The Crisis in Group Work and Jewish Center Practice

By Earl Yaillen

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1968

While Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) once were established social work agencies, by the end of the 1960s, social workers had become the most misunderstood of center employees. Centers tended not to value the difference between a graduate of a Master's program in social work, a first-year social work student, and applicants with no social work training at all; too often, the only distinction was that less educated employees could be paid less. The author argues that JCCs should recommit themselves to strong models of social work, focusing especially on Jewish identification and the well-being of the Jewish family. By reinvigorating their social work components, JCCs can be more than mere recreational agencies, offering vital and unique services to their constituents.

Topic: Organizational Development, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Social Work, Employment, Jobs, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 1

Page Number(s): 86-96

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Yaillen, Earl. The Crisis in Group Work and Jewish Center Practice. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1968: 86-96.


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