Contesting Identities in Jewish Philanthropy

Kerri P. Steinberg

in Diasporas and Exiles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228641
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926899 | DOI:
Contesting Identities in Jewish Philanthropy

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This chapter focuses on the reluctance of mainstream Jewish philanthropies to allow for the reality of Jewish diversity. It contrasts the univocal conception of Jewish identity that informs the work of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the overseas arm of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), with the emphasis on diversity of the New Israel Fund (NIF). It scrutinizes the photographs that appear in the 1995 annual reports of these funds. These photos, with their different portrayals of donors, philanthropic officers, and recipients, present the contrasting conceptions of identity.

Keywords: Jewish philanthropies; Jewish diversity; Jewish identity; Joint Distribution Committee; United Jewish Appeal

Chapter.  9182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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