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Agency for Jewish Education Collection

Identifier: MS-0573

Scope and Contents

The Agency for Jewish Education Collection consists of photos, newspaper clippings, course material, scrapbooks and publicity from the Agency for Jewish Education, previously known as the Bureau of Jewish Education. It also contains material from other entities run by the AJE, including the High School of Jewish Studies.

The records of the Bureau of Jewish Education, the precursor to the Agency for Jewish Education, are found in the Bureau of Jewish Education of San Diego Records, MS-0202.


  • Creation: 1956 - 2003

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

The San Diego Bureau of Jewish Education was established in 1949 as the Jewish Education Commission (renamed in 1968) to coordinate educational programs in the community, render pedagogic services to all Jewish schools, sponsor cultural events and encourage planning and creative effort in diverse educational endeavors. Cecile Jordan assumed the role of director in 1986 and in 1987 the name was changed to the Agency for Jewish Education. The Agency had many programs for very young students to adult learners, including High School of Jewish Studies, Melton School, Teacher Training, Pathways to Judaism and classes for Soviet Jewish immigrants. In 2020, some programs such as the Day of Jewish Learning still exist, but most programs are either defunct or are run independently.


2 Linear Feet (Two records cartons)

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Custodial History

This collection was donated by the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family JCC in 2017 (JHSSD #2017.05) as a addition to the JCC library collection that was donated in 2016 by Michael Cohen, Executive Director of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla CA 92037. (858) 457-3030

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in February 2020.


February 2020

Related Materials

Bureau of Jewish Education of San Diego Records, MS-0202

Agency for Jewish Education Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US