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Accession number FIC.9
Object Name Manuscript
Title American Jewish Congress Records
Collection American Jewish Congress Records
Date 1946-1989
Scope & Content The bulk of the collection relates to issues pertaining to the work of the national office. Materials relating to the Detroit office are also included. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Admin/Biographical History The American Jewish Congress (AJC) was founded in 1918 by Stephen Wise, Louis Brandeis and other distinguished American Jews. Early on, the AJC helped win international recognition by the League of Nations of the Balfour Declaration calling for the establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine, which paved the way in 1947 of the UN resolution establishing a Jewish State. AJC has always supported Israel as a haven for Jewish homeless and a center of democracy in the Middle East as well as a source for enriching Jewish life and culture and enhancing the Jewish contribution to the values of mankind.

AJC pioneered in forging a new weapon in the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry: the law

Through its Commission on Law, Social Action and Urban Affairs, AJC worked to fight anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, protect religious liberty and separation of church and state, and promote the welfare of the Jewish poor, the aged and all those who are denied benefits to which they are entitled.

The AJC is a national organization with chapters in many states of the U.S. The Detroit Chapter was founded in the mid-twentieth century and closed in 1985.
Extent of Description 2.1 Linear Feet
Two Manuscript Boxes, One Oversized Box
Credit line Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms American Jewish Congress
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