Critical Issues and Decisions of the 70's

By Irwin H. Gold

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1971

The author responds to the points raised in the previous Journal article by Mervin Verbit, entitled "Structural Conditions of Jewish Continuity in America." He rejects Verbit's suggestion of a new American Jewish polity "which is dominated by religious and intellectual leaders." Such a system is "unreal and impractical," not giving voice to the multiple perspectives and backgrounds of American Judaism. The Jewish community of the 1970s will not be bound together by a only a sense of common commitment but rather by an embrace of diversity and the establishment of a collaborative, inter-organizational structural. Ultimately, this broad coalition will be able to express the Jewish community's unique yearnings and aspirations, laying the groundwork for a new Jewish society in a new decade.

Topic: Continuity, Pluralism, Jewish Continuity, Values, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 48/No. 1

Page Number(s): 23-24

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gold, Irwin H. Critical Issues and Decisions of the 70's. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1971: 23-24.


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