Institute of Creative Judaism papers
Organizational papers, correspondence, lists, promotional materials, publications and related materials (1972-1984). Papers of the Institute comprise three short series. The first series, correspondence (1972-1984, 1989), consists mostly of photocopies of letters, etc., sent to early members and founders, with some original letters included as well. The major correspondents are Rabbi Anthony Holz (b. 1942) and Rabbi Alvin J. Reines (b. 1926). The correspondence regards founding and running the organization, with many letters of resignation and protest regarding Reines's policies. Organization papers (1972-1984) include photocopies of incorporation papers, founding principles, regulations, notes on annual gatherings, lists of various names of members and contacts, including promotional contacts, some issue papers, such as that of women rabbis and religious education, and copies of journal and newspaper articles on the Institute and Judaism. Publications include a broken run (1976-1985) of the newsletter The Communicator
- Institute of Creative Judaism (Organization)
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The Institute of Creative Judaism (described as a think-tank for Liberal or Reform Judaism) was founded in 1971 as a research and development organization "to produce and distribute educational, ritual and liturgical materials for a free or Polydox community." The Institute sponsored the Polydox (as opposed to Orthodox) Jewish Confederation, "the only national Jewish community based on explicitly stated liberal principles. These principles," according to promotional information, "provide the first fundamentally new reorganization of the Jewish community in some 2000 years." The organization appears to have ceased functioning by about 1985.
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Materials donated by Rabbi Anthony Holz.
- Holz, Anthony D., 1942- -- Correspondence
- Institute of Creative Judaism
- Jewish sects
- Jews -- Correspondence
- Polydox Jewish Confederation
- Polydox Judaism
- Reform Judaism
- Reines, Alvin Jay, 1926- -- Correspondence
- Reines, Alvin Jay, 1926- -- Elements in a philosophy of Reform Judaism
- organization files
- publications (documents)
- Inventory of the Institute of Creative Judaism Papers, 1972-1985
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