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Discussion: The Jewish Communal Agency--An Historical Perspective
The author responds to Charles Zibell, who in his article "The Jewish Communal Agency: An Historical Perspective" argues that the distinction between the "religious" synagogue and the "secular" agency is a false one and that today's Jews function in a similar communal mode to their ancestors. The author, however, believes that there has been a sharp break and discontinuity between the traditional and the modern Jewish communities, as well as between traditional and modern Judaism. Jews are no longer unified in faith, Jewish functions are no longer considered primary over non-Jewish ones, and the synagogue dominates in Jewish life over communal agencies. In order to overcome the fractures that have developed in Jewish life, so that agencies can serve all Jews fully, the community must educate according to a common purpose for Jewish survival that is fulfilled by experiencing a group culture and adhering to group ideals.
Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service
Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.
Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 1
Page Number(s): 83-87
Coverage: United States
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Ducoff, Bernard. Discussion: The Jewish Communal Agency--An Historical Perspective. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1964: 83-87. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4857
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