Serving the Two Percent: A Torah and Commentary on the State of the American Jewish Community

By Andi Milens

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

Jews make up at most 2% of the American population and must therefore engage expertly in community relations in order to effectively advocate for their issues. In particular, support for Israel needs to be bolstered both internally and externally. Young Jews are largely unaware of the struggles that Israel faces, and the Jewish community as a whole has strained relations with other communities as a result of the centrality of Israel. By educating and advocating in both religious and secular arenas, the Jewish community will be able to retain its prominence in American political discourse while Israel retains and gains allies.

(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: Continuity, Community Relations, Jewish Continuity, Israel Advocacy, US-Israel Relations, Hasbara

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

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

Page Number(s): 274-279

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Milens, Andi. Serving the Two Percent: A Torah and Commentary on the State of the American Jewish Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 274-279. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4438


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