This piece looks at the impact of the Jewish community on the struggle for equal rights. The author argues that what is required goes beyond the need for equal rights to a pursuit of human equality. In this context, the author explores the wave of anti-professionalism in relation to social agencies. He highlights a parallel development within Jewish communal agencies where similar negativity was projected toward the efforts of agencies to aid poor Jewish people. The author looks at the question of how professionals can be accepted by people who may distrust them within different communities. He also highlights the apparent disconnect between the early involvement of Jews in the struggle for equal rights and the seeming ingratitude that many of the beneficiaries of those efforts have toward the Jews. The author concludes by asserting the importance of inter-agency cooperation in the Jewish community in the promotion of equality and calls for the reexamination of the role and extent of the social services the Jewish community provides.
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Lurie, Walter A. The Dangerous Flood: The Impact on the Jewish Community of the Struggle for Equal Rights. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1966: