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Zionist Organization of America, Atlanta District Records

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 040

Scope and Contents

The researcher studying the development of Zionism in the Southeast and particularily in Atlanta will find this collection of special interest. Of note, is the open letter written^-by ,Adelbert Freedman to members of The Temple, October 11, 1943, in response to an anti-Zionist sermon delivered by Rabbi David Marx, spiritual leader of that congregation. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1937 - 1985

Creator

Biographical / Historical

The Zionist Organization of America-Atlanta District was organized in 1910. Although many of the founder's names are unknown, Max Freedman and Joel Dorfan can be counted as among the organizers. Samuel L. Eplan was one of the earliest presidents and served when he was only 20 years old. Often meeting resistance from a segment of anti-Zionists in the Atlanta Jewish community, the organization remained small and relatively obscure until its reorganization in 1936. The Holocaust obliterated the divisiveness regarding Zionism that had previously separated the community, and following WWII and the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, membership and support for ZOA grew. At one time, Atlanta chapter membership numbered over 1,400.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Zionist Organization of America-Atlanta District was organized in 1910. At one time, Atlanta chapter membership numbered over 1,400. The records consist of newsletters, scrapbooks, and speeches written by Adelbert Freedman, active in ZOA since 1936 and Executive Director of the Southeastern region from 1940-1951.

Arrangement

All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Rae Alice Cohen
Title
Zionist Organization of America, Atlanta District Records, Mss 40
Status
Completed
Author
Erin L Wright
Date
June 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

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