Jewish Public Policy in the 21st Century: Finding Harmony Between the Universal and the Particular

By Martin J. Raffel, Steve Gutow

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

The question of how Jews should participate in the public square - whether to focus on issues that are particular to our community or on issues of a more universal nature - has been central on our agenda since the Emancipation or haskalah in the 19th century in Western Europe. In this article we want to make the case not for choosing one or the other, but for the necessity of doing both. Our great sage Hillel asserted, "If I am not for myself, who am I, but if I am only for myself, what am I?" In fact, not only is this "advice" profoundly anchored in our Jewish traditions and values but it also reflects a pragmatic recognition of the realities of life for minority Jewish communities living within larger non-Jewish societies.

Topic: Political Behavior, Jewish Federations, Sectarianism, Engagement, Community Relations, Public Policy, Politics

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 204-206

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Raffel, Martin J. Gutow, Steve. Jewish Public Policy in the 21st Century: Finding Harmony Between the Universal and the Particular. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 204-206. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8101


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