A Judaic Journey Creates Communication: In-Service Education of Staff of a Jewish Home for the Aged

By Rochel U. Berman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), September 1981

This article outlines the efforts of a Jewish Home for the Aged in educating its non-Jewish staff about Judaism. This program stems from the growing assumption that some knowledge of the Jewish tradition is a vital tool for all staff in providing care which encompasses an understanding of the total older person. The purpose of this program was to overcome this gap in knowledge and facilitate greater communication between employees and residents. The article outlines the philosophical and practical gains that the series had on the staff, as well as its limitations. The author demonstrates how the series was a form of sensitivity training, helping to destroy prejudices, stereotypes, and myths. Given that religion becomes increasingly important for many as they get older, this program supports the growing body of theory and research that points to "ethnic destiny" as an important fact in mental health. Fundamentally, this program corroborates the claim that social support generated by ethnic similarity reduces stress among residents. In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 58:1.

Topic: Social Services, Jewish Content, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 58/No. 1

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Berman, Rochel U. A Judaic Journey Creates Communication: In-Service Education of Staff of a Jewish Home for the Aged. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). September 1981: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=1902


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