Viewing social services in other parts of the world emphasizes the relatively narrow limits within which the pattern of social services varies among the Jewish communities of North America. The size of the population seems to be the primary factor in determining whether or not a particular North American Jewish community has the full panoply of social services, including a central fund-raising and planning body, a Jewish community center, a Jewish family agency, a Jewish vocational service, a children's institution and a Jewish hospital. In view of this increasing homogeneity, it is somewhat salutary, on occasion, to look at the pattern of social services developed elsewhere. Such an opportunity was afforded to me in April, 1963 during a brief but intensive visit to Johannesburg where I was invited to study the Jewish social services, with particular emphasis on coordination and planning. As might have been anticipated, there are similarities to and differences from the network of social services established by North American Jewish communities. This paper is designed to describe some of these similarities and differences, both as a matter of interest and because the increased importance of international understanding surely extends to the need for understanding among Jews and Jewish social workers throughout the world.
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Teicher, Morton I. The Jewish Social Services of Johannesburg. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1963: