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Guide to the Administration and Leadership Records of the American Jewish University Archives (Institutional Records)
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Box 12-14

Series : IV.
Administration & Leadership 1946-2013

Physical Description: 3 Boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials related to the Office of the President, Leadership (Executive Committee of the Board of Overseers, Board of Governors, Board of Directors, etc.), Finance, Administration, Technology, Senior Administration Departments (Development, Communications, Admissions, etc.), Fellowships, Scholarships, and Professorships.
Box 12

Subseries: 1:
Executive Administration 1947-2013

Physical Description: 1 Box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains materials related to the Office of the President including By-Laws, Accreditation Files, President Reports, Proposals, and the records of Simon Greenberg, David Lieber, and Robert Wexler.
Box 12, folder 1

A:  By-Laws 1981

Box 12, folder 2

B:  Accreditation Files 1963-1983

 

C:  Reports 1968-2013

Physical Description: 6 Folders
Box 

12, folder 3-5

1.  President's Reports 1970-2013

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes President's Reports from 1970-2013.
 

President's Report 1979-80, University of Judaism Scrapbook (Scrapbook 5), 1979/1980

Box 

12, folder 6

2.  Academic Reports, Dr. Samuel Dinin 1968-1970

Scope and Content Note

Includes Academic Reports from Dr. Samuel Dinin from 1968 and 1970.
Box 

12, folder 7

3.  Academic projects for the next decade, by D. Lieber 1968-05

Box 

12, folder 8

4.  The University of Judaism, A description and evaluation of present schools and programs and a projection of future plans and programs, by Samuel Dinin 1968-08

Box 

12, folder 7

5.  Outline of faculty and program needs of the schools of the UJ, By S. Dinin 1969-11-03

Box 

12, folder 7

6.  Comparative Report 1968-1971

 

D:  Proposals 1974

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 

12, folder 8

1.  Proposal for the Establishment of a Chair in Jewish Law 1974

Box 

12, folder 9

E:  Office of the President, Dr. Simon Greenberg 1946-1962

Photographs of Simon Greenberg:
Archival Materials:

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to President Simon Greenberg including correspondence to/from Betty Greenberg, Dr. Louis Finkelstein, Robert Coblens, Samuel Dinin, and News Clippings.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: President Simon Greenberg, the founding President of the AJU, served as President from 1947-1963, Chancellor from 1963-1968 and Chancellor Emeritus from 1968-1993. He also served as the vice chancellor emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
 

F:  Office of the President, Dr. David Lieber 1963-1996

Photographs of David Lieber:
Archival Materials:

Physical Description: 2 Folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to President David Lieber including correspondence, publications, essays and writings, news releases and clippings, Rabbinical Assembly records, and oversized materials.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: President David Lieber, the second President of the AJU and and first Chairman of the Board, served as President from 1963-1992. Under Dr. Lieber’s leadership, the UJ created its College of Arts and Sciences, the Lieber School in Nonprofit Management, the Fingerhut School of Education and the Whizin Center for the Jewish Future.
Box 

12, folder 10

1.  Correspondence 1974-1990

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence to/from David Lieber, Simon Greenberg, Rabbi David Novak, and more.
Box 

12, folder 10

2.  Publications, Essays and Writings

Scope and Content Note

Israelite Society in the Eighth Century; Notes from Dr. Lieber on the Pope’s Visit; Goals for the Conservative Jewish School; and the Conservative Congregational School- Prospects for the Future.
Box 

12, folder 10

3.  News Releases and Clippings

David Lieber Family, Page 1+2, News Clipping, University of Judaism Scrapbook (Scrapbook 5), 1979/1980 (cajuol_2071 and 2072)

Box 

12, folder 11

4.  Rabbinical Assembly 1996

 

5.  Oversized Materials

Location: Location: (Oversized Material)

Scope and Content Note

Framed photographs.
 

G:  Office of the President, Dr. Robert D. Wexler 1993-2013

Photographs and Archival Materials:

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to President Robert D. Wexler, including materials related to his Inauguration.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Dr. Robert D. Wexler has served as president of American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute) since 1992. He received his B.A. in Sociology from UCLA in 1971 and was ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Literature. While enrolled in rabbinical school, Dr. Wexler also earned his M.B.A. degree from Baruch College in New York City with a specialization in accounting. Following his ordination in 1977, he spent a year on the faculty of Princeton University teaching in the Department of Middle East Studies.
Returning to Los Angeles in 1978, Dr. Wexler joined the staff of American Jewish University (AJU), where he occupied a variety of administrative positions before becoming president. He earned both a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D. from UCLA in the Department of Near Eastern Languages. His doctoral dissertation dealt with concepts of death and immortality in the ancient near east.
Box 13

Subseries: 2:
Lay and Administrative Governance 1948-2008

Physical Description: 1 Box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains materials related to bodies of governance, such as the Executive Committee of the Board of Overseers, Board of Governors, Board of Directors and more.
 

A:  Board of Overseers and the Executive Committee of the Board of Overseers 1948-2004

Physical Description: 6 Folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to Executive Committee of the Board of Overseers.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: The Board of Overseers held its first meeting in the spring of 1948, at the home of Theodore Strimling with Dore Schary as its Chairman and Julius Fligelman as Vice Chairman. Future chairmen of the Board of Overseers included Dore Schary, Milton Sperling, Justin G. Turner, Julius Fligelman, Dr. Victor Goodhill, and Edward Sanders. The Executive Committee of the Board of Overseers was in charge of administrative affairs and Charles Brown served as its first Chairman, and Ben Platt as Vice Chairman. The first meeting of the Executive Committee was held on July 28, 1948, where members created a financial plan for the University. Future chairmen of the Executive Committee included Charles Brown, Lewis E. Pennish, Matthew Berman, Nathan Krems, Jack M. Ostrow, and Milton G. Gordon.

Biography/Organization History

Present Day: The Executive Committee consists of all officers of the Board, including the Chairperson of the Board, who Chairs this committee; the three Executive Vice Chairpersons; all Vice Chairpersons; the University President; the Secretary; and the Treasurer. The Immediate Past Chairperson also serves on the Executive Committee.
Box 

13, folder 1-5

1.  Meeting Minutes, Agendas, and Materials 1948-1988

Box 

13, folder 6

2.  Member Lists 1966

Box 

13, folder 6

3.  Correspondence 2004

Box 

13, folder 6

4.  News Clippings 1960

Scope and Content Note

Articles include "Dr. Greenberg was Honored by UJ", "UJ Elects Officers at July 21 Dinner Meeting", and "UJ Board to Elect New Officers".
 

B:  Board of Governors 1968-1977

Physical Description: 2 Folders
Physical Location: Related Materials: For minutes from the Board of Governors of the School of Education (1947-1949), please see School of Education (Box 15, Folder 1).

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to the Board of Governors.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Established in the fall of 1947 to oversee and promote the establishment and development of the academic programs of the UJ, its first chairman was Peter M. Kahn. While they did not have any legislative powers, their advice was incredibly important to the University academic staff. Future chairmen included Justin Turner, Lewis Pennish, Matthew Berman, Albert Spiegel, Dr. Victor Goodhill, and Dr. Abraham Becker.
Box 

13, folder 7

1.  Minutes 1968-1971

Box 

13, folder 8

2.  Committee on Liberal Arts College of the Board of Governors 1968-1969

Scope and Content Note

Includes minutes of meeting and a summary of discussion of the Board of Governors: Towards A Rationale for the Establishment of a Liberal Arts College.
Box 

13, folder 8

3.  The Center Committee of the Board of Governors 1969

Scope and Content Note

Includes minutes of meeting.
Box 

13, folder 8

4.  Correspondence 1970

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter to the Board from Chairman Albert A. Spiegel.
Box 

13, folder 8

5.  News Clippings 1974-06-09

Scope and Content Note

"University of Judaism Has Own Think Tank".
 

C:  Board of Directors 1968-2005

Physical Description: 3 Folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to the Board of Directors.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Established in 1967, when the University had a need for a board that could be actively involved in the University's business affairs, the first Board of Directors was chaired by Jack M. Ostrow with Jack E. Gindi as secretary and Nathan Krems, Arthur Whizin, Cyrus Levinthal and Max Zimmer as officers. Future chairmen include Francis S. Maas, Dena Schechter, Peter S. Lowy, Jeffrey L. Glassman, and Kevin L. Ratner.

Biography/Organization History

Present Day: The Board meets at least five times during the year. The Board consists of 45 elected members who serve one-year terms. New members of the Board are elected by the Board each year at its May or June meeting. A Board Director may be re-elected for a specified number of terms as indicated in the University by-laws. The Board approves annual budgets, reviews major policies and oversees the management of the University, subject to the provisions of the laws of the State of California. The Board has the power to create additional bodies, such as the Board of Regents.
Box 

13, folder 9

1.  Meeting Minutes and Materials 1968-2005

Box 

13, folder 9

2.  Members Materials 1976-2008

Physical Location: Additional Location: (Oversized Material)

Scope and Content Note

Includes membership lists and photographs.
Box 

13, folder 9

3.  Installation of Officers 1969-1999

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials such as invitations, programs, photos, news releases and more from the 1969, 1994 and 1999 Installation of Officers.
Box 

13, folder 10

4.  Chairman’s Council and Associates 1996

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials such as an invitation, photographs, news release and clipping from the Garden Reception (1996-08-21).
Box 

13, folder 11

5.  News Releases and Clippings

Box 

13, folder 12

D:  Board of Trustees 1969

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains minutes of the Board of Trustees.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Established in 1950, the Board of Trustees was made up of members from the Jewish Theological Seminary and the University of Judaism. Meetings occured annually either in Los Angeles or New York. Members of the first Board of Trustees included Simon Greenberg, Arthur Oppenheimer, Simon Rivkind, Alan Stroock, Charles Brown, Peter M. Kahn, Sr., Ben Platt, Dore Schary and Chairman Louis Finkelstein.
 

E:  Dean’s Council 1991-1997

Physical Description: 2 Folders

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: The Council consists of heads of all academic schools, the University Librarian, the Dean of Students, the Dean of Admissions and the Registrar. The Council of Deans, under the leadership of the CAO, meets regularly to supervise implementation of academic policy.
Box 

13, folder 13

1.  Agendas and Minutes 1992-1997

Box 

13, folder 14

2.  Memorandums to the Dean’s Council 1991-1994

Box 

13, folder 14

a.  General 1991-1994

Scope and Content Note

Topics include rosters, cost benefit analysis, commencement speakers, summer MA in Education, and more.
Box 

13, folder 14

b.  School Goals and Reviews 1992-1993

Scope and Content Note

Schools include Ziegler, Fingerhut School of Education, Lee College, Admissions, Student Affairs, Year-End Review and more.
 

F:  Academic Senate 1992

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: American Jewish University faculty and those duties for which it is responsible are governed by an Academic Senate, which includes representation from all of those units of the University involved in the academic activities of the institution, under a three-tiered system of participation. The Academic Senate meets regularly, normally once a month during the academic year.
Box 

13, folder 15

1.  Memorandums to the Academic Senate 1992

Scope and Content Note

Includes a memorandum from Elliot Dorff in regards to the Rabbinical Program.
 

G:  The Committee on the Five-Year Plan 1981-1982

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Members included David Lieber, Elliot Dorff, Max Vorspan, David Gordis, Jack Shechter, Joel Rembaum, Emanuel Forester, and M. Menitoff.
Box 

13, folder 16

1.  Minutes 1981-1982

Box 

13, folder 16

2.  Proposals and Projections 1981-1982

Scope and Content Note

Proposals for the undergraduate studies, the Academic Department, MPMA, and projected Five-Year Plan for the Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Education.
Box 

13, folder 17

H:  Academic Council 1967-1982

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes minutes of the Academic Council

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Members include David Lieber, Max Vorspan, D. Gordis, E. Dorff, J. Rembaum, R. Wolfson, R. Wexler, M. Menitoff, J. Schechter, Y. Lev, and more.
Box 

13, folder 18

I:  UJ Honor Code Committee 1995

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes the Honor Code of the UJ, and memorandums.
Box 

13, folder 19

J:  Committee on Academic Affairs approximately 2005

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes an Academic Affairs Report.
Box 

13, folder 20

K:  Board of Regents 1997

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials related to the Intercollegiate Undergraduate Ethics Seminar.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: The Board of Regents is a long-term planning arm of the University that advises the Board of Directors. It considers projected needs of the American Jewish community, with special concern for West Coast Jewry, and specifically for Southern California. It consists of distinguished lay leaders from the Jewish community.
Box 13

Subseries: 3:
Finance, Administration, and Technology 1947-2005

Physical Description: 7 Folders

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains materials related to Finance, Administration, and Technology, including the Office of the Associate Vice President and COO, Financial Aid, Finance and Accounting, Business Affairs and Administration.
Box 

13, folder 21

A:  Office of the Associate Vice President and COO 2005

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes reports to the Board of Directors from Zofia Yalovsky.
Box 

13, folder 22-23

B:  Financial Aid Office 1977-1991

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes brochures for financial aid, records from the College Work Study Program, and news releases and clippings of events such as "How to Finance A College Education Mini-Seminar" and "Financing your Child’s Education".
 

C:  Finance and Accounting 1947-1972

Physical Description: 2 Folders
Box 

13, folder 24

1.  Budgets ca. 1940s

Tentative Budget, ca. 1940s (a_cajoul035)
Income and Budget Projection 1979-80, University of Judaism Scrapbook (Scrapbook 5) (cajuol_2083 and 2084)

Box 

13, folder 25

2.  Budget and Finance Committee 1971-1972

Scope and Content Note

Includes minutes and records by Samuel Dinin.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Officers included Jack Gindi (chairman), Jack Ostrow (chairman) Nathan Krems, Ephraim London, Max Zimmer, Samuel Dinin, Emanuel Forster, David Lieber, Leonard Newman, and Max Vorspan.
 

D:  Business Affairs and Administration 1994-1997

Physical Description: 2 Folders

Scope and Content Note

News Releases related to Eleanor Montague and Mark Bookman.
Box 14

Subseries: 4:
Senior Administration Departments 1958-2008

Physical Description: 1 Box

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains materials related to the Office of the Registrar, Department of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, Department of Development, Department/Office of Public Information, Department of Public Relations and Communications, Department of University Relations, and the Admissions Department.
 

A:  Office of the Registrar 1961

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 

14, folder 1

1.  Correspondence 1961-12-04

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Mrs. Irwin Reiss (Associate Registrar) to Mrs. Hardwick, Inviting her to a meeting about adult education project.
 

B:  Department of Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 

14, folder 2

1.  The Heritage Society

Scope and Content Note

Includes brochures.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Originally under of the Department of Development.
Box 

14, folder 2

2.  Publications 1990-1998

 

a.  UJ Focus, Newsletter 1998

 

b.  Charitable Tax Strategies, Newsletter 1990-1994

Scope and Content Note

A financial and tax planning guide for UJ friends.
Box 

14, folder 2

3.  News Releases 1997

 

C.  Department of Development 1958-2005

Physical Description: 7 Folders

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials from publications, the Campaign Council Committee, endowment gift opportunities, the Fellowship Society, miscellaneous gift, fund, and giving publications and programs, reports and memos, and news releases and clippings.

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: During the University's early years, fundraising and campaigns usually occurred through the Founders Day Dinners and under a fundraiser named Harry Friedgut. The Department of Development was established in the late 1950s, with Saul Rubin as its director. Manny Forster succeeded Rubin in 1964.
Box 

14, folder 3-5

1.  Publications 1989-2003

Box 

14, folder 3

a.  Leadership, Newsletter 1989

Box 

14, folder 4-5

b.  On the Move, Newsletter 1999-2003

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Newsletter about Development Department news. First published by the Development Department in cooperation with the Public Relations and Communications Department, and later by the Public Relations and Communication Department with Iris Waskow as Director.
Box 

14, folder 2

2.  The Heritage Society / Heritage Giving

Physical Location: Location: Stored with Department of Major Gifts and Planned Giving Records.
Box 

14, folder 6

3.  Campaign Council Committee 1998

Box 

14, folder 6

a.  Investing in the Future of the American Jewish Community Campaign

Scope and Content Note

Includes a 50th Anniversary Campaign Overview, and Brochures.
Box 

14, folder 6

4.  Endowment Gift Opportunities Materials

Box 

14, folder 7

5.  Fellowship Society 1966-1984

Scope and Content Note

Includes an invitation to the 1966 City-Wide Fellowship Breakfast, with a Dramatic Presentation of “Gideon” (Gideon was produced by the Radio-TV Department), correspondence from Isadore Familian, and news clippings.

Biography/Organization History

Variant Name: Society of Fellows
Historical Note: Started by Manny Forster in 1964, the Fellowship Society was headed by the Congregational Cabinet. It held an annuals city-wide Fellowship breakfast in December where congregations held individual campaigns on behalf of the University.
Box 

14, folder 8

6.  Miscellaneous Gift, Fund, and Giving Publications and Programs

 

a.  Giving Real Estate

 

b.  Limud: The Student Sponsorship Program

 

c.  University of Judaism’s Leaders of Tomorrow

 

d.  Annual Fund

 

e.  Annual Giving Program 1996

 

f.  Letters for Support 1990-1995

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter from Jack Ostrow to friends regarding support.
Box 

14, folder 8

7.  Reports and Memos 1987-2005

Box 

14, folder 9

8.  Communications Materials 1958-1999

Scope and Content Note

Includes a communications media report, news releases and clippings regarding the department and donations.
Box 

14, folder 10

D.  Department / Office of Public Information 1984

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials from Ria Parody's office, the Director. Additional materials, administrative files and correspondence by Ria Parody can be found with the Holiday Advertisements (Box 7)

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Public Relations began during the University's early days with a part-time Public Relations Officer (Sam Brand). The position turned into the Director of Public Information, a full-time position headed by Sam Brand, Eli Rembaum, Vern Partlow, Sydney Gross, Yehuda Lev, Shed Behar, Ria Parody, and Mimi Sells. This department developed into the Department of University Relations in 1987 and the Department of Public Relations and Communications in the 1990s.
 

E.  Department of Public Relations and Communications/ University Relations and Communications 1987-2002

Physical Description: 10 Folders

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Following the Department / Office of Public Information, the Department of University Relations was headed by Dr. Ron Wolfson from 1987 (Director of Communications). This department became the Department of Public Relations and Communications and was headed by Mimi Sells followed by Iris Waskow from 1998 to present day.
 

1.  Publications 1991-2001

Box 

14, folder 11

a.  Focus 1991-1992

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Focus, a publication and supplement to the Direction magazine, was designed to keep supporters and friends informed of the educational, cultural, and fundraising activities held on and off campus.
Box 

14, folder 12

b.  University of Judaism, Special Edition 1994-05

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: News of the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake evoked an unprecedented outpouring of support. In response, the Communications Department created this "Special Edition" to inform the community about post-earthquake repair effort and other current information.
Box 

14, folder 13

c.  University of Judaism Magazine 1994-1996

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Formerly Directions, the publication's name was changed in 1994.
Box 

14, folder 14

d.  What’s Nu? 1998-1999

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: Newsletter that provides staff, faculty, students and administration an effective means for keeping in touch with each other, including university updates and an opportunity to share information with colleagues.
Box 

14, folder 15-16

e.  Vision 1998-2008

Physical Location: Additional Location: Additional copies of the Vision publications can be found in Box 14.1

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: A University magazine, it includes articles, interviews, information about departments, board members, faculty and campus news, and an honor roll (a comprehensive roster of the University's friends, donors and supporters).
Box 

14, folder 17

f.  An Open Mind 1999

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: A bi-annual publication with insights from the University.
Box 

14, folder 18

g.  UJ Update 1999-2001

Box 

14, folder 19

2.  Media Guides 1999-2002

Biography/Organization History

Historical Note: A resource guide intended to help media professionals to obtain the most timely and accurate information on a wide variety of topics, such as religion, politics, literature and education from the University's areas of expertise and a roster of the experts. Includes information on staff and their areas of expertise.
Box 

14, folder 19

3.  Correspondence 1987-1998

Scope and Content Note

Includes department correspondence from Ron Wolfson and Iris Waskow.
Box 

14, folder 20

4.  Miscellaneous Materials

Scope and Content Note

Includes tiff. photo disc sheets, exhibit card from the University of Judaism, 50 Years of Academic Excellence exhibit, and The Simon Rockower Award for Directions and UJ Magazine (1991/1994).
Box 

14, folder 21

F.  Admissions Department 1986-1987

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes budgets, news releases, and memos from Miriam Prum to Ron Wolfson regarding the University Relations Department.
Box 14, Folder 22-23

Subseries: 5:
Fellowships 1988-1996

Box 

14, folder 22

A.  Finkelstein Fellowship/ Finkelstein Scholars Program 1990-1996

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes program information, news releases and news clippings.
Box 

14, folder 23

B.  Monkarsh Fellowship 1988

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 14, Folder 24

Subseries: 6:
Scholarships 1960-1991

Scope and Content Note

Includes news releases and news clippings on scholarships and the Ehrlich Leadership Award.
Box 14, Folder 25-26

Subseries: 7:
Professorships 1964-1990

Box 

14, folder 25

A.  Samuel A. Fryer Professorship in Bible 1964-12-14

Scope and Content Note

Includes program of the establishment of the Professorship. Signed by Samuel Fryer to Simon and Betty Greenberg.
Box 

14, folder 26

B.  Isadore Levine Professorship in Jewish History 1987-1990

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.