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Lot #    18783
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 12:07:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    The A.Z.A. Annual of 1928
Author    Phil Klutznick, editor
City    [Omaha?]
Publisher    Supreme Advisory Council
Publication Date    1928
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 126, [1] p. illus. 274:202 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards.
Paragraph 1    This annual is labelled vol. 1, the first volume of the A.Z.A. Annual. It is divided into six parts: Administration, Chapters, Activities, Literary, History, and Feature.
   The Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) is the fraternity component of BBYO for ninth through twelfth grade boys. Since its establishment in 1924, AZA has provided Jewish and personal enrichment to hundreds of thousands of young men throughout the world. It's Hebrew letters - Aleph, Zadik, Aleph - stand for Ahava, Tzedakah, Ahdoot, which symbolize fraternal love, benevolence and harmony. With emphasis on the importance of the well-rounded individual, AZA's unique programming includes social programming with B'nai B'rith Girls and other AZA chapters, community service projects, athletic tournaments and Judiac enrichment programs. The diversity of programming, coupled with the sense of camaraderie and leadership training, provided by AZA simply cannot be paralleled by any other youth organization. Often, AZA chapters plan events jointly with local BBG (B'nai B'rith Girls) chapters.

The objectives of the AZA were developed to give every young Jewish man a chance to grow and become a better person through participating in a program that youth share in planning. The Seven Cardinal Principles were laid out by our founding members in 1924 to define the ideals of the Aleph Zadik Aleph.

Paragraph 2    Aleph Zadik Aleph began as a college fraternity in Omaha, Nebraska, and was founded originally as primarily a social group. A local group of 14 young men in Omaha began the group. According to the organization, the group was founded as a protest against the local Greek high school fraternity which did not allow Jews to become members. However, the last known surviving founder disputed this claim in a taped interview with the Southwestern Region Aleph Godol. The young men who organized it began their own fraternity and decided to name it Aleph Zadik Aleph, or AZA, the Hebrew letter equivalent. The boys elected Abe Baboir as their first president and Nathan Mnookin as the advisor to the group. They named their chapter "Mother Chapter AZA #1", which is still alive and thriving to this day. A few months later, Mnookin, a local chemist, moved to Kansas City, Kansas and founded a similar social group. This chapter was named "Two's/2's AZA #2", which is still alive to this day. The Omaha chapter approached Sam Beber to be their next advisor. Beber accepted under the condition that they continue the expansion of the order, with the goal of creating an organization of Jewish Fraternities that would stretch even beyond the United States. On May 3, 1924, Beber called the first meeting of the International Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph. This first meeting consisted of the Omaha and Kansas City chapters. A constitution was drawn up and the Supreme Advisory Council was created. By April 1925, the order had expanded to include seven groups around Omaha. Sam Beber went to the national convention of B'nai B'rith, to see if they would sponsor the organization. Although there was strong opposition to the proposal at first, Henry Monsky delivered a stirring speech which led to the approval and adoption of AZA to become a part of B'nai B'rith.

These are the Seven Cardinal Principles that were laid out by the founding members of AZA to define the ideals of the Aleph Zadik Aleph Patriotism- Loyalty to my homeland, to its laws, to its principles, to its ethics. To die for it if need be, but primarily to live for it. Judaism- Always to observe the tenets of my faith; ever to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord my God. Filial love- Ever to honor and love my parents. To be considerate of my elders and to respect age. Charity- To give of myself and my substance for all worthy causes; to be kind and generous to all in need, regardless of race or color. Conduct- Never too bold, never too forward, ever humble, ever observing the principles of gentlemen. Purity- To keep my soul pure, my mind active, and my body healthy. Fraternity- A spirit of sociability, of cooperation, and of friendship toward all AZA's that shall make of us one fellowship; a love of and a loyalty to AZA and its ideals

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
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