Social Group Work Impact upon the Jewish Identification of High School Age Youth; A Report on a Program Demonstration

By Joel M. Carp

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1966

This presentation reports on the program demonstration conducted as part of the efforts of the National Jewish Welfare Board "Task Force on the Future Directions of the Jewish Community Center in Light of New Needs." The author identifies the main problem through the words of A.J. Heschel as the failure of Jewish adults to convey the deep humanity and intellectual strength of their Jewish heritage to Jewish youth. The author goes on to elaborate on the demonstration design and background material to highlight the set up to this study. The author describes the demonstration noting how it was interesting to compare the attitudes and feelings expressed by teens who attended the National institute with teens at their own agency. The findings confirmed their general beliefs concerning the lack of connection the youth felt towards Jewish life. The author concludes by highlighting some key outcomes about the use of the social group work method and process in approaching this issue.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Youth, Social Work, Jewish Identification, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 43/No. 2

Page Number(s): 189-200

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Carp, Joel M. Social Group Work Impact upon the Jewish Identification of High School Age Youth; A Report on a Program Demonstration. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1966: 189-200. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4842


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