The Ethic of Voluntarism

By Howard L. Shapiro, Marc A. Flitter, Lili Krakowski

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, December 23, 1994

Shapiro argues that the Jewish community, with its unique skill of balancing religious identity with cultural community, can play a unifying role in the United States. The key is returning the country to a balance between the individual and his or her place in community organization. Flitter responds that without the historic economic or security reasons around which America typically unifies, the unifying element of society will be a shift to a global framework of community organization. Krakowski responds that the generosity that each citizen displays for others through concern, volunteerism and taking on of responsibility--all in spite of religious difference--is what unifies America.

Topic: Morality, Culture, Communal Responsibility, Ethics, Economy, Volunteerism, Unity, Individualism, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.25/no.484

Page Number(s): 2-4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Shapiro, Howard L. Flitter, Marc A. Krakowski, Lili. The Ethic of Voluntarism. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 23 December 1994: 2-4. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8302


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