Discussion: The Jewish Communal Agency--An Historical Perspective

By Bernard Ducoff

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1964

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.

Topic: Jewish Communal Service, Community Development, Jewish Organizations, Unity, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 1

Page Number(s): 83-87

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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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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