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“We must do our share in thecommunity of mankind”—the voice of Bayard Rustin in the American Soviet Jewry movement

By Andrey Filimonov Audio recording: Public Service Announcements urging support for Soviet Jewry by Rita Moreno, Bayard Rustin, Sam Levenson and Alan King, recently digitized at the Center for Jewish History. Link to digital audio file: http://digital.cjh.org/4552838 Originally found on an open-reel tape, in the Records of National Conference on Soviet Jewry, I-181A, Box 369, Tape number M15. Bayard Rustin. Original photograph found in…

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The Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage.The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The Center’s experts…

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Highlight from Recently Digitized American Soviet Jewry Movement Collections: Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry Records—Travel to the USSR—Visiting Jewish Refuseniks in the Soviet Union

by Andrey Filimonov View digital materials online at http://digital.cjh.org/2658842 Folder with information for the American Soviet Jewry movement activists traveling to meet Jews in the Soviet Union. Seattle Action for Soviet Jewry Records, I-507, American Jewish Historical Society  Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the Center for Jewish History has completed the digitization of more than 75,100…

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Highlight from Recently Digitized American Soviet Jewry Movement Collections: Joel and Adele Sandberg Papers—Letter from Sheryl Sandberg to her “Bat Mitzvah twin” Kira Volovsky

by Andrey Filimonov View digital materials online at http://digital.cjh.org/2873290 Letter from 12-year old Sheryl Sandberg to her Bat Mitzvah twin Kira Volovsky—a Refusenik girl in the Soviet Union. Joel and Adele Sandberg Papers, P-872, American Jewish Historical Society Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the Center for Jewish History has completed the digitization of more than 75,100…

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Highlight from Recently Digitized American Soviet Jewry Movement Collections: Audio recording of a demonstration in support of Alexander Slepak’s hunger strike on behalf of his father, Prisoner of Conscience Vladimir Slepak.

by Andrey Filimonov Listen to digital audio online here Prisoner of the Soviet Secret Police: Vladimir Slepak, poster by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. American Soviet Jewry Movement Posters and Ephemera Collection, I-566, American Jewish Historical Society. Son of Vladimir Slepak, Alexander Slepak. American Soviet Jewry Movement Photographs Collection, I-495, American Jewish Historical Society. Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications…

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Highlight from Recently Digitized American Soviet Jewry Movement Collections: National Conference for Soviet Jewry Records—Photograph of Freedom Birthday Party for Valery Panov

by Andrey Filimonov View digital materials online at http://digital.cjh.org/2027208 Freedom Birthday Party for Valery Panov at the Plaza Square, NYC, March 12, 1974—Rally on behalf of a Refusenik leading ballet dancer Valery Panov. Pictured on the photo, left to right: Malcolm Hoenlein, founding executive director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry; Jerry Goodman, Director of National Conference on Soviet Jewry; actor…

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Photo above: Rabbi David Hill during his trip to the USSR in 1981. (Citation: Photographs and Negatives, 1981-1982. David Hill Papers; P-888; box 1, folder 8; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.) Project Update: Digitization of Soviet Jewry collections from the American Jewish Historical Society  Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the Center for…

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Science of Judaism (Wissenschaft des Judentums)

Science of Judaism (Wissenschaft des Judentums) In 2011 the Center for Jewish History and the Leo Baeck Institute, one of its five partners, embarked on a project with Goethe University Frankfurt am Main to digitize nearly 1,000 books that went missing from the university library’s Judaica collection during the devastation of World War II. The goal of the project was to digitally recreate the Freimann Judaica Collection as it…

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Reagan, Russia and a Jewish March on Washington: Digitizing 75,000+ Objects From the American Soviet Jewry Movement

Poster from the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews Records: “Mr. Gorbachev, before you talk arms, let’s talk bodies.” For the march and rally for Soviet Jews Pre-Summit, December 6, 1987. American Jewish Historical Society. Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the Center for Jewish History began digitizing more than 75,000 objects from the American Jewish Historical Society’s Soviet…

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The Center for Jewish History is pleased to be the recipient of a 2013 digitization grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council. The Center’s project, “American Soviet Jewry Movement in New York: Posters and Photographs,” will involve the digitization of dozens of political posters and rare photographs from the archives of American Jewish Historical Society, one of its partner organizations. The materials to…

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Happy Digital Archives Day!by Christine McEvilly, Digital Archivist and Librarian, American Jewish Historical Society But what in the world is the Day of Digital Archives? Once a year, those of us who work with digital collections in archives, museums, and libraries like to share just what our jobs are all about and help people understand what we do. We have all sorts of titles,…

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