Jewish Social Service Agencies and Effective and Impactful Community Relations

By Ronald Soloway

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

A strong, vibrant, and caring Jewish social service system as well as its individual agencies should do the following: assure that the local health and human service needs of the Jewish and broader community are addressed effectively and efficiently; bring together the diverse populations and institutions of the community to jointly plan, coordinate, and advocate for the health and human service needs of its residents; foster an environment in which a vital Jewish community flourishes and enjoys amicable, respectful relations with the people and institutions in government, the business community, and the nonprofit sector of the broader pluralistic society. These objectives are particularly important in light of demographic changes that may lessen the Jewish community's ability to achieve programmatic, public policy, and government funding goals on its own. Similarly, increased reliance on government support requires Jewish social service agencies to be responsive to the needs of the people served in local communities. It is widely believed that government officials will be more responsive to requests and concerns if we are actively engaged with other ethnic and religious groups and if they are informed about the contribution that Jewish social service agencies make to the life of the whole community.

Topic: Jewish Federations, Social Services, Community Relations, Economy, Demography, Partnerships, Government

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/no.2-3

Page Number(s): 272-277

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Soloway, Ronald. Jewish Social Service Agencies and Effective and Impactful Community Relations. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2010: 272-277. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12136


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