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Publication Date: January 1995

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Jack Wertheimer

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)
Social conditions (Associations and meetings)

Keywords: American Jews; Jewish organizations; Volunteerism

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The essay analyzes the most pronounced trends in American Jewish organizational life in the postwar era. How has the organized community defined its interests and expressed its goals at different points in the past half century? To what extent have Jewish organizations built a consensus on fundamental questions of priorities and policies? These broader themes provide a context in which to examine the work of specific organizations and a means to map the shifting topography of the organized community.