The Interracial Crisis: How Should Jews Respond?

By Bernard Weinberger

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1969

Jews have shown a collective impotence in dealing with the "black revolution" of the late 1960s because they simply do not understand what the black population wants, the author finds. Moreover, he cautions, an inappropriate response could be disastrous for the Jewish people, which stands in a precariously vulnerable position between white and black society. If the Jews of Williamsburg, one of the poorest areas in New York, are any indication, the author writes, the best way to thrive in the current climate is to quietly leverage political influence while getting out of the way of the black community through a policy of disengagement. The Jews are committed to ethical advocacy but not when it endangers them, he argues, and the well-being of the Jewish people should be foremost in the minds of any activists and communal workers.

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

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 46/No. 1

Page Number(s): 38-44

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Weinberger, Bernard. The Interracial Crisis: How Should Jews Respond?. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1969: 38-44.


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