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JCA: Zionist Organization of America Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002346
This two-box collection includes the records of the Detroit office and proceedings from the National ZOA. The writings of Morton Klein, national ZOA director, are part of the records. Prominent in this collection is the correspondence and writings of Ezekiel Leikin, executive director of the Detroit chapter. Leikin is the author of The Beilis Transcripts: The Anti-Semitic Trial That Shook the World, 1993. Important names: Jerome S. Kaufman, Morton A. Klein, Ezekiel Leikin.

Dates

  • 1928 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2005

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 MB)

Abstract

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) was established in 1897 and is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is committed to educating government officials, the media and students about the Arab-Israel conflict. It also works to promote strong U.S.-Israel relations and to fight anti-Semitism. This two-box collection includes the records of the Detroit office of ZOA and proceedings from the national ZOA. The writings of Morton Klein, national ZOA director, are part of these records. Prominent in this collection is the correspondence and writings of Ezekiel Leikin, executive director of the Detroit chapter. Leikin is the author of The Beilis Transcripts: The Anti-Semitic Trial That Shook the World, 1993.

History

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) was established in 1897 and is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is committed to educating government officials, the media and students about the Arab-Israel conflict. It also works to promote strong U.S.-Israel relations and to fight anti-Semitism.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

Acquired from the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives.

Related Materials

Collections in the Jewish Community Archives at the Reuther Library, including Jewish Community Council Records, Detroit Mizrachi Records. Personal papers: Max M. Fisher Papers, Emma Schaver Papers.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives in 2011.
Title
Guide to the JCA: Zionist Organization of America Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-07-15: Proofread and updated by Aimee Ergas.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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Detroit MI 48202 USA