American Jewish Archives Publishes Latest Edition of AJA Journal

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The American Jewish Archives Journal has just issued Volume LVIII Numbers 1 and 2 (2006), published by the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA). The AJA Journal, edited by Dr. Gary P. Zola, AJA Director, features articles exploring American Jewish history:

  • Joan S. Friedman on "The Making of a Reform Rabbi: Solomon B. Freehof from Childhood to Hebrew Union College"
  • Joellyn Wallen Zollman on "The Gifts of the Jews: Ideology and Material Culture in the American Synagogue Gift Shop"
  • Maxine S. Seller on "Americans Who Became Israelis: Early Olim (1948-1963) Look Back"
  • Mara W. Cohn Ioannides on "H. Berkowitz and S.S. Cohon: Two Men Battle Over One Haggadah"
  • Reviews of books by C.S. Monaco, Donald Weber, Lee Shai Weissbach, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, Michelle Terell, Dana Kaplan, Uri Bialer, and Warren Grover – with subjects ranging from Florida Jewry, Jewish American Culture, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Early Colonial Nevis to the Christian World in Israel's Foreign Policy and Nazis in Newark.

The volume also features a listing of recent archival acquisitions for 2005-2006, including the papers of HUC-JIR administration and faculty members Dr. Paul M. Steinberg, z"l, Dr. Herbert Brichto, z"l, Stanley Chyet, z"l, School of Sacred Music Director Cantor Israeli Goldstein; correspondence between Albert Einstein and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, records of the national commissions celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in America; records from the Hebrew Congregation in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Temple Beth el of Northern Westchester, and Grand Forks Jewish Congregation in North Dakota; civil war era materials relating to Confederate Major and Statesman Raphael J. Moses; papers of New York City lawyer and communal leader Samuel Untermeyer and Rabbi James Waterman Wise; and 250 linear feet of news clippings and publications gathered by the New York office of the World Jewish Congress from the 1930s to the 1970s, relating to the Holocaust, post-war resettlement, Israel, the rise of Communism, and the WJC's work at the United Nations. 

The publication of this journal has been made possible, in part, by gifts from Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York and by the Dolores and Walter Neustadt American Jewish Archives Journal Endowment Fund. 

The American Jewish Archives Journal Volume LVIII Numbers 1 and 2 (2006) can be accessed in pdf format at:www. 

To request a copy of the volume, please contact Dana Herman at or 513-487-3269

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.