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Manuscript Collection No. 797
Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Michael A. Robinson was born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1924. After serving in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he returned to the United States a dedicated pacifist. Finishing his architectural studies at North Carolina State College, he was ordained by Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1952, and in 1977, completed his doctorate at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Over the course of his career, he served as rabbi to four different congregations, including twenty-nine years at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, New York. He became rabbi emeritus from Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, California, and is credited with growing their membership from 27 to 175 families before his 1996 retirement.
A tireless activist for social justice, Robinson was arrested for protesting against racial injustice alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. He counseled draft dodgers seeking conscientious status during the Vietnam War, and demonstrated against apartheid at the United Nations. He spent more than twenty-five years working for peace in the Middle East as a member of Mideast Witness for Peace and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and protested, among other things, the development of nuclear weapons at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. After moving to California in 1989, he became a longtime member of Santa Rosa’s Peace and Justice Center, and in 1994 staged several sleep-ins to address Santa Rosa’s homeless problem.
Robinson was married to his wife, Ruth, for fifty-three years. They had three children. Robinson died in 2006.
--Adapted from http://www.rabbimichaelrobinson.com/ (accessed November 9, 2011).
The collection consists primarily of sermons, both high holiday and weekly sermons. Included is one file folder of newsclippings, family items, and miscellaneous.
Collection is arranged in one (1) series.
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
Ruth H. Robinson, by the act of donating the Michael A. Robinson Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Robinson family and their heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of 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.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Michael A. Robinson Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-797. Michael A. Robinson Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Michael A. Robinson Papers were received from Ruth H. Robinson, Sebastopol, Calif., March, 2008.
Processed by Kevin Proffitt, August, 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.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the American Jewish Archives's online catalog.
Temple Israel of Northern Westchester (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Jewish sermons, American