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Deborah Horwitz and Paul Nierman Collection

Identifier: MS-0556

Scope and Contents

The Deborah Horwitz and Paul Nierman Collection consists of materials regarding the San Diego Chapter of the American Jewish Committee from the 1980s to the 2000s and the first San Diego Jewish Community Mission to Israel in 1995 when Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated. It also includes personal notes, speeches and clippings from Deborah Horwitz who was president of the San Diego Chapter of the AJC. There is also material on the Nierman Foundation and its philanthropy in San Diego.


  • Creation: 1963 - 2008


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.

Biographical Note

Spouses Deborah Horwitz and Paul Nierman are Chicago natives who moved to San Diego and raised two sons in the late 20th century. Both were extremely active in both the Jewish and philanthropic communities. Nierman was an information technology professional and avid yachtsman. Horwitz was a teacher and community leader. Both served on many civic and Jewish community boards. Nierman and his family manage the Nierman Family Foundation which provides philanthropy to Jewish and secular organizations and projects in the community. Horwitz was active in the American Jewish Committee, where she served as chapter president and held national office. Both were active in the Jewish Federation and Congregation Beth Israel. They moved back to Chicago in 2017.


1 Linear Feet (One records carton)

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Custodial History

Husband and wife Paul Nierman and Deborah Horwtiz donated this collection to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2015 (JHSSD #2015.03).

Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collections to Special Collections & University Archives in 2018.

Accruals and Additions

2018-023; 2023

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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