North Africa's Dilemmas for American Jewry
Behind the Present Debate on Community Priorities
Year after year since 1945, it has become increasingly evident that American Jewish fund-raising policies have influence far beyond the limits of the community and the borders of the United States—and that American Jewry’s vast philanthropic responsibility to Jews elsewhere profoundly affects the patterns and direction of Jewish communal life here at home.
This year again, the leaders of American Jewish philanthropy are being dramatically summoned to make decisions of far-reaching consequence for new and ancient Jewish communities in the Old World. And once more, these great overseas needs loom vast in all considerations of program and expenditure for American Jewry itself.
This time, the issue is North Africa—where Jews have lived since Roman times at least. Numbering nearly a half-million souls today, they represent one of world Jewry’s largest remaining hostages to fortune. They are caught squarely in the middle in the present crisis between France and the native independence movements.
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