A New Look at Local Jewish Community Organization

By Herman M. Pekarsky

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1960

The American Jewish community of the 1960s is fundamentally different than that of the previous generation. These Jews are generally middle class residents of the suburbs who experience Jewish life largely through the synagogue, where the rabbi is their chief religious leader. In this environment, national and international Jewish organizations have fared very well in fundraising, but local Jewish communities have been overlooked in a focus on the bigger picture. To deepen Jewish life and affirm Jewish values, these local communities need to be enfranchised to develop and steer their own Jewish lives. The American Jewish press should highlight local activity and show its significance so that suburban Jews, who make up the bulk of contributors, may direct some of their money to their local communities and may volunteer personally in the development of Jewish programming.

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Cities and Suburbs, Empowerment, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Jewish Organizations, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No. 1

Page Number(s): 57-66

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Pekarsky, Herman M. A New Look at Local Jewish Community Organization. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1960: 57-66. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3973


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