The Contribution of Social Work to Jewish Survival

By Norman Linzer

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

The author describes the role that social can play in Jewish survival. He states that the Jew's behavior reflects the culture and values of his minority group and of the dominant majority group as well. This creates a psychodynamic dilemma and conflict. The Jew has ostensibly resolved them by maintaining ties with the synagogue, the historic Jewish institution, without, however, accompanying religious consciousness and acts. Social work would attempt to help this individual understand his precarious position through an examination of his values and those of the society. It would encourage him to strengthen his Jewish self in order to function more constructively in his environment. In this respect, social work goals would be consonant with those of Jewish survival.

Topic: Programming, Continuity, Youth, Culture, Social Work, Jewish Organizations, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/No. 3

Page Number(s): 316-327

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Linzer, Norman. The Contribution of Social Work to Jewish Survival. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1964: 316-327.


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