TABLE OF CONTENTS


Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Search Terms

Box Folder Listing

Series A. Correspondence. 1919-1977.

Series B. Scrapbooks. 1928-1989.

A Finding Aid to the Martin Mishli Weitz Papers. 1919-1989.

Manuscript Collection No. 40

NHPRCFunding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Introduction

Repository: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Creator: Weitz, Martin Mishli, 1907-1992
Title: Martin Mishli Weitz Papers
Dates: 1919-1989
Quantity: 4.0 linear feet (10 Hollinger boxes)
Abstract: Reflects the career and writings of Martin M. Weitz as a scholar, teacher, editor, writer, and rabbi. The collection consists primarily of correspondence.
Collection Number: MS-40
Language: Collection material in English

Biographical Sketch

Martin Mishli Weitz was born in 1907, in Denver, Colorado, the son of Joseph and Rachel (Kauffman) Weitz. He was ordained a rabbi from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1934, after seven years of study, and simultaneously received a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He also received a Ph.D. from Burton College in Seniary, Colorado, in 1956; he also studied at the Colorado State College of Education, and the Harvard Chaplain School. In 1959, he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity, Honoris causis from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

While at Hebrew Union College, he edited and managed the Hebrew Union College Monthly, a magazine for rabbis, was the founding editor of the Youth Leader for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, and edited works for the Social Press, including Religion and Its Social Setting by Abraham Cronbach.

Upon graduation, Weitz was the first director of the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In 1937, Weitz accepted his first pulpit invitation from Beth Hillel Temple at Kenosha, Wisconsin where he served for seven years before entering the United States Chaplaincy Service. While in the service, he was given a special commendation for his morale-building among all faiths. In 1946, he became rabbi of Temple B'nai Jeshurun of Des Moines, Iowa, and taught at Drake University for three years. From 1949-51, he worked at Temple Beth Israel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Under his guidance, the congregation doubled in size.

In 1951, Weitz moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he was a founder of the Brotherhood Council of Atlantic County for the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Chairman of the Annual Institute for Mental Health, Chairman of Trustees for a community college in Southern New Jersey. He also served as editor of American Publications for the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

In the summer of 1960, he was invited to visit Israel, and, on behalf of the Ventnor Foundation, to visit Cologne, Frankfort, and Berlin. His reports on the hospitals and doctors in Israel, West Germany, and Switzerland were published in the U.S. Congressional Record for Mar 1 and 8, 1961.

In 1967, Weitz, who had lectured at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania for thirteen years, became a full-time faculty member of the predominately black university. He had previously served Beth Israel Congregation of Atlantic City for eleven years and North Shore Congregation of Syosset, New York for four more years. He became the Director for the Center of Interfaith Studies at Lincoln and worked on behalf of all faiths and creeds at Lincoln until 1974. Weitz annually led Lincoln University student tours throughout the United States and abroad.

In 1974, Weitz went to Wilmington, North Carolina as rabbi of the Temple of Israel, where he also developed a resident lectureship in Judaic studies at the University of North Carolina, and was involved at the Wilmington-New Hanover Museum and Bicentennial Heritage Committee. In October of 1976, he went into semi-retirement and moved to a new home in San Diego, California, to teach at National University.

Martin Mishli Weitz wrote numerous books and booklets including "Timberline:" a chapel book as a student at Hebrew Union College, Manuals for the World Union for Progressive Judaism (1955), Life Without Strife (1957-58), Decalogues for Our Day (1962), a booklet about Lincoln University's scholarly program: Campus on a Compass (1969), and edited The Hourglass, a journal published by the Center of Interfaith Studies at Lincoln University (1969-72).

Martin Mishli Weitz died in 1992.


Scope and Content Note

The Martin Mishli Weitz Papers consist of correspondence which reflects Weitz's scholarly activities, rabbinical career, and activities within the American Jewish community and in the larger American community.


Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in two (2) series:

Series A. Correspondence. 1919-1977.
Series B. Scrapbooks. 1928-1989

Conditions of Access and Use

Terms of Access and Use

This collection is open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Property and Literary Rights

Martin Mishli Weitz, by the act of donating the Martin Mishli Weitz Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Martin Mishli Weitz and his heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.

Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Martin Mishli Weitz Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:

[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-40. Martin Mishli Weitz Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Provenance

The Martin Mishli Weitz Papers were received from Martin Mishli Weitz, Laguna, California, in various installments during the years 1976-1988.

Processing Information

Processed by AJA Staff. Additional processing by Michelle Wirth Detroit, November, 2011.

This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Box Folder Listing

Series A. Correspondence. 1919-1977. [3 Hollinger boxes]
Scope and Content Note: This series consists of three boxes of correspondence of Dr. Weitz concerning his various activities as rabbi, teacher, lecturer, and writer. There is considerable material on Weitz's work on behalf of Lincoln University's Inter-faith Studies Center and his attempts to develop community colleges in Southern New Jersey in the 1960's. Also, Dr. Weitz's correspondence with many famous personalities in and out of the Jewish community is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject. The "general" folders at the beginning of the personal correspondence section contain material concerning individuals or groups represented by less than three items.
Arrangement Note: This series contains two subseries: Subseries 1. General and Subseries 2. Subject.
Subseries 1. General. 1919-1977.
Box Folder
1 1 A-L General.
1 2 Abbell, Maxwell. June 1956.
1 3 Allman, David B. 1962-1971.
1 4 American Civil Liberties Union. March-June 1931.
1 5 Baron, Joseph L. 1937-1956.
1 6 Bemporad, Jack. 1968-1969.
1 7 Ben-Yaakov, Yissaker. 1968-1971.
1 8 Besser, Saul P. August-November 1969.
1 9 Binstock, Louis. 1928-1969.
1 10 Block, Irving J. July-August 1968.
1 11 Blumenfield, Samuel M. 1954-1965.
1 12 Brickner, Balfour. 1958-1969.
1 13 Brooke, Edward. October 1967.
1 14 Case, Clifford P. 1955-1974.
1 15 Clark, Joseph. October 1967.
1 16 Clinchy, Everett R. 1968-1971.
1 17 Cohen, Alfred M. July-October 1937.
1 18 Cohen, Henry. 1930-1942.
1 19 Cook, Samuel. 1968-1971.
1 20 Cronbach, Abraham. 1930-1965.
1 21 Davidson, Jerome K. 1967-1971.
1 22 Drooz, Herbert E. 1968-1970.
1 23 Du Pont, Henry B. April-September 1968.
1 24 Eichhorn, David Max. 1961-1971.
1 25 Eisendrath, Maurice N. 1957-1964.
1 26 Eisenhower, Dwight D. September 1953.
1 27 Eisenhower, Milton S. January-February 1968.
1 28 Elk, Max. 1955-1968.
1 29 Englander, Henry. 1926-1933.
1 30 Farmer, James. 1969-1970.
1 31 Feinberg, Abraham H. 1940-1942.
1 32 Feinstein, Ruth and Monte. 1965-1966.
1 33 Fromm, Erich. 1964-1967.
1 34 Gitin, Seymour. 1965-1970.
1 35 Gittelsohn, Roland B. 1966-1971.
1 36 Glueck, Nelson. 1942-1971.
1 37 Goldberg, Arthur J. 1961-1977.
1 38 Goldberg, Norman M. 1970-1973.
1 39 Golden, Harry. 1955-1974.
1 40 Goldman, Solomon. 1936-1940.
1 41 Gordis, Robert. May-June 1969.
1 42 Gottlieb, Leo R. 1962-1969.
1 43 Gottschalk, Alfred. 1963-1971.
1 44 Greilsammer, Marcel. 1955-1968.
1 45 Gruber, Heinrich. 1966-1970.
1 46 Gustavson, Rubin. 1968-1972.
1 47 Gutmann, Harry K. 1968-1970.
1 48 Haberman, Joshua O. 1968-1970.
Box Folder
2 1 Hakim, Maximos V. March-November 1968.
2 2 Hughes, Richard J. 1962-1965.
2 3 Humphrey, Hubert H. July 1962.
2 4 Israel, Edward L. 1931-1940.
2 5 Isserman, Ferdinand M. June-October 1955.
2 6 Jacobson, David. 1968-1975.
2 7 Javits, Jacob K. 1964-1965.
2 8 Jick, Leon A. February-March 1969.
2 9 Kahn, Benjamin M. 1968-1976.
2 10 Kahn, Robert I. 1968-1969.
2 11 Kallen, Horace M. 1931-1972.
2 12 Kaplan, Kivie. 1965-1971.
2 13 Kaplan, Mordecai M. 1932-1934.
2 14 Katz, A. Raymond. 1937-1971.
2 15 Kavago, Joseph. February-March 1968.
2 16 Kennedy, John F. 1960-1963.
2 17 Kennedy, Robert F. 1964-1967.
2 18 King, Thomas M. 1953-1969.
2 19 Kleinberg, Maurice S. April-October 1969.
2 20 Kotsuji, Abraham S. July-August 1963.
2 21 Korn, Bertram W. 1959-1969.
2 22 Lamm, Hans. 1968-1969.
2 23 Lebow, Sylvan. 1968-1970.
2 24 Lee, Oscar J. 1968-1972.
2 25 Lelyveld, Arthur J. March 1970.
2 26 Levy, Theodore. 1967-1971.
2 27 Liebman, Joshua Loth. 1939-1948.
2 28 M-Z, General.
2 29 Marcus, Jacob Rader. 1967-1973.
2 30 Maximon, Shalom B. 1931-1933.
2 31 Milligan, Charles S. 1967-1971.
2 32 Morgenstern, Julian. 1925-1971.
2 33 Moses, Albert. 1962-1972.
2 34 Oko, Adolph sS. 1929-1931.
2 35 Olan, Levi A. 1968.
2 36 Ottinger, Richard L. 1966-1974.
2 37 Perilman, Nathan A. March-May 1968.
2 38 Polish, David. 1964-1971.
2 29 Pollack, Herman. February 1967.
Box Folder
3 1 Postal, Bernard. 1967-1970.
3 2 Raab, Robert. 1957-1968.
3 3 Read, Hilton S. 1960-1969.
3 4 Rueckriegel, Helmut. 1963.
3 5 Sachar, Abram L. 1959-1969.
3 6 Salas, Abram E. 1968-1973.
3 7 Samuels, Robert L. 1969-1971.
3 8 Sanders, Mrs. Gilbert. 1956-1972.
3 9 Schechter, Philip E. 1968-1969.
3 10 Schweiker, Richard. 1969-1971.
3 11 Scott, Hugh. 1967-1971.
3 12 Shor, David P. 1962-1968.
3 13 Shoulson, Abraham B. July-October 1956.
3 14 Silver, Samuel M. 1967-1971.
3 15 Siskin, Edgar E. May 1971.
3 16 Sobel, Ronald B. June-December 1968.
3 17 Sobel, Samuel. 1968-1969.
3 18 Starr, Earl S. 1969-1970.
3 19 Stern, Harry J. 1968-1969.
3 20 Talbert, E. L. 1931-1935.
3 21 Truman, Harry S. 1919-1963.
3 22 Vorspan, Albert. 1954-1969.
3 23 Wachman, Marvin. 1966-1971.
3 24 Waller, Herbert S. 1964-1970.
3 25 Watkins, G. Robert. 1967.
3 26 Wax, James A. 1954-1969.
3 27 Weinstein, Jacob J. 1928-1935.
3 28 Wise, Stephen S. December 1937.
3 29 Wolff, Lester. 1965-1967.
3 30 Yadin, Yigael. December 1971.
3 31 Yeger, Moshe. 1969-1970.
3 32 Zigmond, Maurice L. 1928-1971.
Subseries 2. Subject. 1932-1969.
Box Folder
3 33 American Medical Association. 1964-1965.
3 34 Atlantic City, New Jersey. Beth Israel Congregation. 1965.
3 35 Atlantic City, New Jersey. Beth Israel Congregation. 70th Anniversary. 1960-1961.
3 36 B'nai B'rith. 1932-1935.
3 37 Glueck, Nelson. Victory in the Deseret. 1969.
3 38 Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Founders Day. 1958.
3 39 World Union for Progressive Judaism. 1954-1966.
Series B. Scrapbooks. 1928-1989. [7 Hollinger boxes]
Scope and Content Note: This series consists of seven boxes of pages from scrapbooks compiled by Weitz on various communities and events he was involved with throughout his career. Included are photographs, correspondence, news clippings, brochures, etc. Topics of the scrapbooks include congregations he served, colleges where he taught, and public events he was involved in. There is considerable material on his time as a chaplain from 1943-1946.
Arrangement Note: Materials arranged alphabetically.
Box
4 Atlantic City, New Jersey; Atlantic Community College; Chaplaincy. 1943-1971. [4 folders]
Box
5 Atlantic City, New Jersey; Atlantic Community College; Chaplaincy. 1931-1988. [4 folders]
Box
6 Des Moines, Iowa. 1932-1948. [3 folders]
Box
7 Gruber, Heinrich; Hot Springs, Arkansas. 1949-1962. [2 folders]
Box
8 Hot Springs, Arkansas; Kenosha, Wisconsin. 1938-1950. [2 folders]
Box
9 Lincoln University; Los Angeles, California; Miscellaneous. 1928-1989. [4 folders]
Box
10 Mission to Berlin; Trinidad, Colorado; Venta Prieta, Mexico. 1964-1966. [3 folders]

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the American Jewish Archives's online catalog.

Persons and Families

Weitz, Martin Mishli

Institutions

Community Colleges of New Jersey
Congregation Beth Israel (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Lincoln University (Pa.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Temple B'nai Jeshurun (Des Moines, Iowa)
Temple Beth Hillel (Kenosha, Wis.)
Temple Beth Israel (Hot Springs, Ark.)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Places

Atlantic City (N.J)
Des Moines (Iowa)
Hot Springs (Ark.)
Kenosha (Wis.)
Pennsylvania

Occupations

Chaplains, Military
Rabbis