The author reviews the development of the field of Jewish community relations in North America, and its traditional concerns: defense, intercultural activity, social action, and legislation. But since the turmoil of the 1960s, Jewish community concerns are turning inward, away from broader concerns and towards uniquely Jewish issues, the author asserts. He suggests four criteria for evaluating the desirability of a given cause for prospective Jewish community relations effort: can the Jewish community make a difference in the cause; who is the constituency, and what is the chance of bringing them along in the effort; is there anything really Jewish about the cause; and do we have the competence, energy or wisdom to be effective in this area?
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Sarnat, David I. Fresh Jewish Dimensions in Inter-Group Relations. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1973: