Jewish Political Studies Review Abstracts
Volume 8, Numbers 3-4 (Fall 5757/1996)
"The Constitutional Documents of Modern
and Contemporary Jewish Communities"
This essay aims to compare different constitutional
documents of Italian Jewish communities from the sixteenth
century until the last document enacted in 1989, in order to give
a lasting perspective of the development of some aspects of the
Jewish political organization, thought, and structure. These
documents show the development of state policy toward Jews and
Jewish institutions from the Renaissance up to the present.
This article examines the founding document of the Jewish
Community Council of Montreal in the context of the North
American Kehilla movement of the early twentieth century. It
also situates the document in the context of the internal
dynamics of the Montreal Jewish community of the 1920s.
According to a 1995 population study, there were 76,000
Jewish households in Nassau County and 37,000 in Suffolk, the two
political divisions of Long Island. The Jewish polity in both
counties is organized in two umbrella organizations: the
Conference of Jewish Organizations of Nassau County (COJONC) and
the Suffolk Jewish Communal Planning Council (SJCPC). This
article discusses the membership of COJONC and SJCPC, their
goals, and their activities. The detailed structures of both
organizations are outlined in the appendices. UJA/Federation has
thus far financially supported COJONC and SJCPC. Future success
of these organizations in particular, and of Jewish continuity on
Long Island in general, hinges not only on the continuation of
this support, but also on attracting a new generation of Jews to
its leadership cadre, primarily through innovative educational
efforts and programs.