Training for International Jewish Communal Service

By Stephen G. Donshik

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

In a world of increasing globalization, there is still no clearly articulated concept of the role of an international Jewish communal professional. Neither is there a minimal body of knowledge and professional skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position, which encompasses aspects of both a communal leader and a diplomat. To develop the field of international Jewish communal service, it is essential to identify the knowledge base and the skills needed to practice in the international arena and to develop appropriate curricula for the schools of Jewish communal service so that students are prepared professionally to work in a variety of community settings. Skills important to this work include cross-cultural relationship building, communication among non-native English speakers, and cooperation with third-party organizations and foundations, and the training of students and professionals should include long-term relationship building between communities.

(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: Jewish Communal Service, Community Relations, Training, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

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

Page Number(s): 254-261

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Former Soviet Union (FSU) , Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Donshik, Stephen G. Training for International Jewish Communal Service. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 254-261. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4436


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