The "Organized Jewish Community," as Steven M. Cohen referred to it during a UJF* conference in New York, is made up of the institutions and organizations that were created (mostly around the turn of the 20th century) to facilitate Jewish life in America.
Broad description, right? Most people in our generation (and by "our" I mean 21-40) don't really know what the organizations are (they are often known by initials), who runs them, their history, and what they do. To help rectify that, I'm going to post a profile of an organization or individual every week. My goal is to eventually create a map that will explain how the organizations are connected and what they do. Also, because I love kitsch, I'm going to do them as if the organizations are being interviewed. If you have a particular question about a particular agency, I'll try to give a heads up a day or two in advance, and I'll "ask" it.
*UJF=United Jewish Federation