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Concerned Jewish Students of Greater Boston Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-157

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of various aspects of the Concerned Jewish Students, ranging from its inception in 1969 to 1973, the bulk of which focus on the early seventies. The collection has been organized into four series: Governance, which consists of the group's stated goals and the makeup of the organization, Correspondence, Activities, including projects and speeches, and finally Financial Records, consisting of bank statements, requests for funding, paid bills and fund allocation. Some of the documents in the Activities Series are in Hebrew.

Dates

  • 1969-1973

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is predominantly in English, with Hebrew..

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information contact jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Historical Note

The League of Concerned Jewish Students began as a small group of students in Boston making public demands in November 1969 at the General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. These students were seeking more democracy within organized Jewish life and funding. Essentially, they wanted the Jewish Federations to be more aware of their cultural values. The organization served as a reminder to charities to maintain, and increase, their Jewish identity. The group eventually represented both students and faculty members at universities in the Boston and New York areas.

Above all, the Concerned Jewish Students demanded: reordering of domestic priorities toward Jewish education, more aid for Soviet Jews, ardent support for Israel and appropriation of funds toward creative programs examining Jews living in a world of shifting values. Public meetings of local budget and allocation committees were often held to get all members of the community involved in these key aspects of Jewish community life.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Abstract

Contains material pertaining to the establishment of the organization, including a list of incorporators, and lists of constituent members, minutes of meetings (November 1970-February 1972), a speech giving a review of the group's activities (1972), and financial records (July 1970-March 1972). Also contains general correspondence (March 1970-March 1972), correspondence with Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (1970-1971), and information on the group's Chavurat Shabbat project (1972), and Jewish Students Projects.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert Lapidus and Morey Schapira in 1975-1976.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Scott Sharon, 2008.
Title
Guide to the Concerned Jewish Students of Greater Boston Records, I-157
Author
Reprocessed by Scott Sharon
Date
2008

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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