1917 June 10

American Jewish Congress Organized


The American Jewish Congress was one of the leading Jewish civil rights groups in the 20th century. It played a major role in advocating for the rights of Jewish people, for racial justice, and for separation of church and state. On this day, elections were held for representatives to the national organization. Plans for the first national meeting in September, however, were postponed because of the war, and at the urging of President Woodrow Wilson. The first meeting was finally held on December 15, 1918.

Regrettably, the organization lost most of its assets in 2010, as a result of the Bernard Madoff scandal, and suspended its activities. By 2013, the organization was in the process of being reorganized and revitalized.

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

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