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Guide to the New Jewish Agenda Records TAM 183

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Peter Filardo, 2011. Addition of Series IV in 2011. 2013 Accession added by Heather Mulliner in October 2013. Edited by Bonnie Gordon to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials, 2013.

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Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Rawson, Tom
Source - dnr: Stein, Harry
Source - dnr: Balka, Christie
Title: New Jewish Agenda Records
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1980-1992
Abstract: New Jewish Agenda (1980-1992), was a progressive multi-issue organization whose members included secular and observant Jews drawn from many sectors of the Left. NJA had some forty-five local chapters and five task forces: Middle East, Economic and Social Justice, Nuclear Disarmament, Central America, and the Feminism (later to include AIDS) task force. NJA also sought to develop a progressive Jewish cultural and religious ethos, reflected in its creation of The Shalom Seders: Three Haggadahs (1984). The process-oriented, "participatory democracy" political culture of NJA complicated its efforts to deal with its infiltration, circa 1987, by the New Alliance Party, whose views were antithetical to those of NJA. The organization also faced hostility from mainstream organized Jewry for its critical view of Israeli foreign policy, ongoing financial difficulties, and the erosion of some of its membership to other, usually single-issue progressive Jewish organizations, and eventually disbanded in 1992. The collection contains national administrative records, including convention, national council and steering council records, including minutes, correspondence, internal bulletins, reports, mailings, membership lists, press releases, some officers' records (for example, those of Rena Bernards and Anna Jaffe); fundraising, task force and chapter records (including extensive files on the Portland, OR chapter), issues of its national newsletters,  Agenda,  Agenda-in-Brief and  Gesher (published by the Feminist Task Force), photographs, and printed ephemera produced by NJA and other progressive (especially Jewish) organizations.
Quantity: 42 Linear Feet in 41 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, and 1 photograph box.
Language: Materials are mostly in English, with some items in Hebrew.
Call Phrase: TAM 183