News from the Hadassah Archives
The Hadassah Archives is pleased to announce that it received a grant from
the National Foundation for Jewish Culture to process additional Henrietta Szold
papers received in the twenty years since the original processing of the collection
and publication of the …nding aid. The papers of Hadassah's founder are
the backbone of the collection and we look forward to creating improved researcher
and staff access to the full Szold collection.
This past summer, with the help of Barnard intern Hila Ratzabi, the records of Junior Hadassah were arranged, listed and made available on our archives database. Junior Hadassah was a membership organization that, between 1916 and 1967 when it was merged with Young Judaea, functioned under the auspices of Hadassah. Young women, often working and living at home after graduation from high school and before marriage and often with mothers involved in Hadassah, became involved in their own Junior Hadassah chapters and fund raising projects.
A second summer intern, University of Massachusetts student Michelle Beller, contributed to research of the work done by Hadassah's Jewish Education Department from 1912 to the present. The research completed to date focuses on material generated by the national of…ce of Hadassah. Eventually, the Archives will include programs and materials developed by individual chapters and regions. The Hadassah Archives thanks the F.E.G.S. program of Hillel for providing the support that made it possible for Ms. Beller's internship.
Society Begins Processing of AAEJ and Graenum Berger Papers
This past summer, a grant from Edith and Henry Everett made it possible for archival intern Jessica Weglein to begin processing the Society's more than 100 linear feet of archival material related to the American Association for Ethiopian Jewry (AAEJ). Ms. Weglein has begun by arranging and organizing the papers of the late Graenum Berger, the outspoken American founder and …rst president of the maverick organization. In 1969, AAEJ …rst brought international attention to the plight of Ethiopia's Jews and agitated for Israel to take action on behalf of this imperiled minority. The Association's efforts culminated in Operation Solomon, the 1991 airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
Berger's rich collection of correspondence, reports, memos, speeches and clippings document the AAEJ's vigorous lobbying activities in America and Israel and provide rare insight into the activist group's often-embattled relationships with other Jewish organizations. Berger's papers also contain signi…cant research material related to the publication of his 1978 book, Black Jews in America.
The Society recently acquired four feet of archival material from Nathan Shapiro, who served as the AAEJ's third president from 1982-1993. Shapiro's papers are a welcome addition to the Society's growing collection of materials related to the American movement to rescue Ethiopian Jewry. The Society also thanks Emma Berger, Graenum Berger's widow, for her donation earlier this year of the last of her husband's papers. In May 2002 at its New York headquarters, the Society will host a symposium on the history of the Ethiopian Jewry movement.
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