The Contribution of Prof. Daniel J. Elazar and Jewish Political Studies to the Training and Practice of the Jewish Communal Professional

By Howard M. Weisband

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

The late Daniel Elazar served as one of the world's few experts on Jewish institutional life. In brief, Elazar saw the pattern of participation of Jews as intensely personal, drawn toward the fulfillment of the Covenant that was formed between God and Abraham and God and Moses; thus the Covenant, rather than any particular Jewish institution, has always been at the core of Jewish life and is still relevant today. Elazar's work has largely fallen into obscurity despite a concerted effort to preserve it in 1997, and the author recommends that applied Jewish political theory should be reintegrated into the training of Jewish communal professionals. There are new ways to teach this classic approach to the Jewish community, and all would benefit from their return to public awareness.

(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: Political Behavior, Jewish Communal Service, Higher Education, Politics, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

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

Page Number(s): 243-253

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Weisband, Howard M. The Contribution of Prof. Daniel J. Elazar and Jewish Political Studies to the Training and Practice of the Jewish Communal Professional. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 243-253. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4435


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