Jewish Americanization Agencies

By Charles S. Bernheimer

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Publication Society (JPS), 1922

This article presents and explains the essential ideals of Americanization to which the Jewish immigrant conforms, and most importantly, provides a detailed list of the names and types of organizations that contribute to the ability of the Jewish immigrant to americanize. As such, the author first focuses on Educational Centers, such as the Educational Alliance on the lower East side of New York City, and then discusses Settlements and Neighborhood Centers found in cities such as Chicago, New York, St. Louis and Cincinnati, which are important in the Americanization process on a social level. Then, the author discusses Young People's Associations, such as the Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, the Jewish Welfare Board, The Council of Jewish Women, The Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society, Labor Organizations, and the Yiddish Press, among other 'americanizing' institutions discussed. However, the important 'take-home' point of this article is that the Jew has organized educational, social, cultural, and religious activities, which have been in accord with the best American traditions, and that, the organized efforts of Jews, by Jews, and for Jews have been a real force in americanization and socialization.

Topic: Culture, Communal Responsibility, Social Services, Immigration, Acculturation, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Volume/Issue: Vol. 23

Page Number(s): 84-111

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Chicago, Illinois , Cincinnati, Ohio , New York, New York , St. Louis, Missouri , United States

Language: English

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Bernheimer, Charles S. Jewish Americanization Agencies. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jewish Publication Society (JPS). 1922: 84-111.


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