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Manuscript Collection No. 844
Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
William J. Leffler, II was born on November 24, 1929 in New York, N.Y. He was ordained in 1959 from the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He first served at Temple Beth Jacob in Concord, New Hampshire, and then in 1964 moved to Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, Kentucky. He retired from Temple Adath Israel in 1986 after twenty-one years of service. A passionate advocate for interfaith relations, Leffler is the co-author of Jews and Mormons: The Two Houses of Israel (1997) as well as The Structure of Religion: Judaism and Christianity (2005).
After retirement from the rabbinate, Leffler became a certified financial planner. He has served as Vice President to Moneywatch Advisors, Inc. in Lexington, Kentucky, and later as a financial advisor in Kennebunkport, Maine.
He and his wife Kathryn have three children.
This collection consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, and newsletters collected by Leffler while at Temple Adath Israel (Lexington, Kentucky) concerning organizations such as the American Jewish Committee, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Great Lakes Ohio Valley Association of Reform Rabbis (GLOVAR) (part of CCAR), Association of Reform Zionists of America, and the Lexington Interfaith Council. Topics covered include Jews in Arab lands, Syrian Jewry, and Soviet Jewry. Significant information is included on the Association of Reform Zionists of America from its inception (1977/8) until 1984.
This collection is arranged in a single series; materials arranged alphabetically.
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
William J. Leffler, by the act of donating the William J. Leffler II Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the William J. Leffler II and his 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.
Leffler, William J.. Genealogies. SC-15774 & SC-14650.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the William J. Leffler II Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-844. William J. Leffler II Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The William J. Leffler II Papers were received from William J. Leffler, Lexington, Kentucky, in July, 1990.
Processed by Michelle Wirth Detroit, November, 2011.
This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the American Jewish Archives's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Leffler, William J.
American Jewish Committee
Association of Reform Zionists of America
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Central Conference of American Rabbis. Great Lakes Ohio Valley Region
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Lexington Interfaith Council (Lexington, Ky.)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Genres and Forms