American Jewish Archives Nearprint Collection

Span Dates: 1969-2002
Bulk Dates:
Volume: n/a


The American Jewish Archives have created separate files concerning LGBT topics. The "Homosexuality Nearprint Special Topics Box" dates from 1969 to the present and measures .3 linear feet. It contains materials from inside and outside of the LGBT Jewish community, including items from the International Conference of Gay and Lesbian Jews. Subject files of LGBT congregations such as Beth Chayim Chadashim (Los Angeles), Congregation Ahavat Shalom (San Francisco), and others have been created. Two single folder biography files exist for Allen Bennett and Julie Spitzer, the first gay and lesbian rabbis (respectively). These files contain their ordination theses and other writings. In Small Collections, the papers of Eugene Mihaly, professor at the Hebrew Union College, contain his "Responsum on Homosexuality," concerning gay and lesbian congregations (dated before 1975).

Hist/Bio Note

These collections were assembled from secondary sources by the American Jewish Archives.

Finding Aid

These files are not indexed although the archives staff can provide additional information upon request.


The American Jewish Archives are located in the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.


Jewish (ethnic, Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox) | Spitzer, Julie | Ordination/clergy