1918 December 15

American Jewish Congress Holds First Conference


The American Jewish Congress was established as an advocacy group for the interests and rights of Jewish people in the U.S. and abroad. Planning had begun in June 1917, and 400 delegates attended the first conference in Philadelphia. The conference on this day was held at the historic Independence Hall. Attendees included Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, future Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and Rabbi Stephen Wise, a prominent advocate of civil rights and civil liberties who served as president of the AJC for many years.

The AJC had a long history of advocacy on civil liberties issues, including racial justice, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. In July 2010 the ACJ suspended operations, having lost much of its funds in the 2008 Madoff investment scandal. It is presently in the process of being reorganized and revived.

Go to the American Jewish Congress website: http://www.ajcongress.org/site/PageServer

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