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Zionist Organization of America

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Summary Information
Administrative Information
Collection Inventory
Series I : ZOA Records & Manuscripts

Summary Information

Repository
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Title
Zionist Organization of America
ID
Org.0011.003.003a
Date [inclusive]
1919-1970
Extent
0.5 Cubic feet
Language
English
Biographical/Historical
Biographical/Historical note The Zionist Organization of America, founded in 1898, probably welcomed its Hartford chapter, known as the Hartford Zionist District, in 1917. Although the exact date is not recorded here, it is known that the Balfour Declaration prompted a group of Hartford businessmen to begin active fundraising, and those same names are part of the Hartford District minutes a few years later. Two years later, the ZOA appointed Abraham Goldstein as the paid director of the Connecticut Zionist Region or Bureau. Goldstein, intelligent and highly gifted as an orator, led the local ZOA activities to stunning success. According to Making a Life, Building a Community by David G. Dalin and Jonathan Rosenbaum, Goldstein was largely responsible for organizing Hartford into one of the most active and influential local districts in the United States. After Goldstein left the employment of the ZOA for a job in insurance, he continued to volunteer for the ZOA, becoming a national leader. One of the highlights in local ZOA history was the visit to Hartford in 1921 by Chaim Weizmann, later President of Israel, and Albert Einstein. The purpose of the visit was to raise funds for the Keren Hayesod (Palestine Restoration Fund) that Weizmann, as head of the World Zionist Organization, championed in opposition to the leaders of the national ZOA, who felt that Palestine should be developed through private investment, not public philanthropy. Local ZOA leaders supported Weizmann's view, however, and gave to the Keren Hayesod wholeheartedly. The Hartford ZOA purchased a house at 621 Albany Avenue in 1926 and used it as their office until selling it in 1933.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents note The collection documents local Connecticut chapters of the Zionist Organization of America, including their reports, minutes, and activities. It also contains various publications from the ZOA.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

333 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT, 06117
860-727-6171
ekafer@jewishhartford.org

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Collection Inventory

Series I : ZOA Records & Manuscripts
Zionist Organization of America/ About This Collection
Zionist Organization of America/ Celebrations, Miscellaneous
Zionist Organization of America/ Fundraising
Zionist Organization of America/ 75th ZOA Jubilee Convention/ Programs and Memorabilia
Zionist Organization of America/ Connecticut Zionist Region/ Anniversaries / 50th Anniversary of the Regional Organization, 1970
Zionist Organization of America/ Connecticut Zionist Region/ Annual Report 1963-1964
Zionist Organization of America/ Connecticut Zionist Region/ Miscellaneous
Zionist Organization of America/ Connecticut Zionist Region/ Polis Synagogue in Israel
Zionist Organization of America/ Hartford Zionist District/ Board of Directors / Minutes 1919 to 1923 (plus selections from 1927 to 1928)
Zionist Organization of America/ Hartford Zionist District/ Miscellaneous
Jews Unite for a Safe Israel: (identified as a local chapter of ZOA)
Zionist Organization of America/ Jews Unite for a Safe Israel/ Newsletter, 1996
Zionist Organization of America/ Pamphlets/ Auto-Emancipation
Zionist Organization of America/ Pamphlets/ The Birth of Jewish Statesmanship
Zionist Organization of America/ Pamphlets/ Hagana: A History of Jewish Resistance
Zionist Organization of America/ Young Judea/ Activities Coordinated by ZOA

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