About Agudath Israel

Since its founding on a global scale in 1913 in Kotowicz, Poland, Agudath Israel has united a diverse cross section of leading Orthodox rabbis, activists, philanthropists and everyday community members. The organization has earned unrivaled respect on the streets of Jewish communities, and in the halls of governments and embassies, around the world – serving as an invaluable force in rescuing Jewish lives during the Holocaust and leading our community’s historic renaissance thereafter.

The American branch of Agudath Israel was founded in 1922 to serve as Orthodox Jewry’s umbrella organization on our continent – where the majority of Jews in the Diaspora are proud to call home – acting as a voice, guiding light and helping hand for our community’s material and spirit.

Over the past decades, Agudath Israel of America has operated under the guidance and intimate involvement of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of America, a council of leading Torah sages. Agudath Israel of America is keenly attuned to the American Jewish community’s challenges and triumphs, and has helped our communities grow, thrive and advance through changing times.

Since day one, Agudath Israel of America has stayed true to its key goals, including:

  • Strengthening Jewish communities
  • Strengthening religious education and Torah learning for adults
  • Government and legal advocacy
  • Comprehensive community based social services
  • Inspiring Jewish youth