Template:Organized Jewish Life in the United States

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This template focuses on how American Jews engage with the Jewish community in the United States and how they "do Jewish".

Given the sheer numbers of Jewish organizations in the United States, this template is not intended as a replacement to, or competitor with, the AJYB. (See AJYB Archives for more information.), but is instead more focused on major entities that American Jews are likely to interact with.

The template is designed as an aid to those seeking to understand the spectrum of major Jewish entities in the United States and the ways they are interconnected. As an interpretive guide, the template is not merely a rote listing, but offers nuance and an inherent sense of relative status among the entities. This can take into account:

  • year of establishment, particularly in the United States
  • membership/readership/audience numbers, both historical and current
  • impact, both as measured by scholars and in popular thought and press
  • similar roots among entities
  • status of parent/umbrella/other interconnected bodies
  • geographic links.


How to manage this template's collapsible groups/sections option
  • This template includes collapsible groups/sections. When it first appears, one of these groups/sections may be set to be visible ("expanded") while the others remain hidden ("collapsed") apart from their titlebars. To achieve this, include the parameter |name where name is one of the following names identifying the groups/sections (omit any speech or quote marks):
  • "Communal organizations", "Federal liasions", "Foreign assistance", "Israel policy", "Religious movements", "Youth groups", "Religious education", "College organizations", "Media", "Communal activities"
Note: When this template appears in an article, all its sections are collapsed unless one is set to be shown as above.

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Initial visibility

To set the template's initial visibility, the |state= parameter may be used:

  • |state=collapsed: {{Organized Jewish Life in the United States|state=collapsed}} to show the template collapsed, i.e., hidden apart from its title bar
  • |state=expanded: {{Organized Jewish Life in the United States|state=expanded}} to show the template expanded, i.e., fully visible
  • |state=autocollapse: {{Organized Jewish Life in the United States|state=autocollapse}}
    • shows the template collapsed to the title bar if there is a {{navbar}}, a {{sidebar}}, or some other table on the page with the collapsible attribute
    • shows the template in its expanded state if there are no other collapsible items on the page

If the |state= parameter is not set, the template's initial visibility is taken from the |default= parameter in the template. For this template, that currently evaluates to autocollapse.