The response of American Jewry to the Crisis in Israel in April-May of 1967, to the Six-Day War which followed, to the Israeli victory, and to the State of Israel from that time to the present, is as yet imperfectly understood. While a veritable flood of books has appeared about the War - the events which preceded it, the strategy on which it was based, and even the attitudes of Israeli soldiers engaged in the struggle - no comparable literature has emerged on events in the American Jewish community and on the attitudes of American Jews. In fact, we do not as yet have even a simple chronicle of the response to the War in a single American community.
The story of American Jewry and the Six-Day War will, of course, be subject of scholarly inquiry in the years ahead, especially on the part of historians who will seek to reconstruct the past by the use of documentary sources. But the events are too momentous, and their significance for the understanding of Jewish identity too crucial, to await the ultimate verdict of historians. Much can be learned by studying what is readily available, especially by probing the feelings and actions of both average citizens as well as community leaders. In fact, data about such feelings and actions, if gathered close enough to the period in which the events took place, may provide the type of understanding which is difficult to come by from more conventional historical sources.