Commitment and Freedom: A Paradox in Service to the Jewish Family

By Fred Berl

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), December 1974

The author contends that the field of Jewish social work should seek a balance between fostering clients' free personal choices, as called for by ethics of professional social work, and fostering Jewish commitment. Freedom and commitment, argues the author, can be in competition but are also mutually dependent; freedom without commitment is not true freedom, nor is commitment really commitment unless it is freely chosen. Currently, the author laments, the balance is far too lopsided in favor of freedom, to the exclusion of commitment.

Topic: Continuity, Jewish Organizations, Jewish Continuity, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 51/No. 2

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Berl, Fred. Commitment and Freedom: A Paradox in Service to the Jewish Family. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). December 1974: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=460


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