If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: American Jews and the State of Israel

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List of Jewish Organizations in the United States

American Council for Judaism . Anti-Zionist group, founded in 1943.

American Jewish Committee . Founded in 1906 to prevent any "infraction of the civil and religious rights of Jews, in any part of the world." Leadership drawn primarily from the German-Jewish community in the United States; Reform Judaism a common bond. Originally a non-Zionist organization, with many members strongly opposed to Zionist program; gradual development of sympathy for the idea of a Jewish state began during World War II as outgrowth of refugee crisis.

American Jewish Conference . Quasi-legislative representative assembly of American Jews, first convened in 1943 to discuss problems of postwar status of Jews and Palestine; most American Jewish groups represented, but predominant outlook was Zionist. Further sessions held through 1947.

American Jewish Congress . Originally a representative assembly summoned in 1917 by Wise, Brandeis, Lipsky, and other Zionist leaders. Reorganized in 1922 as a continuing body "to deal with all matters relating to and affecting specific Jewish interests." Strongly Zionist in orientation.

American Jewish Relief Committee . Founded during World War I to coordinate American Jewish charitable efforts in war emer

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Note: This does not pretend to be a comprehensive listing of all the American Jewish organizations, or even of all the major ones. It is intended simply to provide a guide to the organizations which are most frequently mentioned in this book, indicating in one convenient location the general nature of their involvement with the question of the Jewish homeland in Palestine.

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