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Communal Services as Instruments for Jewish Identification and Survival
Following the 1950s, the American Jewish community appears to be concerned with the general principle of "Jewish survival" while at the same time experiencing an increasingly strong degree of acculturation to non-Jewish America. Thus, many Jews feel part of the Jewish community's institutions, such as hospitals and community centers, without actively taking part in them. They say that they want Jewish federations to sponsor more cultural programs, yet they refuse to relinquish Jewish responsibility for basic health services. In other words, "there is a dichotomy between our enunciated aspirations and the way we live, a dichotomy of which we are not fully conscious most of the time." This complex emerging sense of American Jewish community will require significant professional evolution and development on the part of federations in order to provide adequate support for an ever-changing community.
Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service
Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.
Volume/Issue: Vol. 38/No. 4
Page Number(s): 331-339
Coverage: United States
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Avrunin, William. Communal Services as Instruments for Jewish Identification and Survival. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1962: 331-339. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3902
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