American Council for Judaism Records, 1937-1989 (bulk 1957-1968).

The American Council for Judaism records document the development and activities of the Council, which was founded in 1942 by a group of Reform rabbis and lay leaders in order to express their religious opposition to political Zionism. The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, reports,... Full description

Creator: American Council for Judaism.
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Call Number(s): MS-17
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Summary: The American Council for Judaism records document the development and activities of the Council, which was founded in 1942 by a group of Reform rabbis and lay leaders in order to express their religious opposition to political Zionism. The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, membership lists, addresses, clippings, pamphlets and other nearprint material. The majority of the material spans the period from 1957 through 1968.
Physical Description: 8.6 linear feet (9 Hollinger boxes and 5 record cartons)
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The American Council for Judaism was founded in 1942 in opposition to pro-Zionist movements in the American Reform Jewish community. The ACJ's purpose was laid out in a "Statement of Principles" signed by 90 Reform rabbis and lay leaders. The statement disavowed Jewish nationalism and opposed plans for a political Zionist state in Palestine. The Council experienced its strongest period of growth during the 1940s. After the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, however, Council membership decreased and many of the Council's leaders and founders withdrew their support. The American Council for Judaism remains in existence into the 1990s.

Arrangement: Organized into three series: I. Correspondence (1942-1989), II. American Council for Judaism Records (1942-1989), III. Nearprint (1937-1968).
Provenance: Obtained from four sources: Albert B. Belton of Los Angeles, through Alfred Gottschalk, donated the bulk of the collection in 1974. Mrs. Irwin Rhodes of Cincinnati donated one box of materials; Malcolm H. Stern of New York, N.Y. donated one box of materials, and Mark Glickman donated two boxes of Berger correspondence. Additional material received form various donors.
Note: For further information on the American Council for Judaism see: Jews Against Zionism: the American Council for Judaism, 1942-1948 / by Thomas A. Kolsky. - Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1990.

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