Access and Provenance 

Biographical Sketch 

Scope and Content Note 

Box and Folder Listing 


A Finding Aid to the

Leonard A. Greenberg Papers

1889-1957. 0.4 Linear ft.

Manuscript Collection No. 646


 The Leonard A. Greenberg Papers were donated to the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives by Leonard A. Greenberg, Aptos, California in September 1989. All literary rights to materials authored by Leonard A. Greenberg are held by the Greenberg heirs. Literary rights to materials authored by others are held by the individual author or his/her heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. The papers are available to researchers in the reading room of the Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.


  Leonard A. Greenburg was born in New York City in 1919. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 1943 and temporarily took over the pulpit at Temple Israel in New Rochelle, New York for Jacob Shankman, who was serving as a chaplain.  Greenberg later served as both the Hillel Foundation director in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1946-47, with congregations at both Tufts University and Simmons College. He later moved to California and served in several congregations.
 Greenberg has a strong interest in American Jewish history as both a writer and a teacher of outreach classes.

 Leonard married Blanche Gootkin in April 1946. She passed away in 1987.


 The Leonard A. Greenberg Papers describe the activities and publications of Rabbi Leonard A. Greenberg.  The bulk of the materials are between 1942-1957. This collection contains correspondence, research files and manuscripts. The papers are divided into two (2) series:

  • SERIES A: Correspondence and Project Files.
  • SERIES B: Writings.
  •  SERIES A. CORRESPONDENCE/RESEARCH FILES consists of one Hollinger box arranged in a single alphabetical series (1879-1955).  Of particular interest is correspondence relating to the HUC Monthly and nearprint relating to Father Charles Coughlin.

    SERIES B. WRITINGS consists of one Hollinger box arranged in a single chronological series (1939-1957). Writings vary from papers submitted to Hebrew Union College and Columbia University to a television Passover script.SERIES A. CORRESPONDENCE AND MISCELLANEOUS consists of 3 hollinger boxes (1.2 ft.) of correspondence to and from Smoller concerning: Zionism, the chaplaincy, anti-Semitism, synagogue activities and personal affairs.  The folders in this series are arranged alphabetically and span the years 1919-1953.


    Box  Folder    Contents
    1       1                       Antisemitism. 1879 article.
            2                       Coughlin, Father Charles. Nearprint. 1939.
            3                       Hebrew Union College. History course materials. 1942.
            4                       Hebrew Union College Monthly. 1942-1943; 1947.
            5                       Hillel Foundation. Boston, Massachusetts. 1945-1946.
            6                       Jewish history course. Adams School. Boston, Massachusetts.
            7                       National Jewish Welfare Board (USO). Idaho-Utah
            8                       New York Jewish Conference. 1946.
            9                       Organizational Correspondence. 1948-1954.
            10                      Universal Jewish Encyclopedia. 1942
    SERIES B: WRITINGS, 1939-1957.
    2       1                       Antisemitism. Translation. 1939.
            2                       History of the Eastern European Jew 1890-1900. HUC.
            3                       Anti-Jewish Prejudice in the American Jewish Colonies in the 
                                            United States, 1654-1881. HUC. 1939.
            4                       Edward Channing and Heinrich Graetz. Columbia University.
            5                       HUC- 1879-1894. 1944.
            6                       Liberal Judaism. 1944.
            7                       Let's Pull Together. 1946.
            8                       HUC Monthly Article. 1947.
            9                       KFI TV Passover Script. 1949.
            10                      An American Antisemite in the 19th Century. Salo Baron
                                            Memorial Volume. 1957.
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