American Jewry Comes of Age: Tercentenary Addresses

American Jewry Comes of Age: Tercentenary Addresses

American Jewry Comes of Age: Tercentenary Addresses

American Jewry Comes of Age: Tercentenary Addresses

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The official observance of the 300th anniversary of the first Jewish settlement in North America commenced in September, 1954 and was concluded in June, 1955. It has been widely observed not only in the United States but in other parts of the Western Hemisphere as well as on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

The fifty years which have elapsed since the observance of its 250th anniversary have witnessed tremendous changes for good and for ill in the life of the Jewish people. These epoch-making developments have brought American Jewry to a position of unprecedented significance and responsibility, in relation to the entire Jewish people. It was proper that the Tercentenary should have noted these developments.

It fell to the lot of the writer in connection with his official responsibilities as President of the American Jewish Congress and of the World Confederation of General Zionists, as Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Executive of the World Jewish Congress, and as Associate Chairman of the American Jewish Tercentenary Committee, to participate in the planning of the Tercentenary and to deliver a number of Tercentenary addresses in various parts of the world.

The addresses are offered herewith in the hope that they may contribute something to the evaluation of an historic milestone, dwelling on prospects as well as retrospects. The title, "American Jewry . . .

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