Out Here in the Field: The SJCS 1999 and 2009 Alumni Surveys

By Bruce Phillips

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2009

Two theses by graduates of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Jewish Communal Service (SJCS) in 1999 and 2009 examine alumni of the SJCS. One conclusion drawn from this research is that "burnout" is more evident in graduates from the 1980s. As well, distinct gender differences are evident in the field of Jewish communal service: a picture emerges in which younger female graduates start out working full-time in the Jewish community, have children, and leave the labor force altogether or find part-time employment; having left full-time employment in the Jewish community, female graduates are either unwilling or unable to return to it. A new focus on the fundamentals of Jewish communal service will hopefully address these issues of burnout and gender disparity in the years ahead.

(This double issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service is dedicated to SJCS, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Jewish Communal Service).

Topic: Gender, Jewish Communal Service, Survey, Scholarship, Academic Research

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol. 84/No. 3/4

Page Number(s): 233-242

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Phillips, Bruce. Out Here in the Field: The SJCS 1999 and 2009 Alumni Surveys. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 233-242. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4434


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