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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1937-1985

Creator:  Zionist Organization of America-Atlanta District

Summary/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.

Quantity/Physical Description: .4 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 40, Zionist Organization of America-Atlanta District Records, Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Processed by: Rae Alice Cohen

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

Biographical/Historical Note 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.

Scope and Content 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.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 American Zionist Council-Southern Area newsletter- "Let's Talk" 1955-1963
2 Newspaper and magazine articles 1939-1985
3 Programs and souvenir booklet 1948-1971
4 Scrapbook 1937-1941
5 Southeast Zionist Region-Conference reports 1940-1941
6 Southern Zionist Region-newsletter, "The Southern Zionist" 1947-1952
7 Southeast Zionist Region-scrapbook 1939-1941
8 Speeches by Adelbert Freedman 1937-1951
9 The Temple 1943, 1948
1 Scrapbook (oversize) 1941-1950

 

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