Urban Community Work in Israel

By Ralph M. Kramer

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1971

Urban social work in Israel in 1971 is primarily under the auspices of the governmental organizations Saad and Amidar. These agencies are grounded in the communities where they serve and focus primarily on concerns particular to those communities, tending toward problem-solving and "social control" more than political social change. The reluctance of these social workers to address large structural problems is a challenge to be overcome in the future, though bureaucratic unresponsiveness and disinterest make interfacing with larger governmental organizations difficult. Ultimately, the successful future of Israeli community work lies in organized citizen action and strengthened social function, and social workers as educators and motivators will be crucial to achieving this goal.

Topic: Social Work, Social Issues, Community Development, Government

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 48/No. 2

Page Number(s): 139-150

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kramer, Ralph M. Urban Community Work in Israel. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1971: 139-150. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4575


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