The Dilemmas of Jewish Agencies -- Real and Unreal (In the Light of Jewish Needs, Social Change and Government Programs)

By Manheim S. Shapiro

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

The author asserts that the Jewish social services field faces a dilemma, a dichotomy of mission: either these agencies engage in Jewish communal work which happens to involve social services, or they serve a social service mission that happens to take place under Jewish auspices. He explores questions related to this dichotomy. Do Jewish communal social workers derive their ethos primarily from Jewish religious/social teachings, or from a humanistic element in the social work field itself? What balance should be struck between serving Jewish clients and serving general clients from a Jewish perspective? How are Jewish needs to be understood in a time of social change in America as a whole?

Topic: Continuity, Social Services, Sectarianism, Jewish Content, Jewish Identification, Jewish Communal Service, Jewish Organizations, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 42/No. 1

Page Number(s): 18-26

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Shapiro, Manheim S. The Dilemmas of Jewish Agencies -- Real and Unreal (In the Light of Jewish Needs, Social Change and Government Programs). Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1965: 18-26. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5083


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