Jewish Identification and Social Group Work: An Appraisal

By Earl Yaillen

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

This piece examines the issue of pressure in the Jewish community to define the Jewish content and component of Jewish community centers as well as remedial pressures that involve serving disadvantaged populations to prove that Jews are doing social work. The author asserts that the concept of a Jewish role is important in discussions of Jewish identification. The author also argues that Jews within the realm of group work agency do not need to "hunt" for Jewish programming in order to satisfy critics in their role as social workers but acknowledges that there are other routes towards finding meaning in one's Jewishness. The author concludes by affirming that the search for Jewish identity must involve all members of the community.

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Social Services, Social Work, Jewish Content, Jewish Identification, Engagement, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 43/No. 1

Page Number(s): 73-83

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Yaillen, Earl. Jewish Identification and Social Group Work: An Appraisal. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1966: 73-83.


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