Guide to the Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism Records

undated, 1978-1981

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JHCI-0010


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Machine-readable finding aid created by Lindsay Sprechman in June 2019. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in June 2019. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism
Title: Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism Records
Dates: undated, 1978-1981
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, flyers, newsletters, writings, speeches, position papers, and administrative records documenting the activities and work of the Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism, an organization founded in 1978 for both Jews and non-Jews to combat anti-Semitism and celebrate Jewish culture.
Languages:   The collection is in English.
Quantity: 8 folders
ID:   JHCI-0010
Repository: Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Location: Located in Boston, Mass.

Flyer for a 1981 event sponsored by the Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism.

Historical Note

The Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism (later changed to just BCCAS) was organized in early 1978 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston in response to a proposed Nazi rally in Skokie, Illinois, a city in which many Holocaust survivors lived. Its mission was to be “a group of Jew and non-Jews dedicated to the elimination of anti-Semitism and the sharing of Jewish culture.” Five working committees were immediately established to serve this mission (demonstration, research and writing, educational, unity Seder, and steering committees), but were late reorganized as the organization expanded. BCCAS sponsored a variety of cultural and political events, including Passover unity seders, Chanukah and Sukkot celebrations, anti-Nazi rallies, and educational workshops and seminars on topics like anti-Semitism, racism, Jewish feminism, and more. The organization also released position papers and wrote articles on topics including affirmative action and the Middle East conflict. In 1981, BCASS disbanded.

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Chronology

1978 The Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism is founded.
1979 The Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism changes its name to BCASS.
1981 BCASS disbands.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains newsletters, flyers, correspondence, writings, speeches, position papers, and administrative documents documenting the activities and work of the Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism. Included are newsletters from 1978-1981; flyers advertising various events and programs; writings, speeches, and position papers on a variety of topics, including the Middle East conflict, affirmative action, and the rise of Nazism; and miscellaneous administrative documents, including meeting minutes and agendas and membership lists. 


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a a single series as follows:

  • Series I: Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism Records, undated, 1978-1981

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

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Related Material

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston Records, I-123 and I-123A


Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism Records; JHC-0010; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.


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Container List

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Series I: Boston Committee to Challenge Anti-Semitism Records, undated, 1978-1981

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Administrative Documents undated, 1978
1 2 Correspondence 1978-1980
1 3 Flyers undated, 1979-1981 
1 4 Leadership Guidelines undated
1 5 Newsletters 1978-1981
1 6 Political Principles  undated
1 7 Position Papers undated, 1979
1 8 Speeches and Writings undated