AIU (Alliance Israelite Universelle) was founded in 1860 to safeguard the human rights of Jews around the world and offer assistance to those suffering from anti-Semitism.
The organization works to advance education among Jews, highlighting French culture and language. Based in Paris, the AIU is today one of the chief international organizations in the field of Jewish education and culture. Its main objective rests on the dissemination of a Judaism that is faithful to tradition, tolerant and open to the modern world. It functions as a major partner in defending human rights and in promoting dialogue between religions. The AIU fulfills its mission through its network of schools in France and abroad, its research and advanced degree programs, and its extensive international Jewish library and educational media resource center.