NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Exactly 110 years ago tomorrow, on November 11, 1906, 31 individuals, including such noted American Jews as Cyrus Adler, Louis Marshall, Jacob Schiff, and Mayer Sulzberger, gathered at the Hotel Savoy in New York, following six previous exploratory meetings earlier that year. They officially formed the American Jewish Committee (AJC). "The purpose of this Committee," they declared, "is to prevent the infringement of the civil and religious rights of Jews, and to alleviate the consequences of persecution." Among their first acts were to provide assistance to Jewish institutions in San Francisco damaged by the earthquake that year; to advocate—successfully—for the abrogation of the Russo-American Treaty of Commerce and Navigation because of Russia's mistreatment of Jews; to support the creation of the Joint Distribution Committee in order to help Jews affected by the impact of the massive dislocation of the First World War; to oppose attempts to restrict the entry of immigrants to the United States; and, as noted by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his landmark speech to AJC's Global Forum in 1965, to advocate for the legal rights of African-Americans "when few dared to speak." Over the span of the last 110 years, AJC has never wavered in its commitment to the two pillars of its mission - defending Jews wherever they may be at risk, and supporting the universal values of human dignity and human rights for all. What has changed is the organization's structure. Originally intended to be a small committee of successful and influential Jews, largely of German background, AJC evolved into a national and, later, a global institution operating on six continents, which today has 22 offices across the country, ten overseas posts, and 33 international partnerships. Hundreds of thousands of people follow AJC on social media, and tens of thousands are deeply involved in the daily life of the organization as leaders, activists, and supporters.