Live From the Archive! Enriching Pursuits: A Brief History of American Jewish Philanthropy
Philanthropy is not unique to the United States, but United States philanthropy is unique, especially when we consider the contributions of the American Jewish community to the larger American philanthropic landscape. The number and spectrum of organizations in America relying on charitable support is immense and broad —including mutual aid societies, hospitals, religious entities, scientific institutes, schools, and cultural heritage institutions—and their impact is virtually incalculable.
Did you know that AJHS has preserved the archives of American Jewish philanthropy throughout our own history, documenting organizations as large as UJA-Federation as well as smaller local organizations across the United States? And do you know how the history of American Jewish philanthropy directly relates to larger themes in the history of American Jewish communities and individuals raising funds for vital causes, or how the roles of these organizations grow and facilitate change within their communities?
Join Melanie Meyers, Chair of Collections and Engagement, and Tamar Zeffren, Director of Archival Partnerships, on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2022, for an exploration of the history of American Jewish philanthropy through the lens of relevant collections at the American Jewish Historical Society. Let’s learn together how meaningful items from these vital collections illuminate the fascinating and complex chronicle of charitable giving in the United States.