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 Executive Director.
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
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