In response to the spread of organized
anti-Semitism in the United States during the 1930s, leaders of Los Angeles' Jewish
community formed a special defense organization known as the Los Angeles Jewish
Community Committee. The committee later changed its name to the Jewish Federation
Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee. The collection documents
the committee's efforts to combat prejudice and educate the public through
cooperation with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups, from its formation in 1933 through
the early 1990s. Part I includes the years 1921-1937 and consists primarily of
administrative records, documentation of fact finding and community relations
activities, and also contains the personal papers of Leon Lewis, the committee's
In response to the spread of organized anti-Semitism in the United States during the
1930s spearheaded by domestic groups like the Ku Klux Klan and international ones like
the propaganda arm of Hitler's Third Reich in Germany, leaders of Los Angeles'
Jewish community formed a special defense organization known as the Los Angeles
Community Relations Committee. The committee's purpose was to work with the
Anti-Defamation League (ADL), B'nai B'rith, the American Jewish Committee
(AJC), the American Jewish Congress, the Council of Jewish Women, and other Zionist
organizations to fight anti-Semitism in the United States.
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