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American Jewish Committee Statement on Judaism, Pluralism and Peoplehood

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Publication Date: January 1996

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): American Jewish Committee. Board of Governors

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Unity; Jewish Law (Halacha); Religious denominations; Pluralism

Type: Other


In this statement, adopted by the National Council and Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the AJC insists that whatever denominational differences divide the Jewish people, it is essential to ensure that the different denominations can work together to remain one people worldwide. In Israel, the AJC advocates official recognition of the Reform and Conservative movements. The AJC further suggests that the denominations work together to agree on conversion standards acceptable to all, so that lack of interdenominational marriage-eligibility does not cause a schism.