The Politics of American Jews: Cohesion, Division, and Representation at the Institutional Level
Publication Date: January 2000
Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Series: Jewish Political Studies Review, 12:1-2, Spring 2000.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish organizations; Demography; Political Behavior; Leadership
Coverage: United States
The authors examine political cohesion and division within Jewish fundraising and social planning agencies, basing their analysis on survey data. They conclude that political activists in the community's Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) are routinely more liberal in their political preferences than Federation donors are. However, the authors argue, the political division between the activists and their main constituents is usually modest and does not warrant concerns about a lack of effective political representation in the organized Federation-JCRC system.