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THE CALL FOR THE AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS - Strauss, Nathan; Executive Committe - 1917. 
New York. 1917. Paperback. 1st Edition. 4to. 2 pages ; 28 cm. The original call for the election of delegates for the 1st American Jewish Congress. Almost certainly the first ever outwardly facing publication to discuss the AJC. The letter reads, ?By virtue of the authority vested in us, as the Executive Committee for an American Jewish Congress, the Jews of America are earnestly requested to select representatives to an American Jewish Congress which shall meet on September 2, 1917, at Washington DC, exclusively for the purpose of defining methods whereby, in co-operation with the Jews of the world, full rights may be secured for the Jews of all lands and all laws discriminating against them may be abrogated?? About 300, 000 ballots were cast to determine the delegates for the Conference, which was ultimately held in Philadelphia?s Independence Hall on December 15th, 1918. ?The American Jewish Congress was founded in 1918, and represented a "populist counterbalance to the American Jewish Committee, which was dominated by the wealthy and conservative German-Jewish establishment. "Leaders within the American Jewish community, consisting of Jewish, Zionist, and immigrant community organizations, convened the first American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) in Philadelphia's historic Independence Hall. Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Felix Frankfurter, U. S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, and others joined to lay the groundwork for a national democratic organization of Jewish leaders from all over the country, to rally for equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, religion or national ancestry. ? (Wikipedia, 2016) This copy of the original Call for the congress outlines the process by which the delegates will be elected, and lays out the overall purpose of the Congress. It includes the names of members of the Executive Committee, which was chaired by Macy?s founder Nathan Straus. The widely-read public intellectual Isaac Hourwich served as Vice-Chair. Also includes the names of many notable Rabbis, as well as successful Jews of the time, who served on the Executive Committee, including: Henry Morgenthau Sr. Stephen Samuel Wise, Julian Mack, Jacob Furth, Samuel Shulman, Mayer London, Henry M. Goldfogle, Oscar S. Straus, and many, many others. OCLC lists no copies anywhere. A beautiful copy of the historic letter. Some edgewear. Creased. Overall good+ condition. (AMR-49-35) .
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