New York: New York Branch of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, ND (1908/09). First edition. Softcover. Oblong 12mo (6 x 9"). 16pp. Original string bound printed wrappers. Decorative initials.
Illustrated with 11 photographic reproductions (including 7 full-page), this scarce publication documents the 1908 activities of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, a Paris-based international Jewish organization founded in 1860 by French statesman Adolphe Crémieux to safeguard the human rights of Jews around the world.
The organization promotes the ideals of Jewish self-defense and self-sufficiency through education and professional development. It is noted for establishing French-language schools for Jewish children throughout the Mediterranean in the 19th and early 20th century. The motto of the organization is the Jewish rabbinic injunction Kol yisrael arevim ze laze, translated into French as 'Tous les israélites sont solidaires les uns des autres' ("All Jews bear responsibility for one another"). For more information, see: Lisa Moses Leff's "Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in Nineteenth-Century France."
Minor age-toning along edges of wrappers. Upper spine rubbed. Upper corner of back cover chipped. Contemporary previous owner's signature in ink (Jacob D. Schwarz) at upper margin of first page (not affecting lettering). Text in English. Wrappers in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #44780