Sectarianism: A Persistent Value Dilemma

By Arnold Gurin

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1966

This paper looks at the inconsistency between the facts of Jewish existence and the existing values system of Americans Jews. The author goes on to affirm that while the value system of American Jews is largely non-sectarian, the sociological facts of Jewish life are sectarian. The author argues there isn't an existing ideological context within American society that would explain the reasoning for Jewish sectarian services. The author points to the fact that these services may have been necessary at one point shortly after the Holocaust and during the creation of Israel but such conditions have changed. The author concludes by asserting that that the upcoming changes in Jewish communal services lead into a non-sectarian and sectarian path that create difficult choices.

Topic: Sectarianism, Jewish Communal Service, Jewish Organizations, Integration, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 43/No. 1

Page Number(s): 38-48

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Gurin, Arnold. Sectarianism: A Persistent Value Dilemma. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1966: 38-48.


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