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A Primer on the American Jewish Community

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Jerome A. Chanes; Steven Bayme

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Community Relations; Diversity; Jewish Organizations; Fundraising and Philanthropy

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


In order to demystify what seems a complex and even arcane structure to both outside observers and many Jews, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) thought it useful to prepare a road map of the community and its institutions. AJC commissioned Jerome Chanes, a longtime analyst of American Jewish life, to show the reader how the community evolved, how it is structured, and what issues constitute its agenda.