Jewish Communal Professionals: Jugglers of Secular and Jewish Values

By Gerald B. Bubis

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2009

Throughout its history, the field of Jewish communal service has struggled with the relationship between universal social work and particular Jewish values. While some organizations, such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, have remained strongly focused on Jewish continuity and other Jewish values, many others, such as community centers stemming from the early 1970s, have been more attracted to nonsectarian concerns. This has resulted in a fracturing of the field, a disparateness that prevents the field from coalescing into a "profession." The author recommends that Jewish agencies commit themselves to wrestling with the sources of their Jewish values and subscribe to a standard code of ethics in order to unite practitioners of Jewish communal service into a single profession.

(This double issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service is dedicated to SJCS, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Jewish Communal Service).

Topic: Jewish Content, Social Work, Jewish Communal Service, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol. 84/No. 3/4

Page Number(s): 181-194

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Bubis, Gerald B. Jewish Communal Professionals: Jugglers of Secular and Jewish Values. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 181-194. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4428


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