The Organized Jewish Community of Greater Chicago

By Daniel J. Elazar

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 1999

The author argues that the Jewish Community Federation is American Jewry's invention to replace the historic Jewish Kehilla and is itself a product of American progressivism. Due to a shift in American culture and Jews' position within that culture, he explains that the Federation has struggled to implement old models in a new environment. The author outlines the history of communal organization in Chicago as representative of general trends discussed in the first section of the report. On Chicago's communal organization, the author argues that the pluralistic federalism that has emerged has substantially eliminated the neat patterns of arrangement that were common earlier.

Topic: History, Continuity, Jewish Organizations, Community Development, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Daniel Elazar On-line Library

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Illinois , United States

Language: English

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Elazar, Daniel J. The Organized Jewish Community of Greater Chicago. Daniel Elazar On-line Library. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1999:


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