The Effect of Public Funds on Voluntary Sectarian Services

By Felice Perlmutter

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1969

The social welfare organization Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) began to receive public funds in 1954. The next 15 years provided a framework for the effect of integration into non-sectarian service to be studied. The author's examination of JVS agencies revealed that individual agencies retained their Jewish identity whether or not they received public funding. While some agencies were very focused on serving the Jewish community, even those who devoted resources primarily to non-Jews considered themselves highly engaged in Jewish life. Jewish federations that distance themselves from such integrated agencies do disservice to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, for their rejection of many Jews' value of service to the wider population distances them unnecessarily from those Jews.

Topic: Social Services, Allocations, Jewish Communal Service, Community Relations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 4

Page Number(s): 312-321

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Perlmutter, Felice. The Effect of Public Funds on Voluntary Sectarian Services. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1969: 312-321. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4166


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