Doing Service with the Poor: Some Notes on Language

By Adam Gaynor, Brent Spodek

eJewish Philanthropy, June 1, 2011

Since the 1950's a majority of American Jews have moved out of the ghetto and attained the privileges -- white skin privilege, class privilege, educational privilege -- that have facilitated our success in America. We are relative newcomers to such privilege, and we're quite anxious to protect it. "Serving" sounds an awful lot like a humiliating thing that people without privilege do, and we don't think we want to go there. But we should.

Topic: Language, Communal Responsibility, Power, Service

Editor: Brown, Dan

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Gaynor, Adam. Spodek, Brent. Doing Service with the Poor: Some Notes on Language. eJewish Philanthropy. 1 June 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11705


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