Community Relations Implications in the Use of Public Funds by Jewish Services

By Philip Jacobson

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1960

In 1960, religious social work organizations commonly accepted public funds and offered many justifications for doing so. The author refutes these justifications and argues that the principle of separation of church and state should be protected as an ultimate value among religious institutions. Should public support of religious welfare organizations be allowed to flourish, the author predicts that public support of religious schools will quickly follow suit, resulting in the transformation of the American school system into a largely private, religious one. He suggests that the Jewish community be made aware of all religious institutions receiving public funds, that a conference be arranged solely for discussion of this issue, and that Jews and non-Jews sit down to discuss how to proceed in weaning religious social work off of its 'addiction' to public support.

Topic: Social Work, Religion and State, Allocations, Jewish Communal Service, Public Policy

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No. 1

Page Number(s): 112-119

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Jacobson, Philip. Community Relations Implications in the Use of Public Funds by Jewish Services. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1960: 112-119.


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