that varied headgear was a Yiddisher kop—a brilliant, analytical Jewish mind—together with a warm and sensitive Jewish heart.“ – Rabbi Israel Goldstein Rose Halprin in 1948; Hadassah Archives on Long-term…

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Nibbles, Noshes, and More: Baking Historical Hadassah Recipes

By Nicole Greenhouse Hadassah chapters have a long history of fundraising for Israeli public welfare projects and the Hadassah hospitals in at Mount Scopus and Ein Kerem. As part of their fundraising efforts, chapters produced cookbooks, made up of beloved recipes of chapter members. Many of these chapter cookbooks can be found in the Hadassah Archives.  The team working on the processing of the…

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United in History, United in Destiny

By Rachel Harrison The Annual and Mid-Winter National Conventions Records in the Hadassah Archives, RG 3, currently on long-term deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society, contain numerous documents related to Hadassah’s annual conventions, the first of which was held in June 1914 in Rochester, NY, and which are still being held as of this writing (2016). At the conventions, members of the National…

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