American Jewish Committee (AJC), established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews deeply concerned about pogroms aimed at Russian Jews, determined that the best way to protect Jewish populations in danger would be to work towards a world in which all peoples were accorded respect and dignity. 


AJC Seattle Regional Office was formed in 1945. Max Block served as the first chair. Other officers were Edward Dobrin and Al Shyman, Vice Chairmen, Sam Hochberg, Secretary, and Henry L. Kotkins, Treasurer.


AJC is an international think tank and advocacy organization that attempts to identify trends and problems early

and take action.


Our key areas of focus are:


* Combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry;

* Promoting pluralism and shared democratic values;

* Supporting Israel's quest for peace and security;

* Advocating for energy independence;

* Strengthening Jewish life.


 Advocating for human rights is a core issue, important to the Jewish community, i.e., combating religious intolerance, torture, discrimination (whether based on race, religion, sex, or other status), and preventing
the indifference that can lead to genocide.


In addition to its New York headquarters and Office of Government & International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has regional offices and independent affiliates across the U.S. and overseas in addition to a multitude of global partnerships.


AJC’s approach, tackling a breadth of interests in a deliberate and diplomatic manner, contributes to a success that gains trust, earns access, and, most importantly, produces results at a local and global level.