Seattle History


- In 1945 The Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee was established. Max Block served as the first chair. We are now known as the AJC Seattle Regional Office.

1950's -1960's

- AJC Seattle fought discrimination on many fronts housing, employment, and exclusionary club membership based on race or religion. Members sat on civic boards such as the Greater Seattle Housing Council working to fight against the discrimination Jews and other minorities faced. The organization helped to draft state legislation to ban discrimination. AJC Seattle provided strong local leadership in the decade's efforts to increase civil rights for all citizens.


- The organization worked with the school board to develop a multi-ethnic curriculum that included the study of Jewish people. In schools where separation of church and state was breached, the American Jewish Committee took action.

- Seattle AJC coordinated local volunteer efforts for the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East.

- When the United Nations Resolution equating Zionism with Racism passed on November 10, 1975, the Seattle American Jewish Committee secured a resolution from the local United Nations Association and from the Teamsters condemning the UN's action and asserting support for Israel.


- AJC Seattle elected their first and second women presidents, Bobbe Bridge and Hilda Asia. Continued work against racial and religious bias now included taking on the bigotry in the form of the anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist response to the Israeli-Arab conflict.


- On May 22, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the founding, American Jewish Committee Day was proclaimed in the city of Seattle and in Washington State, "the AJC has worked tirelessly toward their goals by advancing human rights and democratic principles, combating bigotry and discrimination, promoting pluralism and strengthening Jewish identity through understanding and cultural awareness."

- AJC Seattle kicks off the first annual AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival, engaging the local community in respectful dialogue about timely subjects, exploring world cultures through the magic of film.

- AJC Lauds The Seattle Art Museum for setting courageous precedent on the immediate return of the Henri Matisse painting Odalisque, to the family of noted French art dealer Paul Rosenberg. AJC in regular contact with museum leadership regarding the Odalisque case worked in the general community to raise public awareness of the issue of art looted by the Nazis during World War II.


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