American Pro-Falasha Committee Records, 1922-1949.

Correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, membership lists and printed matter tracing the Committee's activities in the United States and Ethiopia, 1922-1949; also includes two cash receipts and disbursements ledgers, 1922-1926 and 1930-1937. Full description

Creator: American Pro-Falasha Committee.
Availability: Marcus Repository
Call Number(s): MS-61
X-379
Language: English
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Summary: Correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, membership lists and printed matter tracing the Committee's activities in the United States and Ethiopia, 1922-1949; also includes two cash receipts and disbursements ledgers, 1922-1926 and 1930-1937.
Physical Description: 1.2 linear feet.
History:

Charitable organization; in 1974 merged with Friends of the Beta Israel Community in Ethiopia and became American Association for Ethiopian Jews. The New York based American Pro-Falasha Committee was organized in 1922 and incorporated in 1924 to promote educational efforts in Abyssinia (Ethiopia), to organize schools and synagogues in Falasha communities, to translate educational works and the Bible into the Falasha language, and to improve living conditions for the Falashas. The Committee was organized largely through the efforts of Rabbi J. Max Weis, Dr. Morman Salit, and Dr. Jacques Faitlovitch, who assumed the duties of Educational Director in Abyssinia. Throughout its 30 year existence, from 1922-1949, the Committee was plagued by constant financial and political problems. In addition, the uncertain political status of Abyssinia, particularly due to Italian efforts to conquer the country during the 1930s, hindered the Committee's educational and relief efforts.

Provenance: David L. Davis, New York, N.Y., Gift, 1952.

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