Strengthening Community Post September 11

By John S. Ruskay

JDC International Centre for Community Development, July 3, 2003

The author addresses the Jewish community regarding the tragedy of September 11th. He asserts that American Jews face the following major challenges: the loss of security after the attacks, an economic recession, the complicated position of Israel, and questions surrounding Jewish identity. After a national survey conducted following September 11th showed that over 45% of Jews turned to Jewish institutions for support, the author refers to these organizations as "gateway institutions." However, he also recognizes that over 50% of Jews did not turn to these Jewish communities, which leads him to assert that Jewish organizations must expand their link to human service agencies in order to make the community a safe-haven for support, comfort, and security.

Topic: Organizational Development, Social Services, Jewish Organizations, Unity

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: JDC-Europe

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Ruskay, John S. Strengthening Community Post September 11. JDC International Centre for Community Development. 3 July 2003:


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