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The Jewish Communal Agency--An Historical Perspective
Many Jews are concerned about the division between the synagogue as the home of Jewish "religious" activity and the "secular" institution as the provider of communal services. The author briefly traces the history of Jewish communal service from the biblical period to modern times, noting that "tzedakah" or communal giving has been essential to Jewish life for centuries. Since the "religious" and the "secular" are both modern inventions, the artificial separation between the synagogue and the communal service agency today masks the actual connections between them. Contemporary Jews should take comfort in their similarities to communities of the past and celebrate rather than denounce healthy divisions within Judaism.
Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service
Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.
Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 1
Page Number(s): 75-82
Coverage: United States
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Zibbell, Charles. The Jewish Communal Agency--An Historical Perspective. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1964: 75-82. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4856
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