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Bobbie Morgenstern Papers on Soviet Jewry

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SCRC 403

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Collection Summary 
 
Title
Bobbie Morgenstern Papers on Soviet Jewry
 
Dates
1975-2006, bulk 1976-1990
 
Collection ID
SCRC 403
 
Creator
Morgenstern, Bobbie (Barbara)
 
Quantity
1.2 linear feet (2 boxes)
 
Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
 
Language
Materials in English, Russian, and Yiddish
 
 
Detailed Collection Information 
 
Biographical Note
Barbara “Bobbie” Morgenstern, a Soviet Jewry activist and long-time member of the Soviet Jewry Council of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia, served as co-chair of the council from 1984 to 1987. Morgenstern also served as vice president of the council’s outreach program and co-chair of the Adopt-A-Family program and as a delegate to Soviet Jewry conferences in Brussels and Israel.  On two occasions, in 1975 and 1977, she visited Refuseniks in the Soviet Union.
 
Description of Collection 
The Bobbie Morgenstern Papers on Soviet Jewry document Bobbie Morgenstern’s involvement in the Soviet Jewry movement to advocate, aid, and communicate with Refuseniks, Jews denied permission by the Soviet government to emigrate. The collection includes correspondence, photographs of Refuseniks and members of their families, a trip debriefing report and itinerary, planning materials related to outreach activities including the Soviet Jewry Council’s Adopt-A-Family and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning programs and Silent No More, conference materials, newspaper clippings, and an audio recording of Refusenik Ida Nudel. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence Morgenstern received from Refuseniks primarily between 1976 and 1978, among them Army Colonel Yefim Davidovich, Alexander Lerner, Ida Nudel, Alexander Paritsky, and Eugene Reinberg. Some of the correspondence is in Russian or Yiddish.
 
 
Patron Information 
 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991036984099903811
 
Research Access 
Collection is open for research.
 
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 
 
Technical Access
Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
 
Publication and Copyright Information 
The Bobbie Morgenstern Papers on Soviet Jewry are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The donor has assigned her rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.
 
Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Bobbie Morgenstern Papers on Soviet Jewry, SCRC 403, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
Related Material 
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia Records, SCRC 230, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
 
Administrative Information 
 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Bobbie Morgenstern in January 2002 and September 2008. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
 
Processing Information 
Portion of collection donated in 2002, processed and inventoried by Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center staff. 2008 accrual processed and finding aid prepared in February 2019 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist with assistance from Victoria Nichols, student assistant.
          
          
Index Terms
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
 
Personal/Family Names: 
Davidovich, Yefim
Lerner, A. I︠A︡. (Aleksandr I︠A︡kovlevich)
Morgenstern, Bobbie (Barbara)
Nudel, Ida
Paritsky, Alexander
Reinberg, Eugene
 
Corporate Names:
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia 
Soviet Jewry Council (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Subjects: 
Antisemitism
Civil rights -- Soviet Union
Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Jews -- Persecutions
Jews -- Soviet Union
Political activists
Political prisoners
Refuseniks
 
Places: 
Philadelphia (Pa.)
United States – Relations – Soviet Union
 
Material Types: 
Clippings
Correspondence
Ephemera
Manuscripts
Membership lists
Phonograph records
Photographs
Press releases
Reports
Sound recordings
Souvenir programs
Speeches
 
 
Collection Inventory
 
Box   Folder   Description
1          1          "Action Alert" press releases          circa 1975
1          2          "Act Now: A Guide for Soviet Jewry"          circa 1982
1          3          Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Prisoner Soveity Jewry Council handbook          undated
1          4          Adopt-A-Family: correspondence          1977, 1980, undated
1          5          Adopt-A-Family: forms (blank)          1977, undated
1          6          Adopt-A-Family: list of Refuseniks adopted in Philadelphia area          1980, undated
1          7          Adopt-A-Family: mail guidelines and rules          1978, undated
1          8          Adopt-A-Family: Refusenik profiles A-G and congregations that adopted them          1983-1984
1          9          Adopt-A-Family: Refusenik profiles H-Z and congregations that adopted them          1983-1984
1          10          Adopt-A-Family: synagogue, chairmen, and adoptee listings          undated
1          11          Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning: comments by Andrea Morgenstern at her Bat Mitzvah          undated
1          12          Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning: correspondence          March 8, 1977
1          13          Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning: Germantown Jewish Centre Soviet Jewry Committee solicitation for participation form letter          undated
1          14          Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning: Greater Miami Jewish Federation list of Refuseniks          undated
1          15          "Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning: A Guide for Synagogue Chairmen"          circa 1982
1          16          Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning: Tifereth Israel list of participants          1982-1983
1          17          Board restructuring schedule          1987-1988
1          18          "Briefing Book for Travelers to the USSR"          circa 1987
1          19          Bylaws of the Soviet Jewry Council          circa 1982
1          20          Children of Soviet Jewish Refuseniks information form (blank)          undated
1          21          Conferences: Adsorption Conference correspondence, notes, and list of participants          1977
1          22          Conferences: Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry Brussels Conference Praesidium list of participants          March 1978
1          23          Conferences: National Conference on Soviet Jewry committee list and programs          1979, 1984, 1987
1          24          Conferences: National Conference on Soviet Jewry in Helsinki, Finland program, notes, list of participants, and newspaper clippings          1988
1          25          Conferences: Second World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry in Brussels correspondence, identification, and list of participants          1976
1          26          Conferences: Second World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry in Brussels newspaper clippings          1976
1          27          Conferences: Soviet Jewry Council Israel Seminar summary report          February 1978
1          28          Conferences: Soviet Jewry Council Summit II Task Force list of participants and notes          undated
1          29          Conferences: Union of Councils for Soviet Jews conference schedule          September 1978
1          30          Correspondence          1976
1          31          Correspondence          1977
1          32          Correspondence          1978-1979
1          33          Correspondence          1980-1983
1          34          Correspondence          1985-1987
1          35          Correspondence          1988-1989
1          36          Correspondence          1990, 2006
1          37          Correspondence          undated
1          38          Correspondence: Coughlin, Lawrence          1992
1          39          Correspondence: Eilberg, Joshua          1976
1          40          Correspondence: regarding Eugene and Sophia Reinberg          1976
1          41          Correspondence from Refuseniks          1976-1985
1          42          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Aronovich, Felix           1976
1          43          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Beilin, Dina          1976-1977
1          44          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Berkovsky, Yuri           1976-1977
1          45          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Chertin, Alexander and Oksana          1976-1977
1          46          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Davidovich, Yefim           1976
1          47          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Ginzburg, Ilya and Eleanora           1976
1          48          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Golden, Ilya          1978
1          49          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Gorelik, Moshe and Alexander          1977, undated
1          50          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Gozelik, Saul          1980
1          51          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Grinberg, Karl           1978
1          52          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Gusevitch, Mrs.          undated
1          53          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Khoroshansky, Joseph          1976-1977
1          54          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Komissarchick, Boris          1976
1          55          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Kotlyar, Boris          1976
1          56          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Kremen, Mikail          undated
1          57          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Kuras, Zlata           1977
1          58          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Lerner, Alexander          1976-1978
1          59          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Levitas, Boris          1977
1          60          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Nosovsky, Michael          1977
1          61          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Nudel, Ida          1977-1978, 1980
1          62          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Paritsky, Alexander          1977-1979, 1982, 1987
1          63          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Pekev, Nina          1976, undated
1          64          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Rabinov, Lena and Arkady          1976-1978
1          65          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Reinberg, Eugene and Sophia          1976-1977
1          66          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Shostakovsky, Ilya          1976-1977
1          67          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Yampolsky, Alexander and Sasha          1976
1          68          Correspondence from Refuseniks: Yelistratov, Victor and Batsheva           1976-1977
1          69          Cyrus Adler Hebrew High School          1972
1          70          Executive Board member list          undated
1          71          Freedom Run and Rally for Soviet Jewry program          November 16, 1986
1          72          Israel Committee for Vladimir Prestin          1979-1980
1          73          Jewish Women Against Refusal (JWAR) background and notes          1987
1          74          Jewish Women Against Refusal (JWAR) list of Refuseniks and profiles          1987-1988, undated
1          75          Locust Club luncheon program          May 29, 1987
1          76          LP: "Shalom Ida Nudel"          circa 1979
1          77          Member list          October 1980
1          78          Newspaper clippings: Morgenstern as chairperson          1984, 1986, undated
1          79          Newspaper clippings: Rabinov, Leni and Arkady          February 5, 1976
1          80          Newspaper clippings: Rubin, Inessa and Vitaly          September 3, 1976
1          81          Newspaper clippings: Sharansky, Anatoly          1977, 1986
1          82          Newspaper clippings: Slepak, Vladimir and Maria wedding at Har Zion Temple          November 26, 1987
1          83          Newspaper clippings: Soviet Jewry          1987-1989, undated
1          84          Outgoing speech as chairperson          June 25, 1987
1          85          Outreach Committee member lists          1982-1985, undated
1          86          Photographs: arrival of Refuseniks in Israel          1987
1          87          Photographs: Helsinki conference          May 25-29, 1988
1          88          Photographs: Israel Public Council in Haifa Israel, interviews of families of Refuseniks          October 1988
1          89          Photographs: Leningrad group accused of planning hijacking to freedom          undated
1          90          Photographs: rallies          1978, 1990
1          91          Photographs: Refuseniks          1986-1987, undated
1          92          Photographs: Refuseniks and families in Jerusalem          October 1988
1          93          Photographs: Refuseniks including Ida Nudel          undated
1          94          Photographs: Slepak family and award presentation to Leslie and Bobbie Morgenstern          undated
1          95          Photographs: U.S. Representative Lawrence Coughlin meeting with Soviet Jewry advocates          undated
1          96          Potential travelers list          undated
1          97          Project Matchmaker          1987, undated
1          98          Proposed memorial fund for Soviet Jewry          1985
2          1          Silent No More Tribute book and calendar          1986-1987
2          2          Silent No More Tribute book and calendar          1987-1988
2          3          Silent No More Tribute Dinner newspaper clippings          1984-1986
2          4          Silent No More Tribute Dinner program          1984-1986, undated
2          5          Simchat Torah Rally for Soviet Jewry program flier and newspaper clipping          1984
2          6          Solidarity Day for Soviet Jewry and Mini-Brussels Conference: "Prisoner of Conscience Handbook"          March 28, 1976
2          7          Soviet Jewish Refusenik information form (blank)          undated
2          8          "A Tale of Two Women" by Judy Shapiro          June 1984
2          9          Trips: "A Trip to Russia" debriefing report          December 1975
2          10          Trips: "2nd trip" Moscow and Leningrad itinerary          October 1977
2          11          Trips: visa questionnaire, travel passes, and notes          1975, 1977
2          12          "Voice of Hope - Voices of Despair: A Dramatic Narrative of the Soviet Jewry Council"          undated
2          13          Women's Support Group agenda          May 26, 1987