Letter from the President
Kenneth J. Bialkin
As this newsletter makes clear, your support has helped the American Jewish Historical Society make enormous strides in the past several months. We´ve relocated a significant portion of our collections to our new home in New York. Our research operations in both New York and Waltham are in full swing. In addition to visiting our research centers, you can make inquiries about American Jewish history and genealogy at our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I also hope you will visit our website at www.ajhs.org.
We have plans to enhance and expand our website to better show the richness of our collections.
We are pleased to welcome the Hadassah Archives and the Gomez Mill House to our New York headquarters. We look forward to strong, collaborative relationships with both institutions in the future. We are also working closely with the American Society for Jewish Music to present musical programs in New York.
The Society has extended its reach and impact because thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations have been generous in supporting us. I want to thank each one of our members, donors, academic counselors and supporters who make us stronger by their gifts of time, energy and financial support.
It has been said, A people who has no sense of its past is a people without a future. By preserving the record of our history in this country, we assure that our children and grandchildren will have a firm foundation for their identities as Jews and Americans. Thank you for helping us fulfill this noble mission.
Kenneth J. Bialkin
AJHS Grows with the Addition of the Hadassah Archives
Under a unique arrangement, the archives of Hadassah, the Women´s Zionist Organization of America, will be relocating from Hadassah headquarters to the new home of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History in New York.
With 900 linear feet of archival material, including manuscripts, photographs, microfilm, audio and video tapes and various kinds of artifacts, the Hadassah archives is an invaluable collection that documents the founding, development, and achievements of the organization since its founding in 1912 by Henrietta Szold. Researchers will find materials on Hadassah´s involvement in healthcare, education, and youth projects in Israel as well as the American chapters´ interest and dedication to similar projects in this country. Among the many items of interest are the original employment agreement between Szold and the nurses who traveled to Palestine in 1918 as part of the American Zionist Medical Unit, the precursor to Hadassah Hospital, and also material relating to Hadassah´s support of Youth Aliyah. The archivist of the Hadassah Archives, Susan Woodland, has relocated to the Society´s offices and is available to assist scholars and researchers in the Center for Jewish History´s reading room.
Hadassah selected AJHS as its new archival home after consideration of a number of alternatives. The Society looks forward to a long and happy relationship with the Hadassah Archives.
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