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The American Jewish philanthropic complex : the history of a multibillion-dollar institution / Lila Corwin Berman.

Author/creator Berman, Lila Corwin, 1976- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2020]
Copyright Notice ©2020
Descriptionv, 265 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents Introduction. The state of philanthropy -- Associations -- Regulations -- Property -- Taxation -- Politics -- Finance and identity -- The market -- The complex -- Conclusion. Reform.
Abstract "Acts of charity are at the heart of most traditions of Jewish collective life. It is not surprising, then, that as Jewish immigrants established strong communities in the United States in the course of the last century, philanthropy offered them a pathway to effective communal self-help as well as political and economic power and influence. Partaking in American traditions of associational life, volunteerism, and decentralized religious organization, Jews in the U.S. established philanthropic organizations that have grown to be vital forces in Jewish public life. This book charts the history of American Jewish philanthropic practices and institutions from the late nineteenth-century to the present day. This book offers a nuanced assessment of contemporary American Jewish philanthropy. On the one hand, Berman readily acknowledges that this world of charitable giving is filled with well-intentioned people whose institutional donations have provided invaluable support for many worthwhile projects and causes. (The author herself notes early in the book her own reliance, at key moments in her professional career, on Jewish philanthropy.) On the other hand, these good intentions and good works coexist with a vast accumulation of wealth within Jewish philanthropic organizations that, for Berman, exacerbate rather than alleviate worrisome social and economic inequalities in the U.S"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Berman, Lila Corwin, 1976- American Jewish philanthropic complex Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2021] 9780691209791
LCCN 2020018930
ISBN9780691170732 hardcover
ISBN0691170738 hardcover
ISBNelectronic book
ISBNelectronic book

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