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Diasporas and ExilesVarieties of Jewish Identity$
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Howard Wettstein

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228641

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228641.001.0001

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Contesting Identities in Jewish Philanthropy

Contesting Identities in Jewish Philanthropy

(p.253) 11 Contesting Identities in Jewish Philanthropy
Diasporas and Exiles

Kerri P. Steinberg

University of California Press

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

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