The Nation: A GUIDE TO THE GROUPS

U.S. Jews are not notably more prolific joiners than other Americans, but for those who wish to do so, there are more than 300 national Jewish organizations and countless local federations and societies eager to welcome them. The groups have diverse aims, many appealing to particular religious, nationality and age groups within American Jewry. Among the better-known organizations are those devoted to philanthropic fund raising, support of Israel and combatting prejudice. The most influential include:

UNITED JEWISH APPEAL (UJA). Founded in 1939, it is probably the most successful nongovernmental money-raising organization in...

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