Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note


Administrative Information

Search Terms

Box Folder Listing

Series A. General. 1958-2006.

Inventory to the A. James Rudin Papers. 1958-2006.(bulk 1984-1994)

Manuscript Collection No. 782

NHPRCFunding for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Repository: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Creator: Rudin, A. James (Arnold James), 1934-
Title: A. James Rudin Papers
Dates: 1958-2006
Quantity: 2.75 linear feet (2 Hollinger boxes and 2 record cartons).
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, and other materials relating to the American Council for Judaism, the American Jewish Committee, civil rights, and other matters.
Collection Number: MS-782
Language: Collection material in English.

Biographical Sketch

Rabbi A. James Rudin was born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1934 and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1960. Rabbi Rudin has been a leading figure in interreligious affairs since 1968, when he joined the AJC staff. He currently serves as Senior Interreligious Adviser for the organization. He is the author of several books and was a weekly commentator for the Religion News Service. In 1997 he was awarded the "Person of Reconciliation" Award from the Polish Council of Christians and Jews in Warsaw and the Joseph Award given by the Villa Nazareth, a Pontifical Institution. In 1999 the International Council of Christians and Jews awarded him its Interfaith Medallion. He has led interreligious delegations and conferences in many nations and was active in the civil rights movement. In 2002 he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion and Judaica at Saint Leo University. He wrote a weekly commentary for the Religion News Service/Newhouse Newspaper Syndicate and has published articles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, New Catholic Encyclopedia, Reform Judaism, The Kansas Historical Quarterly, Commonweal, Encyclopedia Judaica, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, The Christian Century, and Christianity Today. He is the author of Israel for Christians: Understanding Modern Israel and co-editor of Evangelicals and Jews in Conversation, Evangelicals and Jews in an Age of Pluralism, Twenty Years of Jewish-Catholic Relations, and A Time to Speak: The Evangelical-Jewish Encounter. He is co-author of Why Me? Why Anyone and Prison or Paradise? The New Religious Cults (with his wife Marcia Rudin).

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mostly of articles and correspondence arranged chronologically.


Terms of Access and Use

This collection is open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Property and Literary Rights

A. James Rudin, by the act of donating this collection to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by A. James Rudin or his heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of some materials.

Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the A. James Rudin Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:

[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-782. A. James Rudin Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.


The A. James Rudin Papers were received from A. James Rudin, New York, N.Y., 1974, 1987, 2007, and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Elisa Ho, September 2011.

This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Processing was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are expected to this collection.

Box Folder Listing

Series A. General. 1958-2006.
1 Correspondence. 1958-1968. [2 folders]
2 Articles. 1964-1998. [308 folders]
3 Articles. 1965-2006. [6 folders]
4 Articles. 1970-1989. [42 folders]

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.

Persons and Families

Rudin, A. James (Arnold James), 1934-


American Council for Judaism
American Jewish Committee
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission


Civil rights -- United States
Jews -- New York (N.Y.)
Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity


Rabbis -- New York (N.Y.)