The American Jewish Congress
describes itself as an association of Jewish Americans organized to defend Jewish interests at home and abroad through public policy advocacy, using diplomacy, legislation, and the courts.
Like the American Jewish Congress, another institution prominent in American Jewish life is the American Jewish Committee
. It often goes by the initials AJC
. For ease of identification, the two organizations are often referred to as the AJCongress
or the AJCommittee.
The Congress suspended its activities and laid off much of its staff on July 13, 2010. It had run out of operating funds due to losses in the Madoff scandal
In 1918, leaders within the American Jewish community, consisting of Jewish, Zionist
, and immigrant community organizations, convened the first American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) in Philadelphia
's historic Independence Hall
. Rabbi Stephen S. Wise
, Felix Frankfurter
, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
, and others joined to lay the groundwork for a national democratic organization of Jewish leaders from all over the country, to rally for equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, religion or national ancestry.
In addition to its stated goals of equal rights for all, it was founded to broaden Jewish leadership and to present a unified American Jewish position at the Paris......