Template:Organized Jewish Life in the United States

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Purpose[edit]

Articles that have this template installed populate Category:Jews and Judaism in the United States. 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 with which American Jews are likely to interact.

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.


Initial visibility: currently defaults to collapsed

To set this 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 in the template on this page is not set, the template's initial visibility is taken from the |default= parameter in the Collapsible option template. For the template on this page, that currently evaluates to collapsed.