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Jewish Federation of Arkansas records

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Finding aid for the Jewish Federation of Arkansas records


Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

May 24, 2017

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-07-10T12:33-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Jewish Federation of Arkansas.
Title: Jewish Federation of Arkansas records
Dates: 1935-2014
Quantity: 10.5 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains the organizational records of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.28
Language: English
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This collection is arranged topically and chronologically. It contains nineteen boxes dealing with the following subjects: Boxes one through five, Jewish Federation of Arkansas Administration; box six, the Annual Campaigns; boxes seven and eight, local special events; box nine, the new Arkansas Jewish Assembly; boxes ten and eleven, Holocaust education and remembrance; box twelve, political advocacy; box thirteen, ecumenical and interfaith sensitivity efforts; box fourteen, refugees and immigration; box fifteen, support of Israel and other Jewish causes; box sixteen, social services; box seventeen, other Jewish organizations and events; box eighteen, oversized items; and box nineteen, local care committee. Box nineteen is restricted because of privacy concerns.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. It includes correspondence, minutes, financial records, and other documents relating to the organization’s local events and activities, as well as national and international Jewish causes. The bulk of the collection is from the late 1970s through the 1990s, with some items from earlier years, as well the first decades of the 21st century.

Biographical Information

The organization that is now the Jewish Federation of Arkansas was formed in 1912 as the Federation of Jewish Charities, with the purpose of pooling resources to help community members in need. In 1956, the name was changed to the Jewish Welfare Agency, and in 1985 to the Jewish Federation of Little Rock. Finally, in 1990 the name was again changed to the Jewish Federation of Arkansas (JFA). Over the years the organization’s purpose broadened from the focus on individual needs to include community building and education.

According to its mission statement, “Jewish Federation of Arkansas aims to strengthen, support, and sustain the Jewish Community in Arkansas and to support Jews in need worldwide.” Their efforts have included providing social services for persons in need, sponsoring educational and cultural events, and partnering with national and international groups that support Jewry around the world. In addition to serving the Jewish community, the Federation sponsors programs to educate the wider community and advocate for Jewish causes.

The Federation’s work is accomplished through local programming and with the support of community volunteers and a small paid staff. An annual fundraising campaign provides resources both for local efforts and for national and international causes.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas Jewish Assembly.
Charitable Organizations
Federation of Jewish Charities.
Goldman, Nanci, 1942-
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Study and teaching -- Arkansas
Jewish Federation of Arkansas.
Jewish Federation of Little Rock.
Jewish history, life, and culture
Jewish Welfare Agency.
Jews -- Arkansas -- History
Luber, Harvey, 1936-2007
Religious Tolerance -- Arkansas


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jewish Federation of Arkansas records, MSS.13.28, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.

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