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The Board of Delegates of American Israelites meets for the first time in New York City

New York City, 1850s, detail
11/27/1859
In New York City, the new Board of Delegates of American Israelites met for the first time and laid out its goals.  Among these were, the collection of statistics, the education of American Jews, the safeguarding of Jewish-American civil rights, and communications with like association at home and abroad.  Delegates from twenty-four synagogues in fourteen cities attended this first meeting.  In 1878, the Board merged with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
J.J. Goldberg, Jewish power: inside the American Jewish establishment (New York: Basic Books, 1996), 95-96.

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