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The Anglo-Jewish Association past and Present

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One of the most significant acts was passed into law in 1867, when Parliament finally became free of control by the Crown, if not free from royal influence. But this was preceded, in 1858 and 1866, by two acts which, by freeing mps of the obligation to swear a Christian oath, opened the way for Jews to enter Parliament. These considerations provide some elements of the social context in which the Anglo-Jewish Association (AJA) was founded in 1871. The combination of basic philanthropic objectives with the thrust of social and political advancement produced a set of activities in which three strands can be detected. The first was the need to strengthen the cohesion of the Jewish community wherever that might appear necessary. The second strand was educational, and here we begin to detect the philanthropic thrust of the AJA. The third strand in the activities of the AJA was humanitarian.

Keywords: Anglo-Jewish Association (AJA); humanitarian; Jewish community; Jews; philanthropic thrust; political advancement



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