The Urban Crisis and Its Effect Upon Jewish Communal Services

By Bertram H. Gold

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1968

The "urban crisis" of black slums, racial prejudice, and institutional failure to address economic and social problems has pressing relevance to the American Jewish community of 1968. While black anti-Semitism is not as widespread or violent as some suspect, it must be faced honestly and confidently by the Jewish community, especially following violence against urban Jewish stores in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. The Jewish community must re-educate itself about the intrinsically Jewish calls for social justice by reaffirming "Jewish knowledge based on tradition," and this introspective study should encourage Jewish organizations to reach out to the non-Jewish world. Jews, with their long history of developing strong communal organizations, should share their expertise with fledgling black organizations, ultimately creating a partnership Jewish Urban Planning Council to cooperatively address the issues of most pressing concern.

Topic: Black-Jewish Relations, Antisemitism, Communal Responsibility, Community Relations, Social Issues

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 1

Page Number(s): 26-37

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gold, Bertram H. The Urban Crisis and Its Effect Upon Jewish Communal Services. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1968: 26-37.


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