There has often been a distinction between Jewish communal service, which focuses on the present, and Jewish continuity, which has been concerned with the future. However, as modern Jews are for the first time forced to consider a future radically removed from their past, Jewish communal professionals must incorporate concerns of Jewish continuity into their daily work of the present. Additionally, as a result of this disjunction in continuity, models of the past (such as professional supervisors) no longer hold as much influence, and the field as a whole must alter its approach to measurement and effectiveness. Looking to the past is no longer a viable means of preparing for the future, which professionals must approach relying on their wits and their conscience.
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Shapiro, Judah J. Jewish Continuity: A Function of Jewish Communal Service. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1971: