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Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism Records

 Collection
Identifier: JHCI-010

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains newsletters, flyers, correspondence, writings, speeches, position papers, and administrative documents documenting the activities and work of the Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism. Included are newsletters from 1978-1981; flyers advertising various events and programs; writings, speeches, and position papers on a variety of topics, including the Middle East conflict, affirmative action, and the rise of Nazism; and miscellaneous administrative documents, including meeting minutes and agendas and membership lists.

Dates

  • undated, 1978-1981

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

The Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism (later changed to BCCAS) was organized in early 1978 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston in response to a proposed Nazi rally in Skokie, Illinois, a city in which many Holocaust survivors lived. Its mission was to be “a group of Jew and non-Jews dedicated to the elimination of anti-Semitism and the sharing of Jewish culture.” Five working committees were immediately established to serve this mission (demonstration, research and writing, educational, unity Seder, and steering committees), but were late reorganized as the organization expanded. BCCAS sponsored a variety of cultural and political events, including Passover unity seders, Chanukah and Sukkot celebrations, anti-Nazi rallies, and educational workshops and seminars on topics like anti-Semitism, racism, Jewish feminism, and more. The organization also released position papers and wrote articles on topics including affirmative action and the Middle East conflict. In 1981, BCASS disbanded.

Chronology

1978
The Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism is founded.
1979
The Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism changes its name to BCASS.
1981
BCASS disbands.

Extent

8 folders

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence, flyers, newsletters, writings, speeches, position papers, and administrative records documenting the activities and work of the Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism, an organization founded in 1978 for both Jews and non-Jews to combat anti-Semitism and celebrate Jewish culture.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Lindsay Murphy, July 2019.
Title
Guide to the Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism Records, JHCI-010
Author
Lindsay Murphy
Date
2019
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

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

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