Activism

Activism: Jews Contributing to the Cause

When Jews arrived from Recife Brazil in New Amsterdam in 1654, they were permitted entry into the New York’s harbor by the Dutch West Indies Company provided that they never become a burden on their new homeland. This directive was taken seriously by these 24 Jews, and ultimately, they created what we have come to understand as modern philanthropy. Social justice and doing what is right became not only a directive from Jewish sages and liturgical texts, but part of the fabric of Jewish identity. In America, Jews became leaders in the most every aspect of civil society and philanthropy. From immigration to the civil rights movements and the liberation of oppressed peoples throughout the world.

Photo of Soviet Jewry Movement activist Avital Sharansky

Year: undated
Collection: Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews Collection

Avital Sharansky (b. 1950) was an activist and prominent public figure in the Soviet Jewry Movement whose nine-year campaign to free her husband Nathan Sharansky (b. 1948) from Soviet imprisonment sparked a worldwide movement and ultimately contributed to the eventual release of more than a million Soviet Jews.

 

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March on Washington - Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Joachim Prinz

Year: 1963
Collection: American Jewish Congress Records

 

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Anti-Nazi Street Protest in New York City

Year: 1940s
Collection: United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Collection

 

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American Jewish Congress members holding signs at the March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

Year: 1965
Collection: American Jewish Congress Records

 

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Trees and Life for Vietnam Pamphlet

Year: circa 1970
Collection: Trees and Life for Vietnam Collection

Trees and Life for Vietnam was a countercultural organization which sought to establish a treaty of peace between the United States and North Vietnam from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

 

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Members of United Jewish Appeal-Federation Women’s Division Heading to a Rally in Support of Keeping Abortion Legal

Year: 1973
Collection: United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Collection

 

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Ethiopian Jews Rescued by the American Association for Ethiopian Jews

Year: 1983
Collection: Howard Lenhoff Papers

The American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ) was a grass roots American Jewish effort to aid the Jews in Ethiopia. They were active in Ethiopia, Israel, and America in providing airlift transport and immigration for the Jewish community in Ethiopia.

 

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Jews for Urban Justice Flyer

Year: circa 1969
Collection: Jews for Urban Justice Collection

Jews for Urban Justice was founded in Washington, D.C. to combat social problems directly connected with Jews.

 

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Council of Jewish Women Dinner

Year: 1945
Collection: National Council of Jewish Women: New York Section Records

In this image, the Council of Jewish Women presents Council House, a Bronx community center to Dr. Channing Tobias, Senior Secretary of the National YMCA, at an interracial dinner. Participants include Mrs. Norman S. Goetz, President of the New York Section National Council of Jewish Women; Dr. Channing Tobias; and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, who was the principal speaker of the evening.

 

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Political Poster Showing the American Jewish Response to the Oppression of Soviet Jews

Year: undated
Collection: National Conference on Soviet Jewry Records

 

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American Jewish Congress Taking Part in Soviet Jewry Solidarity Day

Year: 1968
Collection: American Jewish Congress Records

 

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National Rabbinic Leaders Being Arrested for Demonstrating at the Soviet Embassy

Year: 1986
Collection: American Soviet Jewry Movement (ASJM) Collection

 

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Hal Linden, Rita Moreno, and Morty Gunty at a Dial-A-Thon for United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York

Year: 1975
Collection: United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Collection

 

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