The Role of the Jewish Community Relations Worker in a Time of Increasing Extremism

By Joseph B. Robinson

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

The Jewish community has by and large entirely opposed the "radical right" throughout its entire existence. However, the emergence of the "New Left" poses a new challenge of extremism to the American Jewish community. This New Left proclaims the same values -- attaining peace, ending poverty, and achieving racial equality -- as the American Jewish community, but at the same time, they claim that the current democratic "system" does not work and needs to be destroyed and replaced. The author argues that this New Left should not be ostracized as a "them" but should be embraced as an "us" in order to affect the mode of protest in America. While "smashing things" is morally and practically wrong, harnessing the passion of the New Left can lead to a more vigorous commitment to urgent, democratic vehicles of change.

Topic: Black-Jewish Relations, Political Behavior, Community Relations, Public Policy, Politics

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 1

Page Number(s): 52-59

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Robinson, Joseph B. The Role of the Jewish Community Relations Worker in a Time of Increasing Extremism. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1968: 52-59. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4217


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