Communal Services as Instruments for Jewish Identification and Survival

By William Avrunin

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1962

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.

Topic: Community Development, Jewish Organizations, Affiliation, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 38/No. 4

Page Number(s): 331-339

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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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.


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