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AJHS to Issue Historic Set of Jewish Players' Baseball Cards

The American Jewish Historical Society will produce a limited-edition commemorative set of 140 baseball cards featuring every Jewish player (from Lipman Pike to Tony Cogan) who played major-league baseball from 1871-2001. The project is being done in conjunction with Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc., a not-for pro…t Boston organization established "to document American Jews in America's Game." Each set will be boxed and include a booklet outlining the history of Jewish players in Major League Baseball from the 19th century to the present. Each card provides biographical and career data on the player.

In addition to such obvious stars as Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax, Moe Berg, Ken Holtzman, Shawn Green and Brad Ausmus, the series will include cards for such lesser-know players as Marv Rotblatt, Milt Galatzer and Cy Malis. For about 40 players, this series will mark the …rst time a baseball card has been issued with their image. Photos of 6 of these players were not available in any photographic archive and were obtained from descendants and university yearbooks by volunteer researchers, including AJHS director emeritus Bernard Wax. Text for some of the cards has been written by guest authors with personal or familial ties to the players. Most recognizable among the authors are playwright David Mamet, Bible scholars Everett Fox and Marc Brettler, Wellesley College historian Jerold Auerbach and Tufts University Provost Sol Gittleman.

Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. has researched and designed the cards; AJHS will be responsible for producing and distributing them. AJHS hopes to have the sets available for opening day of the 2002 baseball season. In our next newsletter, we will announce their release date.

AJHS Starts Jewish Counter Culture Collection

The American Jewish Historical Society is actively collecting documents and materials relating to the Jewish Counter Culture movement of the late 1960's and 1970's, when American Jewish college students undertook experiments in worship, publishing, political activism, community building and communal living that greatly affected how American Jews thought about and practiced Judaism. Included in the Jewish Counter Culture are the Havurah movement, publications such as Response Magazine and Davka, alternative Jewish newspapers, Jewish communal living on college campuses, Jewish feminism, Jewish political organizations, minyanim and The Jewish Catalog. Participants in these experiments became rabbis and leaders in virtually every movement and organization of American Jewish life.

The Society already holds the papers of rabbi Arthur Waskow; the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry; Jews for Urban Justice; Farbrangen; Tzedeck Tzedeck; Breira; the New Jewish Agenda, and Kibbutz Micah. AJHS recently acquired the records of the Jewish Student Press Service. Now it seeks significantly more material.

Professors Riv-Ellen Prell of the University of Minnesota and Chava Weissler of Lehigh University, who have written books on minyanim, will serve as co-curators of the counterculture archives.

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