The author takes stock of the development of Jewish communal central organization in the United States, noting that central organizing structures such as Federations and Welfare Funds are more numerous and more important than ever before. Additionally, he notes that in contrast to earlier communal structures which existed only in order to allow wealthy Jews to help needy Jews, current Jewish communal structures see donors and beneficiaries as the same population, as communal functions now serve Jews of all socioeconomic backgrounds. He examines challenges facing the Jewish communal field, including rising costs and complexities in health care, refugee resettlement and Jewish education. In order to meet these challenges, he argues, the field must select its priorities and fundraising models, improve standards, and plan before emergencies occur.
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Bernstein, Philip. Jewish Community Organizationâ?"Principle and Practice. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. September 1950: