The High Cost of Jewish Living

By Jack Wertheimer

March 2010

The author argues that before investing even more funding and directing still more volunteers to nonsectarian causes, Jewish philanthropists should consider a different path: creating programs that would serve the dual purpose of deepening the Judaic knowledge of volunteers, while simultaneously directing much needed personnel to the understaffed field of Jewish education. He suggests that philanthropists could create a Jewish Service Corps with the mission of sending volunteers to Jewish communities in the United States and around the world where poverty, inadequate Jewish education, and social problems exist. He argues that this will go a long way toward lessening the two-fold crises of affordability faced by families and understaffing afflicting most major agencies. 

Topic: Sectarianism, Jewish Communal Service, Education, Poverty, Community Relations, Volunteerism

Name of Publication: Commentary Magazine

Editor: Podhoretz, John

Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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