American Jewish Committee

The mission of the American Jewish Committee is: 1. To safeguard the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in Israel, and throughout the world; 2. To strengthen the basic principles of pluralism around the world, as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry; 3. To enhance the quality of American Jewish life by helping to ensure Jewish continuity and deepen ties between American and Israeli Jews.

The American Jewish Committee maintains 33 regional offices in major cities nationwide. Through its vast local network, AJC is hard at work -- in schools and synagogues, churches and community centers, city and state legislatures, businesses and civic associations -- developing and nurturing meaningful projects and programs, and responding to public concerns on the critical issues of the day.

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AJC Congratulates Cardinal Ratzinger on Election as Pope
19 Apr 05 | The American Jewish Committee today congratulated the Catholic Church and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on his election as the 265th pope, Benedict XVI.

AJC Mourns the Passing of Pope John Paul II
02 Feb 05 | The American Jewish Committee profoundly mourns the passing of Pope John Paul II. He was the central figure of our times in the remarkable transformation in Catholic-Jewish relations in particular, and Christian-Jewish relations, in general.

IDF Chief of Staff Visits AJC Headquarters
13 Jun 02 | General Shaul Mofaz, Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Force visited the American Jewish Committee yesterday to meet with top AJC leaders. The IDF Chief of Staff made a clear distinction between the Palestinian people, who deserve a bright ...

AJC Long-time Legal Director, Samuel Rabinove, Is Dead at 79
11 Jun 02 | Samuel Rabinove, the American Jewish Committee's Legal Director for more than three decades, has passed away. Mr. Rabinove was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pride and Excellence Award from Project Equality (1995), The Religious ...

Latino-Jewish Relations Explored in New AJC Book
10 Jun 02 | The report concludes that Latinos and Jews will enjoy mutual benefit from strengthening their relationship. Latino and Jewish Policy Differences."

AJC Takes South Asian American Leaders to Israel
07 Jun 02 | This educational program is sponsored by AJC's Belfer Center for American Pluralism, long engaged in enhancing intergroup understanding in America, and organized by Project Interchange, an AJC institute dedicated to providing travel seminars in ...

AJC on the Radio: Remembering the Six-Day War
04 Jun 02 | In his biweekly radio commentary, American Jewish Committee Executive Director David A. Harris discusses the lessons of the Six Day War, which began on June 5, 1967. This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

AJC Solidarity Mission Heads to Israel
22 May 02 | More than 100 members of the American Jewish Committee will arrive in Israel this weekend on AJC's Operation Undaunted "We Stand with Israel" Solidarity Mission. In Israel, the AJC solidarity mission, representing AJC leaders from across the ...

AJC Urges U.S. to Press European Nations to Combat Anti-Semitism
22 May 02 | The American Jewish Committee today urged the U.S. to press European governments to deal more forcefully with rising anti-Semitic violence. Speaking at the Commission's hearing on Capitol Hill, Rabbi Baker cited "an alarming number of anti-...

AJC on the Radio: U.S. Must Urgently Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil
21 May 02 | In his biweekly radio commentary, American Jewish Committee Executive Director David A. Harris raises serious questions about America's dependence on imported oil from countries that carried out a crippling boycott nearly 30 years ago, and that ...

Boycott Not the Answer to Fighting Anti-Semitism in France
16 May 02 | The American Jewish Committee, appalled by rising anti-Semitism across Europe since the fall of 2000, especially in France, says that a boycott of France, as some have now proposed, is not the answer. "The American Jewish Committee is appalled by...

Condoleezza Rice Affirms Support for Israel, Recalls Personal Battle against Intolerance, Terrorism
10 May 02 | Dr. Rice, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, spoke of the racism, the "homegrown terrorism," she experienced growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. The U.S. and Israel share many values, including a "commitment to life," said Dr. Rice.

Auschwitz did not Begin in Auschwitz: Israeli Leader Warns of New Tolerance for Anti-Semitism
10 May 02 | "We need to take the new anti-Semitism seriously, because the anti-Semites mean seriousness," Rabbi Melchior said. Everyone ignored Israeli government warnings over the past 50 years that anti-Semitism inevitably escalates, Rabbi Melchior said.

Senator John McCain Sharply Critical of Palestinian Leadership
09 May 02 | Senator John McCain today delivered an impassioned speech of support for Israel and sharp criticism of both Palestinian leadership and the Arab governments that continue to rhetorically and materially support Palestinian terrorism. Senator McCain...

Justice Breyer Identifies U.S., Israel Similarities
08 May 02 | Although the U.S. State Department is warning Americans not to travel to Israel, Justice Breyer said the department "encouraged me to go" on the trip, once they were satisfied that security arrangements were satisfactory. And, Justice Breyer said...

AJC Head Urges Communal Action for Israel
08 May 02 | American Jews must constructively draw on their passion and activism to help Israel win its political and public relations wars, says American Jewish Committee executive director David A. Harris. Using slides, Mr. Harris focused attention on ...

Muslim Anti-Semitism: A Clear and Present Danger
07 May 02 | This conclusion is drawn from a new report, issued today by the American Jewish Committee, called "Muslim Anti-Semitism: A Clear and Present Danger," by historian Robert S. Wistrich. The American Jewish Committee report traces the evolution of ...

India's Friendship with Israel Continues to Grow
06 May 02 | Strained relations between India and Israel from 1948 through the end of the Cold War were a historical "aberration" caused by contemporary politics, according to a new study by the American Jewish Committee. "When energy resources are excluded ...

AJC Report on Jedwabne: Poles Struggling with Personal and National Anti-Semitism
06 May 02 | In the AJC's Facing Jedwabne, Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld says Poland has begun "a huge undertaking to change the consciousness of a people and the political culture of a nation," prompted by the publication of Jan Tomasz Gross's Neighbors. The AJC ...

Building into American Jewry's Future: All Parts Included, Some Assembly Required
05 May 02 | Essays such as "Passover and Modern Jewish Identity" touch on the themes of Jewish history, historical memory and identity. "At the AJC, I defined the areas of contemporary Jewish family, modern Jewish identity, and mixed marriage as ideal ...

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