The Role of Jewish Communal Agencies in Maintaining Jewish Identity

By Manheim S. Shapiro

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1965

Jewish identity, defined as "the recognition that one is influenced in one's choices and behavior by elements from the stream of development of the Jewish group," has become more difficult to achieve in contemporary times. Communal agencies may play a role in the maintenance or revival of Jewish identity by helping to overcome those factors of modernity that interfere with the creation of Jewish identity. Methods that such agencies may use include wider dissemination of knowledge of Judaism, the application of Jewish concepts to contemporary issues, engendering a sense of Jewishness within their clientele, recognizing and dealing with issues of lack of self-regard and internal conflict over Jewish identity, and overcoming the generational differences. It is important for those who work at Jewish communal agencies to consider how specifically their organizations ought to play a role in the maintenance of Jewish identity.

Topic: Programming, Jewish Content, Jewish Identification, Jewish Organizations, Outreach

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 3

Page Number(s): 262-266

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Shapiro, Manheim S. The Role of Jewish Communal Agencies in Maintaining Jewish Identity. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1965: 262-266. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4914


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